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Math Symposium Highlight of 6th Grade Project symposium

Sixth graders at Harding Middle School recently completed a six-week project-based learning experience that was capped off with an incredible Math in Business Symposium on October 14. The symposium, which included speeches from Mayor George and Superintendent Niedzwiecki, highlighted the end product of students’ work learning about how local business owners use math to help make their businesses successful.

2021-22 Parent Teacher Conference Information
2021-22 Harding Middle Club List

To see a list of 2021-22 Harding Middle School Clubs:

Click Here

COVID-19 Information coronavirus

Click on on the link below for up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases and quarantines among students and staff. 

COVID-19 DASHBOARD
COVID BY THE NUMBERS 
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR PLAN

COVID-19 DISTRICT FAQ
STAFF COVID REPORTING FORM
STUDENT COVID REPORTING FORM

7th and 8th Grade New to In-Person Learning Orientation

7th & 8th Grade New to In Person Orientation will be held on August 16th at 11:00am.

2021-2022 Harding Middle School Open House

Harding Middle School Open House will held on August 26th from 6-8pm.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation will be held on August 10th at 12:00pm and 6:00pm.

20-21 Q4 Harding Middle School Distinguished, Honor, & Merit Roll Lists

To view 20-21 Quarter 4 Distinguished Honor Roll click here

To view 20-21 Quarter 4 Honor Roll click here

To view 20-21 Quarter 4 Merit Roll click here

Celebration of Excellence Honors Academic Stars

Congratulations to the nearly 400 middle school and high school students who are being recognized in the 38th Annual Celebration of Excellence! These students each earned a 4.0 or higher GPA for each of the first three grading periods for the 2020-2021 school year. Celebration of Excellence, which is virtual this year, also recognizes National Merit Commended Scholars and Finalists as well as Lakewood Rangers Education Foundations scholarship recipients. Hats off to all our honorees!

View Celebration of Excellence video

Summer STEM Opportunity for Harding Students PLTW logo
Summer School Registration is Open

Our middle school and high school Summer Learning Program will begin June 7 with in-person classes at LHS. For more information on course offerings and registration, please use the links below. Registration for six-week courses and Session 1 three-week courses closes June 4. Please register as soon as possible. 

Summer Learning Courses & Mail-In Registration Form 
Summer Learning Online Registration Form
 

Summer Reading Information books

All middle school students will be required to read one book from the summer reading list this summer. For the list of books to choose from and more information regarding the summer reading program, click here.

Harding Team Earns Honors in Mock Trial Chareion Doxey

Moving the competition to a Zoom format did not stop members of the Harding Mock Trial team from continuing the Harding tradition of earning Best Witness and Best Attorney awards in the Ohio Center for Law Related Education's Middle School Mock Trial competition. Students competing in mock trials usually appear in a courtroom, in the State Judicial Court House in Columbus, and stand at the podium to deliver opening statements, direct and cross examination, and closing statements, peppered with objections and rebuttals left and right. Witnesses normally rise and are sworn in, sit in the witness stand surrounded by judges and lawyers, and deliver their testimony. 

Picture Retake Day
Spirit Week Flyer 3/15 - 3/19, 2021 Spirit Week
Harding Picture Day February 18th and 19th
Nomination Forms for Harding PTSA Educator of the Year Award and Helping Hands Staff Award
Return to Harding In-person Orientation Presentation
20-21 Q1 Harding Middle School Distinguished, Honor, & Merit Roll Lists

To view 20-21 Quarter 1 Distinguished Roll click Here

To view 20-21 Quarter 1 Honor Roll click Here

To view 20-21 Quarter 1 Merit Roll click Here

District Shares Second Quarter Learning Options

Last week, we notified families that starting October 19th the District will be returning to partial or full in-person instruction, depending on whether the county alert status is at Level 1 (Yellow) or Level 2 (Orange). We know that there may be concern regarding the safety of this return so we wanted to share the extensive safety protocols we have developed in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health that can be viewed on our COVID-19 Building Safety Protocols page

Builders Club

Hello Harding,

Builders Club will have its first meeting this year at 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 1st. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Please join us to learn about what Builders Club is and what type of activities we will be involved in throughout the year. On Harding's website is a Google Form in which you are asked to supply name, homeroom, and grade level if you are interested in participating. Please have form completed by Tuesday, September 29th.  Mr. Spooner will send out a Zoom invitation to those interested in the first meeting." 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18YDzBY5mPN-_2KyWSCx89HdLIuL3uF68gPShUwmROjE/viewform?edit_requested=true

Free Meals Available for First Quarter lunch

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. Click here for meal distribution schedule.

 

Supplies 4 Success Kicks Off supplies

suppliesAs we near the final days of this unusual summer, Lakewood students and their families are preparing to begin a new school year. Since 2011, “Supplies 4 Success” has been a big part of that process. Many Lakewood businesses have collected supplies generously donated by Lakewood families for distribution to neighbors in need. Of course, the challenge of the pandemic means a different plan for Supplies 4 Success this year. The goal is to provide the same support to Lakewood students while protecting the health and safety of our business community and volunteers. Here’s how it will work this year:

New Student Orientation Presentation Available

The presentation from the new student orientation is available for viewing here.

Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation Award Winners Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation Award Winners
Remote Opening to the 2020-2021 School Year

Yesterday, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) issued a recommendation that all schools within its health jurisdiction begin the 2020-21 school year remotely “due to the elevated health risk posed to students, staff and family members” and that schools “discontinue extracurriculars such as sports, band, theater, choir and other activities during the remote learning period.” Read the full CCBH press release here.

Therefore, following the recommendation of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH), the Lakewood City School District plans to begin the 2020-21 school year operating remotely. If conditions change in Cuyahoga County prior to the start of the school year and the CCBH modifies their recommendation, we will adjust accordingly.

Also per the CCBH recommendation, all athletic and other extra-curricular activities will be suspended immediately until further notice. 

8th Graders Earn Awards in Virtual Mock Trial

In May, Mrs. Kreps had a team of four students compete virtually against Menlo Park Academy in the case of the State of Texas versus Warden Walker, a case based on the book Holes by Louis Sachar.  Because the Columbus trials were slated to happen a month into the remote learning phase of school this spring, several teams organized to hold trials virtually with a judge, bailiff, timer, and teams all gathering on Google Meets.  Congratulations are in order to Leah Campbell, who tied with a Menlo Park student for best attorney, and Ashley VanGunten, who won best witness in our trial.  Other participants who went above and beyond as well to contribute to our team on their own time are Reagan Bratko and Zoe Pace.  These 8th grade girls are fantastic lawyers and witnesses who really understand the foundation of the law through their study of Mock Trial.

Harding Middle School Video Yearbook

To view the HMS video yearbook please click here.

Register Now for Summer School Session 2

Our middle school and high school 2020 summer school program began on June 8 in a virtual classroom setting. Registration for 6-week courses and 3-week courses for Session 1 is closed. Students can register for Session 2 courses using the online registration form below. Session 2 classes begin Monday, June 29. 

For more information on 3-week course offerings, please see the brochure below.

Brochure/Course Offerings
Select one:
Online Registration Form
Mail-in Registration Form

Districtwide PE Day Celebration Planned

fitness logoIn honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the District physical education teachers have planned an all-city activity to celebrate. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020 all elementary and middle school students and their families are asked to
go outside in front of their homes and do their favorite physical activity or sport. PE teachers have also planned activities for their specific school buildings as well. To learn more, click here.

Harding Students' Poetry Earns National Publication

quillCongratulations to Harding 6th graders Ella Clasen and Audrey McNulty on having their poetry selected to be published by Creative Communications in a hard-bound anthology of students' poetry from across the nation. Creative Communications has helped to inspire and encourage student writers with our national writing contests for over 20 years. Click "Read More" to read Ella and Audrey's poems. 

Harding Students Earn Jr. Model UN Honors

logoSeveral Harding Middle School students earned recognition for their position papers as part of the Jr. Model UN Spring Conference, which was held virtually April 27-28. Conference officials said all the students' work was "really high quality ... and were full of new ideas." Click "Read More" to see which students were honored and in what category.

Staff Message

Staff Message

HMS Virtual Spirit Week March 30, 2020 - April 3, 2020

HMS Virtual Spirit Week

To enjoy viewing photos of Harding Middle Schools virtual spirit week please click here.

 

Harding School Counseling Google Classroom

Hello Harding Families,

I have created a Harding School Counseling Google Classroom that will feature information on the academic, social, and emotional well being of middle schoolers.  The course code to join is 6cmzeav.  Please email me with any individual concerns.

Wishing you all the best!!

-Mrs. Schuckert

No School Monday March 16, 2020

With the increasing number of positive cases of COVID-19 throughout the state emerging over the weekend, we’re exercising an abundance of caution and we have decided to close all our school buildings (including before and aftercare) tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020.

Coronavirus School Closure Plan

Please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page for the latest information.

Harding Sixth Grade Environmental Entrepreneurial Project

Harding Sixth Grade Environmental Entrepreneurial ProjectHarding 6th grade advanced social studies students had the opportunity to learn about economics and how to be an entrepreneur by collaborating with several Lakewood small business owners. The owner of Brewella’s Coffee and Crepes, Stem Handmade Soap, Root Cafe, Lion and Blue, Freddy Hill Designs, Everarbore Co., Norris Family Chiropractics, and CARE Nonprofit spent the day sharing and working with our young entrepreneurs. 

The students researched issues facing our environment today such as plastic in the oceans and excessive clothing in the landfills. They created podcasts, videos, and presentations sharing their findings and statistics. They then came up with an upcycled product idea, environmental service, or public awareness campaign to do their part in helping to mitigate the problems. As they met with our local business owners they learned how to move into production in preparation for their Market Day where they will have the chance to sell their products to Harding students and staff. They will also be invited to be a part of our annual Harding Shark Tank where they will be given the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of expert entrepreneurs from Lakewood. The proceeds from their businesses will be donated to the environmental organizations of their choosing. 

To view a photo gallery of the event click here.

Harding Club Lends Hand to Senior Shoppers

Shopping at GENearly 10 years ago as a teacher at Garfield Middle School, Pam Thompson saw a need for bringing together girls outside the classroom to form a group that could encourage and support each other during the often difficult middle school years. She wanted a group where the girls could form strong bonds and a sense of belonging. That group became the Margaret Warner Ladies Luncheon Club thanks to a Margaret Warner Educational Grant from the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation and is in its third iteration at Harding

PBIS Student Spotlight

Second Quarter Student spotlight awards breakfast was held on January 16, 2020 honoring students for demonstrating the qualities of a productive, upstanding, helpful student.  The following videos were presented highlighting each student that was nominated:     

6th: https://youtu.be/G1DPAmeYuLs

7th: https://youtu.be/aJOVS_g_zCY

8th: https://youtu.be/b1KcarSWvPA

Staff Spotlight: Coleman & Teer

logoHayes Elementary media assistant Michelle Coleman and Harding Middle School math teacher Quinci Teer are December's Staff Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to these two outstanding staff members! Click "Read More" to find out more about these two hard-working employees. 

Thanksgiving Food Drive Thanksgiving Food Drive

                                                                          

Hello Harding Family,

Harding Builders Club and Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation are sponsoring a Thanksgiving non-perishable food drive. There will be collection boxes out on each of the floors, outside the gymnasium, and outside the main office during conference hours and until the 22nd of November. Please consider those in need during the Thanksgiving season

PTA Hosting "Screenagers" Documentary Viewing

The Lakewood Council of PTAs is hosting a screening of filmmaker Delaney Ruston' documentary, "Screenagers" on Monday, November 11 at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium. "Screenagers" addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on— depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it. This film is recommended for students age 10 and over. It lasts 60 minutes and there will be a Q&A afterward.

Ranger Run 10/18/19

                                                               Ranger Run 2019

Garfield & Harding Middle Schools hosted a 5K walk/1 mile race to support our building wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and student programs on October 18, 2019.  Fun was had by all and we have posted a photo gallery of Harding students and staff participating in the Ranger Run. Click here to see the photo gallery.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place 11/6/19, 11/7/19, and 11/8/19.  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 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".  Click 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. 

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Hello Harding,

Builders Club is sponsoring the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, September 30th from 2:30pm-7:00pm. Student recruiters will be invited to a pizza party sponsored by the Red Cross and Builders Club.  The link for our blood drive is attached below:

https://www.redcrossblood.org/

Let's make this our most successful blood drive to date!"

 

 

Ranger Run FUNdraiser Ranger Run
Harding's Thompson Chosen as CMA Fellow

ThompsonHarding Middle School English Learner (EL) teacher Pam Thompson is on of 10 educators from across Northeast Ohio chosen to be Cleveland Museum of Art Teaching Innovation Fellows for the 2019-2020 school year. She follows in the footsteps of previous Lakewood Schools CMA Fellows Sean McGuan and Autumn Sabin.

Summer Reading 2019

Summer reading assignments are now available:

Middle Schools
High School

LHS First Day for New Students Only

fresh startLakewood High School is excited to introduce a new Fresh Start orientation for the 2019-2020 school year! The first day of school on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 will be dedicated to freshmen and other new students to Lakewood High. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will report for their first day on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Middle School Mock Trial Teams Take Top Honors

Garfield teamGarfield and Harding middle schools each took two teams to Columbus to compete in the statewide Middle School Mock Trial Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, where 47 middle school teams went to trial against each other over a three-day period in early May at the Ohio Supreme Court Building. Each of the schools' team members earned numerous "Best" awards in the process.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Builders Club is once again sponsoring the American Red Cross Blood Drive. The blood drive is on Monday, May 13th from 3-7.

We will have $5 Amazon Gift Cards via email for everyone who donates as well as sunglasses for student recruiters.  Also, each student that recruits a donor, will be invited to a pizza party sponsored by Builders Club.  Sign-ups can be completed from slip provided or on-line.  If done by slip, please turn in to office by Thursday, May 9th.

American Red Cross website: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross and Builders Club

Harding's Maxhimer Named PTA's Outstanding Educator

MaxhimerThe Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 1 at Harding Middle School including thousands of dollars in scholarships to four seniors and the Educator of the Year award, which went to Harding language arts teacher Marc Maxhimer. It was also announced that Maxhimer has been named the Educator of the Year for Ohio PTA District 11 as well.

Football Meeting May 6

football graphic

Art Teacher Vargas Creates Magical Mural

muralHarding Middle School art teacher Cesar Vargas has created an extraordinary piece of art designed to spark the imagination and encourage every student who walks into the school’s library to pick up a book and read. The mural does not disappoint. “I wanted to show the worlds reading can take you to, and that you can read anywhere,” Vargas said of his inspiration for his piece, called simply, “Read More Books.” 

Incoming 6th grade Welcome Night

Harding Middle School PTSA and administration invite the current 5th grade students that will be attending Harding Middle School in the fall and their parents to a welcome night on April 16 at 6:00pm.  The format of the welcome night is a Q&A session.  Parents from the PTSA will be on hand to answer questions from the incoming 6th grade parents.  Current HMS students will be on hand to answer the questions of the incoming students.  The parent session will be in the Harding cafeteria and the student session will be in the Harding instrumental room.  We look forward to meeting many of our incoming 6th grade students and their parents that evening.

Harding's Balliett Awarded Grant to Study Eco Programs Abroad

BaillettHarding Middle School STEM teacher Laura Balliett has been chosen to be a 2019 Fund for Teaching-Jennings Foundation Teaching Fellow. This award will allow Balliett to observe three environmental education programs this summer in Bali, Indonesia and Borneo, Malaysia - the Green School, the Indo Ocean Project, and the Rainforest Discovery Center.

Fox 8 to Feature Students Reciting Pledge May 6 & 29

Fox 8 Morning News Show will feature students from all our District middle schools and elementary schools during its Pledge of Allegiance recitation at 6:40 am. Harding will be featured May 6 and May 29.

Music Boosters Sing & Serve is April 12

Boosters logoThe Music Boosters will host its third annual Sing & Serve event on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6-10 pm in the Lakewood High cafeteria. Join our music teachers for a night of fun, food, and karaoke! There will be Angelo's Pizza meals for $5 and the chance to sing a song with your music teacher! For more details, click here.

8th Grader Qualifies for State Geography Bee

HollandCongratulations to Harding 8th grader Jamie Holland, who has qualified for the Ohio Geographic Bee! Jamie, who is the Harding Bee champion, is one of 100 middle schoolers from across the state who will compete for the Ohio title and a chance to move on to the National Bee in Washington, D.C. Jamie earned the right to take a qualifying test for the State Bee by winning the Harding Bee. The State Bee will take place in April in Columbus. Nationally, more than 10,000 4-8 graders take part in the Bee.

Costello & Williams Share Staff Spotlight

staff spotlight logoCongratulations to Hayes Elementary and Harding Middle School Media Specialist Kevin Costello and Lakewood High Book Room Manager Pam Williams on being chosen as the February Staff Spotlight honorees! Click on Read More to learn more about these deserving colleagues.

2019 State Testing Dates

State AIR Testing Dates are as follows:

ELA Part 1       Grade 7           April 4, 2019

ELA Part 2       Grade 7           April 5, 2019

ELA Part 1       Grade 8           April 9, 2019

ELA Part 2       Grade 8           April 10, 2019

ELA Part 1       Grade 6           April 16, 2019

ELA Part 2       Grade 6           April 17, 2019

Science Part 1 Grade 8           April 24, 2019

Science Part 2 Grade 8           April 25, 2019

Math Part 1     Grade 7           April 30, 2019

Math Part 2     Grade 7           May 1, 2019

Math Part 1     Grade 6           May 2, 2019

Math Part 2     Grade 6           May 3, 2019

Math Part 1     Grade 8           May 7, 2019

Math Part 2     Grade 8           May 8, 2019

 

Student Spotlight Winners

spotlightCongratulations to our December Student Spotlight honorees! Click on the links below to see who is honored in each grade:

8th Grade
7th Grade
6th Grade

Drama Club Winter Play

Drama Clubs performance of "Alice in Wonderland" will be held in the Harding Middle School Cafeteria on Thursday, December 13th and Friday, December 14th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Tickets will go on sale the week after Thanksgiving. Adults $3.00 and Students $1.00.

Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day has been scheduled for Monday, October 22.  Ripcho Studios will be at Harding for the morning only (8:15am-10:30am).  Any student that needs a retaken photo should bring their orginal picture package to the photographer for retakes. Any student that missed Harding's picture day the first time should get their picture taken on retake day. Order forms are available in the main office if needed.

Conference Sign up

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place 11/7/18, 11/8/18, and 11/9/18.  The link for parents to sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences is open:

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

Use link above to PTC Fast, choose teachers you would like a conference with and follow directions regarding inputting basic information. Once submitted PTC Fast will send an email with the subject header "Select Date/Time for Teacher Conference Now".  Click 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 11/7/18. There is no school for students on Thursday, 11/8/18 and Friday, 11/9/18. 

