School News

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Blue Tuesday


Each Tuesday is Blue Tuesday at Hanawalt Elementary. Students are encouraged to wear their spirit wear or blue to show their school pride. Grade levels earn Spirit Points to go towards winning the Belma Spirit Award given each month to the grade level that shows the most spirit by making good choices , following our … Read more »

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Global Read Aloud


Students in Mrs. Miller’s 1st Grade are participating in the Global Read Aloud. Students will be reading a variety of books from the author Lauren Castillo. Then they will collaborate with schools and students across the US and maybe beyond! Follow @Hanawalt1M to see find out more. You can also go to to find out more.


Fall Conferences


Hanawalt will be having our Fall Conferences the week of October 10 – October 14. We look forward to collaborating with you on your child’s progress.

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Thank You PTA


A big shout out and thank you to the PTA for our new Hanawalt Spirit Wear. We certainly will be encouraged to live our mission sporting our new shirts.

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1st Annual Fall Kickball Game


It was a beautiful day for kickball. Mr. Gillaspey’s 5th graders won the big match but our teacher team represented the staff well. Fun was had by all. Most of all we raised close to $5,000 for our school’s technology goals. Thank you to our community for supporting us.

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Fall Pictures 10/13


Fall Pictures are coming to Hanawalt! Get your smile ready and we will snap your picture on Thursday, October 13!

Upcoming Events

Oct 28
October 28 No School
Nov 08
Election Day!
Nov 11
Veterans Day- No School
Nov 23
Thanksgiving Break

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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