Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 2019

From the Desk of the Principal
It's hard to believe that the school year is coming to a close.  I always enjoy watching our students and staff wrap up the school year on a strong note.  We have numerous events of importance during the month of May and June and I'm looking forward to watching our students end the year successfully.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th through May 10th.  We believe in celebrating our teachers and entire staff during this week and look forward to honoring each member of our building.

Finally, as I always say, I have an awesome job as the principal of Harter.  To witness what I see on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis is something I wish everyone could experience.  There are ups and downs every school year, but in the end, we work towards and achieve goals because we are a family.  I'm appreciative of the opportunity to work in Kaneland and at Harter.

If I can ever be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal



Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated across the country from May 6th - 10th.  We encourage you to send a positive note or email to a staff member that has positively impacted your child.  We are grateful to have a dedicated staff that deeply cares about each student, their well-being, and overall success.  At Harter, we celebrate all members that work in our building throughout the week.

Lorrie Hamblen Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone that assisted and helped with the Lorrie Hamblen Fundraiser.  Due to the collaborative efforts of our learning community, we raised more than $2,300.  Proud to be a Knight!


8th Grade Promotion
The promotion ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Harter gymnasium. Students will be expected to arrive by 6:20 p.m.  The gym will not open until 5:45 p.m. so please do not arrive before this time.

Following the ceremony, at 7:30 p.m., the 8th Grade Dance will be held in our cafeteria.  The dance will end at 9:30 p.m.  Since the ceremony and dance are special events, we ask that the students are dressed nicely for this occasion.


PTO Family Knight Out
Harter Middle School is hosting a McTeacher Night on Tuesday, May 28th at the Sugar Grove McDonald's from 4:00-7:00 pm.  Staff members from Harter will be working various jobs at McDonald's to help raise money for our PTO.  Our own Mid-Knight Special will be singing at this event.  All proceeds will benefit the KHMS PTO, which is a fabulous organization that supports our students and staff in various ways.  This is always a fun event and we hope to see you on May 28th. 


i-Ready Testing
All students will take the third diagnostic assessment in i-Ready for both reading and math during the week of May 6th.  i-Ready, along with other data, helps us strengthen our efforts in meeting the needs of all students, which includes scheduling appropriate courses/classes.

Please help us by reminding your child to bring their headphones for testing.


Last Day of School
The last day of school for students will be Wednesday, June 5th.  Please note that we will dismiss one hour earlier than usual on Tuesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 5th (1:37 pm dismissal).


4th Term Report Cards
4th term report cards will be e-mailed home on June 6th.


Middle Years
Click here to access the May edition of the Middle Years.


Student Schedules for the 2019-2020 School Year
Schedules for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will be available in the beginning of August. More information will be shared in the August newsletter, which will be sent to all parents the first week of August.


Pictures From Harter
5th Grade Parent Night
5th Grade Shadow Day


5th Grade Shadow Day

5th Grade Shadow Day





IESA Bowling Sectionals

IESA Bowling Sectionals


Lorrie Hamblen Fundraiser


Lorrie Hamblen Fundraiser



Student-Led SEL Lesson
Student-Led SEL Lesson




Student Council Sponsored School Dance



Go Math Team!



Medal of Honor Project




3rd Term Incentive

3rd Term Incentive
3rd Term Incentive


3rd Term Incentive

3rd Term Incentive



Proud to be a Knight!



Monday, April 1, 2019

April 2019


From the Desk of the Principal 
I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable spring break.  As I told the staff today, it's good to get the family back together.  We are looking forward to welcoming your child back!   

I decided to forgo writing about personalized learning this month.  With the passing of Ms. Hamblen, Harter Middle School wanted to thank the parents and students for the well wishes and positive messages sent our way.  This was a shock to all of us and losing someone this special is not easy.  During the week of her passing, we had days of grieving, days of questions, and a day of celebration.  Our students handled their emotions in positive ways and our staff was here to support them.  The support we received from the elementary buildings and Kaneland High School was exemplary.  We can't thank them enough for spending their time at Harter working with students and staff during the grieving process.  In the end, we came together as a family and dealt with a difficult situation the best we could.  I'm sure as a parent you hugged your child a little harder that week.  I definitely did.  Life is precious!

Below are pictures that I felt represent our learning community and make me proud to be a Knight.

Our students asked if they could paint on our windows to honor Ms. Hamblen.     


On top of the art work on our windows, students built a bench on their own and have dedicated it to Ms. Hamblen.  This bench will be placed in our outdoor classroom area for all to use.



We also had posters on the wall in the hallway leading to the gym where students could sign their name or write a message regarding Ms. Hamblen.  We also had students write letters to Ms. Hamblen's family and they were delivered by our staff.  The outpouring of love was evident in numerous ways and our learning community was and is impressive.

As we transition back from spring break, I'd like to express that we are all here for each other and we are all in this together.  If you child needs anything, please reach out to us.  Our support system here at Harter is second to none and we are happy to help. 

If I can ever be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal   



Harter Working With our Communities and Beyond
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Martenson's homeroom (7 Blue Team) for being named the PTO Box Top Competition winner.  Due to the efforts of everyone in the building with the Box Top Competition, we raised more money for our PTO, which supports our students and staff in numerous ways.  
  • Congratulations to our 6 White Team for being named the Pop Tabs Competition winner.  Truly a great cause.   

  
  • Congratulations to our Peer Buddy Group that fed 66 kids through Feed Our Starving Children.  We have awesome students!    


  • Congratulations to our Spanish Department and the success they had with the Pulsera Project.  Our students rally together to help others and it shows.  



  • Congratulations Suzanne Farr and our art students for being a part of the 2nd Annual Gallery 125 that was held at the Sugar Grove Library.  Our students' art work was on display all month.



1:1 Chromebook Implementation for 2019-2020
We are hosting a parent informational meeting regarding the recent approval of each student receiving their own chromebook beginning next school year.  The meeting will be held on April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Harter cafeteria.  We hope you are able to join us.

PTO News
The KHMS PTO is currently looking for Board Members beginning the 2019-2020 school year.  If you are interested in serving the PTO through a Board position, please contact the PTO at KHMSPTO@gmail.com.  We promise this isn't a lot of work.


Sub Nurses Needed
Kaneland school district is looking to add nurses to our sub pool.  If you would be interested in serving as a substitute nurse in one of our schools, please click this link to fill out the online application for substitute nurse.  Thank you for your consideration!


IAR Testing
All students will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) assessments the week of April 8-12.  The schedule is below.

8th Grade = April 8, 9, and 10
7th Grade = April 8, 9, and 10
6th Grade = April 10, 11, and 12

The following are key points regarding testing:
  • We will have special schedules on the above testing dates.  Please try to avoid taking your child out of school on these days.  If a student misses school, make-up sessions will be scheduled.  
  • All students need earbuds/headphones for the tests.  The headphones need to be wired since our chromebooks do not support bluetooth headphones.  
  • Students will need a book to read after they complete each test.  
  • Please ensure your child gets a good night sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast on these days.  Research shows that these are two important factors that assist students in doing their best.  


Middle Years
Click here to access the April edition of the Middle Years.  



Pictures From Harter




Girls Basketball Game @ Waubonsee






Snowflake Grandparent Bingo Day
Snowflake Grandparent Bingo Day
Snowflake Grandparent Bingo Day


Students Helping to Build our Musical Set


Student Conductor @ Band Concert
Student Conductor @ Band Concert




PTO Game Day
PTO Game Day


ILMEA Band Performance


SEL Mix-It-Up Day

SEL Mix-It-Up Day


Highlighting our Awesome Students

Student Art








Proud to be a Knight!