The purpose of this email is to share information regarding Harding Middle School. It is a monthly newsletter featuring HMS news and current events.
      In This Issue:
A Message From Mr. Mills
What's Happening In February
             Dates to Remember in March
Message from Principal Mills
Greetings Parents and Families of Harding Middle School,

I want to remind everyone that we are having our first semester awards assembly
tomorrow. The 7th and 8th grade assembly will start at 9am. If you plan on taking your
child after the assembly to lunch or for the rest of the day please make arrangements in the main office. The 5th and 6th grade assembly will start at 1pm and should take us to the end of the day. Students will report to their 8th period class at the conclusion of the
assembly for a normal dismissal at 2:30. This month we will also have our quarterly
Stallion Trot on Thursday, February 7th at 8:30am to keep parents up to date and
continue our discussions about upcoming events and happenings.

I would like to remind parents and students that the cafeteria doors will open at
7:10am daily. Keep in mind what time your child is leaving the house in the morning
as we continue to go through the winter months. We have some winter weather
accessories available if ever needed. Please don’t hesitate to ask. Also, latchkey is
available in the PM from 2:30 – 5:00 for a cost of $5 per day.

February will wrap up the winter sports seasons. We want to wish all our student
athletes the best of luck as they enter their final tournaments. As always, results will be
posted on our new district web page ( and SCS App (search for
“Steubenville City Schools” in the app store on your smart phone). The coaches’
remarks will be included in the March Newsletter too.

I would like to thank all the DAR, Science Fair, Power of the Pen and Spelling Bee
coaches and participants. Best of luck to each of you as you continue in the
academic competitions!!!

Enjoy the newsletter and thank you for your constant support!!!

If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is You can also
reach me by phone at Harding Middle School, (740) 282-3481 ext. 4128

Principal Bryan Mills



Stallion Trot Meeting
(Parent informational meeting)
When: Tuesday, February 7th

Where: HMS Cafe'

Time: 8:30 am
Accuplacer Testing
ALL 8 th grade students will take the Accuplacer test February 13th,14th & 15th. A passing score on this test will enable any student to take the College Credit Plus courses at the HS.
Valentine's Day

Date: February 14th
Day: Thursday
Pathfinders Assembly
Date: February 15
Day: Friday
Time: 10:00
Location: Auditorium

We are going to honor three SHS Grads

Anita Simmons - '86
Mark Palmer - '92
Nate Johnson - '95
Event: Math Counts Competition
When: Friday, February 15, 2019
(During School)
Where: Belmont Tech.
President's Day--No School

Date: February 18th
Day: Monday

Online Interim Reports--Available February 26th

Parents of Steubenville City Schools students will need to go online (Progress Book) to find their child's interim, quarterly and semester grades. 

SCS will be sending out a call notification to parents and guardians to remind them to check Progress Book at the end of each grading period. 

Parents without access to the internet are free to go to the office to request the hard copy, and we would be happy to print one for you. We appreciate your continued support and cooperation. 
Celebrating Black History Month
Tuskegee Airmen Presentation
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Deborah Keith is going to give our students the history of the Tuskegee Airmen

During World War II, many families proudly watched their sons and daughters pledge their service to their country. Some sent – and lost – multiple children to the war effort. For the Edwards family of Steubenville, Ohio, their two sons, Jerome and John “Ellis,” became part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, piloting aircraft to join the air war over Europe. Although they were not immune to the tragedy of war, they have celebrated the Edwards’ brothers’ achievements for generations.

Both brothers graduated from Steubenville High School and went on to attend West Virginia State College. Jerome enrolled in 1935, and “Ellis” followed two years later at his older brother’s insistence. “Ellis” had aspirations of becoming a dentist, but instead both enrolled in the school’s aviation program when WVSC became one of the first historically black colleges to participate in the Civilian Pilot Training Program.
MLK Essay Winners
5th & 6th Grade
Kacee Radcliff - 1st Place
Emily Tuttle - 2nd Place

7th & 8th Grade
Jordan Fritz-Radcliff - 1st Place
Dezirae Ware - 2nd Place
Madalyn Criss - 2nd Place
Serenity Lawrence - Honorable Mention

Science Fair Winners And Superiors
5th Grade Winners:
1st - Sagan Smarella and Emma Lyons
2nd - Cole Bowers and Nolan Blackburn
3rd - Josiah Rea and Isaiah Ellis

