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 November
             Dates to Remember in December

Dear HMS Families,

Wow!!! I can’t believe November is already here. Hopefully the school year has settled into a productive and positive routine for your family. HMS has recently wrapped up the 1st 9 weeks and off to a fast start in the 2nd. I want to remind everyone of the importance of communication between home and school. We need each other's support to be truly successful transitioning your child through the middle school years. It was nice to see so many of you at our Open House on Tuesday. It stresses to the students that you understand how important education is, and helps them view learning as a priority as they become increasingly more responsible for their education in the middle school years.

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.

Principal Bryan Mills


Steubenville City Schools has adopted the ALICE Training Institute model to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff. Families and communities expect schools to keep their children safe from all threats including human-caused emergencies such as crimes of violence. In collaboration with local government and community stakeholders, schools can take steps to plan and prepare to mitigate these threats. Every school Emergency Operating Procedure (EOP) should include courses of action that will describe how students and staff can most effectively respond to an Active Shooter situation to minimize the loss of life, and teach and train on these practices. No single response fits all active shooter situations however, making sure each individual knows his or her options for response and can react decisively will save valuable time.
HMS staff will be reviewing the procedures with students on Thursday, November 1st.
Spelling Bee News
Each ELA class was administered a Spelling test on October 30 th in order for students to qualify for the HMS Spelling Bee. The school bee will be on December 4 th during the school day! ALL students that qualify for the school bee will be notified and should attend a meeting on November 6th at 7:30 am in Room 206—students will receive a list of words to study and a schedule of after school study sessions. The after school study groups are NOT mandatory. Thank you!
Meeting for those who qualified:
Date: Nov. 6th
Day: Tuesday
Time: 7:30 am

Daylight Savings Time
Date: Nov. 4th
Day: Sunday

Valley's Got Talent
 Date : Nov. 4
Day : Sunday
Time : 6:00 pm
Location : Auditorium

8th Grade JVS Field Trip
Date : Nov. 5th
Day: Monday
Location : JVS

Only 8th graders with signed permission slips on Nov. 5th will be allowed to attend.

Boys Basketball Tryouts
*Tryouts start Monday, Nov. 5th
*Tryouts last all week after school until 4:15 pm

SADD Annual Troop Drive Begins
(Top Homeroom Prizes Awarded)

SADD Club will once again be sponsoring our Troops Drive this November. This will be the fourth year we have participated in this very important cause. Look for a news segment clip that NEWS 9 aired that will be posted this week on our HMS Facebook page explaining where our donations go. From Monday, November 5th, through Wednesday, November 14th, we will be collecting items to send in care packages for troops. Look for a list of items we are collecting to go home with your child on Wednesday, the 31st. Also, we will post the list on our HMS Facebook page.  A cookie cake will be awarded for the homeroom bringing in the biggest donations . Also, On Thursday, November 8th , we will have Favorite Team Day.  Bring a dollar donation, and wear your favorite team colors. Proceeds will go toward our troops drive for our wining homeroom cookie cake, as well as helping mail the care packages to our troops. Thank you so much for helping donate toward this wonderful cause!! 

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 5th through
Wednesday, Nov. 14th

Favorite Team Day
When: Thursday, Nov. 8th $1

Election Day
Date:   Nov.6
Day:   Tuesday
Veteran's Day Breakfast
Date:   Nov.9
Day: Friday
Time: 9:00 am
Where: HMS Gym

Veteran's Day

Date Nov.11
Day: Sunday
5th & 6th Grade Game Night
Date : Nov. 15
Day: Thursday
Time: 3 pm -5 pm
Location: HMS Cafeteria

5th & 6th graders are invited to join in our first Game Night!
Daughter's of the American Revolution (DAR) Contest 2018
Any students participating in the DAR contest, projects are due no later then Friday, November 16th.