Discovery Math Techbook Presentation

The presentation from Sept. 20 on the new Discovery Math Techbook program can be viewed at the following links:

PDF version
Google Doc version

Harding Picture Day

Harding Student Picture Day is Friday, September 7th.  Students will have their picture taken during social studies classes.  Picture forms will be sent home with students in the days prior to picture day. Pictures will be available for order online at www.ripchostudio.com using the online password 548hardms.

Parent Teacher Conferences Update

Correction To:

The Harding Middle School Calendar for 2018-19 year 

November 7th: Parent Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 

There IS School on November 7th

Middle School Celebration of Arts on May 22

Our third annual District Celebration of Arts is set for Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The event will be in Harding's gym from 6:30-7:30 pm and is an open house format for all middle school students and their families. This year will feature writing, art, STEM, Strolling Strings, and Mock Trial teams. Students should let their Language Arts teacher know if they plan to attend this event.  

State Testing Dates

ELA Part 1          Grade 8           April 10, 2018
ELA Part 2         Grade 8           April 12, 2018
ELA Part 1          Grade 7           April 17, 2018
ELA Part 2         Grade 7           April 18, 2018
ELA Part 1          Grade 6           April 19, 2018
ELA Part 2         Grade 6           April 20, 2018
SCI Part 1           Grade 8           April 24, 2018
SCI Part 2          Grade 8           April 25, 2018
Math Part 1        Grade 8           April 30, 2018
Math Part 2       Grade 8           May 1, 2018
Math Part 1        Grade 7           May 3, 2018
Math Part 2       Grade 7           May 4, 2018
Math Part 1        Grade 6           May 8, 2018
Math Part 2       Grade 6           May 9, 2018

HMS Builders Club Community Outreach

     HMS Builders Club

The Builders Club at Harding Middle School has focused its community outreach and fundraising efforts this year around the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society to support their effort in researching cures for blood cancer.  

Recently, the HMS Builders Club sponsored a Kona Truck fundraiser at the school which raised $649.  Throughout the year, the HMS Builders Club has also partnered with the PTSA to sell suckers at HMS home sporting events, and established an online fundraising page with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society's Student Series titled Every Hero Needs a Squad.  Thus far, the HMS Builders Club has raised $980.  

Here is a link to the HMS Builders Club's online Leukemia/Lymphoma Online fundraising page: http://events.lls.org/pages/noh/Harding-Middle-School-2018 

In addition to their work supporting the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, the HMS Builders Club sponsored a blood drive in the fall for the American Red Cross and has scheduled another blood drive for the American Red Cross for May 7, 2018.  Please consider signing up to donate blood through our blood drive.

Let's show how much Harding cares!

Thank you from your Harding Builders Club

Harding 7th Grader Qualifies for State Geography Bee

Jamie HollandCongratulations to Harding 7th grader Jamie Holland, who has qualified for the Ohio Geographic Bee! Jamie, who is the Harding Bee champion, is one of 100 middle schoolers from across the state who will compete for the Ohio title and a chance to move on to the National Bee. 

Harding Builders Club Fundraiser

Harding's Builder Club is teaming up with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society of Cleveland to fundraise this spring. We are kicking off our fundraiser with an assembly and visit from the Kona truck this Friday, February 23rd. Shaved ice will be available after the assembly. The prices are: $3.00 for a 12 oz, $4.00 for a 16 oz., and $5.00 for a 22 oz. (show flyer) 1/2 of the proceeds will go to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. 

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an on-line fundraiser. Students who are the top fundraisers in each of the grade levels will be invited to a pizza party sponsored by Builders Club. Forms for the on-line fundraising will be coming to your 9th period classes on Friday.

There will also be spirit days once a month and a raffle for Cleveland Indians' items. Stay tuned for these exciting events!

Our goal as a school is $1000.00 by the end of the year! Let's show how much Harding cares!"

8th Grade Scheduling Night Presentation Available

If you were unable to make the 8th Grade Scheduling Night session on Jan. 24, you can view the presentation at the following link: 8th Grade Scheduling

8th Grader Inga Wilhelmy Earns Top Art Awards

Inga WilhelmyCongratulations to 8th grader Inga Wilhelmy on earning three recognitions in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing contest, including a Gold Key, the highest honor. Inga also earned a Silver Key and an honoralbe mention for her work. 

The Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the regional competition that recognizes creative achievement in area 7-12 grade students. The young artists compete for cash prizes, medals, and scholarship awards. A panel of local professional artists, art educators, writers, and writing educators jury the exhibit and select the awarded pieces from nearly 3,000 entries. Students who receive Portfolio Awards and Gold Key Awards continue to the national competition held in the spring in New York City.

This year’s regional winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on January 13 at the Cleveland Institute of Art and their work will be on display in the CIA’s art gallery through January. Congrats again to Inga!

PTSA Meeting

PTSA Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 has been changed to

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7pm.

Harding Drama Club News

Attached here please find behind the scenes photos of Harding Middle School's upcoming production of 4AM. Pictured are ensemble members working hard on music, playing theatre games and developing unusual characters under the direction of Ms. Brittany Gaul with assistance from LHS student Rylie Elswick. 

Harding PTSA to Hold Chipotle Fundraiser Nov. 21

chipotle logoJoin the Harding PTSA at Chipotle on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 5-8:30 pm and help raise money for the parent group. Mention Harding PTSA or show this flyer and 50% of your bill will be donated to the group. Start your Thanksgiving holiday early with no cooking and head to Chipotle!

Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out

A big congratulations to our 7th grade AM choir for winning 2nd place in the Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out Competition!  They competed against 18 other schools and have earned Harding a cash prize for their original song, Me and the Media. Awesome job 7th grade!  You did it!

Runners Shine in District, State Meets

joe burtzlaffDan GarciaCongratulations to senior cross country runner Joe Burtzlaff (far left), who finished 7th of 96 runners at the Divison 1 District championship meet Saturday and advanced to the Regional meet on Oct. 28. Also shining on the cross country course was Harding 8th grader Danny Garcia, who placed 5th in the state at the Ohio Middle School cross country championship meet on Sunday. Congrats to both these fine runners and their coaches!

Schools Raise $2,000 For Hurricane Relief

hurricane check groupWhile the suffering continues in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Marie, students and staff at Harding Middle School and Harrison, Hayes and Lincoln elementary schools are doing their part to help. Art teacher Cesar Vegas initiated the donation drive and combined, these schools, raised more than $2,032 for relief efforts. Representatives from the Cleveland Foundation and Julia de Burgos Cultural Art Center, who are helping to facilitate donations through the Puerto Rico Community Foundation were on hand at Harding Oct. 19 to accept the money raised. Click here to make your own donation.

Harding Blood Drive

The blood drive held at Harding Middle School on Monday, October 16th, had a goal to collect 31 pints of blood.  The Harding Middle School community had a total of 50 registered donors.  The Red Cross collected a total of 42 pints of blood – 135% of goal!  You donations will have an impact on the lives of up to 126 local hospital patients!  Thank you to the Harding Middle School community – students, parents, faculty, and especially  Harding Builders Club for volunteering their time to be great HMS ambassadors!

Harding 8th Grader Is SWC Cross Country Champion

danny garciaCongratulations to Harding eighth-grader Danny Garcia, who won the Southwest Conference middle school cross country title with a time of 11:08 in the two-mile race. Other top 10 finishers for the championship meet, held on Oct. 14, were James O'Donnell (7th) and James Toole (9th), both of Harding. The team will compete Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Middle School State Championship meet in Columbus. 

Ripcho Studio Picture Retake Day Friday, October 20, 2017
Harding Holding Blood Drive on Oct. 16

blood drive logoHarding Builders Club is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, October 16 from 2:30-7:00 pm in the school's gymnasium. Students who recruit a blood donor will receive a gift from the Red Cross.  Donors can also sign-up for a specific time on the Red Cross Rapid Pass page at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. Rapid Pass can only be used on the day of the blood drive.

spirit week schedule

On Monday, August 21st, 2017 Harding Middle School welcomes all our students to the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.  In addition to being the first day of school, August 21st is the day for a rare solar eclipse.  Safety of our students is the most important concern we have.  As such, we ask parents to review with students the importance of not looking directly at the sun unless they are wearing glasses or a filter that has been certified as appropriate for such viewing.  Even when using appropriately certified devices, students should limit their viewing of the sun to no more than the time identified as safe for the specific device they are utilizing.  

We have received many request from parents to consider an appropriate method to share this opportunity with our students.  Attached to this email is a permission slip for parents to print out and complete if they would like their child be permitted to view the partial eclipse during school using ISO certified viewing glasses.  All students without a signed permission slip in hand will also be able to experience viewing the solar eclipse in our gymnasium as we will be projecting coverage of the solar eclipse on screens set up within the gym.

Many of the science teachers also plan to share information about eclipses with the students in their classes on August 21st to help them better understand why the sun will be partially blocked during the day.  Click here for permission slip

Harding Picture Day

Harding Student Picture Day is Friday, September 8th.  Students will have their picture taken during social studies classes.  Picture forms will be sent home with students in the days prior to picture day. Pictures will be available for order online at www.ripchostudio.com using the online password KZK9CP3B.  


 

Harding Orientation

Attention incoming 6th grade families:

Harding Orientation is on Tuesday, August 15th.  Please attend 1 of the following sessions:

Afternoon Session:  12pm – 1:30pm

Evening Session: 6pm – 7:30pm

Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for orientation and chromebook distribution.  Students will receive their schedules and locker assignments.  

Any family unable to attend orientation will receive their packet of information in the mail following orientation day.

Fall Sports Preseason Meeting Set for July 20

Ranger logoFor those interested in playing a fall sport for the 2017-2018 school year, there will be a OHSAA-required preseason meeting for parents and athletes on Thursday, July 20 at 6 pm in the Harding Middle School Gym. 

Grade Level Award Assemblies

Grade Level Award Assemblies are as follows:

Grade 6:  6/2/17   9:30am - 10:26am

Grade 7:  6/5/17   1:30pm - 2:52pm

Grade 8:  6/6/17   8:30am - 9:42am

Memorial Day Ceremony Salutes Our Fallen Veterans

veteransVeterans gathered along with the staff and students of Harding Middle School on Tuesday to commemorate Memorial Day as Superintendent Jeff Patterson, Mayor Mike Summers and keynote speaker Ret. Col. Jim Riley of the U.S. Army  urged the students to never forget the sacrifice that our fallen veterans made for them. 

Harding Cirque de Science Fun for Whole Family

science logoThis year's annual Harding science carnival, organized by teacher Ann Pesta, is called the Mary Sue Hongosh Memorial Cirque de Science as the proceeds will benefit the Reading Nook at Lincoln Elementary. Hongosh was a longtime Lincoln teacher who died last year. The carnival is Wednesday, May 17 from 6-8 pm and will have lots of interactive games designed by students. Admission is $1. Click here for more info. 

EVENING WAS CELEBRATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL CREATIVITY

cello playersMIddle schoolers and their parents celebrated a school year full of excellent progress in writing, the arts and STEM disciplines with the Middle School Celebration of the Arts held May8 at Garfield Middle School. Parents were able to view and comment on student writing samples, check out hand-crafted STEM design projects and visual art pieces, listen to the Strolling Strings and see how our Power of the Pen and Mock Trial teams did. It was a wonderful evening celebrating a year of accomplishments! View Photo Gallery here.

Immunization Reminders & Clinics for 6th, 11th Graders

syringeThe Ohio Department of Education has required immunizations for students entering 7th and 12th grade. The District will be holding immunization clinics at both middle schools and the high school in May. Please read the appropriate letter to find out more on how to report your immunizations and dates and times for the clinics: Harding students  Garfield students  LHS students

Harding Exceptional Men’s Club Enjoys Virtual Reality

On April 10, 2017, The Harding Exceptional Men’s Club welcomed General Manager of Best Buy in North Olmsted Matt Romance and Playstation VR representative Kaylee Stocksdale to discuss career goals and careers in technology related fields.  Mr. Altman, HMS Science/Social Studies teacher, wanted his club members to get real world experience discussing careers. 

The students enjoyed two hours of after school time on a new Playstation VR set up and discussed with representatives their future goals and plans. Click here to see photo gallery.

Summer School Registration Begins May 1

Registration for the Lakewood City Schools' summer school program for high school and middle school begins May 1. Session 1 runs from June 9-29 and Session 2 from June 30-July 21. Click here for more information on classes and how to register.

HARDING BLOOD DRIVE!

Those who come to donate blood at Harding Middle School on Monday, May 8th from 2:30pm-7pm will have a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift card shopping sprees from GiftCertificates.com. Learn more at www.redcrossblood.org/giftcertificates_sweepstakes.  Sign up for your appointment at www.redcrossblood.org, or on the Donor App, using Keyword: HardingMiddleSchool

HARDING COLLECTING SAVERS DONATIONS APRIL 29

recycle logoDoing some spring cleaning over Spring Break?  Please save those things for just a couple more weeks. It can translate into money for the Harding PTSA. Bring your donations to the Savers truck at Harding (in parking lot behind the school) between 10 am- 1 pm on Saturday, April 29. Four hundred bags of clothing amounts to about $1,000! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! For more information, click here.

 

Middle School Celebration of the Arts Set for May 8

the arts logoOn Monday, May 8 from 7-8 pm, Garfield and Harding Middle Schools will host a Celebration of the Arts and Open House. This event will showcase a year of learning for our students in their writing workshop, art, and STEM classes. The event will take place in Garfield's cafeteria for all middle school students and parents to attend. Garfield and Harding Strolling Strings ensembles will combine to perform at the event. Come help celebrate the success and growth of our students as writers, artists, musicians, and scientific problem solvers!

Middle Schools Earn Top Awards, Ratings in Mock Trial

gavelOver two Fridays in in late March, the Garfield and Harding Middle Schools’ mock trial teams traveled to Columbus to compete in the statewide Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. The group of 7th and 8th graders came away with high ratings and awards for Best Lawyer and Best Witness.

HARDING STUDENTS CONNECT WITH ARCHAEOLOGIST

On March 29, Kevin Spooner's and Donna Tomlin's social studies classes at Harding MIddle School had a Google Hangout with world-renowned Indus Valley of Southeast Asia archaeologist Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer of the University of Wisconsin. Students posed questions that included trade, culture, government, and his experiences on several digs. View a slideshow from the experience here.

 

Standardized Testing Schedule

March 28 - 8th Grade Language Arts                    April 27 - 6th Grade Social Studies
March 29 - 8th Grade Language Arts                    April 28 - 6th Grade Social Studies 
March 30 - 7th Grade Language Arts                    May 1 - 8th Grade Math
March 31 - 7th Grade Language Arts                    May 2 - 8th Grade Math 
April 4 - 6th Grade Language Arts                         May 4 - 7th Grade Math
April 5 - 6th Grade Language Arts                         May 5 - 7th Grade Math 
April 25 - 8th Grade Science                                  May 8 - 6th Grade Math
April 26 - 8th Grade Science                                  May 9 - 6th Grade Math

HARDING PAIR COMPETE IN CHEMISTRY CHALLENGE

ChanterSeckersCongratulations to Harding Middle School eighth-grader Anastasia Seckers and seventh-grader Amanda Chanter, who this past Saturday competed in the "You Be The Chemist Challenge" at the Great Lakes Science Center. Only 30 of the 1,600 students who took the written chemistry and general science test qualified for the competition, and Harding had two of those qualifiers! Both are students of Ann Pesta. The winner of Saturday's challenge was Alex Masgras, who is the son of Grant Elementary teacher Christine Masgras.

HARDING RECEIVES ITS SANDY HOOK PROMISE AWARD

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Congratulations to all the students and staff in the Say Someothing Club for their hard work in organizing the Say Something Week in October that resulted in an Award of Excellence from the Sandy Hook Promise organization. A Sandy Hook representative presented the award, one of only three in their category given out in the country on March 2. Garfield shares the award with Harding Middle School, which received its award March 1.

MORE THAN 30 PROJECTS IN SCIENCE FAIR

The Harding Science Fair had over 30 projects entered and judged. Topics ranged from psychology to statistics and a few physics projects thrown in for fun.  The top three finishers were eighth-graders Anastasia Seckers (Harping on Harp Strings), Mira Getrost (Reading Emotion), and Cara Harmon (The Stroop Effect). Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to those who donated time to judge!

MIDDLE SCHOOL WRESTLERS ADVANCE TO STATE

logoWrestlers from Garfield and Harding middle schools had an impressive weekend with five athletes moving on to the State Championship Tournament. Competing at the state tournament will be Harding eighth grader Jayden Jackson (146 lb. weight class), who is undefeated this season at 41-0, Garfield eighth graders Brandyn Bates (154 lb.), and Tico Jones (176 lb.) and Garfield seventh graders Nistor Krizan (146 lb.) and Rubyn Semedo (114 lb.).

middle schools earn Sandy Hook promise award

wristbandsGarfield and Harding Middle Schools have earned a runner-up award from the Sandy Hook Promise organization for their participation in Say Something Call-to-Action week in October. The schools won in the Student Spirit, Creativity and Sustainability category. The two schools will split the $500 award to go toward sustaining Sandy Hook Promise activities in our schools. The schools will host the Start with Hello Sandy Hook program in February.

8th Grade Parent/Student Night @ LHS Set for Jan. 23

There will be a meeting for parents and 8th grade students who plan to attend Lakewood High School next year:

When:  Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7 pm 
Where: Lakewood High School – Civic Auditorium       
What:   Information about scheduling for students planning to enroll in Lakewood High School in fall 2017.

If you have any questions or are unable to attend, please call the LHS Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Diamond, at 216-529-4032.

Junior Model United Nations

Select sixth graders at Harding Middle school participated in the Junior Model United Nations. Model UN is a program that let’s kids at middle schools and high schools participate in a debate. Students work with a partner and are given countries and committees. Each committee has two topics based on what the committee does and the students are supposed to study their topic and how their country feels about the topic. Everyone gets together on two days and debates in their committees on how to solve the two problems. It benefits students in many ways like learning how to collaborate and debate. The students of Harding Middle School all enjoyed themselves at Model UN. We hope to do it again next year.

HARDING 7TH GRADER WINS POSTER CONTEST

posterCongratulations to Harding Middle School seventh-grader Eric Abramczyk on winning a poster contest for the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District out of more than 200 entries. The theme of the contest was "Lake Erie Starts Here" and is about how our connection to Lake Erie starts at home, or at school, or wherever  go during your day and that your actions affect the lake as we are all a part of the Lake Erie Watershed. Eric received $50 for his winning poster!

Geography Bee Is Coming...

Harding is preparing for the National Geography Bee. Coming in January, all students will be invited to participate in the first round of the National Geography Bee in their social studies classes. Grade level champs will be determined and the winner of the second round will go on to take the qualifying test as our building champion. Certificates and prizes will be awarded. It’s time for everyone to brush up on geography knowledge and take advantage of the many online resources. Good luck Harding students!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS PART OF "STOP THE HATE: YOUTH SING OUT"

choirThree choirs each from Harding and Garfield Middle Schools competed in the "Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out" at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event was sponsored by the Maltz Museum and Roots of American Music and is a program that combines anti-bias training with the power of music.  