5th Grade Superiors
Cole Bowers and Nolan Blackburn
Annabelle Clutter
Isaiah Ellis and Josiah Rea
Kaylee Sliva
Sagan Smarella and Emma Lyons
Kale Beebe
Christopher Elliot
Holden Mason & Ryan Bise
Isabella Fletcher

6th Grade Winners:
1st - Natalia Lulla
2nd - Ellie Clark and Alivia Vostatek
3rd - Kayla Biasi and Alexis Lukacena

6th Grade Superiors
Kayla Biasi and Alexis Lukacena
Ellie Clark and Alivia Vostatek
James Devereaux and Isaac Rosel
Owen O'Brien and Jordan Ribar
Benjamin Burgey and Brody Saccoccia
Elijah Gilman
Natalia Lulla
Sophia Orban and Isabel Stevens
Noah West
Rhyan Cochrane
7th Grade Winners :
1st - Madalyn Criss
2nd - Liam O'Brien
3rd - Heath Heilman

7th Grade Superiors
Amari Suggs
Malaki Bayne-Harper
Madalyn Criss
Sabria Jones and Ciarra Goff
Liam O'Brien
Sara Allen and Gia Bowman
Rensi Gresko
Heath Heilman
Christian Hoffman

8th Grade Winners :
1st - Kellen Marshall
2nd - Sophia Riley and Sydney Kirkpatrick
3rd - Tori Mitchell

8th Grade Superior:
Kellen Marshall
Sophia Riley and Sydney Kirkpatrick
Tori Mitchell
Drake Ziarko and Parker Kelley

Please contact the school if your child plans to attend the State Science Fair by February 4th.
Spelling Bee News
Congratulations to our students that will compete in the Regional Spelling Bee!

Jordan Fritz, Cam'Ron Ajebe, Alivia Vostatek and Gianna Barker

Regional Spelling Bee
·          Buckeye Local Elementary School
·          March 9, 2019
·          11:00am
DAR Local Winners

2018-2019 Theme: "The 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing of the Lunar Landing- America's great Move forward in the exploration and technology"

5th Grade:
Hayden Schrader - Poster (1st)
Nolan Blackburn - Stamp Design (1st)
Aiden Baker - Stamp Design (2nd)
Dakota Ryan - Photographic Essay (1st)
Christopher Elliott - Essay (1st)
Gabe Martin - Essay (2nd)
Eric Kauffman - Poem (2nd)

6th Grade
Kayla Biasi, Ellie Clark, Alivia Vostatek - Banner (1st)
Sena Smith, Brooke Swickard, Paige Matteson, Natalie Romanyak, Kaitlyn Smith - Banner (2nd)
Hayden Hicks - Stamp Design (1st)
William Oller - Stamp Design (2nd)
Ava Antill - Stamp Design (2nd)
Gianna Barker - Poem (1st)
Jacob Burchfield - Essay (1st)

7th Grade
Brianne Wells - Poster (1st)
Anna Baker - Poster (2nd)
Te'Jah Montgomery, Alisandra Sagan, Addison Conner, Carmen Nocera - Banner (1st)
Tiffany Thomas, Nevaeh Jones, Ashley Toothman, Alyssa Wineman, Laela White - Banner (2nd)
Raegan Murison - Stamp Design (1st)
Ethan Stimpert - Stamp Design (2nd)
Austin Lewis - Stamp Design (3rd)
Jayda Stinson - Poem (1st)
William O'Brien - Essay (1st)
Troy Ritchie - Essay (2nd)

8th Grade
Kasey Crosier - Poster (1st)
Abby Ayers - Poster (2nd)
Gionna Gulan, Gianna Boley, Hillary Rauch - Banner (1st)
Olivia Price, Jessica Scott, Kessler Turnbull, Nevaeh Flenniken - Banner (2nd)
Sophia Riley - Stamp Design (1st)
Hannah Randolph - Stamp Design (2nd)
John Dettorre - Poem (1st)
Katie Valentine - Poem (2nd)
Alli Miller - Essay (1st)
Mason Stoll - (2nd)
Hannah Aggers - Photographic Essay (2nd)
DAR State Winners
Congratulations to this year's State DAR Winners. They will be invited, along with their family and teacher, to attend the State DAR Luncheon on Saturday, March 30th in Columbus. Their projects will now move on to the National DAR/JAC contest.
5th Grade
Aiden Baker
Nolan Blackburn
Christopher Elliott
Eric Kauffman
Gabe Martin

