Principal's Message


Joe Niemantsverdriet

Principal’s Message:

As Principal of Harding Middle School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to a new school year.  I look forward to getting to know you and the students of our school and building positive relationships throughout the year.  At Harding, we strive to challenge our students and provide them opportunities for academic, social, and emotional growth.  We pride ourselves on providing our students with rigorous academic courses, high quality music and arts programs, and a variety of athletic opportunities to make their middle school experience rewarding.


The Harding middle School staff is committed to providing your child with the best possible education in a safe and orderly environment.  Our teachers strive to create an engaging and warm environment where adolescents can grow and develop.  We need your support to accomplish these goals.


The middle school years are crucial for the future academic and social development of your child.  They need the support and guidance of their family now more than ever. 


While we spend much of our efforts focusing on providing students a challenging and engaging academic experience, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities also play an important role in many of our students’ middle school experience.  We will hold our annual Harding Club Fair on September 11th  in the cafeteria beginning at 3pm.  Please encourage your son or daughter to join us and identify any clubs that they may be interested in joining this school year. 


In addition to our clubs, Harding Middle School is a member of the Southwestern Conference for athletics beginning in the 7th grade year.  We have school-based teams in Football, Volleyball, Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, Cheerleading, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Softball, Girls Track, and Boys Track.  To be eligible for these athletic teams, students must maintain specific academic standards and be enrolled in either 7th or 8th grade.


We encourage all parents, students, and staff to become a member of the Harding PTSA and to become involved in the activities of PTSA.


We look forward to a very successful school year.  Thank you for your support.




Joe Niemantsverdriet




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