I have been eagerly awaiting this warmer weather. April is the beginning of spring sports such as baseball, softball, golf, tennis, badminton, boys volleyball and track. I also want to thank the families for supporting our students in all of their extracurricular events throughout the year!
We are currently preparing for end of the year activities including awards programs and graduation on June 6th. Please keep an eye on our calendar located on our website so that you can plan accordingly.
A big shout out to our graduating class of 2019!
Finally, it is with mixed emotions, I am writing to announce that after 12 years at Harding Senior, I have decided to retire at the end of this school year. My respect and appreciation for Harding students, families and staff made this a difficult decision. I love to come to work, help each student feel welcome, and work with our dedicated staff and teachers. Together, we’ve created a school culture of shared leadership at Harding. This could not have been accomplished without your support and for that I’m truly grateful.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you and your child over the last several years. I will miss the community of students, staff, and families that made my work at Harding enjoyable every day. Thank you.
- Doug Revsbeck
Harding Parent Newsletter
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Congratulations to the 29 students offered the Wallin Scholarship!
Mr. Jamie Shady
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Quarter 4: March 30 - June 7
Graduation: June 6, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Summer Graduation: August 27, 2019
ACT: June 8; Registration Deadline: May 3
College & Career Center
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Ms. Cynthia Chavez-Rios
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Ms. Erika Huss
Do you know what classes are required for graduation?
All students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 will be receiving a graduation status letter by mid-May. The letter will explain graduation requirements and include a transcript. Please look over your transcript and graduation requirements closely. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your counselor.
Students needing credit recovery will automatically be registered by their School Counselor. Students do not need to register. Students will attend either Harding High School or Washington High School, depending on their address. The district will send out assigned location and transportation information in late Spring.
Summer School Dates:
Session 1: June 17 – July 11
Session 2: July 15 – August 8
Summer School Times:
Harding High School
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Washington Tech Magnet
8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Pa Yee Her
Say Gay Htoo
Pae Naw Say
Every year, the Harding English department sponsors a poetry contest. This is the 20th Anniversary of this tradition! Here are this year's winners:
1st Place: “Universality of Love” by Seamus Kavaney
2nd Place: “Judgment” by Fasheng Yang
3rd Place: “Ghost Home” by Sabrina Xiong
Universality of Love
by Seamus Kavaney
A shared laugh.
A shared time.
A mutual gaze into each other's eyes.
I do not belong to you
and you, in turn, are not mine.
We are each a soul, absolutely free.
A breath over skin
a heartbeat and pulse.
Your arm heavy on my side,
our legs intertwined.
This silent, invisible language
subsisting on contact and presence
conveys a fervorous peace;
a hushed inspiration;
simultaneously content and burgeoning.
We do not need to say a word
however when we do
each builds a cosmos upon the last.
Each action, inaction, utterance
a multitude's worth of meaning
inexpressible by any other.
Under the moon and stars,
or tucked into a shadow under the streetlights
love is contained in this instant's eternity.
Harding Student Poetry Contest
by Fasheng Yang
I see a classroom
full of students
No one knows their future.
I see a prison
full of inmates
hated by many.
No one knows their struggles.
I see a family
full of love
from the outside.
No one knows what they are truly like.
I step out
into the light.
They see a person
full of judgment
towards everyone else.
No one knows what I'm thinking.
by Sabrina Xiong
The ghosts often occupy the home,
Roaming the halls and whispering into the ears of its visitors.
They hear nothing but silence or the wind
But I can hear them loud and clear.
They speak of sorrows and loss,
They laugh and chase each other like children
But when they can't move on,
They see me and speak.
AIS and Indian Ed After School Groups
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.
American Indian Arts Students Make it to the Top 50 in Cultural Shoe Design Competition
Harding Senior High is one of the top 50 schools competing in the 10th annual Vans Custom Culture competition! We are very honored to share our version of what “Off The Wall” and “Local Flavor” means to our school! Vans is working to bring attention to diminishing arts education nationwide and the importance of youth creativity and self- expression by donating $75,000 towards the winning school’s art program, and $10,000 to the four runner-up's. Harding is now one step closer! Public vote is open today through May 3, vote here: customculture.vans.com to help us become a top 5 school!
The Grand Prize winning schools will also receive a surprise visit from Vans during their lunch hour. Vans will be BBQ for the entire school, give away prizes and will host a musical performance just for our school! This is set for May 14, 2019!