Ocular Service Management

Has your child had an Eye Health and Vision Examination?

80% of what a child learns in school is through their eyes.

Ocular Services Management will be performing eye examinations at Harding Middle School on Monday, November 28th.  The exams are paid for by parents’ insurance, government assistance programs and vouchers for those children who do not have insurance.  Please contact Katy Corrigan, RN at 529-4413 with questions or to set up an appointment.  Click here for Parent Letter and here for Questionnaire to enroll your child. 

Visit from Ms. Sameen, a Pakistani lawyer
OHSAA PRESEASON WINTER SPORTS MEETING IS NOV. 1

For parents of middle school or high school students interested in playing a winter sport, there is a preseason OHSAA meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Harding's gym from 8-8:30 pm.

HARDING PARTICIPATES IN SANDY HOOK "Say Something" Week

Honoring the pledge to support the Sandy Hook Promise organization and its message of violence prevention, Harding Middle School, and thousands of other schools and youth organizations across the country including Garfield Middle School, participated in the second annual Say Something Call-to-Action week October 24-28. 

Sandy Hook Promise Say Something Week

Harding Middle School is proud to participate in the Sandy Hook Promise Say Something week this October 24-18.  As a way to carry forward our assembly message, Mrs. Dalton and the Say Something Club will have activities planned during our lunch periods.  By participating in Say Something Week this October 24 – 28, HMS is joining hundreds of schools and youth organizations across the United States to empower young people to prevent tragedy and save lives. 

Please follow @LkwdHarding and/or @SSullivanLCS to see more of the fun!  Go Rangers!  

8th Graders Hear Stories from World War Two surviviors

Seven Harding Middle School eighth graders were privileged to hear stories from two survivors of World War Two on Monday, Oct. 17. Former German citizens Briggette and Manfred Porschke spoke about what it was like during and after the war. Rationing, living conditions, food, American soldiers, and air raid shelters were just a few of the topics mentioned. The eighth graders are also learning about the war through their reading of the Newbery Medal book "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry.

HMS Students Storm the Q Arena for Pre-Season Game

HMS student fundraiser VIPs attended the CAVS pre-season game versus the Orlando Magic on October 5.  The CAVS beat the Magic, but the real fun was had by students who attended the game with their friends and family. 

In partnership with Great American Fundraising, HMS students could earn free CAVS tickets to the October 5th game versus the Magic for participating in the school fundraiser.  Students who earned the VIP CAVS party also had a chance to participate in a shoot around on the CAVS court, earn prizes during a CAVS trivia game, and high five players as they entered the court. 

Mr. Sullivan, Assistant Principal, chaperoned the field trip along with other staff members.  “I have never seen our students so excited,” said Sullivan.  “They literally couldn’t sit still!  It was so nice to see our students enjoying time with their friends and family and watch the CAVS bring home a win.” 

To see pictures from the CAVS fieldtrip, check out the photo gallery. Click here.

Go CAVS!  

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR VISITS MIDDLE SCHOOLS

The author Susan Campbell Bartoletti shared her insights on writing in a visit with students at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The award-winning author of primarily non-fiction books for children and teenagers such as "Hitler Youth," "The Boy Who Dared" and "Growing Up in Coal Country," shared her method of writing and answered many interesting questions from the students.

OLYMPIAN & RANGER GRAD SHARES INSPIRATIONAL STORY

                              

Mr. Spooner's and Mrs. Barnes' language arts classes at Harding Middle School were honored to welcome Lakewood High grad and Olympic marathoner Makorobondo "Dee" Salukombo on Friday. Dee spoke to the group about his experiences; both living in the Congo and his transition to living in the United States. The inspirational visit will surely impact these Harding students for a lifetime! Thanks go out to Mr. Wheeler for helping us make contact with Dee! Finally, please consider supporting Dee's foundation, Project Kirotshe, to help bring educational opportunities to his native Congo.

 

SUPERINTENDENT GIVES AN UPDATE ON WEEK'S INCIDENTS

We wanted to give an update to our Lakewood City Schools community regarding the incidents that have occurred throughout the District since this past weekend. At approximately 1:25 p.m. today, September 21, a Lakewood High School student was arrested and charged by the Lakewood Police Department with inducing panic as a result of making false claims indicating that he had knowledge about a gun at Lakewood High School. This incident was immediately investigated by police in collaboration with school administration. This incident was the most recent in a string of incidents that have occurred since the initial threat at Lakewood High was discovered on Friday, September 16. Below is an update and timeline of those incidents:

A SECURITY UPDATE FROM PRINCIPAL NIEMANTSVERDRIET

Today we had additional information brought forth by students and parents regarding the copycat incident yesterday. We continue to have courageous and responsible students speaking up for the safety of our community. Details of today's incident must remain confidential to protect the integrity of the student discipline and police investigations. At no time was our students' safety at risk. We encourage our parents and students to continue to contact us or the 24-hour security hotline at 216-227-5311 if they have any other information. We continue to work closely with the Lakewood Police Department to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

HARDING HOSTING BLOOD DRIVE OCT. 17

Harding Middle School will be holding a blood drive on Monday, Oct. 17 from 2:30 - 7 pm. Donors can make an appointment online by clicking here. The sponsor code to sign up is Harding Middle School. Donors can also use the Red Cross' Rapid Pass tool to do much of the paperwork online from home, cutting up to 15 minutes off of your appointment time. Click here  to access Rapid Pass.

HARDING TEACHER TURNS TO COMICS TO CONNECT

Teachers are always striving to make a connection with their students and looking to teach their curriculum in a way that engages the students, which is often easier said than done. While many educators and school districts are turning to technological tools to engage kids,Harding Middle School STEM teacher Laura Baillett has been creating curriculum content with a decidedly old-fashioned technique. Balliett has spent her past few summers creating curriculum in comic form.

CHEERLEADERS HOSTING ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SEPT. 7

The middle school and high school cheerleading squads will be holding a fundraiser at Angelo's Pizza on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Mention the cheerleaders or show this flyer when you order and 20% of your bill will go toward the cheerleading program. The offer is good for dine-in or carry-out as well as gift cards and t-shirts.

FALL SPORTS PARENT MEETING SET FOR JULY 26

Parents, if your 7th-12th grade child is interested in playing a fall sport, please plan to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, July 26 at 6 pm in the Harding Gym. If you have questions, please call the Athletic Office at 529-4034.

HARDING PTSA HOLDING JAMMY BUGGARS FUNDRAISER TODAY

Help out the Harding Middle School PTSA by dining in or ordering out from Jammy Buggars today. Fifteen percent of the bill will go toward the PTSA if you mention the group when you order. Offer is good for lunch or dinner.

BEST BUY SUPPORTS PERFECT ATTENDANCE AT HARDING

On May 23, members of the Geek Squad from Best Buy of North Olmsted came to Harding Middle School to challenge the HMS teachers and staff to a friendly game of kickball to support perfect attendance.  Matt Romance, the general manager at Best Buy of North Olmsted was on hand to raffle off cool tech prizes to students who achieved perfect attendance during the 4th quarter. 

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS NOW AVAILABLE

All students at the middle and high school levels are required to do summer reading assignments. Middle schoolers will all read I Am Malala and high schoolers will all read Field Notes From A Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change in addition to specific class assignments.
Middle school assignment
High school assignments

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE HONORED AT CELEBRATION

Our academic superstars were in the spotlight at the 33rd Annual Celebration of Excellence, held May 11 at the Civic Auditorium, as the District honored 251 students in grades 6-12 for having achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this school year. 

JOIn H2O in Decorating Graves on May 28

H2O will once again be assisting veterans to place flags on graves of 2,000-plus veterans at Lakewood Park Cemetery on Saturday, May 28, beginning at 9 am. Students require a permission slip to attend. A lunch will be served after the flag planting is complete. Click here for more information and the required permission slip.

WRITING PROGRESS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

Middle school students and their families gathered together on May 3 to celebrate the progress they each have made this year as writers. The evening was organized to toast the hard work and great results achieved through working with the District’s new writing curriculum, Columbia Writing Workshop, or as students refer to it, “workshop.”

LHS to host "Hidden in Plain Sight" exhibit for parents

Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments. The display, called “Hidden in Plain Sight,” is what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager.  But amidst the clutter are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity. “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display at Lakewood High School in Room A107 on Monday, May 9.

HARDING MOCK TRIAL TEAM SHINES IN STATE SHOWCASE

The Harding Mock Trial team took top honors at the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase on April 22 as the team of seventh- and eighth-graders won seven of eight possible awards in its four trials. The seventh-grade team earned an overall "Superior" rating and the eighth-graders earned an "Excellent" rating.

SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE

The application and course offerings for Lakewood City Schools' 2016 Summer School program is now available. Sessions begin June 6 and June 24, 2016.
Summer School info & application

JOIN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITING CELEBRATION

Middle school students and families are invited to celebrate a year of writing progress on Tuesday, May 3 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Garfield Middle School cafeteria. Students must attend with a parent or guardian and bring along one copy of a published writing piece from this school year. Registration for the event is requested before April 29 at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/LWn0nRokCe?

 

PARENT RESOURCE FAIR SET FOR APRIL 27

The Lakewood Collaborative and Ranger 360 will be hosting "Parent University," a parent resource fair to be held Wednesday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Harding Middle School. The fair will include a resource room with nonprofits from the area and breakout discussions on stress & anxiety and sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. For more details, click here.

AIR Testing Schedule

The AIR testing schedule is shown below with the subject and grade level noted:

April 12      ELA 6
April 13      ELA 6
April 14      ELA 7
April 15      ELA 7
April 19      ELA 8
April 20      ELA 8
April 26      Math 6
April 27      Math 6
April 28      Math 8
April 29      Math 8
May 3        Math 7
May 4        Math 7
May 5        Social Studies 6 and Science 8
May 6        Social Studies 6 and Science 8



 

 

 

 

 

8th, 9th GRADERS EXCEL AT NE OHIO SCIENCE FAIR

Lakewood City Schools' eighth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held the week of March 14 at Cleveland State, led by Garfield Middle School's Evan Bell and Claire Martin and Harding Middle School's Emma Carson winning second-place awards in their categories.

MOCK TRIAL TEAMS SELECTED

After three days of intense questioning and legal arguments in the Harding Middle School Mock Trial playoffs, final 7th and 8th grade teams emerged and are ready to head to Columbus on April 22 for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase competition. More than 14 judges, attorneys, Lakewood Board of Education members, and administrators presided over the six trials and scored the 65 student participants to determine who would make the final teams.

SPRING SPORTS PRESEASON MEETING MARCH 16

There will be a OHSAA preseason meeting for parents and athletes of the spring sports teams  on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 pm in the Harding Middle School gym. All are encouraged to attend.

FOX 8 WEATHER SEGMENT FEATURES HARDING STUDENTS

The "Weather From Your School" feature on Fox 8's Morning News Show traveled to Harding Middle School on March 9 to highlight some of the student's STEM and science projects, and also give the weather forecast. You can view the various segments here.

Harding Newscrew February 24, 2016

Our Harding Morning News crew proved themselves once again. They successfully filmed today's news in the absence of their two loyal advisors, Mr. Costello and Mrs. Kilgore.  The supervising staff member was very impressed with this amazing group of students!

 

National Geographic Bee

                              

This year Harding participated in the National Geographic Bee. The students put forth great effort reviewing state, national, and global geography facts. After the preliminary competition, grade level champions were determined. The sixth grade champion this year is Zyerion Doxley, seventh grade champion is Ryan Britt, and the eighth grade champion is Cameron Levis. After the second round of competition, Cameron reigns as Harding's 2016 National Geographic Bee champion. Cameron has moved on to the State Qualifying round. Congratulations to all of our building champions!

To view a utube video of the awards presentation click the following link

https://youtu.be/-RnBz7DrwQg

ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER FEB. 24 FOR HARDING DC TRIP

Angelo's Pizza will be hosting a fundraiser for the Harding Middle School 8th Grade Washington, D.C. trip on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 11 am-midnight. Any dine-in, carryout or delivery order that shows this flyer or mentions Harding will have 20% of the bill put toward the trip.

7th & 8th grade Middle School Fastpitch Softball

Attention any 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing middle school fastpitch softball.  This Wednesday, February 10th, there will be a player and parent meeting at 6:15pm in the Harding Middle School cafeteria.  Please attend if you want to be a part of the first ever Lakewood Middle School fastpitch softball team.

HARDING GOES DIGITAL WITH SCIENCE FAIR PRESENTATIONS

Harding science teacher Ann Pesta put a new and modern twist on the age-old science fair presentation. Pesta went digital. All of the Harding eighth graders who completed a science fair project filmed their presentations, then Pesta – with some help from a tech-savvy relative - created a web site to showcase all of them.

HMS Students Holding Fundraiser for Nanze Organization

As an extension of the HMS summer reading book Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, Mr. Maxhimer's 8th grade Language Arts classes have taken on numerous service projects as part of the "Be The Change" message. The final service project of the year raised money for the Nanze Organization to help build schools in Malawi.

HARDING HIROS PROGRAM RAISES $1,600 FROM PJ DAY

Students in Harding's HIROS program raised more than $1,600 on Friday simply by letting students wear pajamas to school. Students who wanted to wear PJs had to make a $3 donation. The money raised will go to Catholic Charities' Sweet Dreams program to provide warm bedding for refugee and immigrant families. Nice work, Harding!

STOP THE HATE: YOUTH SPEAK OUT ESSAY CONTEST

 

 

 

 

Our Lakewood middle school choirs are participating the Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out Essay Contest.  After a very successful performance at the Youth Sing Out back in October, students are now encouraged to write an essay in less than 500 words encouraging others to Stop the Hate.  But it is not just the choir students who can benefit from this contest.  Any middle school student is eligible to write an essay and enter the contest.  Mrs. Franks class has already join in!  If you would like to be a part of this contest, simply go to maltzmuseum.org/stop-the-hate for complete rules and information.

This year’s prompt for grades 6-10: In 500 words or less, describe a time when you or someone you know close silence or inaction over speaking up in a difficult or uncomfortable situation.  What was the harm in not doing or saying something?  What did you learn from that experience and how will it influence your actions in the future?  All entries must include real life experiences.  Essays are due December 4, 2015

STUDENTS HEAR "BE A HERO" MESSAGE WITH XPOGO

Students enjoyed an “extreme” message on Nov. 9 when members of the XPogo team visited and shared their message “Be a Hero.” All grades filled the gym to hear the “Be a Hero” message and to see amazing pogo stunts. Covering bullying, supporting friends, and overcoming obstacles, the XPogo team conveyed their “Be a Hero” message in between jumping and flipping on pogo sticks, and even a stunt to jump over Principal Niemantsverdriet. Students were reminded to “Be a Hero” every day for themselves, their family, and their friends. 

 

 

NOV. 22 RECITAL TO BENEFIT MUSIC FUND, SCHOLARSHIPS

Join the Lakewood High band program for a recital on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 pm at Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton Blvd. There is no admission fee, however donations will be accepted and will benefit the George P. Read Music Fund and music lesson scholarships. 

Harding Parent/Teacher Conferences

To schedule parent/teacher conferences click here.

OHSAA WINTER SPORTS PRESEASON MEETING SET FOR OCT. 29

An Ohio High School Athletic Association preseason meetingis scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 pm in the Harding Middle School Gym. This meeting is for parents who have a student in grade 7-12 who will be playing a winter season sport. Students are encouraged to attend as well.

PARENT INTERNET SAFETY EDUCATION NIGHT SET FOR OCT. 13

Garfield Middle School and the Garfield PTSA are hosting an informational presentation on Internet safety on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6-7:30 pm. Members of the Digital Innocence Recovery Group, which is dedicated to the prevention of Internet-related crimes by equipping students and parents with the prevention principles, strategies, and tools to safely navigate the digital world, will give a presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session. The presentation is for adults only. H2O will provide child care in the Garfield Gym. Click here to RSVP for child care.

Foundation awards $800 for recess/PE EQUIPMENT

Each year Jordan's Family Foundation donates money to the schools with the highest percentage of students in attendance at Fitness Fits Everyone, held Sept. 26. This year's grand prize winner is Lincoln Elementary, receiving $500. Second place honors go to Harding Middle School, receiving $200, and Horace Mann Elementary received $100 for third place.

Harding Yoga Club

Harding's Yoga Club had a full turnout for its first meeting. Students from all grades were invited to join.

SUMMER READING BOOK AUTHOR VISITS MIDDLE SCHOOLS

District middle school students had the privilege this week of hearing from the author of this year’s summer reading book, “Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie,” by Jordan Sonnenblick. “Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie” is a story about Stephen, a 13-year-old whose family’s life turns upside down when Steven’s 5-year-old brother is diagnosed with cancer.

Attention Harding MS Parents

Please be aware that Picture forms and Progressbook Login information will be coming home with your students today 8/20/15.  If you need additional information, please don't hesitate to call our offices.  

STUDENT ART SHOW RAISES MONEY FOR HARDING

Belah Tuskes, who just finished eighth grade at Harding Middle School, was the featured artist for the second installment of The Mary Proctor Project on June 14 at Over the Moon Ceramic Studio in Lakewood. The show collected $120 in donations that will go to the Harding Art Department. The Proctor Project found Belah through Harding art teacher Jan McAndrew. To learn more about the Mary Proctor Project, visit Mary Proctor Project on Facebook.

8th grade dance slideshow

Thank you, Mr. Costello, for putting together a great student slideshow for the 8th Grade Dance!

 

8th Grade play "If These Walls Could Talk"

Friday, May 29 the eighth grade students of Harding Middle School took the stage one last time to bid fond memories a farewell, and look forward to new adventures.  With the performance of "If These Walls Could Talk". To view the photo gallery click here.  We wish them the best of luck in high school.

“Parting is such sweet sorrow..” –William Shakespeare

 

CAR WASH JUNE 6 TO BENEFIT NEPAL EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Lakewood HIROS Program students are planning another fundraiser to help the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal. The car wash is Saturday, June 6, at Donato's in Lakewood (corner of West Clifton and Detroit) from 10 am-12pm. Cost is $5 and all funds will go directly to the American Red Cross for Nepali relief. HIROS' goal is to raise $2,000 to help Nepal, home to many of our Lakewood neighbors. 

8th Grade Semiformal Dance

Attention Eighth Grade Families!  Semiformal Dance is for current Harding 8th graders only.

The Eighth Grade Semiformal Dance is Friday, June 5 at 6:30pm

... A Night on the Red Carpet    

Cost of the dance is $5.00 which includes: DJ, dancing, photo booth, pizza, snacks, chocolate fountain, photo 'movie' of the eighth graders...lots of fun!

Send in your pictures! There will be video running with pictures as a 'movie' at the dance.  We are looking for pictures of eighth graders as a baby or toddler and photos from Lakewood elementary school events that include Harding friends. Digital Photos can be sent to the following email address: Hardingdance2015@gmail.com or sent in to school and given to Mr. Costello in the LRC on a CD or flash drive, clearly labeled with your name.

