The purpose of this email is to share information regarding Harding Middle School. It is a monthly newsletter featuring HMS news and current events.
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February News

Dear HMS Families, 
It was in 1964 when the author James Baldwin reflected on the shortcomings of his education. “When I was going to school,” he said, “I began to be bugged by the teaching of American history because it seemed that that history had been taught without cognizance of my presence.”

Baldwin’s thoughts echoed those of many before and after him. Half a century earlier, when Carter G. Woodson had the same frustration, he set the foundation for what would become today’s national Black History Month, observed each February.

In the early 20th century, while he earned a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard, both in history, Woodson witnessed how black people were underrepresented in the books and conversations that shaped the study of American history. According to the way many historians taught the nation’s past, African Americans were barely part of the story—a narrative that Woodson knew was not true.

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” Woodson said of the need for such study.

In 1926, Woodson launched a “Negro History Week” to bring attention to his mission and help school systems coordinate their focus on the topic.

The celebrations and studies spread quickly, driving demand for teaching materials and spurring the formation of black history clubs. But, though a newfound understanding of black culture and literature was spreading amongst the middle class, the idea of expanding the week to a month did not come until President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance in 1976.

“In celebrating Black History Month,” Ford said in his message, “we can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Presidents have issued national decrees with each year’s theme since the 1970s. African American History Month’s 2021 theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” which explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

February will wrap up the 3rd 8 weeks grading period and another winter sports season. We want to wish all of our student-athletes the best of luck as they enter their final tournaments. The coaches' remarks will be included in the March Newsletter.
If I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. My e-mail address is  or you can reach me by phone at Harding Middle School, (740) 282-3481. 

Principal Bryan Mills
Leo's Club Members
The Leo’s Club members are making videos to send to patients in nursing homes since they can not have visitors. Anyone interested in making a video please contact Barletta or Kalinowski. 
HMS Track Sign-Ups
Track sign-ups will be held from Monday, February 8th through Thursday, February 11th.
The Track Season will begin on Monday, February 22
Valentine's Day
Date: February 14
Day: Sunday
President's Day
Date: February 15
Day: Monday

Accuplacer Testing
8 th grade students who applied to take the Accuplacer will test on February 16, 17, 18 & 19.
A passing score on this test will enable any student to take the College Credit Plus courses at the HS.
End of 3rd 8 weeks
Date: February 26
Day: Friday
4th 8 Weeks Begins
Date: March 1
Day: Monday
Virtual Regional Spelling Bee
Date: March 13
Day: Saturday
Time: 11:00
Jump Rope for Heart
This year HMS will be taking part in Jump Rope for Heart! The first three weeks in February will be practice. The last week in February we will do the jumpathon and collect donations to give to the American Heart Association.

         We are asking each student to at least donate $1 to participate.

• A GIFT OF $5 teaches more than 100 adults how to save a life by recognizing the signs of heart attack or stroke and how to administer CPR or use an AED.
• A GIFT OF $10 makes it easier for people to find AEDs in public places. This donation covers the costs of placing nine identification stickers in public places, directing people to these devices that can save someone’s life.
 • A GIFT OF $15 reaches 100 African-American or Hispanic individuals with heart disease and stroke prevention information and encourages them to participate in Search Your Heart, our cultural health program.

-What is Jump Rope for Heart?
Jump Rope for Heart is a community service learning program of the American Heart Association.
It teaches kids:
 • the importance of developing heart-healthy habits;
• that being physically active can be fun;
 • that raising funds to support cardiovascular research and education helps save lives in their community and across the country. Millions of students have learned jump rope and basketball skills while learning how nutrition and physical activity can help them live longer, healthier lives. Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart also promotes community service by teaching kids how to help others.

-Why is partnering with the American Heart Association so important?
 • Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer.
 • Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States.
 • Our children are developing significant health issues that can shorten their life expectancy: – Almost a third of U.S. children and adolescents ages 2-19 are overweight or obese. – Children who are obese are more than twice as likely to die before age 55. – Sixty-one percent of children ages 9-13 aren’t physically active outside of school. – On average, American children and adolescents spend nearly four hours watching television every day.
A look back at January
Congratulations to our HMS Spelling Bee participants! Our bee went 14 rounds and our top 5 spellers will move on to the Regional Bee in March.

From left to right:
1st place: Isabella Fletcher, 2nd place: Giulia Carrocci, Alternate: Aurora Zulla, 4th place: Adalyn Starr, 3rd place: Angelo Martello
Mr. Dan Stephens presented Mrs. Arlesic with the December State Farm Teacher of the Month Award. Thank you Mrs. Arlesic! It's obvious how devoted you are to your students. Congratulations!!
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Family Medical Care School Based Health Center
CHANGE, INC. will be able to provide care for those students who turn in their Family Medical Care packets. This school based Health Center has licensed healthcare staff and it's located in Harding Middle School. They will be able to help with any of your urgent & primary care needs. We have behavioral health & counseling available as well. The clinic also offers a fully functioning lab.

The School Based Heath Care, by no means, replaces your child's pediatrician or family provider. The providers will assure a summary of the visit will be sent to your family provider. Parents can schedule appointments for their child before, during, or immediately after school. Parents are also welcomed at the appointments if they would like to be there.

The school Based Health Care hours will be Monday - Friday 7:30AM - 3:30PM at Harding

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Steubenville, Ohio 43952
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