In partnership with our families and community, Lakewood City Schools will develop responsible citizens, who are critical and creative thinkers, committed to lifelong learning, invested in a diverse society, and prepared for technological and global opportunities.


Harding Yearbook Sale

The Harding yearbook sale is just around the corner.  Students will receive the yearbook order forms on Monday January 5, 2015.  The yearbook sale will continue through February 14, 2015 the presale cost will be $16.  To order the yearbook please return the order form with payment to the main office or order online at YBPay.lifetouch.com with Yearbook ID Code: 11637115.

Harding students visit Harrison Elementary

As part of the HIROS program, Harding 7th graders in Mrs. Pangrace's classes have been visiting the K-1 ELL students at Harrison Elementary. Harding's students bring books, games, crafts, and sometimes treats to build special relationships with the newcomers to Lakewood, and to help the small ones practice reading and speaking English. The holiday visits have been especially fun and rewarding. To view photo gallery click here.


Fifteen dozen Christmas cookies that were homemade by Harding staff members were donated to the Lakewood Senior Center.  The festively packaged cookies were hand delivered on Thursday December 11th in appreciation of our residents support.  Along with the cookies Christmas cards made by students in the Friends of Rachels club were also given to the Senior Center in celebration of the season.

Hour of Code Challenge

Harding Middle School Computer Applications students took part in the Hour of Code challenge.  Just like President Obama did in New Jersey on Monday, the students coded for part of their class time to complete one hour of coding.  Afterwards they printed their certificates and created a wall of “Hour of Code” Certificates.  The success of this challenge has prompted Mrs. Riggle, computer applications teacher, to start a new club in January that will continue coding education and having some enjoyment too.

Lakewood Hospital Stroke Team visits Harding

Harding Middle School’s 6th grade Health classes had some hands-on learning when the Lakewood Hospital Stroke Team made a visit to their classroom. The Stroke Team visited classes two days to instruct students about strokes and to give students an opportunity to experience things that a stroke victim may experience. The students got a “real” feel for many stroke victim’s daily life activities. At the conclusion of the program, each student received a Certificate of Completion and a wealth of knowledge about strokes and how to prevent them. Thank you to the Lakewood Hospital Stroke Team for bringing this valuable program to our school! To view photo gallery click here.

Best Buy Attendance Award Winner

Harding Middle School is very excited to work with Best Buy of North Olmsted again this year to reach our goal of improving student achievement in our schools.  It is a known fact that student achievement is directly associated with attendance at school. To improve student attendance and achievement at Harding Middle School, we have partnered with Best Buy of North Olmstead to create a school-wide attendance incentive program.  Each academic quarter, Best Buy of North Olmstead will donate awesome prizes to students who achieve excellent attendance.

Our award winner for the first quarter is 6th grader Chloe Fielder!

With continued help from Best Buy of North Olmsted, Harding Middle School is looking forward to increased attendance and increased student achievement this year.



Harding Middle School staff and students showed their respect and support for our country’s veterans during the 16th annual Veterans Day Recognition Program on Monday, Nov. 10. Mayor Michael Summers and Principal Joe Niemantsverdriet welcomed the veterans and reminded students of the importance of taking time to thank those that have served their country.

Cyberbullying Assembly

Digital Footprints and Cyberbullying are issues that Lakewood students think about while at school or at home. On October 29, 2014, Don Stanko, a Columbus police officer and President of the Columbus based Digital Innocence Recovery Group, presented to Harding students his message to raise awareness of Internet safety.  Mr. Stanko’s presentation focused on students’ digital footprints, current apps that may create opportunities for cyber-bullying or online predators, and how to stay safe while on the Internet.


For more information about cyberbullying, digital footprints, and online safety, please visit www.digitaldanger.org or click on the hyperlink above.