HARDING MAY 28 ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT NEPAL VICTIMS

Please join Harding's HIROS program on Thursday, May 28 at Angelo's Pizza for a fundraiser to help raise money for the Nepalese earthquake victims. Angelo's will donate 20% of your order to the cause. The offer is good open to close and for takeout, dine-in or deliver. Click here for the flyer or just mention HIROS program/Nepal when you order.

Harding 6th Graders visit Beck Center

 

Sixth graders had an opportunity to experience a live performance of "Oliver" at the Beck Center on Thursday.  Classmate Kate Healy dazzled the audience with her singing and dancing talent.

HARDING HIROS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTED ON WKYC-CH. 3

Watch this video from WKYC-Channel 3 and see how Ruth Pangrace's HIROS program has brought together two groups of students that might otherwise not have found each other.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL SPORTS MEETING SET FOR MAY 21

There will be a meeting held at Garfield Middle School Thursday, May 21, at 6 pm for all sixth- and seventh-grade students who are interested in playing a fall sport. Students will be able to sign up for a sport, get information regarding sports physicals and pick up  participation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 11
Mrs. Hauer's sixth grade students visit Lakewood Public Library

Mrs. Hauer's sixth grade Language Arts students were privileged to hear a presentation by accomplished author Shelley Pearsall at the Lakewood Public Library.

OMEA Solo & Ensemble Contest

Congratulations to the outstanding Harding vocalists who performed at OMEA Solo & Ensemble Contest.  All students received superior and excellent ratings in their events, including the Harding Singers who received a superior rating for their song "Ride the Wind".  Other outstanding events included Angie Amato, Emma Nagy, Ivy Rook, Lily Fordu, Noel Herakovic, Maddy McFarlin, Abbie Tuleta and Stephanie Posedel.  Great job Harding students!!!

Efforts of HARDING'S "student 360" highlighted on WKYC-CH. 3

WKYC-Channel 3 turned its spotlight on the Student 360 program at Harding Middle School as part of its weeklong series on domestic and dating violence. Click here to see what important work our Ranger 360 leaders and students are doing.

HARDING MOCK TRIAL TEAM TAKES TOP STATE HONORS

The Harding Mock Trial team took top honors at the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase on April 17 as the team of seventh- and eighth-graders swept all the awards in its four trials. The seventh-grade team also earned the highest rating of “Superior” and the eighth-grade team earned the second-highest “Outstanding” rating.

PARENT RESOURCE NIGHT SET FOR APRIL 29

The Lakewood Family Collaborative and Ranger 360 will be hosting a Parent Resource Night, Wednesday, April 29, from 6-8:30pm, at Harding Middle School. The organizers aim to promote and provide access to valuable resources and education for parents in our community, with a focus on critical issues that Lakewood youth face every day.

H2O SUMMER CAMP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

Applications are now being accepted for this year's H2O Summer Service Camp, which runs in four sessions from June 16-Aug. 7. The camp is for 7th-9th graders with limited availability for 6th graders. Applications are due April 30. 
H2O Summer Camp Application

BACHMAN BRINGS HIS "LIVING LOUD" MESSAGE TO STUDENTS

Solon High School senior Justin Bachman brought his message of acceptance and tolerance to Harding students and 5th graders from Grant, Hayes, Horace Mann and Lincoln on Tuesday, March 31, delivering it with his unique brand of “Living Loud” drawn from his own experiences living with Tourette Syndrome and ADHD.

HARDING TEAM HEADED TO STATE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITON

Twenty Harding Middle School students will delve into the American judicial process in a very hands-on way as two Harding teams will travel to Columbus to compete in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase competition on April 17.

SLEW OF SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS INCLUDE TWO 1st PLACES

Lakewood City Schools excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held the week of March 9 at Cleveland State, led by Garfield Middle School students Evan Bell and Christine Larson, who won first-place awards in their category.

PTSA Dance March 27, 2015

The last quarter PTSA dance is on Friday, March 27, 2015, click to see flyer here.

GIFTED PROGRAM RESCHEDULED MEETING IS TONIGHT

The Gifted & Talented program information meeting is rescheduled for 7 pm Tuesday, March 3 at Horace Mann Elementary School, 1215 West Clifton (parking off of Webb Road).  This meeting will follow the same agenda as the Feb. 26 meeting.  The purpose of the meeting is to share the gifted committee's progress to date with the audience and to gather ideas about the strengths and needs of Lakewood's gifted programming.  These thoughts will help inform the committee of any concerns that may not have been addressed to date.  

This is not a meeting regarding final programming decisions. All are welcome!

 

8TH GRADE PARENT LHS SCHEDULING PRESENTATION

For those 8th grade parents who may have missed the presentation at LHS on Feb. 17 about the scheduling process and new graduation requirements at the high school, you can view the presentation here.

2nd qtr winners highlight of Best Buy attendance game

 

Congratulations to 7th graders Kitty Crino and Hind Abukhalil, who were the winners of the second quarter attendance incentive raffle prizes provided by Best Buy, North Olmsted. To celebrate the student body's good attendance, the Best Buy Geek Squad took on the Harding staff in spirited game of basketball. Look for more attendance prize winners for third quarter!

HARDING STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN DAY OF SILENCE

On Feb. 4, 45 7th and 8th graders in Harding’s Student 360 group participated in the school’s first ever Day of Silence. Student 360 members vowed to be silent in order to call attention to the silencing effect that dating violence and abuse has on teens.

Chipotle Feb. 25 Fundraiser to Benefit Harding PTSA

Help support our PTSA by dining in or ordering out from the Lakewood Chipotle from 4-9 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Half of the proceeds from your check will go to the PTSA. Just show them this flyer on your phone or print it out, or mention Harding PTSA at checkout. See you there!

February PTSA Meeting

The Harding February PTSA and the LHS 8th grade parent scheduling meeting are scheduled for the same date and overlapping time.  To allow parents to be involved in both, we are moving the Harding PTSA meeting, it will take place at LHS in room A227 beginning at 7:30pm on February 17, 2015.

PROGRAM BRINGS ELL STUDENTS, AMER. PEERS TOGETHER

Ruth Pangrace's HIROS program (Helping Immigrants & Refugees Obtain Support) at Harding has been bringing her 7th & 8th graders together with ELL students at Garfield, where students are learning they have much more in common than they do differences. Watch this video to see how both groups are learning from and enjoying each other.

Harding PTSA Meeting

There has been a location change for this month's Harding PTSA meeting.  The meeting will take place in the Hayes LRC at 7pm on January 20, 2015.

LTA RAFFLE BASKETS TO BENEFIT LAKEWOOD CHARITIES

The Sounds of the Season concert on Dec. 17 & 18 will feature 38 raffle baskets sponsored by the Lakewood Teachers Association and for the benefit of several Lakewood charities. Tickets for both the concert and raffle can be bought in advance through the LHS Bookroom, 216-529-4047. You don't have to attend the concert to participate in the basket raffle. View raffle info and basket descriptions here

Wellness Fair Fun for All

Harding students enjoyed a fun-filled and educational Wellness Fair Thursday, Dec. 4. They learned about the eight dimensions of wellness: physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, environmental, occupational, social and intellectual. Thanks, Nurse Katy Corrigan, for organizing and all the local community organizations that made it such a success! Click here for a Photo Gallery.

Strong Showing for Classroom of Champions Team

The Harding Classroom of Champions team came on strong and held the lead for a while in the academic competition at St. Ed's on Nov. 13, but ultimately fell to winner Lakewood Catholic Academy. The team finished second with 260 points to LCA's 340. St. Thomas More came in third.

The team consisted of Captain Tim Daso, JT Bobik, and Abby Allio. Alternates were Nikoy Norris and Brendan Ours. They competed against the winners Lakewood Catholic Academy and St. Thomas More. The team, led by advisers Mrs. Pangrace and Mrs. Ryan, made Harding proud, and we look forward to competing again in Academic Challenge in the Spring. 

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 SALUTES VETERANS AT ANNUAL CEREMONY

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.

DISTRICT SURVEY SEEKS INPUT ON SCHOOL CALENDAR

During this school year, a committee is studying the concept of a longer school day and/or a modified school calendar to provide opportunities to reach our goal of becoming one of the Top 20 school districts in Ohio. The committee's charge is to gather input from all stakeholders in the community. Please take the following survey to help the committee focus its work and gauge reactions to a variety of calendar ideas:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7R56SCS

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.

Dee Makorobondo visits HMS September 17th

Dee Makorobondo, Lakewood’s record holding track star, aspiring Olympian, and an African refugee, visits the classes of Mrs. Pangrace as part of the HIROS project. Dee inspired the students with harrowing tales of hardship, starvation and  persecution before he finally came to Lakewood High School. Dee emphasized the values of education, positive attitude, faith, and giving back to others in an unforgettable presentation.

PRINCIPALS ACCEPT ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

Harding Summer Reading

Don't Forget Your Summer Reading

This year's summer reading book is "Wonder" by RJ Palacio.  All middle school students are required to read the book, view the videos, and answer questions related to the story.  Please refer to the summer reading link on the left of this webpage for full details.    Assingments are due August 29th and will be a significant part of the first quarter langauge arts grade.

Happy Reading and Choose Kind!

New Student Orientation

All incoming 6th graders and new students are invited to attend the Orientation Presentation on Thursday, August 21, 2014.  There will be two sessions for your convenience.  Session 1 begins at 1:00 pm.  Session 2 begins at 6:00 pm.  Both sessions will begin in the Cafe with a brief presentation by the Principal, Assistant Principal, and the Guidance Counselor.  The sessions will last up to 1 1/2 hours.  You will be able to walk the halls with a copy of your schedule.  6th grade students only will be able to locate your locker and try your combination.  All other students will be assigned a locker by their homebase teacher on the first day of school.

CITY COUNCIL HONORS POWER OF PEN TEAM, PANGRACE

                                 

The Lakewood City Council at its June 16 meeting paid tribute to the Harding 7th & 8th grade Power of the Pen teams for their sweep of the Regional tournament in the statewide competition. Social studies teacher Ruth Pangrace was also honored for earning the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Master Teacher Award for 2014. Congratulations to all!

HARDING FINIISHES 6TH IN STATE IN POWER OF THE PEN

The Harding Middle School 7th & 8th grade Power of the Pen teams combined to finish 6th in the state in the creative writing competition held May 23 at the College of Wooster. Eighth-graders Veronica Lee and Casey Chanter led the way, finishing 25th and 26th, respectively, out of 350 8th-grade writers.

HARDING STAFF SERVES ACES FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE

On Thursday, May 29, staff members from Harding Middle School challenged the Best Buy Geek Squad of North Olmsted to a friendly game of volleyball to support Harding’s attendance incentive program.  The attendance incentive program strives to raise student awareness of the connection between good attendance and academic success.

HARDING CIRQUE DE SCIENCE A GREAT FAMILY EVENT

Harding Middle School's 5th annual Cirque de Science will take place from 6-8 pm on Thursday, May 22. This is a family friendly, hands-on event that combines science and fun. There will be science shows, food, games and prizes. Admission is $2. Click here for more details.

PANGRACE WINS PRESTIGIOUS MASTER TEACHER AWARD

Out of hundreds of nominees from across the state, Harding Middle School’s Ruth Pangrace, has been awarded the prestigious Master Teacher Award for 2014 by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. The award recognizes the most effective educators in the state – one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level – and rewards them with $7,500 to use for an educational project.

OMEA 7th Grade Large Group Contest 5/16/14

Harding Middle School is pleased to announce the success of the 7th grade choir, under the direction of Mrs. Lisa Richards, at OMEA Large Group contest this past Friday.  This prestigious contest holds choirs to the highest standards.  The 7th grade choir remarkably received straight 1's, which means that all three judges gave them a superior rating for an overall rating of Superior.  This quite an accomplishment, especially for a 7th grade choir.  Congratulations!!!

 

$10 SPORTS PHYSICALS OFFERED MAY 20 & 22

The Athletic Department is offering sports physicals for $10 for middle school and high school athletes for the 2014-2015 school year. Boys' physicals will take place Tuesday, May 20, from 3-6:30 pm and girls' physicals will take place on Thursday, May 22, from 2:30-6:30 pm, all in the LHS East Gym. Click here for more details and the physical form to fill out.

HARDING BATTLEBALL CLUB DONATES $750 TO MAKE-A-WISH

The Harding Battleball Club likes to refer to itself as “Battleball for a Cause” and the club made good on its name on Friday when it presented a check for $750 to the local office of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Lakewood City Schools is now accepting registrations for high school and middle school summer school sessions. Click here for the summer school information and registration form.

Fall Sports Meeting

Attention!  All Parents, and Athletes Planning on Participating on one of Next Year’s Harding Fall Sports Teams.  Important Meeting.

On May 15th, any parent of a Harding student intending on playing either volleyball, football, cross-country or cheerleading should plan on attending this important meeting.  The meeting will take place in the Harding gym at 7:00 p.m.  Eligibility and pay to participate will be discussed, forms passed out, information about summer training, and the August start of the season will be addressed.  Coaches will be there to meet with you and talk about their specific program.  This is an opportunity to hear first-hand, program and coaching expectations.  This meeting is intended for parents and any boy or girl in the 6th or 7th grade who plans on participating in a fall sport next year.

Go Harding     Go Lakewood     Go Rangers!

MS CHOIRS LATEST BENEFICIARIES OF ORCHESTRA RESIDENCY

The Cleveland Orchestra's At Home in Lakewood neighborhood residency continues to benefit our music department even prior to the residency's main week of activities May 18-24. Harding and Garfield Middle School Choirs were treated to coaching by the Orchestra's assistant choral conductor, Dr. Lisa Wong.

HARDING'S PESTA TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL TV

Harding Middle School science teacher Ann Pesta will be featured as the Science Teacher of the Week on the TV show, COSMOS, which airs Sundays at 9 pm on Fox. Pesta will be on at the end of the show this Sunday, April 20. The Harmon Family, which includes one of Pesta's former students, nominated Pesta for the honor. If you've ever been in Pesta's fun and energized classroom, you know this honor is well-deserved!

OMEA Solo & Ensemble Contest Saturday, April 12 at Tri-C West

Congratulations to the outstanding vocalists at OMEA Solo & Ensemble contest this past Saturday at Tri-C West.  It takes a lot of hard work and a desire to grow as a musician to participate in this adjudicated event.  Mrs. Richards commends you on your performances.

BLIZZARD BAG ASSIGNMENTS

Click here to access the Harding blizzard bag assignments due April 28.

Sport Physicals Tuesday May 20th Boys Thursday May 22 Girls

Any athlete who is planning on participating in a Ranger sport next year should mark these dates down.  Between the hours of 3:30 and 6:30 in the East Gym at Lakewood High, athletic physicals will be given.  All physicals are good for one calendar year.  Cost is only $10.  Payment can either be cash or money order.  No personal checks will be accepted.  If you take advantage of this great opportunity you must arrive the day of the physical with an approved O.H.S.A.A. physical form.  You can pick this up in the Lakewood High Athlectic Departemtn or from Mr. Gerhardt at Harding or go online to LHS Athletics.  It must be signed and completed by a parent or guardian.  If it is not, you will not be able to get a physical at this time.

Imagine having this done for next year already and at this great price!  In addition, all the forms will be turned over to the Lakewood High Athletic Department so next year you won't have to worry about this form at all!

         Go Harding!                       Go Rangers!                    Go Lakewood!

HARDING STUDENTS PLACE 15TH IN STATEWIDE MATH CONTEST

In February, students in Mrs. Martzolf’s sixth-grade math classes at Harding took part in the annual Ohio Math League Contest. The sixth-graders with the highest scores were Jonathan Cupak, Terence Checkett, Cameron Levis, Ella Chanter and Halina Dreger.  Their team score of 116 ranked them 15th out of 75 sixth-grade teams in the state. Cameron Levis also placed 12th in the state individually.

Harding Teacher Chosen District PTA Educator of the Year

Harding Middle School is pleased to share one of our own has been selected as the PTA Educator of the Year for Lakewood Council of PTAs.  Below is the text from the announcement.

"Harding Middle School PTSA is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Pangrace as this year’s selection for PTA Educator of the Year for Harding Middle School. Her nomination was forwarded to the Council level. Ms. Pangrace was then selected as the Educator of the Year for Lakewood Council of PTAs and will represent the Lakewood City Schools at PTA District 11.

An excerpt from her nomination form:

Ruth Pangrace is an outstanding team member at Harding, with a commitment to quality education, not only classroom instruction but with her total commitment to extracurricular activities.  These activities allow students the chance to compete from an academic standpoint in a variety of competitions.  It gives these students a chance to find success in nontraditional ways. 

Congratulations go to Ms. Pangrace for her excellence and commitment to our Harding students. Harding PTSA was thrilled to hear of her selection at the Council level. Harding teachers have now been acknowledged 3 years in a row as Educator of the Year!" - Karen Lee, President Harding PTSA

Harding Family Frisbee Challenge

Ms. Teri Knapp, Physical Education teacher at Harding Middle School, organized a Family Frisbee Challenge for her current students and their family members. The event took place Thursday night, March 20, from 6 to 8. The Harding students took on parents and family members in a competitive game of Ultimate Frisbee. Fun was had by all with the students winning the game with a final score of 58 to 56. Ms. Knapp would like to thank everyone involved for making this event such a success. She hopes to organize more events for Harding families in the future.  For more photos of the fun, please go to the Photo Gallery Quick Link.

HARDING FINISHES 3RD IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS

The Harding Middle School team finished third out of 40 teams behind Incarnate Word Academy and St. Christopher  in the Classroom of Champions competition, which held its finals April 9 at St. Ed's. Congrats to team members Kevin Cush, Abe Dalisky, Captain Veronica Lee, alternates Calvin Dolatowski, Zachary Howe and advisers Ruth Pangrace and Mary Kay Ryan. Earlier in the day, Harding & Garfield Academic Challenge teams combined to earn third place in another academic competition in Independence with 13 other schools.

Harding Middle School OAA Calendar (Revised 2/25/2014)

Due to the number of calamity days experienced across the state, the Ohio Department of Education has permitted districts more time before the annual Ohio Achievement Assessments are administered.  The revised calendar for Harding Middle School is

April 28 - 8th grade Reading

April 29 - 7th grade Reading

April 30 - 8th grade Math

May 1 - 6th grade Reading

May 2 - 8th grade Science

May 8 - 7th grade Math

May 9 - 6th grade Math

Please ensure your son/daughter has plenty of rest during this time.

HARDING SWEEPS POWER OF PEN REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

Harding Middle School swept the Power of the Pen regional competition at St. Joseph Academy on March 15 with both 7th and 8th grade teams taking first place out of the 66 schools competing. Only the top 50% of writers from the district competitions are invited to attend the regionals. All 12 of Harding's 7th and 8th grade writers qualified.