Student Artists include: Elbira Capetillo Tolbert, Maranda Emstad, Montana McKee, Miiskogihmiiwan Poupart-Chapman, Nolan Berglund, Emily Thor, Pa Houa Lee, George Moua, Yee Thao, Melody Thao, Hsawah Paw, Tha Soe, Bear Bou Moua
Thailand Study Tour
“The experience I had in Thailand was really eye opening. I learned and saw how different their culture and lives were compared to the United States. Right off the plane it was already hot and humid. There were temples everywhere and pictures of their Kind everywhere. We went from Bangkok and Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai and it was always full of joy. There were many mountain tribe villages and interacting with them was another great experience. We saw how little they have and so much they still haven’t seen in this huge world we live in. Still, they are happy with what they have. That really made me appreciate life and everything around me more. This trip was short, but so much memories were made. The bonds I made with other students was incredible and strong that we didn’t want to come back. It’s one of the happiest moments in life to talk about in the future. With that said, we all need to go see the world and experience it more. Our souls are young!” - Voravij Vang (class of 2019)
“Going on this trip really opened up my eyes. It really showed me how different people live from me or even how similar. I learned a lot from this trip and it was definitely a great start on learning how to travel the world. The best part of this study tour was seeing my own people and how they lived, meeting new people and building a bond with them and trying the awesome local food!” – Beljahnay Yang (class of 2020)
“Going on this trip was a great experience. I was able to see and experience the difference of culture, their daily lives. I was surprised to see how different things are in Thailand from home. From its weather to its traffic and to how the Hmong make a living in another country. This experience made me realize the efforts my parents are giving to me. I shouldn’t take the things I have now for granted. I would say that this was the best experience for me and will be the most memorable memory for me. If there’s another chance, I would love to take the chance again.” – Salina Her (c/o 2020)
“My experience from the Thailand trip was phenomenal. I did things that I have not done before like riding a train, experiencing the hot hot weather and figuring out a way to cope with it, using the Thai Baht, and trying out new food. The purpose of this trip was to use our Hmong communication skills, and try to make conversation with the Hmong villagers that we went to see, which was a success! Overall, the trip was really eye opening and it helped me reflect on myself personally.” – Vivian Vang (class of 2021)
During spring break, students from Harding High School and Washington Technology Magnet went on a study tour to Thailand. Some of the main highlights were visiting Hmong villages, bargaining and eating local food, and visiting the Mekong River where many Hmong crossed after the Vietnam War to safety in Thailand. Below are some short summaries of students’ overall experiences.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program FACTS AND FIGURES
There are 1071 Harding students taking at least one Accelerated or IB DP course this year—which means that at least 57% of Harding students are taking academically rigorous classes. Many of these students are taking 2+ challenging classes—please encourage your student to take as many as s/he can handle!
Harding’s AVID program is a key player in creating these wonderful numbers—AVID gives students the skills they need to be successful in school as well as encourages them to take at least one academically rigorous course each year.
IB Diploma Candidate Class of 2019 Extended Essay Titles
Each year the 12th grade IB Diploma Candidates submit a 3,000 - 4,000 word research essay. They select their own topics and do their writing and researching independently. As you might surmise, it is a significant task and we are always proud of our DipCans when they complete their EEs! It is always fascinating to see what topics they chose to explore, and this year’s Diploma Candidates wrote about the following topics:
What is the ideal society?
To what extent do different films based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol capture the theme and mood of the original novella?
What is the best method to detect or prevent chronic traumatic encephalopathy before death?
How does the growth mindset affect students academically?
To what extent can we use mental illness to justify school shootings in the US?
How has the growth of globalism changed the way Islamist terrorist groups have operated?
How did the opioid epidemic influence the US, Canada, and Australia through social and economic factors?
To what extent do MN laws help protect gay men?
To what extent can the bible be used as a historical source and also a religious scripture?
To what extent have pirates evolved, and how have these advancements impacted their motives, as well as their tactics?
What is the difference in spinal cord injuries in rugby and American football?
How do the environmental risk factors that contribute to the high rates of suicide in Japanese and South Korean adolescents compare?
What trends do young women with eating disorders show in both the US and Mexico?
How does internalized heterosexism affect women psychologically in the United States?
How do the psychological effects of childhood trauma play a role in the motives of serial killers?
How significant were the events of Loyalty Day (October 17, 1945), and the days just preceding it, in the establishment of Peronism?
To what extent does baby sign language (BSL) impact communication skills in infants and toddlers?
How and in what ways does poverty affect the mental health of children and adolescents?
Harding IB DP Examination Policy
Harding's IB DP exam policy changed last February. Please see the revised policy below and contact IB DP Coordinator, Erik.Brandt@spps.org, if you have questions.
SPPS will pay for all fees associated with IB DP examinations.
Students no longer face any financial penalties for incomplete IB DP internal or external assessments (starting February 2017).
All students registered for IB DP exams are expected to complete all parts of them (internal and external) and staff will work to positively encourage and support students.
External and internal assessments are an essential part of “showing your learning” in IB DP classes and will also factor into class grades and could ultimately impact GPAs.
Incomplete IB DP external or internal assessments will impact students’ grades.
The grade impact will be determined by the teacher and it may not exceed the actual percentage value of the incomplete IB DP assessment (i.e., if the External Assessment is worth 20%, the impact could equal up to 20% of that Quarter’s grade).
