Principal's Message


Joe Niemantsverdriet

We are off to a great start this year! This great start is the result of the hard work of our staff and students and also the continued support of Harding parents and guardians.

Our goal is to make sure that every student receives an outstanding education and shows a minimum of a year of expected growth. These first months of school are important as teachers look at data that shows students’ strengths and weaknesses and look at providing a challenging curriculum for every student. Student state testing results for students in grades seven and eight have been distributed by mail with student schedules before the start of the school year. Sixth grade students state assessment results were distributed at open house or by mail following open house.

In addition to the work that is going on academically, the Harding staff is working hard to develop the whole child by engaging them in athletic and extra-curricular activities. Our fall sports teams are deep into their seasons. Please make sure to look on the Lakewood Athletic Department website for all of the upcoming sporting events and come out and support our athletes.

In September, Harding held its annual Club Fair. Students went to the cafeteria after school to receive hand-outs and information about the clubs and activities that our staff provides. Please encourage your child to join an activity or club. Participation in these programs will help them extend their learning and make new relationships. A listing of the current clubs is included in the October issue of the Harding Herald.

Harding Middle School welcomed nationally syndicated cartoonist, Duane Abel, to share four key concepts for success with our students. These four concepts are work, study, learn, and try.

On October 4th, HMS welcomes the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas to hold Court in the Classroom for our eighth grade students will observe and learn about our judicial branch of the government from those directly involved and will observe actual court proceedings being held in our cafeteria that begins at 8:30am and there is limited space for parents to attend if you would like to learn along with our students. Please contact the school if you are interested so that we may have an estimate of attendees.

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place 11/6/19, 11/7/19, and 11/8/19. The link for parents to sign up for ParentTeacher conferences is open:

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, 11/6/19. There is no school for students on Thursday, 11/7/19 and Friday, 11/8/19.

Thank you for your continued support! 


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