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
February News
February 2020

Message from our Principal

Dear Parents & Families,

Happy winter to everyone. I think the cold and snowy weather has finally arrived. Although it may be hard to believe, we are more than halfway through the school year. The third eight weeks ends February 28 th and things are moving briskly. These next two months we will host transition days for our 4th graders at Making Memories in the Middle and also send our 8th graders to experience a day in the life of a high school student. These transition days allow the students to become more familiar with their new school, and help ease any anxieties. 
This school year has been filled with many memorable events, and I know there will be many more wonderful times during the rest of the year. The teachers and students are working diligently in the classroom preparing for their upcoming state tests. Everyone is focused and working hard to ensure that all students are feeling success and that they are ready to continue their learning journey. I want to thank you, our Stallion families, for your support of our students and our school programs. Your participation in your child’s education and your child’s school make a tremendous difference. The staff and I greatly appreciate all that you contribute.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact a teacher or me directly. We are here to work together to provide the best possible education for your student! My e-mail address is  or you can reach me by phone at Harding Middle School, (740) 282-3481. 

Principal Bryan Mills

Celebrating Black History Month
Congratulations to our Martin Luther King Essay Contest Winners!
 (Pictured below from left)
Honorable Mention: Shelby Kelley
2nd Place Grades 7-8: Olivia Walker
1st Place Grades 7-8: Mayanna Martinez
2nd Place Grades 4-6: Nolan Blackburn
1st Place Grades 4-6: Owen Greiner
February Dates
Last chance to purchase your HMS Yearbook!
The last day to order a yearbook is Monday, Feb. 10! The cost is $30. Forms are in the office or purchase one online below.
Middle to High School Transition
Date: Feb. 11, 12 & 13
Day: Tues. Wed. & Thurs.
Time: During school day
Where: SHS

8th graders are scheduled a day to have the opportunity to shadow a high school student. Permission slips need to be returned in order for your student to attend.
Happy Valentine's Day
Date: Feb. 14
Day: Friday
Good Luck To The HMS Math Counts Team!
Event : Math Counts Competition
Date: Feb.14, 2020
Day: Friday
(During School)
Where: Belmont Tech.
Last day to register is Friday, Feb 14th
Baseball-6U Shetland/T-Ball
Baseball-8U Pinto
Baseball-10U Mustang
Baseball-12U Bronco
Baseball-14U Pony

**We are using the April 30th cutoff date for birthdays
(How old is your child on April 30?)

The registration fee is $65 per child.

Keep in mind, you can register anytime online 24/7 by clicking the link below.
Presidents Day Holiday
No School
Date: Feb. 17
Day: Monday
Accuplacer Testing
ALL 8 th grade students will take the Accuplacer test Feb. 18, 19 & 20.
A passing score on this test will enable any student to take the College Credit Plus courses at the HS.
Pathfinders Assembly
Date: Feb. 21
Day: Friday
Time : 10 am
Location : SHS Auditorium
Martin Luther King 1st place essay winners will be recognized
End of 3rd 8 weeks
Date: Feb. 28
Day: Friday
Looking ahead to March
Begin 4th 8 Weeks
Date: March 2
Day: Monday
Power of the Pen
Event : Regional Competition
Date: March 7, 2020
Day: Saturday
Where: Malone University
Making Memories in the Middle

WHEN : Wednesday, March 11, 2020
TIME: 6:00pm-8:00pm


Mobile Dentist coming to Harding
Date: March 12
Day: Thursday
Location : HMS

The Mobile Dentist will be at Harding on Thursday, March 12. We sent forms home with your child this week. The last day forms can be turned in is Monday, Feb. 10 in order to be seen by the Mobile Dentist.
Please note that if your child has been seen by a dentist within the last 6 months then they will not be able to be seen at Harding.

You can also click the button below to register your child online.
Regional Spelling Bee
Event : Regional Spelling Bee
Date: March 14, 2020
Day: Saturday
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Buckeye North Elementary
Family and friends are welcome to attend
Our students were busy in January!
Here are this year's winners of the Ohio State Daughters Of American Revolution contest. These students' projects will now move on to the eastern Regional DAR/JAC competition. Great Job and Good Luck!!

5th Grade 1st Place State Winners
Zakaree Loveless, Poem
Aiden Long, Short Story
Michael Lancia, Poster
Dustin Ferguson, Poster
Anthony Wineman, Stamp Design
Angelo MArtello, Stamp Design
Ty Kalinowski, Photo Essay
Bri Hudson, Photo Essay

6th Grade 1st Place State Winners
Beau Hudson, Poem
Stevie Colflesh, Poster
Addison Meyer, Stamp Design
Caleigha Birden, Annabelle Clutter, Laila Reed, and Sakiyah Coleman, Banner

7th Grade 1st Place State Winners
Cam'Ron Ajebe, Poem
Robby Lucas, Poster
Gabrielle Bodo, Photo Essay
Ellie Clark, Aubrey Duggan, Paige Matteson, Sophia Orban, and Isabel Stevens, Banner

8th Grade 1st Place State Winners
Laron Thornton, Poem
Jorja Anderson, Poster
Anna Barker, Poster
Madison Hickey, Stamp Design
Sophia McAllister, Photo Essay
Gabby Becker, Alisandra Sagun, Carmen Nocera, and Rensi Gresko, Banner
Congratulations to Ashley Siefert for winning 1st place in the JB Green Team Poster Contest! Great Job Ashley!
Ty Kalinowski was the 1st place winner in the 5th Grade for the Ohio River Sweeps Art Contest. There were over 500 entries across 7 states! Congratulations Ty!!
Students from Mrs. Ziarko's 6th Grade ELA classes wrote Halloween short stories for a Young Writers' Workshop contest. These students were chosen to have their stories published in an upcoming book titled "Spooky Sagas - Ohio Legends". The book will be for sale as well as placed in The Library of Congress in Washington DC and will be listed under Harding Middle School's name. Congratulations!
Great Job to our HMS Power of the Pen team who competed in the district writing tournament on Sat. Feb.1st. Several will now move on to compete at the Regional competition. Good Luck!
Pictured from top left: Ashley Toothman, Magdalene Crisante, Tiffany Thomas, Jade Green
and Natalia Lulla
Pictured from bottom left: Devon Renforth, Gianna Barker, Sena Smith, Natalie Romanak and Katie Renforth
Congrats to all of our placers at the District Spelling Bee!

Big shout out to 5th Grader
Noah Kokiko for winning 1st place!!

3rd Place- Paul Busby
4th Place- Devon Renforth
5th Place- Alivia Vostatek
8th Place- Cam'ron Ajebe
First Alternate- Gabriella Becker
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.

7th grade shots:
Please check with your doctor with every well visit to see if your child is up to date on their immunizations. Remember 7th graders need a meningococcal vaccine and a Tdap vaccine. 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!
Family Medical Care School Based Health Center
CHANGE, INC. will be able to start providing care for those students who turn in their Family Medical Care packets. This school based Health Center has licensed healthcare staff that will be 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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2002 Sunset Blvd
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
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