School News

K-2 Fun Day Relays


The K-2 students at Hanawalt enjoyed their annual version of the Bloom Camp Relays by having a Fun Day Relay.  All students were able to participate in several activities including a tire roll, a “tank” relay in cardboard boxes, and a tug-o-war to name a few of events.  Today represents an opportunity for these students … Read more »

2018 Bloom Camp Relays a success!


Hanawalt held its annual Bloom Camp relays on Friday, May 18th for all the 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students as they competed in this fun & exciting Hanawalt tradition – our very own version of the Drake Relays! All races/events took place on the track and around the back field.   The weather cooperated and … Read more »

Mr. Baker to retire!


Hanawalt Community, Our colleague and dear friend is retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. After more than 30 years of service, education and dedication to the health and wellbeing of all children, we would like to thank him with a celebration. Please join us Thursday, May 24th from 3:30-5:00pmin the Hanawalt Library … Read more »

Leadership Day at Hanawalt


Hanawalt Elementary School participated in a very special day recently.  The students, along with teachers and staff, hosted the first annual Leadership Day on Friday, May 11th.  The day consisted of showcasing the different aspects of using The Leader in Me framework that promotes student success in and out of school.  Around 100 parents/families attended … Read more »

Hanawalt runs the Relays!


A group of 5th grade students took part in the 2018 Drake Relays.  The 6 member team consisted 0f 4 boys and 2 girls coached by Mr. Baker and Ms. Bell.  Students were chosen from their time trials at during their physical education classes at school.  Congratulations to Ftahwit, Jimmylyne, Isaiah, Damarius, Alex, and Jack.

Jolene Liebl

Hanawalt Welcomes New Principal: Jolene Liebl


Hanawalt is pleased to welcome new principal Jolene Liebl, who is currently serving as Oskaloosa Elementary School principal. She will join the DMPS team after the end of the school year. We will miss Principal Kelly Schofield — who isn’t going far! She has accepted the position of DMPS Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning. Congratulations to both Principal Liebl and Director Schofield! Click on the headline to read more.

Upcoming Events

May 28
Memorial Day
May 30
Year End Celebration
May 31
5th Grade Celebration
May 31
Last Day of School - Early Dismissal
Jun 05
School Board Meeting

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

Bulletin Board

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.

Canvas Login Directions

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.

Visit our Hanawalt Flicker page to check out our current stream of classroom happenings: Hanawalt Elementary Flickr

Calendar of Events


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

Click here for more »