Eight Harding students competed in the 2019 Spring Model UN Conference at Case Western Reserve University hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. The conference was attended by over 400 students representing over 30 schools in Northeast Ohio. The Harding delegation, advised by Mr. Tim Hlousek and Ms. Susan Tenon included Shelby Kocevar and Betty Mollard, representing Ireland in the World Health Organization, Kayla Sharpe and Lydia Shaw, representing Spain in the Commission on the Status of Women, Matthew Oravecz and Patience Doeing, representing the Administrator of International and Interagency Affairs in the 2025 NASA Space Race Crisis Committee, and Amanda Kazsmer and Nick Fazekas, representing Secretary of State Cordell Hull in the WWII Cabinet of the United States Crisis Cabinet. All of the students represented Fairport well as they argued their positions, trying to come up with solutions to several issues that came up during the simulations.
Fairport Harding hosted its 3rd Annual Olympic Day competition. As always, the competition started with the world famous lip sync contest with the theme of, “Time.” The teachers began the competition with their rendition of MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This. There was a standing ovation as they danced their way out of the gym. Mr. JJ Luster and Mr. Tim Hlousek kept the crowd excited with their unique hosting style for the event. In between each of the lip sync performances, there were bonus dance competitions including the Chicken Dance and the Whip and Nae Nae, which was dominated by English teacher, Mrs. Sandra Knight. After the lip sync, which was won by the senior team of Breanna Cremeans and Shyan Apple and their rendition of Queen songs, the relay games began.
The relay games began with the world-famous balloon pop. Following that, the crowd got excited for the human Hungry Hungry Hippo event, which included a student getting pushed on a scooter while scooping up balls in a laundry basket. It was a fast and furious competition that the crowd couldn’t get enough of. Following that, students raced while balancing ping pong balls on spoons. Overall, it was a great afternoon of fun and camaraderie.
After our official scorekeeper, Mr. Nathan Yaussy tallied all of the scores, the sophomores came out as the champions. They will have bragging rights for the whole year. Once again, Olympic Day was a huge success. PBIS Team 2 would like to thank our unbiased judges, Mrs. Anna Coll, Mrs. Mary Javins, and Mrs. Becky Darida, as well as our scorekeeper, Mr. Nathan Yaussy. Also a huge shout out to DJ Chris Ruzin. Their help was critical in making it a great day for everyone. The team would also like to thank the following businesses for making generous donations to allow each of our students to wear t-shirts that designated what class they were a part of:
Harvey’s Farm Market
Fairport Harbor Academic Boosters
National Honor Society Inductions were held in the auditorium 1-10-19. Congratulations!
Thank you to Mr. Dan Sherwood from the VFW for coming to Fairport today to honor the winners from the VFW Patriot's Pen (grades 6-8) essay contest and Voice of Democracy (grades 9-12).
The winners for the Voice of Democracy are as follows:
Connor Hulett - 1st place - 10th grade - $400
Emmett Uhlir - 2nd place - 11th grade - $250
Maarika Haller - 3rd place - 10th grade - $150
The winners for the Patriot's Pen essay contest are as follows:
Samantha Yowell - 1st place - 8th grade - $300
Aiden Day - 2nd place - 8th grade - $225
Owen Meacham - 3rd place - 8th grade - $150
Ms. Wessels and 8th-grade students visited Miss T's preschoolers to help them shop at the Santa Shop, read winter-themed books and watch "Frosty The Snowman".
Students in grades 6-8 were invited to attend "A Christmas Carol" at Cleveland Playhouse Square. It was a fabulous show performed in front of a packed house. The students enjoyed the show. Thank you to the Fairport Board of Education and parents for sponsoring this trip.
8th grade students went to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood on Dec. 12. They met Holocaust survivor Helen Marks. She was born in 1941 and went into hiding during the Holocaust. Her father was in Auschwitz and lived through it. After the war her family was reunited and moved to America. Students participated in a guided tour of the museum on the "stop the hate" tour. Students are writing essays in their English classes called "stop the hate." They learned that hatred is not something you are born with - you are taught to hate. Students discussed how to stand up for someone when they may witness something that isn't right. It was a truly educational experience. This will be the last generation of children to meet Holocaust survivors.
Mrs. Michelle Jurick & Principal Katie Rumbarger took the top performing Sophomores & Juniors on a whirlwind tour of colleges in Ohio. Students could compare campus size, offerings, and student life as they toured several colleges over a two day period.
Mr. Conn took some Hooked on Education students to The Finish Heritage Museum for a tour and history lesson including how the Finnish came to Fairport Harbor. Part of their study on “People of Fairport Harbor”.
McKinley Elementary School hosted Special Person Week November 5 through November 9! Students and their special person painted rocks and spent time enjoying each others company! A great time was had by all! It was great seeing family friends, siblings, grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles of McKinley Students. Thank you, students, for introducing us to some of the special people in your lives!
Fairport Harding High School sent several delegates in grades 9-12 to participate in the Model UN in Cleveland. Students prepared information based on a Country they chose to represent. Students worked with students from several school districts from Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga Counties. Thank you Mr. Hlousek for preparing and coordinating this unique learning opportunity for Fairport Harding Students.
November 5, 2018, The Fairport Harbor School District held a Community Fish Fry to celebrate the success of the Hooked On Education, Personalized Learning Program. Students spent the fall fishing with Dave Hall of Top Flight Fishing Charters. Captain Dave Hall put the kids on fish and they limited out on every charter. During each fishing charter, the boat was the classroom! Students then cleaned the fish and it was stored until the fish fry. The day of the fish fry the students took to the kitchen to bread the fish. Joe Longo and Catering To You, once again, volunteered their catering truck, donated all of the salad, dressing, and french fries for our community event. They fried all of the fish and fries and are a great partner to Fairport Schools. We appreciate Chris Yano from the Fairport Harbor Senior Center, who opened her doors to us and helped with every detail. There is no one like Chris Yano, she works diligently and with a warm smile for everyone. A huge thank you to Chris Yano, Joe Longo & Glenn, Captain Dave Hall and everyone in the community that supports our school.
The students in the design lab worked hard to make this night a success, they set up, cleared tables, took out the trash, washed dishes and served drinks! It is great to see such delightful young people giving back to the community. Some students are part of Hooked On Education and did most of the fishing. Other students in the personalized learning lab participated in activities with Hooked On Salsa! Students worked last spring planting vegetables in the community garden, they weeded and watered all summer and then harvested in the fall. They then went to work with a Chef to plan their salsa recipes. They made all of the salsa, packaged and even did the artwork on the labels. Salsa sales were phenomenal and most varieties sold out well before the event ended, samples were provided! The fried green tomatoes were also from the community garden!
The 8th-grade students in Mrs. Knight's ELA 1st/2nd period class walked to the Fairport Harbor Senior Center on Monday to help with a few outdoor projects. The students raked leaves, washed windows and cleaned up various areas of the senior center. Thank you to Chris Yano for hosting and coordinating the service project.
Congratulations to the Mr.Yaussy and the Harding High School Academic Challenge Team who traveled to Shaker Heights on Saturday, October 20, 2018, for a team competition. Nick F. Christian H. Josh S. and Nora R. beat Riverside Team 2 and Nick F., Amanda K., Olivia H., and Gino C. beat Riverside Team 1. WAY TO GO SKIPPERS!!!
Thank you to the teachers, high school counselors, school nurse, Principal Polak and everyone that helped with Fifth Grade Camp. Kids enjoyed learning outside of the classroom. A big thank you to everyone who has donated money to help pay for this enrichment opportunity.