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Joe Niemantsverdriet
Principal of Harding Middle School

Harding Families,
While the month of April is filled with state assessments, we look forward to our students showing their skills beyond the classroom with drama club,
the Choral Pops concert, softball, and track & field all performing this month.
Harding Middle School’s Drama Club returns to the stage performing Frozen Jr. on April 18 and April 19 @ 6:30 in the Harding Middle School cafeteria.
In addition to the Harding Drama Club performance of Frozen Jr., our community can enjoy listening to a variety of choral groups from
Harding Middle School, Garfield Middle School, and Lakewood High School at the Choral Pops Concert on April 17th at 7:00pm at the Lakewood Civic Theater.
For families looking to enjoy athletics this spring, we have our middle school softball team and track & field teams competing.
Please see the Lakewood City School District Athletics webpage for dates of the competitions.
Many Harding students were engaged in the Mock Trial building level competition last month. This month, a group of outstanding Harding Mock Trial participants will be traveling to Columbus on May 17th to participate in the Ohio State Mock Trial Competition.
The parents/guardians of the 8th grade students scheduled to attend the Washington D.C. trip have a meeting on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00pm in the Harding Cafeteria.
The state of Ohio’s AIR Assessments begin April 15, 2023. The complete schedule is listed below.
Please remind your student to charge their chrome book and to bring it to school each day.

April 15 - ELA 8 Part 1

April 16 - ELA 8 Part 2

April 18 - ELA 7 Part 1

April 19 - ELA 7 Part 2

April 22 - ELA 6 Part 1

April 23 - ELA 6 Part 2

April 25 - Science 8 Part 1

April 26 - Science 8 Part 2

April 30 - Math 6 Part 1

April 30 - Math 7 Part 1

April 30 - Math 8 Part 1

May 2 - Math 6 Part 2

May 2 - Math 7 Part 2

May 2 - Math 8 Part 2


Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff.

Joe Niemantsverdriet
Principal Harding Middle School