COURT BRINGS JUDICIAL SYSTEM TO LIFE FOR STUDENTS

Thanks to a mobile Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, eighth graders at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools were able to see their government in action without ever having to leave school.

Yearbook Sale

The deadline for ordering the 13-14 Harding yearbook is Friday, February 14.  The yearbook sale is a separate sale for this year and was NOT included in any photo packet price.  The yearbook is on sale for $16, cash (exact change please) and checks are accepted in the main office.  You can order online at YBPay.lifetouch.com with Yearbook Code:  11637114.  The order form can be accessed through the downloads link under QUICK LINKS on this webpage (left hand column)

6th grade Science Classes Explore Cells

Students in Mrs. Martzolf's sixth grade science classes are busy exploring and investigating key cell organelles and functions of both animal and plant cells.  Thank you to the Harding Middle School PTSA for partnering with the school to provide these learning tools.

Cyber-bullying Prevention

Bullying and Cyberbullying are issues that Lakewood students may encounter while at school or at home.  To combat bullying, Harding MS has established the Friends of Rachel club, Harding Ambassadors, and PRIDE Program to help students develop positive interactions with each other while at school and at home.  Because of the rapidly changing environment online, however, Internet safety is an issue that our students need to understand.

On February 11, Don Stanko, a Columbus police officer and President of the Columbus based Digital Innocence Recovery Group, presented to Harding students his message to prevent cyber-bullying and to raise awareness of Internet safety.  Stanko touched on definitions and effects of face-to-face and cyber-bullying, current apps that may create opportunities for cyber-bullying, and how to stay safe while on the Internet.

For more information, please visit www.digitaldanger.org or click on the hyperlink above.

A "SLAM DUNK" FOR HARDING ATTENDANCE PROGRAM

On Friday, Jan. 31, staff members from Harding Middle School challenged the Best Buy Geek Squad of North Olmsted to a friendly game of basketball to support Harding’s attendance incentive program.  While previously at LHS, the attendance incentive program strives to raise student awareness of the connection between good attendance and academic success. 

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS ADVANCE IN POWER OF THE PEN

The district's middle school teams have advanced the most writers in years to the Regional round of the Power of the Pen competition, following an outstanding showing in the first round Jan. 18, including first place overall for Garfield 8th grader Izzy Ostrowski and third place for Harding's 7th grade team.

BEST BUY TEAMS WITH HARDING TO PROMOTE ATTENDANCE

On Jan. 31, the Best Buy Geek Squad will come to Harding Middle School to challenge the Harding staff in a basketball game to support Harding's attendance incentive program.  As part of the program, the Best Buy Geek Squad will raffle off three Kindle Fire HD tablets during half-time to students who have had excellent attendance during the 2nd quarter. 

 

7TH GRADERS TAKE THIRD IN POWER OF PEN

The successful legacy that the district has built in the Power of the Pen competition continues as Garfield’s Izzy Ostrowski captured first place among 8th graders and Harding’s 7th grade team captured third overall at the district-level competition held Jan. 25.

HARDING TAKES FIRST IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS ROUND

The Harding Classroom of Champions team convincingly won its preliminary round in the the Academic Challenge-style tournament held at St. Edward High School on Jan. 15.

 

Music Department

As many of you know, the Cleveland Orchestra is going to be in residency in Lakewood this spring.  Because of this, the Civic Auditorium has had to make some schedule changes to accomodate them.  These changes have affected our 7th and 6th grade concerts:

7th grade orchestra/choir/band (originally 5/19) will now be 5/5
6th grade orchestra/choir/band (originally 5/21) will now be 5/7

The updated schedule for all May Concerts will be:
May 5      7th Grade
May 6      8th Grade
May 7      6th Grade

Thanks to everyone for their flexibility!

Athletic News

Girls basketball season will start Jan. 28th with a game at Sailorway MS in Vermilion.  The first home game will be Feb. 4th versus Avon.  Games begn at 4:30 pm.

The PTSA sponsored Concession Stand is always looking for volunteers to help staff the Boys/Girls Basketball games.  Email Nicole.m.solomon@hotmail.com if you are interested in helping out.  Hours are from 4:15 - 6:30 pm, home game days.  Consider splitting the time with another 7th or 8th grade team parent.

Harding Talent show

Harding will be having a PTSA sponsored Talent show on January 31.  there will be two shows: 3:30 and 6:30.  Both perfomrances will be in the Harding Cafe.

Parents interested in volunteering can email Hardingptsa@gmail.com.  We will need volunteers for backstage help/concessions/tickets etc.

CHAMPS, HARDING STUDENTS TEAM UP FOR SCIENCE

Students from Horace Mann’s CHAMPS program, for students with developmental disabilities, recently received some hands-on lessons in science with a little help from their new 8th grade friends at Harding Middle School. It was a perfect match.

WESTSHORE LEADERS HOSTING SKATE PARTY OVER BREAK

The Westshore Young Leaders Network is hosting a Pre-New Year’s Skate Bash for area middle and high school students to celebrate the New Year. The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm on Sunday, Dec. 29, at Serpentini Arena @ Winterhurst. 

STUDENTS SKYPE WITH CULTURAL REVOLUTION SURVIVOR

Students in Mrs. Sheils’ and Ms. Pollner’s Harding Language Arts classes on Dec. 11 had the treat of Skyping with author Ji-li Jiang. Students had read her memoir Red Scarf Girl – the story of two years of her life during the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1960s. 

HARDING CEREMONY SALUTES VETERANS' SERVICE

Veterans from across generations and from all the Armed Forces branches gathered on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Harding Middle School as part of the 17th Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Harding staff, students, and Help To Others (H2O) service group.

SIXTH-GRADERS REWARDED WITH BOWLING OUTING
Ninety-six sixth-grade students participated in a field trip to Madison Lanes last Friday. The students showed off some of their best bowling skills!  Students earned this reward by having no more than three missing assignments in any academic subject during the first quarter.  Each quarter the number of missing assignments will decrease by one. By 4th quarter, students will be rewarded for no missing assignments!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzCHIVUf82w

SIXTH-GRADER CAPTURES WINDOW WALK'S BEST IN SHOW
Logan Snyder, a sixth-grader at Harding Middle School, won Best in Show (grades 6-8) for her window at the Sweet Spot in this year's Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Halloween Window Walk. This is the third year Logan has won Best in Show. Congratulations, Logan!
FOX 8 FEATURE'S HARDING TEACHER GANNON
On Tuesday, Fox 8 ran a feature on Harding math teacher, Mary Gannon, who is an inspiration to all who know her. Watch here.
Boy's Basketball

A note about basketball.  Believe it or not the boy’s season is just around the corner.  The first day of practice will be Monday, October 21st.  As we get closer to tryouts make sure your son listens to the announcements for more info.  Before anyone can tryout an athlete must have a current (within a year of participation) OHSAA physical form completed.  You can get one by going online to Athletics at LHS and clicking “forms” or by seeing Mr. Gerhardt.  It must be given to the coach the night of the first practice.  Having a physical “on file” with the recreation office does not meet this requirement.  It must be in the hands of the coach that night.

Go Rangers!

 

Life Touch Photos

Life Touch will be here on Friday, September 27.  Photos of all students will be taken during the morning periods. Informational envelopes were sent home with your student on Thursday, Sept. 5.  Tomorow, photo reminder slips will be sent home with your student.  Photo packages envelopes are also available in the main office.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS PARTNER WITH BEST BUY FOR ATTENDANCE

Garfield and Harding middle schools are very excited to work with Best Buy 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 our schools, Garfield Middle School and Harding Middle School have partnered with Best Buy of North Olmsted to create a school-wide attendance incentive program.

LAKEWOOD ALUMNI FUNDRAISER BENEFITS SCHOOLS

All are welcome to attend the Salute to the Lakewood City Schools Homecoming celebration Sept. 26-28, 2013.  The celebration will benefit the Lakewood Alumni Foundation and the Lakewood City Schools.  Please see the newletter entry for more information.

HARDING ATHLETICS

Dear Parents of Harding Athletes:

Please vist the Harding Athletics link, on the left in the Quick Link section, for the schedules of all the Fall sports.  Each Rank One Sport schedule will allow you to see the current schedule and also to enter an e-mail for any updates to the specific schedule.

 

Thank you

MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATIONS SET FOR AUG. 15

Middle school orientation for new students and their parents will be held on Thursday, August 15. Two orientation sessions will be offered on that date at each middle school. The first session will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the evening session at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to attend either session. Parents who are home during the day are encouraged to attend the daytime session.

FALL SPORTS PRESEASON MEETING SET FOR JULY 23

All students and parents are welcome to attend the Fall Ohio High School Athletic Association preseason informational meeting on Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium. New Athletic Director Sean Jackson will lead the meeting.

2013 SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS

All students are required to do a summer reading assignment before the start of school next year. Please click here to learn more about the required summer reading. Click here to see video trailers of the book selections.

HARDING HOLDS SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE

Veterans and their families gathered along with the staff and students of Harding Middle School on Thursday, May 23, to commemorate Memorial Day as speakers such as the Commander of the Veteran's Council and Superintendent Jeff Patterson urged the students to never forget the price that many have paid for their freedom.

$10 SPORTS PHYSICALS AT EAST GYM MAY 21 & 23

The Athletic Department has arranged for our student-athletes to receive a sports physical for $10 on May 21 (boys) or May 23 (girls) from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Lakewood High's East Gym. Click here for more information.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO CELEBRATE BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY MAY 8

Garfield and Harding Middle Schoolswill join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8.  Organizers hope to see hundreds of students riding to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders. This first annual Bike to School Day is being presented by Bike Lakewood with support of the middle school principals and staff, along with the City of Lakewood, PTA Council and Spin Bike Shop.

FREE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAMP OPEN TO 8TH GRADERS

Eighth grade students interested in electronics and engineering can participate in a free three-day camp at LHS exploring alternative energy technologies. This camp offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn about earth friendly energy sources; wind turbines, solar energy, and fuel cell technology. Camp will be June 10-12. Deadline to register is May 17.  Information Flyer   Registration Form
 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAMS PLACE WELL

Garfield and Harding competed Arpil 18 in the middle school Academic Challenge competition and both represented the district very well. In the preliminary round the Gafield team placed 4th and the Harding team tied for 6th.

HARDING MOCK TRIAL TEAM SHINES IN STATE COMPETITION

The verdict is in! Harding Mock Trial team had a great day at the Ohio Judiciary Center in Columbus on April 11. The Harding Mock Trial Defense and Prosecuting Teams won three out of a possible four awards for Best Witnesses and Best Attorney and were awarded an “Outstanding” rating overall, the second-highest rating.

HARDING'S ADKINS UP FOR OHIO EDUCATOR OF YEAR

Harding Middle School Guidance Counselor Emily Adkins has been chosen to represent Ohio PTA District 11 in the statewide competition for Ohio Educator of the Year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS APRIL 9

The application period for open enrollment for the district's two middle school begins April 9. Guidelines for the process and an application can be found here and under the Forms tab.

HARDING BBALL TEAM'S AMAZING STREAK ENDS IN TITLE GAME

Congratulations to the Harding 8th grade girls' basketball team on a fantastic season that saw the team continue its undefeated streak that started in its championship season as 7th-graders. The streak was unfortunately snapped in a 32-24 loss to Avon on Wednesday in the West Shore Conference championship game. The Rangers and their coach, Phil Argento Jr., have much to be proud of in a 15-0 regular season!

HARDING 8TH GRADERS REGIONAL POWER OF PEN CHAMPS

Led by District champion Kent Adams, Harding 8th graders racked up another first-place Power of the Pen finish as the team beat out 44 other teams at the March 16 Pen Regional tournament held at St. Joseph Academy.

17 STUDENTS EARN HONORS AT NE OHIO SCIENCE FAIR

Five high school and a dozen middle school students participated in the 59th annual Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair at Cleveland State March 7 and all came away with an award or recognition. Leading the way was freshman Cate Schleckman’s first-place award in the Environmental Science division.

GARFIELD-HARDING BASKETBALL SHOWDOWN MARCH 7

Garfield vs. Harding

Thursday, March 7

LHS East Gym

7th grade girls play at 4:30 p.m., 8th grade girls at 5:30 p.m.

FOX 8 NEWS ANCHORS GUESTS OF HARDING NEWS SHOW

Harding Morning News Crew members Claire Hylton and Margaret McIlwee were thinking up ways to add a little spice to the school's Harding Morning News show and on a lark, emailed Fox 8 News to see if any of their anchors might be willing to come be interviewed on the show. To their surprise, Fox 8 took them up on the request and sent morning news anchors Wayne Dawson and Kristi Capel to be guest on the show.

HARDING STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR REGIONALS IN EQUESTRIAN COMPETITION

Riding for Equine Differences in Oberlin, Ohio, Maya Sutliff and Lillian Wood, both 8th graders at Lakewood’s Harding Middle School, have qualified for regional competition in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 5, Region 4, hunt seat trials.

TOP FINISHES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AT POWER OF PEN

It was a one-two punch for Harding and Garfield middle schools at the Power of the Pen district competition on Jan. 26 as Harding 8th grader Kent Adams and Garfield 7th grader Elizabeth Shuga each captured first place in their respective grade levels. Led by Adams, Harding’s 8th grade team also won second place overall.

LAKEWOOD SOFTBALL TRYOUTS

Lakewood Softball is conducting tryouts this weekend

8TH GRADERS ENJOY TASTE OF HIGH SCHOOL
Another successful Middle School Buddy Day has come and gone. Last week about 200 8th graders from both Garfield and Harding spent half of their school day at Lakewood High School. Each 8th grader was teamed with an LHS "buddy" and all came away excited and more prepared for what lies ahead next year for these soon-to-be freshmen.
FRIENDS OF RACHEL'S CLUB REPRESENTS HARDING IN LIGHT UP LAKEWOOD PARADE
The "Friends of Rachel's Club" at Harding Middle School wanted to reach out to the Lakewood Community to promote random acts of kindness and spread a message of how important it is to be a friend to others.  The "Friends of Rachel's Club"  is part of Harding's anti-bullying and positive school culture programming.  Earlier this year, students and their parents participated in assemblies to accept Rachel's Challenge.

The students pictured (from left to right are: Erin Black, Madeline Tobey, Emily Perry, and Isabella Bryson)
PARENTS, YOUR HELP NEEDED WITH TECH BETA SURVEY
The organizations eTech Ohio and InfoOhio, which lobby on behalf of school districts for technology funds from the state, need our help in making their case for educational technology needs. Parents, please fill out the survey here by Dec. 14 so that eTech and InfoOhio can gather the best information. The secret word needed in the survey is ohio, all lower case. Thank you!
HARDING BRINGS THE SINGING ANGELS TO CIVIC
We are pleased to announce the 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.
Trip Dates: May 8th through May 10th, 2013

We are sponsoring a fundraising Holiday Concert featuring the Singing Angels


When: December 1, 2012 at 2 PM
Where: Lakewood Civic Auditorium
Tickets: $10 / $8 Seniors

BUY TICKETS HERE

Funds will be used to help students/families that would not be able to participate to join us and to defray the cost of the trip for everyone. We need your help to make this fundraiser a success! Tell your friends, your neighbors, tell everyone you know. We also need to publicize this throughout the community.We will need help at the show as well, so…

If you can donate your time and talent, please contact
Chris Ciolli
(216) 990-2800
cciolli65@gmail.com

THE HANDSHAKE OF A LIFETIME!
 Seventh-grader Casey Chanter greets President Obama as he departed Air Force One at Hopkins last week when he was in town for a campaign speech. The Chanter family were among those waiting on the tarmac to welcome the president.
CONFERENCES ARE NOV. 7-9; SCHEDULE NOW ONLINE
Teacher conferences will take place this year November 7-9. Scheduling is to be done online at the following link: https://workorder.neonet.org/ptconf/. The user name and password correspond to your student's Progressbook user name and password. Students have no school on November 8 & 9.
PATCH & FOX 8 HIGHLIGHT GANNON'S INSPIRING STORY
Harding math teacher Mary Gannon may have a significant disability, but that didn't stop her from achieving her dream of being a teacher. Recently, the Lakewood Patch and Fox 8 News (video below) highlighted Gannon's story. Click here to view the Patch video.
 
FIRST EARLY RELEASE DAY IS THIS THURSDAY, SEPT. 13
The first of the district's 15 early release days will be this Thursday, Sept. 13. All students will be dismissed 50 minutes early. On Thursday, high school students will be dismissed at 2:10 p.m., middle school students at 1:48 p.m. and elementary students at 2:15 p.m. Instruction at the elementary schools will begin at 8:45 a.m. rather than the usual 9 a.m. Elementary buildings will allow students to enter their classrooms at 8:35 a.m. 
JOIN US FOR THE HARDING MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE!
 Please join the staff of Harding Middle School on Thursday,  September 13th from 7-9pm for Open House.  Parents will  have the opportunity to follow their child's schedule and hear  brief presentations from teachers. 
LHS FRESH START ORIENTATION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Eighth-graders headed to Lakewood High School next year can now register for the student-led Fresh Start orientation to be held on Aug. 16 & 17. Click here for more info and to register.
HELP H2O DECORATE VETERANS' GRAVES FOR MEMORIAL DAY
H2O invites middle and high school students to join them in a Memorial Day Grave Decorating with the Veterans event. Students will assist veterans by placing flags on soldiers' graves at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River on Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. For a permission slip and more information on the event, click here.
SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS NOW AVAILABLE
Every middle school student for the 2012-2013 school year is required to read two books over the summer and do corresponding assignments. For more information on the summer reading program, click here.
HARDING MOCK TRIAL TEAM EARNS "EXCELLENT" RATING
Harding Middle School’s Mock Trial team earned the second-highest rating of “Excellent” in Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase held April 26 & 27 at the Ohio State Judicial Center in Columbus. Eighth-grader Veronica Gordon also won a “Best Witness” award in the competition, which drew 30 schools from across Ohio. Only four schools earned the top rating of “Superior.”