  • Theme: 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing—America’s Great Move Forward in Exploration & Technology 
HMS Drama Club
Harding Drama Club will present Bye Bye Birdie (Young Performers' Edition)

Date: Thursday, November 29th &
Friday, November 30th

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: SHS Auditorium

$8.00 for Adults
$5.00 for Students

Tickets available for purchase to the public on November 15th through
Thanksgiving Vacation

Date : Nov. 21 - Nov. 23
Day: Wednesday - Friday

Return to School Monday November 26th!

December Dates to Remember

2nd 9 week Interim Reports will be ready to view online on Tuesday, Dec. 4th

On-line Report Cards

Beginning this 2018-2019 school year, parents of Steubenville City Schools students will have to go online (Progress Book) to find their child's 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 one will be printed on the spot. We appreciate your support and cooperation. 
Stallion Trot Meeting
(Parent Information Meeting)
When: Tues. Dec. 4th
Time: 8:30 am
Location : HMS

HMS/SHS Band Concert
When: Sat. Dec. 8th
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: SHS Auditorium

7th & 8th Grade Holiday Dance
When: Fri. Dec. 14th
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location : HMS Gym
(Not Formal)

When: Tues. Dec. 18th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: SHS Auditorium

A message from our nurse
We are collecting old eyeglasses for the Lion's club. If you have an old pair that you would like to donate, the box is in the office.

Parents, thank you for your cooperation with turning in shot records. Also, you will soon be receiving the results of your child's vision and hearing screening but ONLY IF they FAILED.
Amy Neely, RN, BSN, CSN
Fellowship of Christian Athletes meet every Tuesday morning at 7:30 am .

The Harding Stallions 7th grade football team finished its season with a record of 6-0-1. In their very first game of the season, they ended up in a tie with Cambridge. The Stallions would then go on to record six straight victories over Martins Ferry, New Philadelphia, Zanesville, Youngstown Catholic, Dover, and St. Clairsville.   
The Harding Stallions 8th grade team finished its season with an undefeated record of 7-0. In this team’s two years at Harding, they finished with a combined record of 14-0. The 2018 Stallions recorded victories over Cambridge, Warren Harding, New Philadelphia, Zanesville, Youngstown Catholic, Dover, and St. Clairsville.    
Both teams worked extremely hard all season, and the coaches would like to thank them for their effort and commitment. The Stallion coaches look forward to the 7th graders becoming leaders next season and want to wish the outgoing 8th graders good luck at SHS.    
 The 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball teams worked incredibly hard this season. Each player contributed to the success of the team in their own unique way. The 7th grade team had a huge win in two quick sets over St. Clairsville to begin the season. The girls started the season out strong and played together as a team all season long. The Lady Stallions battled their way through a tough schedule and were able to rack up a total of 647 points scored in one season.   
The 8th grade volleyball team had a great win over Martins Ferry late in the season, outscoring their opponent by a total of 21 points on the night. The 8th grade volleyball girls battled hard through their tough schedule as well and worked extremely hard to get to where they are at. The 8th grade Lady Stallions scored a total of 593 points in one regular season. They had an outrageous 147 aces of that 593 points. The coaches want to wish the 8th grade volleyball players good luck next year at Big Red and also to the 7th grade as they will prepare and play their final season of volleyball as 8th graders next year.   
This year’s Cross Country team made vast personal improvements as every single runner achieved personal records. The Harding Middle School team competed in 8 Cross Country meets during the 2018 season. They competed in meets as close as Buckeye Local and Martins Ferry, to as far away as Cambridge and Boardman. The Cross Country meets had anywhere from 20 runners up to 400 runners in each of the races. In order to get each runner to compete at their personal best, it requires a lot of hard work, time, and dedication. Each runner this season completed over 100 miles in total running distance. This year the Stallion runners even competed in a race which was sponsored by Nike, however we didn’t have enough team members to compete as a team. The Stallion Cross Country runners were still able to place in their races. Harding boys finished some of their races in the top 10, while the girls finished some of their races in the top. The 2018 Cross Country team did a great job this season and the Stallion coaches hope to see the returners next year along with many more new faces ready to work hard and compete.      
Harding Bell Schedule
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