This only impacts the grading period when the assessment is due. External and Internal Assessments are always due in Quarters 2, 3 and/or 4.
Participation in, engagement with, and completion of IB DP assessments are all that is factored into school grades since IB DP results are issued in July, after the school year has ended.
IB DP EXAMS ARE COMING!
The month of May can be a very stressful and challenging month for our IB DP testing juniors and seniors. Parents and guardians can support their IB DP students by encouraging their students to try their best on the exams, to make sure their students are getting enough sleep and are eating healthy, balanced meals. Below is this year’s exam schedule:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR IB DP EXAM PROCTORING ON MAY 7 & 8
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
IB Exams start May 7th and end May 24th. For a complete testing schedule, go to
The winter sports season wrapped up with nearly 200 students participating in basketball, swimming, wrestling and cheerleading.
Jovan Christian, record setting 1645 career points (basketball)
Simeon Sharp (basketball)
Tierre Davis (basketball)
Iyanna Rodgers-Neely, 1,000 career points, Athena Award Winner (basketball)
Bah Blu (wrestling)
Sahloa Eg (wrestling)
Evan Haldeman (wrestling)
Koua Thao (wrestling)
Doua Neng Lor, Rosene Award (swimming)
Max Huerta (basketball)
Martin Danielson (basketball)
Syvannah Dixon (basketball)
Myles Lee (wrestling)
Darian Lofton (swimming)
Congratulations to all our winter athletes and thank you to our all our coaches.
Spring sports are well under way with over 300 students participating in track, badminton, softball, baseball, boys’ tennis, golf and boys’ volleyball. With too much snow and rain, there have been lots of cancellations and postponements, but hopefully the warm weather is here to stay now.
Senior Athletic Banquet
The Senior Athletic Banquet is May 29th at 6:15 at Harding. This long-standing tradition honors senior athletes who have earned varsity letters and underclassmen who have earned All-Conference, Honorable Mention, Team MVP or MIP. Athletes attend for free. Family members are encouraged to come and can buy tickets in the athletic office for $10 per person which includes dinner. This is also where we reveal our H Blanket Award Winners representing Harding’s top senior female and male athletes.
Fall Sports Registration
Fall Sports Registration will begin in late May and include football, boys’ & girls’ soccer, girls’ swimming, girls’ tennis, and cross country. Fall sports will begin August 12. Students wishing to play a sport must have a recent health physical (good for 3 years) on file with the school. The Healthstart Clinic located at Harding will be open twice per week this summer and offers free physicals. Call 651-778-2884 for details and to schedule an appointment. Also, visit the Athletics page of the Harding website for more information.
Harding H Club
The Harding H Club has been busy with events to support our Harding Athletics Program. Their annual golf tournament will be held August 12th at Phalen Golf Course. They continually seek and welcome alumni/parent support and participation. Without their generous commitment of time, talent and treasure, Harding athletes would have less and for this we are grateful. Please visit www.hardinghclub.com to see how you can get involved. Their mission:
The mission of the Harding H Club is to fund raise to assist Harding Student Athletics so they have the resources that enable them to compete at a high level. Through year-round donations and annual events, we hope to continue the tradition that was established in 1974.
Please come to any of our athletic contests. Our coaches and students would love to see you. Schedules can be found on the Athletics page of our Harding website or visit: www.stpaulcity.org Follow us on Facebook: @st.paulhardingknights
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT End of Year Information:
***Sign the 2019-20 Technology User Agreement by logging into iUPDATE NOW!
End of Year iPad Hand in: Students MUST turn in an iPad, Apple cord and Apple charging brick on the following dates:
Seniors: May 22
9th - 11th grade: May 31
If lost, replacement cords and charging bricks may be purchased prior to those dates at the iPad Help Desk.
Cords: $15 Bricks: $15
Any issues with iPads or keyboards, including cracks, lost keys, etc. should be brought to the Help Desk as soon as possible to be fixed before the hand-in. Do not wait until the last minute!
*Fall Handout will be during the 1st week of school in Sept.
Harding High School
Help Prevent Summer Slide
How to encourage reading at home
Communicate: Ask students what they are reading for fun
Set time for family reading at home
Communicate with students that reading has its’ own reward
Have older kids read to the younger kids
Model your own reading to the kids
Build a library in your home
Reading in any language can promote literacy
Visit the public library
Participate as a family in the summer reading program
Summer Reading Program @ St. Paul Public Library
Students can win prizes for reading this summer. There are also free events for children ages 0-18 throughout the summer. Go to your public library or visit sppl.org/summer-spark for more information.
Tech & Library
Summer Reading Club
Is your student interested in learning and reading with a group this summer? We will be meeting a several times this summer to read and possibly visit interesting places around the twin cities. At the end of the summer, we will be visiting the state fair! For more information contact
Ms. Dadabo (firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Mulligan (email@example.com)