Welcome to second semester!
We hope your student has settled into our school routines (The Harding Way). Each student will do better when they know someone cares how they are doing. We strive to build caring relationships with all of our students, so they feel connected at Harding. We are also working to insure your student is comfortable talking with their teachers, counselor and other support staff.
Your involvement in their learning can make such a difference in their success. Here are some good ways to become involved and help them be successful.
Keep up to date on your child’s progress! Routinely checking how your student is performing will help them stay on track with their classwork. Saint Paul Public Schools uses two systems to record student information:
SCHOOLOGY is the platform where teachers keep Grades and Assignments. For an overview to Schoology, you can click: A Guide to Schoology for Parents, which has lessons available in five languages. Here are some ways to jump into Schoology:
Ask your student to give you a Schoology tour on their iPad. This is a great way to start a conversation on what your student is currently working on in their classes.
Check your email every Friday at 6pm. Schoology sends an email of current grades to students’ primary parent email address. Additionally, this email contains direct links to upcoming assignments.
Log in to parent account to see your students calendar and assignments and update how frequently you receive notifications.
CAMPUS/ PARENT PORTAL stores absences and tardies for classes. To access your Campus account go to: One Stop Website and click login to the right.
Need help with your parent login information? Want to make sure you receive emails from teachers and counselors? Call the Harding Office: 651-293-4700.
Our Harding website: The Athletics section on the Harding website, has a calendar of all athletic events and links to athletic forms!
Also, keep an eye on our website for the Harding News Feed to keep up with the latest information about the goings-on at our school. All that and more can be found at harding.spps.org
Please take advantage of these opportunities available at Harding High School. We want ALL of our students to be successful
4pm - 7pm
MON., MAR . 18
Preparing for Winter Weather: The safety and well being of our students and staff is our top priority and the decision to close school is no simple matter. Before deciding to close school due to extreme weather conditions, Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard consults with a variety of experts both inside and outside the district. Our commitment is to keep families, staff, and the community informed of weather-related school closings and cancellations. An automated phone call will go out to families when a decision is made to cancel school. Please make sure your contact phone number is up to date. School closings will also be announced on local news stations.
*With snow clearing season upon us, we want to remind our families than no overnight parking is allowed at Harding or any SPPS site. Any vehicles left overnight will be towed. This will be in effect until April, 1, 2019.*
5:30 - 7:30pm
Thur., Feb. 28
Harding Parent Engagement Meeting
There are many exciting things happening at Harding with MYP. First, the 9th grade students participated in a service learning project, or service as action. Service requires that students are able to build authentic connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they encounter in the community. After learning about service activities, ninth grade advisory students created posters to post around Harding & flyers to hand out in their neighborhood and collected money and toys for Toys for Tots.
Second, 10th grade students are working very hard on their personal projects. There is a wide range of topics this year including, learning to play the guitar, making a skateboard, a study of how video games affect the lives of teens, and building a computer to name a few. Students are required to journal their personal project progress. They have written about how their topic relates to the world around them, about the Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills they will need to use throughout the project, and they have documented their research and the process of putting their project together. They are now working on the final piece which is the paper. The Personal Project Showcase will take place on Wednesday, March 20th.
Finally, teachers are continuing to work on their MYP unit plans paying particular attention to the Approaches to Learning (ATL) Skills. ATL skills are the skills students need to become independent learners and be successful at Harding and beyond. We match the objectives from the unit with the ATL skills students need in order to be successful on the summative assessment (final project or test). We have been using specific strategies (AVID) that align with the ATL skills to help students master the skills.
If you have questions about the MYP or would like more information, you may contact Maureen Rueber or Matt Grill.
9am - 11am,
Mon., FEB. 11
National African American Parent Involvement Day
Hear about historical educational information, motivational speakers and student presentations and performances in the auditorium. All are welcome.
Harding Parent Newsletter
Parent - Teacher Conferences
Brown University (RI)
Clark Atlanta College
College of St. Benedict
Gustavus Adolphus College
Metropolitan State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Minnesota State University
North Dakota State University
St. Catherine University
St. Cloud State University
St. John’s University
St. Olaf College
St. Paul College
University of Illinois
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota University of St. Thomas University of South Dakota University of Southern California University of California - Berkley University of Tulsa
University of Wisconsin – Wellesley College
IB DP EXAMS ARE HERE!
The “exams” in the Diploma Program come in many shapes and sizes, and the exam season has already begun. Some of them are oral exams in a language they are studying. Some of them are long essays or labs they are creating. Some of them are films or musical performances. Most of them are traditional pen-and-paper exams in May. Whatever they are, your students will need extra encouragement and support as they work to finish them off. We have some students completing “Internal Assessments” for up to seven subjects in the coming months, as well as written exams in May.
These months can be a very stressful and challenging month for our IB testing juniors and seniors. Parents and guardians can support their IB students by encouraging their students to try their best, to stay organized, to always ask for help, and to make sure their students are getting enough sleep and are eating healthy, balanced meals.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR IB DP EXAM PROCTORING IN MAY (7 – 24)
Want to volunteer to help Harding’s IB Diploma Program? We would greatly appreciate your help! Please contact coordinator, Erik Brandt, at Erik.Brandt@spps.org or 651-744-3095 to talk about volunteering or any other questions about the IB Diploma Program.