6th Grade
Kayla Biasi
Jacob Burchfield
Ellie Clark
Hayden Hicks
Alivia Vostatek
7th Grade
Anna Barker
Addison Conner
Austin Lewis
Te'Jah Montgomery
Carmen Nocera
Alisandra Sagan

8th Grade
Hannah Aggers
Abby Ayers
Gianna Boley
Gionna Gulan
Hillary Rauch
Power of the Pen students traveled to the University of Mount Union on Friday, January 11, 2019 to compete in the district writing tournament. Students had been practicing enhancing their creative writing since the very beginning of the school year and were ready to finally put their skills to the test in this rigorous, three-round writing competition.
Three students qualified for the Regional Power of the Pen Competition which will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Malone University.

7th Grade Team
Jade Green
Ashley Toothman
Jaylah Hancock
Aiden Hendrinks
Josiah Hopple
Devon Renforth

8th grade Team
Katie Valentine
Elise Slivka
William Wade
Mason Stoll
Maeve Gray
Zoey Martin

The three qualifiers are:
Jade Green (7th grade)
Katie Valentine (8th grade)
Elise Slivka (8th grade)
Good luck to all writers in their upcoming writing competition! Keep up the good work!
Steubenville City SD - NEW APP!
SCS has announced the launch of the Steubenville City Schools app by esv2go which is now available for iOS™, Android™, and Windows™ devices. The app enables parents, students, faculty and staff with the ability to stay connected and informed about what’s happening at Steubenville City Schools. 
In the App Store look up Steubenville City SD - it’s free!
Select Harding or other schools in the district to follow.
New & Improved SCS Website
Steubenville City Schools is delighted to announce the launch of our brand new website. The goal is to meet the needs of our parents, staff, and community members with user-friendly sites and easily accessible information.

Please take some time to explore our site and familiarize yourself with its layout.

We look forward to using our new platform to keep the community more informed about the great and exciting things happening in our school system.

Visit our new site at
Fellowship of Christian Athletes meet every Tuesday morning at 7:30 am .
March Dates to Remember

March 6th, 7th & 8th
Middle School to High School Transition

March 9th
Regional Spelling Bee

March 20th & 21st
Smiles Mobile Dentist

March 26th
3rd Nine Weeks Reports Cards Ready to View

March 30th
National History Bee

March 30th
DAR State Conference Luncheon
A message from our nurse
Flu season is here! Please teach your children to wash their hands well and often! Please keep your child home if he/she has a fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, and /or diarrhea because it is probably the flu. Being seen quickly for a diagnosis will make the anti-virals work better. Flu usually needs 5 days of recovery time at a minimum to keep from spreading it to others. The student must be 24 hours fever free without medication before they should return to school.

The Smiles Program will return this year to HMS for a dental visit March 20 and 21. Please note that if your child has been seen by a dentist within the last 6 months (since October) then they will not be able to be seen at Harding. Please return any forms sent home promptly as plans need made to service our students in a timely manner. Forms will go home on February 4th and due back by February 15.

Please check with your doctor with every well visit to see if your child is up to date on their immunizations. Remember 7 th graders will need a meningococcal vaccine and a Tdap vaccine by August for fall classes. Please send in paperwork proving vaccination promptly.
Any questions feel free to call the nurse. Thank you for your help in keeping our students healthy!

Amy Neely, RN, BSN, CSN
Harding Bell Schedule
*Cafe` Doors open at 7:10 daily
TARDIES : You will never be successful in school if you are not present at all times. Attendance is crucial to academic and personal/social success. Being on time is a very important character trait that should be developed during this time in your student's life. The "tardy bell" rings at 8:00am EVERY DAY! We will be starting again to implement lunch detentions as outlined in the student handbook. After six tardies, your student will have to serve a lunch detention for each subsequent tardy.  PLEASE get your kids to school on time each day!
Good Luck to All Winter Sports Teams in their upcoming tournaments!

Harding Middle School
2002 Sunset Blvd
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
Fax 740-283-8949