Timberwolf Times

March 21, 2021

Harding Middle School Mission, Vision, and District WIG

Mission: Harding exists to ensure a safe space in which each student is afforded unique opportunities to learn and grow.

Vision: Harding will become an innovative school that empowers each student to be academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for life.

WIG: Black/AA males will meet or exceed other categories of students in all measures in 2 years.

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Notes from the Office...


  • Please remind your child that masks are required at school. Every student and staff member must wear a mask while at school. Students that are not following expectations for wearing their mask may be sent home and a parent meeting required upon their return to school.

Academic Success Lab

  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Harding is offering support for students to improve their grades from 3:30-5:15. Students can join class in 2 different ways - coming to the library during in person cohort days OR join virtually using this link.
  • Every morning from 8:00-8:30, students can get extra time and help with work in their Advisory class. Virtual students can get additional help by going to this link.

Drake Boys and Girls Club

  • Please see the attachment for information on the Drake Boys and Girls Club.
  • Transportation by the Boys and Girls Club is now available.
  • Questions? Please call Kristina Cox at 515.577.7160

Harding Athletics and Activities

  • North Middle School Swim Season is in session. Practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at North High School. Click here for more information. .2021 Middle School Swimming (1)
  • Track practices for 7th and 8th grade have begun! Practices are Monday-Thursday at Harding Middle School. Click the track page for more details.
  • Soccer practices for 7th and 8th grade will begin April 19. More information to come.
  • Intramural Sports for ALL students will begin April 1 with Ms. Tiffany! Intramurals will meet in the gym Thursdays immediately after school.
  • Many clubs will be meeting in person Semester 2. Students need to return a Covid Release Waiver signed by a guardian before they can participate in in-person activities or athletics. See the Activities Calendar on the After School Programs page for club offerings.

Athletics Registration for7th and 8th Grade 2021 Middle School Skills Academy

Registration Process:

  • No fee for participation
  • Middle School Skills Academy registration will be the same as Middle School Sports. Register Here
    • If you have already registered for Middle School Sports through Online School Registration you DO NOT need to fill this form out.
  • Physicals will be required
    • Does your student need a physical? You can schedule with the Iowa Clinic here.
  • If you have any questions please contact Ms. Kendzora, Harding's Student Engagement Coordinator
  • Learn more on the Harding Athletics page.
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Reminders from Nurse Mary

As we return to having students in person 5 days a week, please keep these things in mind:

  • Please do not send your student to school with any signs of illness. This would include headache, runny nose, cough, fever of 100.4 or greater, sore throat, stomachache. If your student shows any of these signs please contact your healthcare provider for further guidance.
  • If anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 please let the nurse know and keep your student home even if they do not have symptoms.
  • Please send a reusable water bottle to school with your student every day. Water fountains will continue not be available; however, bottle filling stations will be.
  • It may not be possible to maintain a 6-foot distance at all times, so it is even more important that everyone wear masks. All staff and students will continue to wear masks all day, except during mealtimes. Please note that neck gaiters and vented masks are not acceptable, and the students mask will need to be two layers of fabric and cover their mouth and nose at all times.
  • If your student is unable to come to school, and/or participate in virtual learning, please call the school to let us know. We will have questions about symptoms, and the nurse will follow up with you on your student's symptoms as well. Please ensure all phone numbers in infinite campus are up to date and accurate.
  • If your student develops symptoms of illness during the school day, it is important that they are picked up as soon as possible. Please prepare for this scenario before the school day so a ride home for your student can arrive promptly.
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Harding Students Help the Community

Seventh Grade Students are hosting a Bake Sale to raise money for Water for South Sudan Saturday March 27 in the Harding Parking lot on Ovid and Cornell 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Students were inspired upon reading "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park in Literacy and their studies of social justice in Global Studies. "A Long Walk to Water" is partially based upon the story of Salva Sut, a "lost boy" of Sudan, who founded the non-profit Water for South Sudan. Students could earn the opportunity for a meet and greet with Salva Sut through their fundraising efforts. Come out and get a treat for a good cause! Questions about the fundraiser? please contact Mr. Herzberg

Hero Squad! Harding Middle School is proud to be apart of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's service learning project, The Hero Squad this school year. Our goal is to raise over $2,000 to develop research that will help kids with blood cancer. If each Harding student raises $3.00, about the cost of one bag of Takis, we will exceed our goal and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Harding Student Government and members of the Harding Wolf Pack, Brooke, Jaymaire, Eh, Leah, Lilly, Naleeya, Louis, MiKyra, Noreli, and Jose, have been working hard to come up with fun incentives and communication efforts to make our Hero Squad Fundraiser successful. You can donate March 29- April 12 on the Harding donation site!

Thank you for your support!

Important Dates

Monday, March 22

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link

Tuesday, March 23

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link
  • ASL 3:30-5:15 in the library and/or virtual

Wednesday, March 24

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link
  • ASL 3:30-5:15 in the library and/or virtual

Thursday, March 25

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link
  • ASL 3:30-5:15 in the library and/or virtual

Friday, March 26

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link

Monday, March 29

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link

Tuesday, March 30

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link
  • ASL 3:30-5:15 in the library and/or virtual

Wednesday, March 31

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link
  • ASL 3:30-5:15 in the library and/or virtual

Thursday, April 1

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link
  • ASL 3:30-5:15 in the library and/or virtual

Friday, April 2

  • Virtual ASL 8:00-8:30 - link
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