School News

Hanawalt Sing A Long


Students, staff, and others enjoyed the annual all school sing-a-long led by Ms. Ihnen in the gym right before Winter Break.  Songs were sung from a variety of genres and led by each one of the grade levels.  To see more pictures, go to our Flickr page.

Compliments Project at Hanawalt


Mrs. Foltz’s 4th grade class did something a little different during their Hawk Team Time.  In an effort to expand the classes’ circle of influence and create a safer space, we jumped into a project simply called the Compliments Project.  The students first learned about what kindness is and what words do to others.  They … Read more »

Thank you PTA


On September 29th Hanawalt enjoyed a fantastic day with our annual student vs. teachers kickball game and the amazing PTA organized block party.  The teachers and students all received some awesome swag for that day that will last throughout the year.  Every staff member and student was given a Hanawalt spirit shirt and we all … Read more »

Hanawalt Clubs have Started


The students and staff at Hanawalt have started their clubs which run on the first two Wednesday’s of each month.  Kids in 2nd through 5th grade have a wide variety of different clubs to choose from. Some examples of the clubs include, but are not limited to art, design, physical activity, games, and technology. The … Read more »

The Annual “Hanawalk”


The annual Healthiest State Initiative Walk took place today on October 4th.  Hanawalt celebrated this by participating in the “Hanawalk.”  The walk consisted of over a mile and took students and teachers around the block starting on Robertson to 51st street.  The walk then continued past Merrill Middle School on Grand turning left on 56th, … Read more »

A Great Day for a Kickball Fundraiser and a Block Party


Hanawalt students and staff enjoyed a great Fall afternoon last Friday as a student vs staff kickball game took place on the playground.  The school’s annual kickball game coincides with the PTA’s book fair and block party later that evening.  Both events raise money for the school. Mrs. Esch’s class edged out the teacher team … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Jan 22
No School – Professional Development Day
Jan 23
Share Your Story Night
Jan 23
School Board Meeting
Jan 26
Report cards home
Feb 06
School Board Meeting

225 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
P: 515-242-8411 | F: 515-323-8621

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Canvas Parent Login


Hanawalt Elementary is excited to announce that we are becoming a Canvas school.  What does this mean?  Canvas is a learning management system that supports your student’s learning and provides a way for a parent to connect to the learning taking place.  As we are just starting on this journey, we expect many different levels of usage by teachers, students, and parents.  Please be patient as we are learning how to best support your learner.


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Linking My Student as an Observer

Infinite Campus Parent Portal


Des Moines Public Schools uses Infinite Campus as its web-based student information system. The service allows students and parents/guardians to access academic information and other student records. Harding also uses Portal to post building wide messages. Click on the link below for more information about Parent Portal and FAQs.



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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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