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Joe Niemantsverdriet
Principal

 

 

This is Joe Niemantsverdriet, Principal of Harding Middle School.

 

Today we concluded the first quarter of the school year.  As we begin the second quarter on Monday, students are reminded they should be beginning their new related arts course.  In this update you will find reminders about the boys basketball teams tryouts and parent-teacher conference information that were shared earlier this week.  You will also find reminders about our weekly remote learning schedule, meal pick-up hours, chrome book repair hours, and the link to the District 1:1 Technology Agreement Form for All Students and Parents. 

 

Parent-Teacher Conference Information

 

With the first quarter coming to a close, we are preparing for parent-teacher conferences for this school year.  This year, parent-teacher conferences will take place using Zoom and are designed to allow teachers to share information about the students they taught remotely during the first quarter.  We will again utilize the PTC Fast system for parents to schedule their conference times.  Teachers will send out the Zoom links for their conferences to parents closer to the conference window.

 

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place 10/28/20, 10/29/20, and 10/30/20.  The link for parents to sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences is open:

http://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Harding_Middle_School

Use the link above to access PTC Fast, choose the teachers you would like a conference with and follow the directions providing the basic information requested.  Once submitted PTC Fast will send an email with the subject header "Select Date/Time for Teacher Conference Now".  Use the link included in this email to select open time slots for your conferences.  PTC Fast will send a confirmation email with your conference times.

Reminder: school is in session the first day of conferences, Wednesday, 10/28/20. There is no school for students on Thursday, 10/29/20 and Friday, 10/30/20.

 

Boys Basketball Tryouts

 

Hello All!

I hope this email finds you well! I am trying to get information out to the Middle Schoolers about 7th and 8th Grade Boys' Basketball tryouts. Would you be able to get this information out to our 7th and 8th graders/parents?

 

Middle School Tryouts for BOTH GARFIELD AND HARDING (at their respective school gymnasiums):

 

7th Grade Boys - 3:30pm - 5pm October 19th - 21st

8th Grade Boys - 5:00pm - 6:30pm October 19 - 21st

 

First, remember to wear your mask to and from the gym and keep your distance outside the gymnasium and outside of play. Remember to wear athletic clothing, bring your own water bottle, and bring your Emergency Medical Authorization form to the Coach. 

I apologize for any inconvenience! 

 

Thank you and GO RANGERS!

Alex Cammock

Lakewood Boys' Basketball Coach

 

 

Harding Book Club

 

The Harding Book Club continues to hold its meetings weekly.  All meetings will be held via Zoom. Interested students should contact Mrs. Cahill, in the LRC at 216-529-4281 or email her at virginia.cahill@lakewoodcityschools.org.

 

 

Student Attendance for Students in Remote Learning

 

Students engaged in Remote Learning are required to login to their first period Zoom each day at 9:00am for attendance.  Teachers will enter attendance into the school’s system and we will be notifying parents of absent students using the automated calling system as we would when students are present in the building.  If your child becomes ill and will not be on their Zoom classes for a day, please notify the Harding Middle School Attendance Line as you do when the students are present in the building.  The Harding Middle School Attendance Line phone number is 216-529-4311.  

 

 

District 1:1 Technology Agreement Form for All Students and Parents

 

All students enrolled in the Lakewood City School District must complete the District 1:1 Technology Agreement From.  Please use the link below for you and your child to complete and submit this form.

 

                                   https://forms.gle/p2xYYJGC7aB9HMWq9

 

 

Fall iReady Diagnostic Assessments

 

During the first quarter, students completed the fall iReady diagnostic assessments for language arts and math.  The results of these diagnostic assessments will be mailed home to parents along with first quarter report cards.

 

Chromebook Repairs During Periods of Remote Learning

The district technology department is holding Chromebook repair hours as listed below..

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 - 12:30 at LHS, GMS, and HMS

Fridays 10:30 - 12:30 at LHS only

  

 

Typical School Week During Periods of Remote Learning

Every school day – Students log in to their first period class by 9:00am for attendance.  

Monday – Students login to the Zoom classroom for each course throughout the school day following the Remote Bell Schedule.

Tuesday – Students follow the plan their teachers have given them for the day.  This may include small groups of students receiving intervention from their teachers, asynchronous learning activities, or teachers having the entire class login to Zoom for additional whole class activities.  Regardless of the format a teacher is using for the day, the students should use the Remote Bell Schedule for their learning throughout the school day.

Wednesday - Students login to the Zoom classroom for each course throughout the school day following the Remote Bell Schedule.

Thursday - Students follow the plan their teachers have given them for the day.  This may include small groups of students receiving intervention from their teachers, asynchronous learning activities, or teachers having the entire class login to Zoom for additional whole class activities.  Regardless of the format a teacher is using for the day, the students should use the Remote Bell Schedule for their learning throughout the school day.

Friday – Students will engage in a Social-Emotional Learning Activities guided by their first period teachers.  These activities will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  Following this time, students may be engaged in additional intervention by their teachers, case managers, or service providers.  For those students not engaged in these activities, they may use the remainder of the school day to complete any unfinished learning activities from the week to be submitted by the conclusion of the school day. 

 

Meal Distribution During Periods of Remote Learning

 

Free Meals continue to be available for all students.

Grab-n-go breakfast and lunch will be offered every weekday beginning Sept. 8 at LHS, both middle schools and all elementary schools for any enrolled Lakewood City Schools student. If requested, breakfast for the following day may be picked up during lunch service. Students (or parents) may pick up meals at any of the buildings (except for Franklin School of Opportunity). Masks and six-feet distancing will be required at all locations. Please see the district website for the meal distribution schedule.

 

 

Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff,

 

Joe Niemantsverdriet

Principal

Harding Middle School

 




10/19/2020


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