Erik Brandt · IB DP Coordinator · Erik.Brandt@spps.org · 651-744-3095
It is never too early to start talking to your Harding student about college, and it makes sense to start with a list of schools that our students regularly attend after graduating. Nearly all IB DP graduates continue their education in college.
Where do Harding IB DP students go to college?
AIS and Indian Ed After School Groups
IB Physics senior project was to test how the size of a waterwheel paddle affects the amount of electricity generated. In order to do this, the student designed a waterwheel from scratch to have interchangeable paddles.
This student designed an original artwork to incorporate as part of a lantern. The design was laser engraved into the fabric and constructed into the lantern.
What do they do in the Make It! Digital Fabrication class?
It's the SIMS IRL! This student made a design for creating a house floor plan in a scale model. The 3D model allows for endless applications to interior design and construction.
The ultimate in multitasking. This student created a wrist holder for his smart phone. It can swivel into portrait or landscape for hands free watching on the go.
Braided Journeys: Meets 3 days per week. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there will be After School Study, with tutoring available. On Thursdays there will be cultural activities based on student interest. Led by Jack Auginash, Cultural Coach. From 2:15-3:30 pm in room 1425.
Drum Group: Led by Barry Frantum, Lakota Language teacher. For students who would like to learn how to sing at the drum. Meets Thursdays, 2:15-3:30 pm, in room 1411.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Please monitor that your student is keeping the keyboard attached to the iPad. iPad insurance is only valid if the case is NEVER removed, and the KEYBOARD STAYS ATTACHED when not actively in use. The keyboard protects the screen; the iPad protects the keyboard.
DID YOU KNOW? SPPS students participate in 3-5 lessons each year related to internet safety, digital citizenship, and cyberbullying. Parents can access additional resources for helping their children navigate the internet safely at https://commonsensemedia.org/
Margie Motzel, Harding iPad Manager: email@example.com, 651-744-3165.
Free Wi-Fi Hotspots for student iPads now available for check out in the library
Your student can receive a free wi-fi hotspot if:
you have free/reduced lunch
you do not have internet at home.
Having the mobile hotspot will enable students to connect to the internt on their SPPS iPad only to complete homework.
Interested? Contact Betsy Dadabo, school librarian, for more information.
Read Brave with the Saint Paul Public Library & Saint Paul Public Schools
This year's Read Brave topic is about housing insecurity. The young adult book is Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina. Your student can receive a free copy of the book from the Harding Library and you can read a free e-copy available at spps.org. There are many ways to interact with this program as a family.
Bring the kids to a #ReadBrave storytime with Mayor Carter or City Council President Amy Brendmoen @stpaullibrary.
Stop in @stpaullibrary and check out the Civic Lab. These #ReadBravedisplays are designed to engage people in conversation around housing issues in Saint Paul. Be sure to take the online trivia quiz! https://sppl.org/civiclab/
Hear personal stories told by people in the community who have experience with the housing crisis in the Twin Cities. #SpeakBrave on Feb 7 at 7 p.m. at Arlington Hills Community Center
Join us for an author talk by Meg Medina at Rondo Library on Feb 20 at 6 p.m. Medina discusses her novel "Burn Baby Burn", the @stpaullibrary featured #ReadBrave fiction title of 2019.
Find out more about these events at https://sppl.org/browse_program/
Tech & Library
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Ms. Mana Vue firstname.lastname@example.org 651-744-3152
Scholarship Season Is Here!
Mr. Shady recently sent all seniors a list of scholarships with approaching deadlines. Please see Mr. Shady in the CCC if you want help applying for scholarships. Below are few examples that are coming up soon!
Make sure to check Schoology daily for scholarship information!
Mr. Jamie Shady
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Ms. Deborah”Didi” Malaga email@example.com 651-744-3092
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Ms. Marianna Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org 651-744-3109
Quarter 3: February 28 - March 29
Quarter 4: March 30- June 7
Evening High School (EHS) Registration (Night School)
February 4 (Seniors Only) 3:30 – 7:00
February 5 & 6 – 3:30- 7:00
*Note: if a senior needs EHS, we highly recommend attending registration on February 4th. Classes are first come, first served.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO): PSEO allows 10th -12th grade students to earn college credit while still in high school by enrolling in college-level courses. Students may take PSEO courses on a full or part-time basis. The tuition, fees and required textbooks are at no cost to students. Students must notify their counselor by May 30, 2019 if interested!
Most PSEO courses are only open to high school students during their 11th and 12th grade years, but recent legislation allows eligible 10th graders to access PSEO by taking career and technical (CTE) courses.
Students must qualify to participate in PSEO: In general, juniors must be in the top 30% and seniors must be in the top 50% of their class. Sophomores must have received a proficiency level of “meets or exceeds” on the 8th grade reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA).
AAUW Scholarship: American Association of University Women Scholarships (AAUW) Scholarship are now available on line at: https://aauwstpaul.org/scholarship/ Deadline: March 1, 2019
MnACC Student of Color Scholarship: email@example.com Deadline: March 1, 2019
The Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship: This Scholarship is committed to providing encouragement and support to African-American students who choose higher education as their goal. Deadline: February 22, 2019
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship: The SMSC scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need to the University of Minnesota. Deadline: March 1, 2019
College & Career Center
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Ms. Cynthia Chavez-Rios
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Ms. Erika Huss