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 March
             Dates to Remember in April
Message from Principal Mills
Greetings Parents and Families of Harding Middle School,
Message from our Principal

March is here and we are full speed ahead in testing mode. This year the state tests will start Monday, March 25(ELA) and will take us through Friday, May 10(Math, Science & SS). As a parent, it is important to talk with your kids about staying focused on the test without over stressing. Your child prepares every day for these assessments. When the day comes, it should be nothing different than they already are doing in the classroom. Testing tips that can help are getting plenty of sleep the night before and eating a well-balanced breakfast. Free breakfast is available daily to all Harding students.Teachers and students have worked very hard preparing for the upcoming assessments, and we are proud of each of these efforts. Don't forget, track season starts on Monday and it’s very important for these student athletes to stay focused in the classroom in order to remain eligible. We can't wait to see what our fantastic athletes have in store for us this spring! Also, we want to wish the best of luck to those students participating in the Regional Power of the Pen, Regional Spelling Bee and District Science Fair.

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


Good Luck To Our Power Of The Pen Team At their Regional Competition!
When: March 2nd

Where: Malone University

Time: 9am

The three qualifiers are:
Jade Green (7th grade)
Katie Valentine (8th grade)
Elise Slivka (8th grade)
Middle School to High School Transition
When: March 6th, 7th & 8th

Where: SHS

Time: School Day

8th graders who turn in their permission slips will be assigned one day to spend at the high school.
Regional Spelling Bee
When: March 9th, 2019

Where: Buckeye Local Elementary School

Time: 11am
March 10th, 2019
Bring a Friend to School Day
Date: March 15th
Day: Friday
Permission slips due to the office by Monday, March 11th
District Science Fair
When: March 16th

Where: Belmont College

Time: 10am
St. Patrick's Day

 March 17th

What: Pennies for Patients Spirit Week
When: March 18th-22nd

Please join our squad in helping to raise money for our local heroes and others! Harding Middle School will be collecting loose change as well as sponsoring a spirit week for $1 each day that your student would like to participate. The homeroom that raises the most money at the end of the week will win a pizza party! All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. **More information will be sent home in a few weeks**


Monday :Hat Day--wear your favorite hat to school!

Tuesday : Superhero Day--dress in your mightiest or sport your favorite superhero shirt! **No masks or fake weapons will be permitted

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday--wear your wackiest outfit! Think mismatched, backwards, crazy colors or patterns!

Thursday : Crazy Hair Day--Color it, crimp it, wear it up, down or all around!

Friday: Flip Flop Friday!--spring is around the corner, sport your flip flops to celebrate!
We will also be selling cotton candy all week during lunches for $2!
March 18th-22th is Ohio's Severe Weather Awareness week.
*Students will review drills and procedures
Open House
Date: March 19th
Day: Tuesday
Time: 3pm-6pm
Location: Harding
The mobile dentists... Smiles Program
Date: March 20th & 21st
Day: Wednesday & Thursday

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.

Online Report Cards--Available March 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. 
DAR Luncheon Information

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, OH 43017

Invited State Winners, who sent in an RSVP, are to arrive no later than 11:15 a.m. for pictures on this day. The awards luncheon begins at 12 p.m.

Please contact Ms. Sanders with any questions or concerns.


Harding Boys JV Basketball
The Harding Reserve boys’ basketball team finished the year with a record of 5-6. At the beginning of the season, the boys and Coach Price talked about the purpose of this team and what’s expected of all who are on it. Their one major topic of discussion was “Accountability”!
Every student-athlete who played for this 2018-19 JV team made every single practice, gave their best effort day in and day out, and most importantly excelled above and beyond in the classroom. The team’s second major topic, or goal, was to improve. The team understood that it’s not how you start, but instead it’s how you finish. Each member of this year’s team improved both academically and athletically from beginning to end. 
The team won their final game at home vs. Jefferson Christian in thrilling fashion with a 16-15 victory. The Most Improved Player of the Season goes to 8 th grader Dorian Thorn.

