Principal's Message


Joe Niemantsverdriet

           The Holiday Season is upon us and I want to take this opportunity to thank the Harding community for all of their support during the first half of this school year.   This is a busy time of year for everyone!  On behalf of the Harding Middle School staff we want to wish you a very Happy Holidays.

            Our winter concert season begins on Wednesday, December 5th with the 7th grade choir, band, and orchestra groups performing at the Civic Auditorium.  On Tuesday, December 18th, our 8th grade band, choir, and orchestra students will perform.  Our 6th grade band, choir, and orchestra students complete our winter concert season on Wednesday, December 19th.  Each of these concerts begin at 7:30pm at the Civic Auditorium.  December 13tht and December 14th, the Harding Drama Club will present the play “Alice in Wonderland” at 6:00pm in the Harding Cafeteria.  Tickets are currently on sale during the lunch periods in the cafeteria.

            This is also a time to celebrate the accomplishment of your child during the first semester and to sit with them and set academic and personal goals before the start of the second semester which begins January 7th with our return from winter break.  The New Year is a time to reflect on past accomplishments and to create an action plan for future successes. We are very proud of the 122 students who made the Distinguished Honor Roll in the first quarter.  These students earned an “A” or “A+” in all of their classes.  There were 153 students that attained Honor Roll in the first quarter.  Honor roll recipients had an overall Grade Point Average of 3.5 or better.  Finally, we had 102 students achieved the Merit Roll, meaning that they attained an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.  The names of these students appear later in this newsletter.  Please join me in celebrating their success!

           Finally, the winter sports season is under way.  Refer to the Harding website for schedules and directions to away games.   

           Please come out and support our Boys and Girls Basketball teams, Wrestling squad and cheerleaders this season. 

           Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season!



Joe Niemantsverdriet








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