School News


Grade Level Orientations


In an effort to increase our home school connections we are offering grade level orientation nights this year. These nights are for you to get school wide, grade level and classroom specific information. There also will be time for Q&A. They are not required but are meant to be informative. These night are for parents … Read more »


Back to School Bash 8/22


Come and meet your teacher, drop off supplies, get general information and celebrate the beginning of a new school year. Join us on Monday, August 22. Drop in between 5:30 and 7:00. Teachers will be in their classrooms, information booths will be set up in the gym and ice cream and togetherness will be happening … Read more »


Welcome New Staff


A warm welcome to three new staff members. Samantha Jones-Tweedy will be our new Art Teacher, taking Kathryne Marek’s place who retired this year. Lisa Champoux will be joining us as a .5 instructional coach, replacing Erin McGargill who relocated. Angela Smith is coming to us from South Union replacing Lynn Lange who retired. I … Read more »

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Supply Lists


Supply Lists for the 2016-2017 school year can be found under the Parent Tab.


Kindergarten Jumpstart


Kindergarten Jumpstart will be August 10th and 11th from 9:00-12:00 each day. We encourage all our upcoming kindergarteners to join us.


Summer Assistance for Families in Need


If you have summer food, health or clothing needs, Des Moines Public Schools and Polk County have resources for you. From immunizations to free meals, clothing to utility payments, you’ll find a list of places where help can be found. For a list of DMPS no-cost summer meal locations and times, and to learn more about other available resources, click on the headline.

Upcoming Events

Aug 29
Kindergarten Orientation
Aug 30
1st Grade Orientation
Aug 31
2nd Grade Orientation
Sep 01
3rd Grade Orientation
Sep 05
Labor Day Holiday- No School

225 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
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About Hanawalt Elementary School


225 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

P: 515-242-8411  | E: 


Hanawalt Elementary is a neighborhood school that serves the west side of Des Moines with a rich tradition of educational and social excellence. Read More…

Welcome to Hanawalt! It is a sincere honor to be a part of such an outstanding school community.

-Principal Kelly Schofield

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