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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.

Summer Reading 2019

Please click here to view the summer reading assignment, which is due August 23, 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

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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:


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