HARDING ROCKET CLUB TEAM LANDS IN NATIONAL FINALS
The Harding Middle School Rocket Club has really taken off this year, as one of its teams has qualified as one of the top 100 teams in the country in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge competition. The six-member team will compete in the TARC finals in the Washington, D.C., area on May 12.
HARDING TEAMS TAKE 3RD AT POWER OF PEN REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
Harding's seventh and eighth grade teams outperformed most of the 45 teams at last month's Power of the Pen Regional tournament held at St. Joseph Academy as each team went home with a third-place trophy.
SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE
The Lakewood City Schools' summer school program for middle school and high school students will be held in two sessions: June 15-July 6 and July 9-July 27. New this year are four Beck Center summer camps offered through the Credit Flex program. For more information and registration details, click here.
FREE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAMP OFFERED TO 8th GRADERS
For seven summers in a row, 8th grade students interested in electronics and engineering have participated in a three-day camp exploring alternative energy technologies. This free camp offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn about earth-friendly energy sources; wind turbines, solar energy, and fuel cell technology. Camp is June 11-13 at Lakewood High School. Registration deadline is May 18. Click for: Information FlyerRegistration Form, and 2011 Camp Pictures.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SHINE AT NORTHEAST OHIO SCIENCE FAIR
Eleven middle school students from Garfield and Harding partcipated in the 59th annual Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair at Cleveland State earlier this month and all eleven came away with an award or recognition. Leading the way were second-place winners Amanda Cabot and Morgan Styles in the Environmental Science category and Alexandra Tubbs in Engineering, all from Harding, and Garfield's Ian Bell in Chemistry.
HARDING GIRLS' BASKETBALL CAPS PERFECT SEASON WITH CHAMPIONSHIP
The Harding 7th grade girls' basketball team closed the winter athletic season with a bang as they defeated Avon, 38-28, on Thursday to claim the West Shore Conference championship! The victory capped off a tremendous 19-0 season for coach Steve Argento's team. Leading the way for the Rangers in the title game were Ryann Greenfield (23 points), Emma Ribar (8 points), Trinity Nall (4 points, 5 steals). Congratulations girls on a remarkable season!

HARDING GIRLS ON TRACK STARTS SECOND SEASON
Girls on Track will be kicking off the 2nd Spring season on March 6th.  Girls on track is  an after school program where middle school girls can discover the benefits of consistent physical exercise, learn the advantage of positive peer support, learn to stand up for herself in a healthy manner, and participate in a 5k running event this May.  The coaches for the Spring 2012 season are Emily Adkins, Mindy Conway, Nell Franks, Amanda Kennedy, and Ellery Thompson.  The middle school girls that will be participating in the program include: Hannah Brown, Caitlin Daley, Gabriella Eisel, Alexes Foster, Victoria Funches, Ava Goldman, Shannan Howerton, Mary Lavelle, Alaa Nijem, Allison Olah, Faith Ramos, Elizabeth Ruple, Gabrielle Schimpff, Elizabeth Scott, and Kaylee Smith.  Thank you for all of your support to our season!
MUSICIANS EXCEL AT SOLO & ENSEMBLE CONTEST
A number of Harding students earned a “Superior” or "Excellent" rating at the Greater Cleveland Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Contest held in Rocky River March 3. Congratulations to these fine students for their additional hard work to prepare these solos and ensembles. Mr. Griebel is very proud of your accomplishments.
AUTHOR SPEAKS TO 7TH GRADERS

Author James Renner spoke to two 7th grade language arts classes about his researching and writing processes.  Mr. Renner kept the group of 7th graders spellbound as he told amazing stories about solving cold cases.
 
Mr. Renner is the author of three books, Amy: My Search for Her Killer: Secrets & Suspects in the Unsolved Murder of Amy Mihaljevic, The Serial Killer's Apprentice: And 12 Other True Stories of Cleveland's Most Intriguing Unsolved Crimes, and a novel entitled The Man From Primrose Lane (due out at the end of February).
MIDDLE SCHOOLERS EXCEL IN POWER OF PEN TOURNAMENT
Students from Harding and Garfield middle schools showed their grace under pressure and creative flair at the District Power of the Pen Writing Competition held Jan. 28 at North Royalton Middle School, where two of the district teams placed in the top five. Of the 26 teams competing in the two grade-level competitions, Harding’s 8th grade team placed third and Harding’s 7th grade team took fourth.
SCHEDULING INFO MEETING FOR PARENTS IS TONIGHT
Today, Feb. 7, the Lakewood High Guidance Department will hold informational sessions for parents on course selection for their student for the 2012-2013 school year. Some new policies have been instituted and counselors will be there to explain as well as to answer any questions. The meeting for parents of incoming 9th graders is 7-8 p.m. and for 10th-12th graders from 8-9 p.m., both in Lecture Hall 2.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICIANS TO JOIN HONORS ENSEMBLES MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICIANS TO JOIN HONORS ENSEMBLES
Lakewood is host this year to the Ohio Music Education Association’s District IV Middle School Honors Festival and the district’s two middle schools will be well-represented at the event. The festival is February 25 and begins at 4 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. Choir, band and orchestra honors ensembles comprised of some of the region’s best middle school musicians will perform in this free concert.
HARDING INVITES YOU TO OUR WINTER CONCERTS
It is that time of year again!  The winter concert schedule is about to be in full swing. The Harding Band and Choir kick off the season on Wednesday, November 30th at 7:30pm in the Civic Auditorium with a combined performance. 

On Tuesday, December 6th at 7:30pm the Orchestra will get their turn to perform at the Civic Auditorium.

In addition to these events, Dr. Hanson will be bringing the High School Symphonic Choir members to performs for students and staff at Harding on Friday, December 9th.  Ms. Richards is taking her choir to Lakewood Hospital to perform for patients on Monday, December 12th.  Please come out and support our music program by attendinig one of these Winter Events! 
HARDING MIDDLE SCHOOL VOTED AS FOX 8 COOL SCHOOL OF WEEK
Harding Middle School was voted as Fox 8's Cool School of the Week.  Harding  Middle School, its students and staff  will be highlighted on the news channel's morning show on Thursday, December 1 at 6:40am and again at noon.  Thanks again to all of those people who voted for Harding to receive this recognition.  We appreciate your support! See the video below:



 



HARDING STUDENT COUNCIL SPONSERS A THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
Student council is sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive.
 
The drive will begin on November 7th and go until November 21st.
 
There will be collections cans for each grade level on the stage in the cafeteria.
 
The grade level that collects the most non-perishable food will have the honor of displaying the Harding Spirit banner in their hallway.
 
All donations will be going to the Lakewood Christian Service Center to help families in need this holiday season.
GIRLS ON THE RUN NIGHT AT JAMMY BUGGARS TUESDAY GIRLS ON THE RUN NIGHT AT JAMMY BUGGARS TUESDAY
On November 8th (Election Day), Girls on the Run will be the featured organization of Pay It Forward Tuesday at Jammy Buggars restaurant on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood!
Just mention GOTR to your server or bartender and they will donate 15% of your check to Girls on the Run. Gift certificates and take-out will also count! So, if you are planning to eat on November 8th, consider a meal at Jammy Buggars for GOTR
PTSA-FIRST QUARTER DANCE
The Harding Middle School PTSA is happy to invite all students, in good standing, to the first quarter dance to be held in the Harding Gymnasium on Friday, October 28th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Please note that the time of thd dance has been moved from 7pm to 6:30pm.  PTSA members get into the dance for free.  Non-members can pay 3 dollars at the door.
SIGN UP FOR PARENT CONFERENCES
Harding Middle School invites you to participate in parent-teacher conferences.  This is an important time for us to communicate about your child's academic progress.

The dates of conferences are:
Wednesday, November 9, 2011: 5:00pm- 8:30pm
Thursday, November 10, 2011: 1pm-4pm
Thursday, November 10, 2011: 5pm-8:30pm
Friday, November 11, 2011:  8am-11am

Seventh grade parents will be receiving separate information regarding student-led conferences and how to schedule to meet your child's teachers.

All other parents may sign up for confereces using the online conferencing software at this link:https://workorder.neonet.org/ptconf
JOIN BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FOR PARENTS OF TEENS
Lakewood City Schools, Lakewood Council of PTAs and Lakewood Public Library have teamed up to offer guidance and support to parents of teenagers through a six-week discussion course that focuses on the book Please Stop the Rollercoaster! How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride by Sue Blaney. There are two sessions from which to choose: Wednesday evenings (7:00-8:30 p.m., October 5- November 9) or Thursday mornings (9:30-11:00 a.m., October 6- November 10.)
MIDDLE SCHOOL BATTLE OF LAKEWOOD SET FOR SEPT. 14
The annual "Battle of Lakewood" will take place on the LHS Stadium turf on Wednesday, Sept. 14 as Garfield and Harding middle schools face off on the gridiron in this showdown highlight of the season. The 7th graders play at 6 p.m. followed by the 8th grade teams at 7:15 p.m. The Garfield teams are so far undefeated (with one tie for the 8th graders) and the Harding teams are looking for their first win. Should be interesting, so come on out and support your favorite middle school!
PLEASE JOIN THE HARDING STAFF FOR OPEN HOUSE
Harding Middle School will open it doors for parents to meet teachers and learn about their child's curriculum.  Parents will follow a modified student schedule and have the opportunity to sit in classrooms and hear from teachers about their educational philosophies and expectations.  Please join us on Thursday, Sepetember 8th from 7-9p.m. for this event.
TEACHERS GIVE SIXTH-GRADERS "WELCOME TO MIDDLE SCHOOL" GIFT
The Lakewood Teachers Association, which for years has provided district first-graders with a book of their own, has turned its focus from those just starting out in school to those half way through. Earlier this week, sixth-graders at Harding and Garfield middle schools were given their own drawstring sport bag with the Ranger mascot on it as a gift from the teachers' union. "It's our way of reaching out and saying "welcome to middle school," said LTA president Colleen Corrigan (pictured at left).
SIXTH GRADE AND NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION -AUGUST 18TH
Please join us for sixth grade and new student orientation on Thursday, August 18th.  There are two sessions available to fit into parents' schedules.  One session is from 12pm to 1:30pm and the second session is from 6:30pm- 8:00pm.  Parents and students that are able to attend the afternoon session are strongly encouraged to do so as the evening session can be crowded. 
DONATOS HOSTS A HARDING FOOTBALL FUNDRAISER

Please join friends and supporters for a Harding Middle School Football night at Donatos.  On August 18, September 15 and October 13, 2011 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The Donatos in Lakewood will "dough"nate 20% of sales to Harding Middls School Football! Make sure to mention Harding Middle School or to print out the flyer here
HARDING POWER OF PEN TEAM STATE CHAMPS!
The combined seventh- and eighth-grade Harding teams won the first place Sweepstakes Trophy at the Power of the Pen State Finals at the College of Wooster May 26-27 for their combined performance in the regional and state tournaments of the creative writing competition. Harding - which beat out 280 middle schools -proved to be the best of the best as only the top 10% of the original 7,000 writers who entered the tournament move on to the state tournament.
CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE SALUTES ACADEMIC STANDOUTS
The hard work and perseverance that has paid off in academic excellence for more than 180 sixth- through 12th-graders was honored at the 28th Annual Celebration of Excellence, held May 23 at the Civic Auditorium. The ceremony is the district’s way of honoring those high school and middle school students that managed to achieve a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this year.
PHYSICAL EXAMS OFFERED FOR STUDENT ATHLETES
This is a reminder to the parents of prospective students athletes that tomorrow, May 24th, from 2:30pm-6:00pm at Garfield Middle School there will be two physicians available to give physical exams for 20 dollars. They will accept cash, money order or checks made out to “Lakewood City Schools.”  Students must have a physical formed signed by a parent. Forms will be available at the session.  This is open to all middle school students interested in playing a sport next year and want to have their physical exam completed. There will be a male and female physician on staff.  For a copy of the physical form please click here.
FREE SOLAR CAR CAMP OFFERED THIS SUMMER AT LHS
The West Shore Career-Technical District in conjunction with Tri-C is sponsoring a Solar Car Camp on June 13, 14, 15. The camp is free and open to students entering 8th or 9th grade in the fall who are interested in pursuing a career in Electronics or Engineering. For more information and an application click here. Deadline to apply is May 20.
Harding Has Talent!
The Second Annual Harding Talent Show will take place this Friday, May 20th at 6:00.  Doors open at 5:45.  Admission is FREE!!!!  Location: Cafetorium
HARDING ROCKET CLUB HAS A BLAST!
Harding Middle School's Rocket Club had a great season. The students spend time after school working to build rockets that they then enter into a rocket competition.  The students learn about the practical applications of Science. The object of the competition is to score as close to zero as possible. Mrs. Pesta is the Rocket Club Advisor.

 

Team 1:  Jon Pizzo, Zeke Dalisky, Alex Figueroa, Shawn Sovie Team 2: Makito Olsuka, Patrick Corrigan, Rodrigo Corrigan, Sam Borick, Griffin Bayle
Team 1 scored a 26.7  and Team 2 scored a 19.6. 
 
ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY, APRIL 28, DUE TO STORM DAMAGE
Due to power outages and power lines down throughout the city, all schools in the district will be closed today, April 28. All Recreation Department activities will be held this evening, however any activities at the LHS Pool are cancelled due to the lack of power.
HARDING MOCK TRIAL TEAM RANKED TOPS IN STATE CONTEST
Harding Middle School’s Mock Trial team is the best in the state, and there’s no arguing with that. The team earned the top score of all schools in earning a "Superior" rating at the Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase held April 14-15 at the Ohio State Judicial Center in Columbus. It also swept the “Best Attorney” and “Best Witness” awards in the competition, which drew 32 schools from across Ohio.
HARDING TAKES HOME POWER OF PEN TROPHY SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
The legacy of excellence for Lakewood City Schools in the Power of the Pen competition continues as the Harding Middle School combined team won the Sweepstakes Trophy signifying the best all-around team from both the district and regional tournaments for the second straight year and writers from both Harding and Garfield Middle School took home individual honors at the regional tournament held April 9 at St. Joseph Academy.
CEDAR POINT CONTEST DRAWS HARDING COASTER ENGINEERS
Perhaps the next best thing to riding an insane roller coaster is designing your own. Three students at Harding Middle School did just that for a Cedar Point K’NEX Great Thrill Ride Build-Off contest that asked students to build the most innovative and thrilling amusement park ride model using K’NEX building sets.
SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Applications for Lakewood City Schools' high school and middle school 2011 Summer School classes are now available. Click here for the general guidelines, information and the application. The first session begins June 17 and the second session on July 11. Registration begins April 26.
FUN & GAMES SET FOR HARDING SCIENCE CIRCUS APRIL 7
A science show, star lab, carnival games and food highlight Harding's annual Science CIrcus on April 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the Harding gym and cafetorium. For more info on this fun-filled event, click here.
Harding Middle School Play Rescheduled for March 23rd at 7pm

The Harding Middle School performance of the Idi-Odyssey has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 23 at 7pm in the Harding Cafetorium.  The ticket prices are $3 for adults and $1 dollar for students.  Please come out and support our drama club!
Harding Students Perform "The Idi-Odyssey"

Showtimes: Thursday, March 10th @3:00 and Friday, March 11th @7:00 p.m.
LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY, FEB. 25
Due to the severe weather, Lakewood City Schools will be closed today, Feb. 25. All afterschool and evening activities are cancelled as well.
Harding Student Composes Piece for Cello
Harding Middle School 7th Grader, Jimmy Toner composed an original piece of music inspired by his reading of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.  Hear the piece and read his Artist's Statement on the next page.
SEEKING INPUT FOR STUDENT BIKE SURVEY
Image of kids on bikesA group of Emerson students is helping the City of Lakewood find ways to make Lakewood a safer and more fun place to bike. Your input is important! Please take this short bike survey so that they may collect data. The survey is for students in grades 3-12. Your answers are anonymous and will only be used to help make Lakewood a better place for biking!  Click here to take survey
HARDING 8th GRADE GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM CONFERENCE CHAMPS
The Harding 8th grade girls' basketbal team completed a fantastic season that saw the girls lose only one game en route to winning the Northeast Ohio Conference Middle School League. The team defeated Medina A.I. Root Middle School, 39-26, in the championship game at Garfield Middle School on Feb. 17. Congratulations team!
Harding Student Corresponds with Famous Author Tamara with Her Letter and Copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret
When Mrs. Hauer’s sixth grade Language Arts class wrote letters to their favorite authors, Tamara Saad chose The Invention of Hugo Cabret artist and author Brian Selznick. Much to her surprise, Tamara received a handwritten letter on official Hugo stationery.  
MIDDLE SCHOOLERS SHINE IN POWER OF PEN CONTEST
Students from Harding and Garfield middle schools showcased their creative flair at the District Power of the Pen Writing Competition held on Feb. 5 at North Royalton Middle School. Of the 25 teams competing in the two grade-level competitions, Harding’s 7th grade team placed second and Harding’s 8th grade team took third place.
Positive Student Behavior
A short film was produced and shown to all students regarding positive student behavior at Harding.  It also promoted our "Gold Ticket" initiative, for students "Caught Being Good."
8TH GRADER MOVES FORWARD IN NATIONAL ART COMPETITION
On Sunday, January 9th Jacob Corder, represented Harding Middle School and was awarded the Gold Key Award and also a regional award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. His piece will now move on to the national competition in New York! The regional award he received was "The Matthew Hollern and Pamela Argentieri Award for Jewelry Design" and was chosen by Matthew Hollern, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Jewelry and Metals at The Cleveland Institute of Art. He was 1 of 15 students who received regional awards and he received a $100.00 prize for this award. 
HARDING 6TH GRADER INVITES AUTHOR TO SPEAK TO HER CLASS
Julia Neff, a sixth grader in Mr. Spooner's Language Arts class, took the initiative to invite author, Adam Rex, to her class via Skype.  Skype is a software application that allows users to video conference over the Internet from anywhere in the world. To read a journal entry from Julia's experience click here.
HARDING TEAM TOPS IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS CONTEST
A team of Harding eighth graders put on an impressive display of knowledge as the team captured first place at the regional Classroom of Champions academic team competition held at St. Edward High School on Jan. 12. The team, comprised of Nate Bonacuse, Jacob Corder and Laert Fejzullari, topped their competitors, St. Christopher and St. Bernadette, with 375 points.
LAKEWOOD MIXED SYMPHONIC CHOIR PERFORMS FOR HARDING STUDENT BODY
The Lakewood High School Mixed Symphonic Choir, conducted by Dr. Lisa Hanson, held a special concert for the Harding Middle School student body on Friday, December 10th.  The students were exposed to a variety of beautiful holiday classics sung a cappella. The event helped expose middle school students to the fine arts opportunities available at LHS.
HARDING MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND AND CHOIR WINTER CONCERT RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 5TH, 2011
The Harding Middle School Band and Choir Winter Concert that was postponed on December 13th due to inclement weather has been reschedued for Wednesday, January 5th, 2011.  The performance will begin at 7:30pm at the Civic Auditorium. There is a $2 donation for adults and $1 dollar donation for Senior Citizens and students. There is no charge for children younger than school age.
HARDING MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND/CHOIR WINTER CONCERT POSTPONED
The Harding Middle School Band and Choir Winter Concert has been postponed for this evening, Monday, December 13th, 2010, due to inclement weather.  We will be looking to reschedule this event when school re-opens in January.  Please look on this website for details. 
WINTER CONCERTS IN FULL SWING ACROSS DISTRICT
If you haven't had a chance to take in one of the district's many winter concert offerings going on this month at the Civic, you still have time to take one in. For only $3 a ticket ($2 for seniors and $1 for students), it's one of the best holiday entertainment bargains in town and the talent can't be beat! Click here for a schedule of the December concerts.
7TH AND 8TH GRADE GIRLS AND BOYS BASKETBALL CANCELLED TONIGHT
The seventh and eighth grade boys and girls basketball games against Parma Hillside have been cancelled for this afternoon.  The boys were scheduled to play at home while the girls were scheduled to play at Parma Hillside.  Due to developing weather conditions, Parma City Schools has cancelled all afterschool activities for tonight. The boys will be practicing in the gym tonight from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.  The girls team will have the night off from practice.
8TH GRADE STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN LHS BUDDY DAY
Harding Middle School students participated in a "Buddy Day" experience at LHS on November 16th, 2010.  Students from Harding were split into two groups. One group stayed at Harding and heard from representatives from the High School about Academics, Guidance, Athletics and Administration, while the other group went to the High School and followed a LHS student's schedule who had similar interests to their own.
8TH GRADE STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN LHS BUDDY DAY
Harding Middle School students participated in a "Buddy Day" experience at LHS on November 16th, 2010.  Students from Harding were split into two groups. One group stayed at Harding and heard from representatives from the High School about Academics, Guidance, Athletics and Administration, while the other group went to the High School and followed a LHS student's schedule who had similar interests to their own.
7TH GRADE STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT ANCIENT GREECE

 

In honor of studying Ancient Greece, Mrs. Kilgore’s and Mrs. Franks classes battled it out in the Harding 2010 Olympics. Teamwork and motivation was present in both teams; but Mrs. Kilgore’s (Athens) beat Mrs. Franks (Sparta) 6 to 4! Great job everyone who participated!
HARDING 7TH GRADERS STUDY ANCIENT GREECE
In honor of studying Ancient Greece, Mrs. Kilgore’s and Mrs. Franks classes battled it out in the Harding 2010 Olympics. Teamwork and motivation was present in both teams; but Mrs. Kilgore’s (Athens) beat Mrs. Franks (Sparta) 6 to 4! Great job everyone who participated!
HARDING 7TH GRADERS STUDY ANCIENT GREECE
In honor of studying Ancient Greece, Mrs. Kilgore’s and Mrs. Franks classes battled it out in the Harding 2010 Olympics. Teamwork and motivation was present in both teams; but Mrs. Kilgore’s (Athens) beat Mrs. Franks (Sparta) 6 to 4! Great job everyone who participated!
HARDING 7TH GRADERS COMPETE IN OLYMPIC GAMES
In honor of studying Ancient Greece, Mrs. Kilgore’s and Mrs. Franks classes battled it out in the Harding 2010 Olympics. Teamwork and motivation was present in both teams; but Mrs. Kilgore’s (Athens) beat Mrs. Franks (Sparta) 6 to 4! Great job everyone who participated!
HARDING PTSA NEEDS YOUR HELP!
 
