School News

Hanawalt’s Kindness Club needs your help!


The Hanawalt Kindness Club needs your help. We want to spread kindness to the Ronald Mc Donald House of Central Iowa. The Ronald Mc Donald House provides a place to stay for families of sick children that need to be in the hospital for many days or weeks. They are in need of personal care … Read more »

Hanawalt’s Read-a-Thon a Success!


Hawk Families, We are BLOWN AWAY by the support and generosity of our Hanawalt families! Our first Read-a-Thon has been a smashing success! We are so excited for what is to come with the revitalization of our Media Center! Not only did we raise money to buy books, materials, technology, and furniture, we recorded hundreds … Read more »

Read-a-Thon Book Fair


Book Fair for Read-a-Thon coming Tuesday, November 20, 10:00 am until 5:30 pm.

Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Day


Book Character Dress Up Day at Hanawalt Elementary School.

Picture Re-Takes Scheduled for Thursday, November 15!


Sending out a reminder from Hanawalt that if you did not get your picture taken the first time in October, the re-takes are this Thursday, November 15th. If you did get your picture taken in October and are wanting to re-take them, please bring your first packet of pictures back to school on Thursday to … Read more »

Hanawalt’s Read-a-thon is on!


It’s time for a Read-A-Thon! This Read-A-Thon will be the first major PTA fundraiser for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will set a reading goal, gather sponsors, read during the month of November prior to Thanksgiving Break and raise money for our school’s Media Center! Gusto Pizza will be sponsoring our read-a-thon and will help … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Dec 11
School Board Meeting
Dec 14
2nd and 3rd Grade to The Nutcracker
Dec 21
All School Sing Along
Dec 24
Winter Break – No School
Dec 24
Holiday – Offices Closed

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

Bulletin Board

Welcome to the new Hanawalt Elementary School website! Here you can find out what’s for lunch, learn about upcoming news and events and much more. Use the tab menu at the top of the page to find what you’re looking for. Visit our Hanawalt Flickr page to check out our current stream at Hanawalt Elementary Flickr or follow us on Twitter @HanawaltHawks to get classroom updates.


Hanawalt Elementary is excited to be using SchoolCNXT as our family engagement platform. With SchoolCNXT you can read news from Hanawalt. Please contact your child’s teacher orthe office if you are having trouble getting started.

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. Click on the link below for more information about Parent Portal and FAQs.

DMPS Virtual Backpack

We are pleased to welcome you to the virtual backpack for Des Moines Public Schools,  our central hub for information about school and community events and information of interest to students and their families. The new virtual backpack allows the Des Moines Public School District to distribute school and community information electronically to parents, staff, and students. Click here to visit the virtual backpack!

Des Moines Public Schools uses Nutrislice to provide easier and more complete menu information about breakfast and lunch at all of our schools.


Visit DMPS Nutrislice to see what’s for breakfast or lunch at any school on any day of the school year.

Calendar of Events


About Hanawalt Elementary School

225 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

P: 515-242-8411  | E: 

New School Hours: 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM


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 Jolene Liebl

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