Harding Girls Basketball
The 7 th grade girls’ team finished the 2018-2019 season with a record of 5-13. The team struggled early but picked it up a bit over Christmas Break by defeating St. Clairsville in an overtime barn-burner 34-33. The Lady Stallions also defeated Moundsville Middle in come from behind fashion with a 22-21 victory. The 7 th grade girls faced many tough opponents this season along with a lot of adversity, but never once gave up. The highlight of the season was an opening round win in the Bellaire Tournament against a tough Union Local team by the score of 37-24. In the victory, Madalyn Criss led all scorers with 19 points, Aniyah Warner added 11, and Sabria Jones chipped in with 7 points. The 7 th grade Lady Stallions ended their season with a loss in the tournament to host Bellaire by a score of 32-18. The coaches would like to wish the girls good luck in the Spring and they hope to see them all out again next season.
The Harding 8 th grade girls’ team finished the 2018-2019 season with a record of 3-16. The girls worked extremely hard the entire season and never gave up. After losing to a very good Bellaire team, at Bellaire, by the score of 35-5 earlier in the season, the 8 th grade Lady Stallions fought back in the rematch by beating Bellaire weeks later by the score of 21-17. In the victory, Sydney Matyas scored 8 points, Gianna Boley had 6, Katie Valentine 4, Corina Mayo 2, and Milana Bressler finished with 1. Coach Petrelle and Coach Barletta want to thank the 8 th grade girls for their hard work and effort this season and would like to wish them the best of luck next season at Steubenville High School. 

Harding Boys Basketball
The 7 th grade boys’ basketball team finished the season with a record of 17-1. The regular season was highlighted with wins over undefeated Triadelphia as well as defeating an 8 th grade Bridgestreet Middle School team in the Wheeling Holiday Classic. The team received the #1 seed in the Al Glitch St. Clairsville Middle School Tournament, where it faced a solid St. Clairsville team in the semi-finals. The Stallions pulled out an overtime victory and moved on to the championship game to face the Linsly Cadets. The final game was never close as the Stallions led from the opening tip and finished with a 16-point victory .
The 8 th grade boys’ basketball team finished the season with a record of 14-4. The regular season was highlighted with a 1 point, last second victory over Bellaire and a strong 26 point victory against Wheeling Middle School in the Wheeling Holiday Classic. After receiving the #2 seed in the Al Glitch St. Clairsville Middle School Tournament, the Stallions faced the Linsly Cadets in the semi-finals. After a tough fought first half that concluded with the Stallions up by 3 points, the second half went the way of the Cadets and saw the Stallions fall in the end. The Stallions were able to bounce back two days later and defeat St. Clairsville in the consolation game and finish the tournament with a third place trophy.
Harding Wrestling
The Harding wrestling team had another successful season this year by placing 1st at the Martins Ferry and Buckeye Local wrestling tournaments, as well as 2nd place finishes at Oak Glen and The Ohio Valley Junior High Championships. Harding also had a 6th place finish out of 40 teams at the Cambridge Open, which is home to one of the toughest junior high wrestling tournaments in the state of Ohio. Multiple wrestlers placed at all the tournaments throughout the year with 8th grader Ethan Waggoner leading the way. Ethan finished with an undefeated record and placed 1st at every tournament to go along with a Most Outstanding Wrestler award at the “Best of the Midwest” tournament in Philo, Ohio. Other 8th grade wrestlers finding success this season were Jordan West, Kaiden Minella, Hakim Edwards, Kingston Reynolds, Tylik Sims, Cooper Blackburn, DaShon Seditz, Bryce Benton, Spenser Ostovich, and Bryce Huff. Three wrestlers were also able to qualify for the Junior High State Wrestling Championships in Youngstown on March 16th-17th. Ethan Waggoner (1st), Cal Beadling (1st), & Spenser Ostovich (2nd) will all have a chance to compete for an individual state title. At the end of the season, the Harding wrestling team was chosen to compete in the Ohio Junior High State Dual Championships at Thomas Worthington High School in Columbus. The top 8 teams in Division II (based on their High School affiliations) competed for a chance to win a team state championship for their school and Harding finished in 3rd place. The team went 3-1 in the duals with wins over Bexley, Poland, & Medina Buckeye. For records, stats, and other information, please visit the Harding athletics wrestling page on

Good Luck HMS Track Team & Coaches on your upcoming season!
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 .
April Dates to Remember

April 3rd
Memories In The Middle (For 4th grade & potential new students)

April 4th
Last Stallion Trot Meeting - 8:30am

April 6th
Solo & Ensemble

April 11th
SCS Orchestra Spring Concert

April 15th-22nd
Easter Vacation
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.

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!

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