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MIDDLE SCHOOLS' BATTLE OF LAKEWOOD WEEK KICKS OFF
This week marks the traditional Battle of the Middle Schools between Garfield and Harding athletic teams. The volleyball teams are up first, with 7th and 8th grade matches on Tuesday at LHS. 7th grade match is at 5 p.m. and 8th graders play at 6:15 p.m. The football teams square off on Wednesday at Lakewood Stadium. 7th graders kick off at 5 p.m. and 8th graders at 6:30 p.m.
HARDING AND GARFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOLS HAVE A COIN BATTLE FOR UNITED WAY
Are you ready to go against Garfield? Starting Tuesday, October 19th and ending October 26th, we will be having a Coin Battle with Garfield Middle School. In the cafteteria during lunch time there will be two jars.  One for Harding and one for Garfield. In the Harding jar please put all your spare pennies and dollar bills.  In the Garfield jar please put all of your silver coins.  The team that has the most silver will lose! This battle of the two schools will coincide with the annual football game between the two schools where the winner will be announced at halftime. Start saving today!  All proceeds benefit the United Way.
JUDGE THOMAS O'MALLEY SPEAKS TO 8TH GRADERS ABOUT INTERNET SAFETY
On Thursday, September 30, Harding Middle School hosted a Sexting Presentation for our 8th grade students.  Judge Thomas O’Malley, and Investigators David Frattare and Rick McGinnis (Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) shared stories, statistics and video emphasizing the legal and social impact of sexting. 
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SESSIONS SET FOR OCT. 12 & OCT. 20
Our district faces some difficult challenges ahead, challenges that we can meet only by keeping the community informed. To that end, all Lakewood residents are invited to come to one of two “Schools: A Community Conversation” sessions to be held in October.
8th GRADERS LEARN ABOUT ANNE HUTCHINSON FROM WOMEN IN HISTORY GROUP
8TH grade students got to hear about the life and times of Anne Hutchinson from Mrs. Pangrace who brought history to life with a dramatic story telling of how  one independent and willful woman was treated in colonial America. Mrs. Pagrace is part of a group called Women in History that seeks to highlight compelling stories about women who played an important role is shaping American History.  Learn more at  http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/
PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS STUDENTS ON SEPT. 14
On Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m., President Obama will deliver his annual Back to School speech to students. Lakewood City Schools will show the address live to students. Parents not wishing their student to see the address may send a note to their child's principal and accommodations will be made for the student during the speech. The speech will be available on our web site as soon as the video is made available to the public. You can watch it live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
RECESS ROCKS! Presented by JORDAN'S FAMILY FOUNDATION
                                        
On Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm Recess ROCKS! will be presented by Jordan's Family Foundation.  Lakewood Park will be transformed into a large playground and feature dozens of energizing activities for children and their families. Some participating organizations include the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Gladiators.  The event is free.  Students will have the opportunity to dunk some of their favorite teachers. The Lakewood School with the highest percentage of students in attendance will win money for their school.
REC DEPT. SOFTBALL, BASKETBALL LEAUGE TRYOUTS START SEPT. 12
The district Recreation Department has a busy September ahead as tryouts for the Emerald Necklace softball league and the Lake Erie Basketball League  get under way. Sign-ups are also ongoing for a variety of clinics to sharpen your basketball skills.
DISTRICT IMPROVES ON NEARLY ALL FRONTS ON STATE REPORT CARD
The State Report Card data for 2009-2010 is in, and Lakewood has improved upon its performance over the previous school year in nearly every major component, resulting in half of the district’s school buildings receiving Excellent ratings, including two – Grant and Lincoln elementaries – that received the highest rating of Excellent With Distinction.
SLOW DOWN! BRAKE 4 KIDS NOW IN ITS 8th YEAR
Did you know that more than 80 kids are hit by cars in the U.S. every day? Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is sponsoring its 8th annual speed awareness program Brake 4 Kids aimed at reminding drivers to slow down now that school has resumed. To find out how to get a sign for your tree lawn or neighborhood, read on.
JOIN BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP ON PARENTING TEENS
The Lakewood City Schools is co-hosting an eight-week discussion group designed for parents of teenagers. The discussion will center around the book "Please Stop the Rollercoaster! How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride." Morning and evening sessions will be held at the Main Library and begin in late September. Click here for more info.
H20 "CLOTHES 4 KIDS" SALE JULY 31 AT LHS
The youth service organization Help To Others (H20) is holding its annual Clothes 4 Kids sale on July 31 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at LHS' East Cafeteria. It also collecting new or gently used school supplies for back-to-school kits it will distribute in the fall until July 25th. 
THANK YOU CITIZENS OF LAKEWOOD!
Thank you voters for passing the district's first operating levy in 8 years by an impressive margin of 60% to 40%. The vote reflects the high value that Lakewood places on maintaining excellent education in our public schools. Levy committee co-chair Mayor Ed FitzGerald summed it up nicely at the levy watch party on Tuesday evening at Emerson Elementary School when he said, "It's an incredible testament to how much people believe in this city ... and it's a vote of confidence in the management of the schools. It truly is an investment in the future of our city."
LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS CLOSED FRIDAY, FEB. 26
All Lakewood City Schools will be closed due to inclement weather on Friday, February 26. Lakewood City Academy also will be closed.
MIDDLE SCHOOLERS GIVE EXCEPTIONAL POWER OF PEN PERFORMANCE
Both Harding and Garfield Middle Schools performed exceptionally at the District Power of the Pen Writing Competition held on January 23 at St. Joseph Academy. Out of 23 schools that participated, the Garfield 7th grade writers placed 2nd in team standings, while Harding’s writers took 1st place in both the 7th and 8th grade team standings! There were outstanding individual performances including a first place overall by Harding 8th grader Sarah Neff.
 
Harding Seventh Grader Winner of MLK contest
Congratulations to  Harding Middle School seventh grader, Renee Klann, who was a winner in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Scholarship Committee's  art contest.  As a contest winner, she receives three complimentary tickets to the Tenth Annual Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. Holiday Breakfast on January 18th  where she will receive scholarship money and other prizes. Students were invited to create a birthday card celebrating the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Have a Safe Winter Break from the Harding Staff!

The Harding staff would like to wish you and yours a warm holiday season. We are grateful for all of the support and effort that we have received from the Harding community.    

We hope you are able to take some time this holiday season to relax from the hectic challenges of our modern lives and spend time with family and friends.  May all your new year's resolution be realized.  We look forward to continuing our important work in 2010.

School re-opens on Tuesday, January 5th.

7th Grade Re-enacts the Olympic Games 7th Grade Re-enacts the Olympic Games
Mrs. Kilgore's and Mrs. Franks social studies classes took ancient Greece to a whole new level with their very own Olympics...Athens vs. Sparta! Students competed in different events such as discus throw, hammer throw, and "boxing" etc! Even though Athens took home the most gold and laurel wreaths, all students were great sports with friendly competition still brewing!  Look for more photos of the competition in the photo gallery.
Student Council Collects Cans for Local Food Bank
Harding Student Council sponsored a canned food drive for the Holidays to support local food banks.  Pictured is Mr. Altman's homebase class, which brought in 137 canned goods.
 
Patriot's Pen Youth Essay Contest Winners Announced
Harding Middle School is proud to announce the winners of the Patriot's Pen Youth Essay Contest.  This contest is sponsored by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxillary.  The winners received cash awards for their essays and the first place winner will have her name added to a plaque that will be displayed in the main office. Pictured from left to right (Ashley Senvisky - 3rd place $25, Kayleigh Wilhelm-1st place $100, Jacob Corder- 2nd place-$50)
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent - Teacher Conferences will be held on the following dates:
                      
          Wednesday,  November 10, 2011:  5:00pm-8:30pm
          Thursday, November 11, 2011:  1:00pm-4:00pm
          Thursday, November 11, 2011:   5:00pm-8:30pm
           Friday,  November 12, 2011:   8:00am-11:00am

Sixth and Eighth grade parents can schedule conferences online at:

https://workorder.neonet.org/ptconf



Seventh grade students should have brought home a student-led conference letter.  Also, seventh grade Focus and GT students will receive a separate letter in the mail regarding scheduling.

If you have a conflict with your scheduled conference  or trouble with the online conferencing software please call 216-529-4261.


 
Football Teams, Fans Enjoy Spirited Rivalry Football Teams, Fans Enjoy Spirited Rivalry
The Battle of Lakewood between the Harding and Garfield football teams provided a fun evening for all involved, from the teams, to the choirs, the bands, cheerleaders and fans.
Check out our Photo Gallery for a taste of what the night was like on Oct. 21 when Harding 7th graders topped Garfield 28-12 and the 8th graders tied, 14-14.
MIDDLE SCHOOLS SQUARE OFF TONIGHT ON GRIDIRON MIDDLE SCHOOLS SQUARE OFF TONIGHT ON GRIDIRON
All charged up after hearing a pep talk from former Browns player LeCharles Bentley on Tuesday evening, the Garfield and Harding 7th and 8th grade football teams are ready to vie in the Battle of Lakewood tonight, Oct. 21 at Lakewood High Stadium. The 7th grade game kicks off at 5 p.m. and the 8th graders follow at 6:30 p.m.
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new principal of Harding Middle School.  I come to Harding from Garfield Heights Middle School where I was the principal for the past two years.  I look forward to building relationships with staff, students, parents, and community members here in Lakewood City Schools.
SUMMER SCHOOL INFO AVAILABLE
Middle school and high school students interested in summer school can find out course information and registration details here.
CHANGE IN LAST DAY DISMISSAL TIMES
Dismissal times for the elementary and middle schools for the last day of school, June 10, have changed in order for the district to be in compliance with state regulations regarding attendance. The middle schools will now be dismissed at noon and the elementary schools will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. The high school dismissal time remains the same at 11:40 a.m.
Voice Mail Problems
Harding Qualifies 4 for Power of Pen State Tournament
Harding and Garfield middle schools’ Power of the Pen teams have qualified four writers each for the creative writing contest’s State tournament.
School Supply List
This is the school supply list for the 08-09 school year.  Also attached is the supplemental list for 8th graders which includes foreign language, algebra, and geometry.
Ripcho Yearbook Sale
HARDING ORIENTATION

 

Attention incoming 6th grade families:

Harding Orientation is on Tuesday, August 13th.  Please attend one of the following sessions:

Afternoon Session:  12pm – 1:00pm

Evening Session: 6pm – 7:00pm

Please allow approximately one hour for orientation.  Sixth grade students will receive their schedules at orientation.  

Any family unable to attend orientation will receive their packet of information in the mail following orientation day.

STEM CLASSES CREATE, TEST CARDBOARD SLEDS

                 

Students in the new STEM class took advantage of the snowy week by designing and building sleds out of just cardboard and duct tape. On Friday, the students took to the bleachers hill to test their designs. Most students were successful and all had fun! Check out a photo gallery here.

UPDATED BASKETBALL TRYOUT INFORMATION

Chromebook Roll Out Information

Thank you to all the parents that attended our annual open house and the information sessions regarding the distribution of Chromebooks to all the students of Harding Middle School.  We will be distributing Chromebooks according to the following schedule:

 

  • September 10 at 6:00 pm – 8th grade students with last names beginning A-M
  • September 10 at 7:00 pm – 8th grade students with last names beginning N-Z 
  • September 14 at 6:00 pm – 7th grade students with last names beginning A-M 
  • September 14 at 7:00 pm – 7th grade students with last names beginning N-Z  
  • September 16 at 6:00 pm – 6th grade students with last names beginning A-M  
  • September 16 at 7:00 pm – 6th grade students with last names beginning N-Z
Washington D.C. 2015

This year’s eighth grade field trip to Washington D.C. and Gettysburg is scheduled for May 6 – 8, 2015.  To view the information packet with contract agreement go to Downloads tab or click here.

JAMMY BUGGARS FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT HARDING PTSA

The Harding Middle School PTSA will be the beneficiary of Jammy Buggars' Pay it Forward Tuesday program on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 11:30 am-midnight. Dine-in or order take out at the Lakewood restaurant and 15% of the bill goes to the PTSA. Be sure to mention Harding when you order!

Athletic News

From the Athletic Office – Girl’s Basketball is Approaching

The girl’s season is just around the corner.  The first day of practice will be Monday, December 9th.   As we get closer to tryouts make sure your daughter listens to the announcements for more info.  Harding and Garfield will be holding combined open gyms.  Talk with Coach Griffith for up to date times and locations.

Remember, before anyone can tryout, an athlete must have a current (within a year of participation) OHSAA physical form completed.  You can get one by going online to Athletics at LHS and clicking “forms” or by seeing Mr. Gerhardt.  It must be given to the coach the night of the first practice.  Having a physical “on file” with the recreation office does not meet this requirement.  It must be in the hands of the coach that night.  If you played volleyball, ran cross country for Harding or were a cheerleader you are all set.  In addition you must have a completed emergency medical form completed.

Go Rangers!

HARDING ROCKET TEAM LANDS QUALIFYING SCORE

Congratulations to the Harding Rocket Team of Gunnar Stockman, Henry Bish, Rachel Daso, Jenna Thomas, Nick Kantura, Maggie Hoffert and Sophie Debaltzo for their showing in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.  The team spent many hours designing, building, and flying a rocket for a national competition and were able to qualify for a chance at the national finals with a score of 29 points.

STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT TRUTH IN JOURNALISM FROM THE EXPERTS
It was an exciting day in Mr. Spooner’s class on Friday, March 18th. Students applied their knowledge of the book Nothing but the Truth by Avi. The students asked a wide range of questions based on truth in journalism.  A group of area experts helped students understand how journalism and reporting really works.
THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE WEEK!
Thank you so much to all of the parents and guardians that took time out of their busy schedules to attend last week's parent/teacher conferences.  Harding Middle School would not be as successful as it is without the dedication of you as parents.  As the primary teacher of your child at home your influence is important in their success here at school.  If you were not able to attend conferences, report cards will be sent home with students on Tuesday, November 16th.
SIXTH GRADE AND NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION: AUGUST 19

Harding Middle School will be hosting an orientation on August19th.  There will be two sessions:

12:00pm-1:30pm
 6:30pm-8:00pm

Those parents that have flexible work schedules are encouraged to attend the afternoon session if possible. The evening session tends to be very crowded. Students and parents will be introduced to some staff members and have the opportunity to tour the building.
HARDING SOARS IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS CONTEST
A team of Harding eighth graders put on an impressive display of knowledge as the team ran away with first place at the regional Classroom of Champions academic team competition held at St. Edward High School on Jan. 20. The team, comprised of Hugh Campbell, Max Mulready and Eli Zettler, scored 745 points, the second team in only 21 years of competition to score more than 700 points.
Harding 8th Graders visit Cleveland Museum of Art

A student takes notes underneath a painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Mrs. Schaffran's eighth grade Art classes visited the museum on October 6th. The painting is titled: Virgin and Child with the Young John the Baptist by Sandro Botticelli.
SUMMER READING
We believe that reading is a valuable skill that must be practiced over time in order to show improvement.  Reading is also an enjoyable experience that can easily be treasured over the summer months.  Click here for the assignments.
CANCELLED: Track & Field Days
 We regret to announce that Track & Field Days for all grade levels have been cancelled this year.
2021 State AIR Testing Dates
HARDING OPEN HOUSE

Harding Middle School welcomes families to our Open House on August 22nd.  Open House begins at 6pm and ends at 8pm.  As in the past, you will follow your child's schedule throughout the evening.  We will have copies of student schedules available for pick-up in the main lobby beginning at 5:45pm for parents that need a copy.  We look forward to seeing you at Open House.

Garfield Science Teacher Named Next Harding Asst. Principal

Robin BeaversThe Board of Education at its July 17 meeting approved Garfield Middle School science teacher Robin Beavers as the next Assistant Principal for Harding Middle School. Beavers will replace Shane Sullivan, who has accepted a position in another school district.

Harding Middle School/Best Buy Attendance All-Star Partnership 2016-17

Harding Middle School is proud to announce the continuation of the Attendance All-Star Partnership with Best Buy of North Olmsted during the 2016-17 school year.   

   

COMFORTABLE CAFETERIA PROGRAM COMING TO HARDING MIDDLE SCHOOL

Harding Middle School is excited to collaborate with Cleveland State University to implement the “Comfortable Cafeteria” program through the months of February and March.

The Comfortable Cafeteria program is a six-week program to be embedded during lunchtime with the purpose of creating a positive cafeteria environment so that all students can enjoy their meal and socialize with friends.

