2 Mountaineer Drive

Clarksburg, WV 26301


Mountain Lions

Welcome to Mrs. Hardy's Homepage

As you scroll down my page you will find the following information:

1. A welcome and introduction from me with contact information

2. Information on The Mountaineer Manuscript


3. English/Language Arts Section

Mrs. Hardy

     1. Thank you for visiting my page!  I am very happy to be a member of the Mountaineer Middle School team.  In August, 2013, I earned my Master's Degree in Education at Fairmont State University. I have been teaching since January, 2013 and the 2017/18 school year will be my fourth year at MMS.  I am looking forward to a GREAT school year. My interests include reading, sewing, hiking, spending time with my family, dancing, and listening to music.  


Please feel free to contact me any time regarding any concerns or questions you may have.  Simply fill out the form below and I will recieve an email.  Thank you.

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ATTENTION 6th and 8th graders

interested in writing for the paper!

  • You may submit articles as a freelance reporter or columnist
  • Articles are now being accepted 
  • I would prefer typed articles that are emailed to me (you can copy and paste into the form on the right in the "Comment" section)
  • You may also submit articles in the office (there is a box where you can submit them)
  • The DEADLINE for freelance articles for the October edition is WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
  • We are accepting articles for the following areas: SCHOOL NEWS, CREATIVE CORNER, OPINION, and SPORTS.
  • I will make every effort to publish your article
  • In the case of double coverage by a staff writer and a freelance writer, the staff writer will have seniority
  • If your article is not time-sensitive, and does not go in the current edition, it may be saved until next month
  • If you have any questions you can use the form to the right and email me
  • Additional tips for writing newspaper articles are listed below.
  • Please note: articles must have a HEADLINE


Writing Prompts

Science Fiction

  1. A man takes a vacation to another dimension only to find that everything he was trying to get away from, he’s brought with him.
  2. Couchsurfing on another planet goes wrong.
  3. A marathon runner illegally trains on a planet with stonger-than-Earth gravity to gain an advantage over his competition in the inter-universe Olympics.“It’s not really a fly. If you swat it, they’ll just fine you and send two more.”
  4. “It’s not really a fly. If you swat it, they’ll just fine you and send two more.”
  5. You think you’re chasing the last vestige of a prehistoric Earth creature, but it turns out to be an alien.
  6. A woman disappears for three years and returns with psychic powers.
  7. “If I can’t save her from the creaux, then no one else matters.”
  8. The solar system is an ecologically closed spacecraft hurtling makind toward its ultimate destiny.An existentially bored man who lives in a smart house—where everything is done for him—pines for the Wild West where men had to fend for themselves.
  9. “We’re headed to Madam Maxime’s at the edge of the universe.”
  10. An existentially bored man who lives in a smart house—where everything is done for him—pines for the Wild West where men had to fend for themselves.
  11. A corporate analyst who investigates failed colonization projects encounters the strangest case of his career. It’s a ghost colony with no record of anything catastrophic or any indication of what went wrong. The people are simply gone. Just when he’s about to write off the project into bureaucratic oblivion, he notices something else that’s missing. Can he reconstruct the past from the hole it left deleting itself?
  12. “I learned to stop time traveling today. I was doing it just to hurt myself.”
  13. An orphan girl, desperate to make anything last, snaps pictures with a camera she found among ship wreckage. She finds she can enter the still-life photos without aging.
  14. “We were always on the same page, even when it came to splitting for separate planets.”
  15. A social worker in an impoverished planetary colony discovers a cheap way to manufacture housing for the homeless, but the housing material is on a corporate reserve.
  16. A hobo finds the secret to true love tonic.
  17. “Why grieve when you can keep your loved one encased in Forever Glass™?”
  18. An old woman, fed up with the alien soldiers she’s forced to house, kills one who puts his muddy boots on her coffee table for the last time.
  19. Everyone on Earth falls asleep at the same time, except one man.
  20. “You can see my love from space.”
  21. A girl’s dead brother contacts her through dreams claiming the afterlife is just another dimension.
  22. A failing physics student accidentally discovers faster-than-light-speed travel, but his professor doesn’t believe him.
  23. “No man on the planet has the key to the galaxy that we do. Join us.”
  24. “They say there’s worms in the black. I never seen no worm. But I ain’t going back out there all the same.”
  25. “You got the credits, we got the crystal.”
  26. A time-adept species will serve your prison sentence, but you have to exchange the favor in the afterlife. An atheist decides if it’s worth it.
  27. “Turns out separate planets wasn’t far enough.”
  28. “He flew in here on his government-issue cruiser and stole my heart.”
  29. A man decides to climb Mars’s Olympus Mons. He’ll finish in three years, just in time for his wife to emerge from cryogenic freezing.

Other Writing Prompts

  1. You’re digging in your garden and find a fist-sized nugget of gold.
  2. Write about something ugly — war, fear, hate, or cruelty–but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.
  3. The asteroid was hurtling straight for Earth…
  4. A kid comes out of the school bathroom with toilet paper dangling from his or her waistband.
  5. Write about your early memories of faith, religion, or spirituality; yours or someone else’s.
  6. There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper…
  7. He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw…
  8. Silvery flakes drifted down, glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon. The blackbird swooped down…
  9. The detective saw his opportunity. He grabbed the waitress’s arm and said…
  10. There are three children sitting on a log near a stream. One of them looks up at the sky and says…
  11. There is a magic talisman that allows its keeper to read minds. It falls into the hands of a young politician…
  12. And you thought dragons didn’t exist…
  13. Write about nature. Include the following words: hard drive, stapler, phone, car, billboard.
  14. The doctor put his hand on her arm and said gently, “You or the baby will survive. Not both. I’m sorry.”
  15. The nation is controlled by…
  16. You walk into your house and it’s completely different — furniture, decor, all changed. And nobody’s home.
  17. Write about one (or both) of your parents. Start with “I was born…”
  18. The most beautiful smile I ever saw…
  19. I believe that animals exist to…
  20. A twinkling eye can mean many things. Start with a twinkle in someone’s eye and see where it takes you.
  21. Good versus evil. Do they truly exist? Are there gray areas? Do good people do bad things?