1:1 COMPUTER PROJECT UNDER WAY AT MIDDLE SCHOOLS

A goal that has been in the sights of the administration for a number of years is now a reality as every middle schooler in the District has been given the opportunity to have a personal laptop for use during the school year.

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 27, 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.

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT ATHLETIC BOOSTERS

Mention the Lakewood Athletic Boosters or show this flyer when you order from Chipotle in Lakewood on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5-9 pm and 50% of sales will go to the Boosters and support of high school and middle school athletics.

Rachel's Challenge
Rachel's Challenge will be presented to the student body during the day of October 28th.  That evening, there will be a presentation to the parent or guardian of our students that is an adult centered presentation.  Please see the flyer for more information.  We hope to see you on the 28th at 6:30 in the Cafe.
HARDING 6TH GRADER HIGHLIGHTED FOR GRIDIRON PLAY
Harding sixth-grader Christina Auck was featured on WKYC-Channel 3 recently for her outstanding play as a Lakewood Purple Ranger football player who just happens to be a girl! View the video here.
SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 26

Registration for Lakewood City Schools' summer school program for middle school and high school students begins April 26. Session I will run from June 14-July 5 and Session II from July 8-26. For more information and an application, click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS APRIL 11
Parents wishing to open enroll their child in a middle school other than their home school may do so beginning April 11. Requests must be made in writing using the Open Enrollment Form that is available here and at all elementary, middle schools and the Board of Education building starting April 11. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info, see the Open Enrollment Guidelines here.
HARDING MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCES STUDENT COUNCIL EXECUTIVE BOARD
Harding Middle School is happy to announce the winners of the student council elections held Tuesday, November 2nd.  All of the candidates for office ran great campaigns and contributed to a spirit of civic responsibility. 

President: Adam Klepek
Vice-President:  Pryce Macon
Treasurer: Nick Bilski
Secretary: Tamara Saad

LHS & HARDING WIN STATE TECH GRANTS WORTH $500,000
Lakewood High School and Harding Middle School each were awarded the coveted eTech Ohio grants that will give each school $225,000 over the next two years to help build technology-rich learning environments.
6TH GRADERS FLEX THEIR MATH MUSCLES IN CONTEST 6TH GRADERS FLEX THEIR MATH MUSCLES IN CONTEST
Congratulations to the Harding sixth graders who participated in the 29th annual Problem Solving Tournament hosted by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The event, held at Emerson Elementary School on May 8, showcased the interest, perseverance, and talent in mathematics and problem solving of nearly 100 students in grades five and six from the Greater Cleveland area. 
HARDING 7th GRADER WINS MLK CONTEST
Congratulations to  Harding Middle School seventh grader Renee Klann, who was a winner in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Scholarship Committee's annual art contest.  As a contest winner, Renee receives three complimentary tickets to the 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. Holiday Breakfast on January 18 where she will receive scholarship money and other prizes.
Harding Open House
Please join us for Open House on Thursday, September 3rd.  The event will begin at 7pm sharp.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers and follow a simulated student schedule.  Students will be bringing home schedules this week.  If you don't get a schedule extra copies will be available in the main office. 
5th & 6th GRADERS SHINE IN MATH TOURNAMENT
Thirty-two Lakewood fifth- and sixth-graders from Emerson and Roosevelt elementaries and Harding Middle School flexed their math muscles at the 27th annual Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Problem Solving Tournament earlier this month held at Emerson. 
Requirements for Advanced Courses
Summer Reading Assignment Now Available

booksAll middle school students will be reading the same book for summer reading. Please click here to find out the book chosen and the assignment that will be due on Aug. 25, 2017.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS MAKE A PAKISTAN CONNECTION

Having spent the summer reading “I am Malala,” Harding and Garfield middle school students brought their questions about the young Pakistani education crusader and the struggles of girls in Pakistan directly to someone living in the country who is fighting for the same cause as the Nobel Peace winner Malala Yousafzai.

STUDENT PICTURE DAY - SEPTEMBER 6

Smile for the camera!

Harding Student Picture Day is Friday, September 6th.  Students will have their picture taken during social studies classes.  Picture forms will be sent home with students prior to picture day.  Pictures can also be ordered online at www.ripchostudio.com using the online password 548hardms.  

HARDING STUDENT WINS TOP POETRY AWARD

Harding Middle School eighth-grader Kitty Crino was honored at a ceremony on Jan. 16 with the Regional Prize for Best Poetry in the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest. Her work was chosen from among hundreds of middle and high school writers who entered the contest. She was also one of only five students chosen to receive the Visionary Voice Award, which honors the best pieces in the regional judging. Click here to read the award-winning poem.

NASA BRINGS ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS TO 6th graders

     

Advanced science sixth-graders at Harding experienced a taste of what scientists at NASA Glenn go through when testing out a concept. With help from a NASA education outreach specialist, the class engaged in the engineering design process. Teams of four consisting of a design engineer, technical engineer, operations engineer and technical writer designed and tested a descent helicopter, learning about resistance, gravity, motion and force, and finding how to slow the descent of a falling object. The class served as a beta test for a similar, more complex project scientists at NASA Glenn are currently working on. The visit is part of NASA’s outreach to increase the number of students wishing to enter STEM fields.

LHS Choir visit HMS

Friday, December 19th the Lakewood High School Symphonic Mixed Choir gave a superb performance at Harding Middle School.  It is such a treat to see our former students return to us and hear how they have developed their voices since middle school. We look forward to hearing you again next year!

Schedule Parent Conferences Online

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Nov. 12-14. Please take a moment to schedule your conferences now via our Conference Scheduler at http://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Harding_Middle_SchoolOnce you’ve registered, you will receive an email with a link to the conference schedule where you will be able to select your specific dates and times. If you do not have a valid email address and wish to schedule conferences, please call 216-227-5785 for assistance.

SCHEDULE YOUR PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE NOW
Parent / Teacher Conferences will be held Nov. 6-8. Please take a moment to schedule your conferences now via our Conference Scheduler. Click here to schedule. 

Parent / Teacher Conferences will be held November 6th through November 8th. Please take a moment to schedule your conferences now via our Conference Scheduler Parent / Teacher Conferences will be held November 6th through November 8th. Please take a moment to schedule your conferences now via our Conference Scheduler
STUDENTS SHINE AT SCIENCE FAIR, INCLUDING A FIRST-PLACE AWARD
Sixteen students from Lakewood High and Harding Middle School attended the 58th Annual Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair at Cleveland State March 14-17 and all came away with recognition of their projects, including a first-place award for sophomore Hannah Kiraly.
DON'T FORGET YOUR SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT!
All students, including incoming 6th graders, are required to read two books this summer for their language arts requirement. Don't wait to get started! For more information on your summer reading assignment, click here.
DISTRICT HONORS STUDENTS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Excellence is the goal everyone in the Lakewood City Schools strives to achieve each and every day. The 27th Annual Celebration of Excellence, held May 24 at the Civic Auditorium, is the district’s way of honoring those high school and middle school students that managed to achieve that goal this school year with straight A’s in all their courses.
SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION UNDER WAY
Lakewood City Schools will hold two summer school sessions for middle school and high school students. The 3-week sessions will begin June 18 and July 12. For more information and an application, please click here.
LAKEWOOD STUDENTS EXCEL AT REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR
Fourteen students from Lakewood High and Harding Middle School participated in the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair at Cleveland State March 15-18 and all 14 came away with recognition from the judges, including a first place by freshman Hannah Kiraly in biology. For a list of all the student entries and awards click on the headline.
Harding "Spirit Wear" Now on Sale!
This fall, with generous support from the LHS Ranger Shop, Harding PTSA is offering T-shirts to be worn at sporting events, pep rallies and anytime you want to show your Harding Pride.  The shirts are purple, with gold lettering and say, "HARDING" and "RANGERS."  Each Shirt is $6.

Completed order forms with cash or checks payable to "Harding PTSA" are due no later than Thursday, October 8th.  Please allow 1 week for delivery. 

Click here for T-shirt Form: userfiles/2321/file/scan0001.pdf
Phase III Facilities Community Forum Meeting at Lakewood High School on September 15th from 7pm-9pm
For more information please visit www.lakewoodcityschool.org or call 216-529-4074
HARDING PROGRAM SALUTES VETERANS HARDING PROGRAM SALUTES VETERANS
Superintendent Estrop and Mayor Ed FitzGerald joined Harding Middle School students and staff and the City of Lakewood’s Help To Others program in saluting our local veterans in the district’s second annual veteran recognition program.
2020-21 Distinguished, Honor and Merit Roll Names
Summer Reading Culminating Event

Hello Harding Community,

We have an exciting opportunity set for our middle school students on September 7.   As a culmination for our district's summer reading book, we will be having a Google Hangout with a young woman from Swat Valley, Pakistan. Risham Waseem will be "hanging out" with us that afternoon to show students her short documentary about the challenges in Swat Valley that echo the words in I am Malala.  

Our speaker, Risham, is a young woman that grew up in Swat Valley and currently still lives in the region.  She helped create a film, Burning Paradise, that students will view together at the assembly.  She also leads a community theater as a way to promote peace and teach conflict resolution skills.   

That day in ELA class we will be having a "One World Day" where we will focus on global issues with education and basic human rights.   

Thank you to all for your support with summer reading!

HARDING CLUB FAIR - SEPTEMBER 11

  Harding Club Fair

Harding Club Fair will take place on September 11 in the cafeteria at 3pm.  We invite our students to stop in and sign up for clubs being offered at Harding this year.  Students and parents can check the club list on the "quick links" side of our web page to identify potential clubs.  Club advisors will also be available after the club fair is over to answer any questions about clubs.  

Our club fair is always a great opportunity for students and advisors to meet face-to-face to learn about the excellent extra-curricular opportunities available at HMS.  For more information about HMS clubs, please don't hesitate to contact assistant principal Mrs. Patton.

8TH GRADE LHS SCHEDULING PRESENTATION

If you happened to miss the parent meeting on Jan. 13 regarding scheduling for incoming freshmen next year, you can view the presentation here.

New Extended School Hours

Harding Middle School has changed the school hours to help meet the rigor of Common Core mathematics by having more instructional time per day.  All students should arrive to school by 8:05am.

Periods Daily Bell
Entry Bell/Doors Open 8:05am
1st Period 8:15am
2nd Period 9:02am
3rd Period 9:46am
4th Period 10:30am
5th Period 11:14am
6th Period 11:58am
7th Period 12:42pm
8th Period 1:26pm
9th Period 2:10pm
Dismissal 2:52pm

 

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.

2014.15 Harding Clubs

On Sept. 15th, Harding conducted its annual Club Fair.  Please click the link on the left side of the web site to access the current listing of the clubs available at harding for 2014.15.

HARDING 8TH GRADER WINS NATIONAL ART AWARD HARDING 8TH GRADER WINS NATIONAL ART AWARD
Harding 8th grader Jacob Corder has been named a national Gold Medal winner - the highest honor - in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a national competition with more than 185,000 works submitted from more than 50,000 students in grades 7-12 from across the nation.
HARDING MUSICAL GROUPS RATED SUPERIOR & EXCELLENT
Harding Middle School participated in the Music in the Parks Festival at Sandusky Perkins High School and Cedar Point on May 29 and came away with a few first places and some impressive ratings. 
HARDING STUDENTS COMPETE IN MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
Harding Middle School's Mock Trial club held play-off trials March 13th to determine which top attorneys and which top witnesses would comprise the team that represented Harding at the Middle School Mock Trial showcase in Columbus. Coached by Mrs. Pangrace and assisted by attorneys Mr. Kwiatkowski and Ms. Karel, thirty students from grades 6-8 demonstrated how well they know the judicial process and courtroom procedure. Three prominent Cuyahoga County judges presided over the trials, Judge O'Donnell, Judge Keough, and Judge Ambrose. Judging panels also included local guest attorneys and Lakewood school administrators. After counting the ballots, four attorneys and six witnesses were selected to compete at the Ohio Statehouse.
SPANISH STUDENTS CELEBRATE A CULTURAL EVENING
Dr. LaOrden's Spanish students shared a fun evening with parents and family members as they sang and danced in celebration of Spanish culture.  On February 23rd, students took to the stage to visually explain the connections between language and culture.  

 

Harding PTSA Meeting
Please join the Harding Middle School PTSA for it's next meeting on October 20th, 2009 at 7PM in the Harding Middle School LRC.
H1N1 INFORMATION H1N1 INFORMATION
The H1N1 virus is now prevalent throughout Northeast Ohio, including in the Lakewood Schools. The district wants to assure its families that it is closely monitoring the situation and keeping abreast of the latest news and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our response to the virus and its outbreak within our school population includes the following:
 
Harding Middle School PTSA meeting on September 22nd in the LRC @ 7pm
NEW HARDING PRINCIPAL NAMED
At its May 4 meeting, the Board of Education approved Keith Ahearn to be Harding Middle School’s next principal beginning in the 2009-2010 school year. Ahearn, currently principal at Garfield Heights Middle School, will succeed Meredith Wojtkun, who decided to return to teaching in the district.
Easy Fundraiser Information
HMS Fundraiser Kick off!

The annual HMS fundraiser kicked off yesterday to support student programing at HMS.  In partnership with Great American Fundraising, students will be selling holiday items such as candles and candies, soups, and some of your favorite magazines to support essential programming at Harding. This year students will also be sharing the opportunity to purchase the digital Entertainment coupon book for great local and nationwide savings. 

Students can return postcard books on 9/2 to help friends and family members remember that the fundraiser has started.  Collection days are September 8 and September 15.  Our fundraiser ends on September 15. 

This year students who sell 12 items or more will have the awesome opportunity to enjoy a CAVS VIP party at the Q Arena.  Other prizes include a candy grab and light up emojis. 

For more information about our fundraiser, please refer to the fundraiser packet that will be sent home with your child or reach out to Assistant Principal Mr. Sullivan. 

HARDING & LHS WRITERS EARN TOP SCHOLASTIC AWARDS

Lakewood City Schools was well represented in the writing portion of the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition with three students honored with Gold Keys and three with Silver Keys.

Cookies

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.

HARDING COMES OUT ON TOP IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS HARDING COMES OUT ON TOP IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS
In a dramatic come-from-behind fashion, the Harding Classroom of Champions team won the Finals of the Academic Challenge-style tournament held at St. Edward High School on April 14. The Harding team of 8th graders Hugh Campbell, Luke DeBaltzo and Eli Zettler were trailing the leaders by 80 points headed into the final round but pulled out a victory against St. Christopher of Rocky River and Incarnate Word Academy of Parma Heights. The final score was Harding, 375; St. Chris 335; and Incarnate Word 235.
HARDING TOP 10 IN STATE; GARFIELD WRITER WINS "BEST OF BEST"
Official results are in and the Harding Power of the Pen combined 7th & 8th grade team placed 8th overall out of 280 in the state competition held May 21 at the College of Wooster. Garfield writer Sara Shyte will have her story "Behind Closed Doors" published as a winner of one of the 24 "Best of the Best" stories from the competition.
8TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM WINS NOC MIDDLE SCHOOL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Harding Middle School 8th grade boys basketball team won the Northeastern Ohio Conference Middle School League Championship on Friday afternoon at Center Middle School in Strongsville.  The Rangers defeated Strongsville Center 46 to 30 to bring home the trophy.
SUMMER SCHOOL INFO NOW AVAILABLE
Middle school and high school students interested in summer school can find out course information and registration details here.
BEST BUY SUPPORTS PERFECT ATTENDANCE @ HARDING

                             

On Jan. 8, 2016, members of the Geek Squad from Best Buy of North Olmsted came to Harding Middle School to challenge the HMS teachers and staff to a friendly game of volleyball to support perfect attendance.  Matt Romance, the general manager at Best Buy of North Olmsted, was on hand to raffle off cool tech prizes to students who achieved perfect attendance during the 2nd quarter. 

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.

PROGRAM HONORS COUNTRY'S VETERANS FOR MEMORIAL DAY
Students and guests at Harding Middle School heard first-hand about the significance of Memorial Day and the debt of gratitude owed to our country’s veterans as members of the military reminded all at the May 26 assembly that “freedom isn’t free.”
HARDING STUDENTS CELEBRATE HISTORY DAY
On Friday, February 3rd, 8th graders from Mrs. Pangrace's social studies classes participated in Harding History Day.  This display of projects focused on National History Day's 2010 theme, Innovation: Impact and Change. Guest judges included faculty members and history buffs from the community.
Washington DC Trip

This year's eighth grade field trip to Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg is scheduled for May 18-20, 2016.  The cost of the trip is $495.00 per person.  This fee includes:

  • Round trip bus tranpostation via Lakefront Lines
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Two breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners
  • Admission to Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • Tour of Gettysburg Battlefield
  • Admission to other attractions or events
  • Commemorative t-shirts (2) and group photo

The current year's forms, packet, and criteria are located on the website, to the left, under Quick Links.
 

 

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.

HARDING STUDENTS' WORKS GOES ON TO STATE COMPETITION
Zoe Budzar and Max Mulready produced works of art and music that were chosen to move forward to state competition as part of the PTA Reflections award ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on January 27th.
Harding Middle School Achieves an "Excellent" Rating on the 2008-2009 School Report Card
The Harding Middle School community should be proud of this accomplishment! We were elevated from "Effective" to "Excellent" because Harding students showed "Higher than Expected" growth for two consecutive years.  This could not have been done without  the hard work of our staff, the great effort from our students and, of course, the strong support of our parents.  Thank you!

Please click on the following link to access Harding's 2008-2009 school report card:
HARDING KICKS-OFF ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM
Harding Middle School kicked-off a new anti-bullying campaign based on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The student body watched student created videos that re-enacted common bullying senarios and  offered ways in which students could stop bullying by reporting it to adults. 

 

Progressbook
Looking for the Progressbook link? 

Please click on the Links and Forms button at the very top of this webpage to find the link to Progressbook.
Weather Conditions and Forecast
The weather forecast for the evening of Friday, January 9th and for Saturday, January 10th is currently calling for 10-12 inches of snow.   (Please click on the headline to get more information.)
First Day of School for All Grades K- 12
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 is the first day of school and will be a full day of instruction.
LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS' PERFORMING ARTS CONCERT SCHEDULE
For a list of May concert times/dates, please click the Performing Arts button on the left side of this home page.
Lakewood’s Mrs. Kirsten Senger Named NSPRA/OHIO 2008 Friend of Education
A tireless Lakewood School District volunteer honored for her work on behalf of our children and our schools!
State PTA Reflections Winners Include Five Lakewood Students!
Lakewood Celebrates Five State Winners in the
PTA Reflections Art Competition
New Web Page Unveiled!
Announcing the new Lakewood City School District web site! 
Harding Middle School to Host 1st Annual Veteran Recognition Program
With Memorial Day approaching, Harding students plan special program for veterans
Middle School Summer Reading Assignments
Assignments and Book Lists for Lakewood Middle School Students
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