Tuesday, August 30, 2016

From the desk of the Principal...

The start of the 2016-2017 school year has been outstanding.  The transition was smooth and the year is off and running.  I could not be more pleased with our students and the great job they have done getting back into the swing of things.  Their focus has been excellent.

I enjoyed meeting our 6th grade students at Jump Start.  We had over 170 students attend this year.  Our staff did a great job preparing the students for the transition into middle school.  Our Open House was also successful.  It's always fun seeing the building full of life after being empty all summer.

The staff is working diligently teaching our students how to become better learners inside and outside of the classroom.  We want to help 100% of our students be successful and success only happens when we focus on teaching and learning.  On top of academics, our staff teaches formal social/emotional lessons twice a month, which includes helping our students in non-classroom settings.

I hope you have found the beginning of the school year to be as smooth as it has been on our end.  If you ever need anything, our staff is here to help.  You can contact us by phone or e-mail; however, the quickest response usually comes through e-mail.  The Harter staff understands the importance of communication and working together to provide our students with a challenging, engaging, and enriched education.

Proud to be a Knight,

Brian Faulkner, Principal


Curriculum Night
A Curriculum Night letter was e-mailed home.  In case you missed it, you can find the letter here.  Please note that our Curriculum Night is for parents only.  We will not have enough seating if students are also here.  


Picture Day
Picture Day is September 1st.  Students will take their school picture during PE.  Forms have gone home and students need to simply hand the photographer their order form just before taking their picture.


Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures
Please take a moment to read our drop-off/pick-up procedures by clicking here.  Please note that students should always be dropped off and picked up in the front/main office drive and not the back/south parking lot.  Our buses drop-off and pick-up in the back/south parking lot.


New Staff
Since the last newsletter, we were fortunate to hire Wendy Peck, School Social Worker.  We are excited to have her join our family at Harter and contribute to our tradition of excellence.


PTO
The Kolor Run is the PTO's fall fundraising event that you don't want to miss.  The Kolor Run is set for Sunday, October 16th.  To see a fun video from two years ago, click here.  More information will be coming soon, but save the date for our 3rd annual Kolor Run.     

Our PTO is always looking for volunteers.  If you are interested in helping out in any way, please visit their Facebook page and drop them a message.  The PTO will also have a table set up at our Curriculum Night.  Make sure you stop by and see all the great things our PTO does for our staff , students, and Harter Middle School. 

The next PTO meeting will be held on Monday, September 12th, at 7:00 p.m. in the main office conference room.  


PARCC
On September 15th, your child will bring home their 2015-2016 PARCC scores.  Below are resources to help better understand the results and answer questions you may have.

ISBE PARCC Place

Understand the Score - Illinois

PARCC Score Results page

Sample individual student score report


Fall Fundraiser
All students at Harter will bring home information on September 19th regarding our fall fundraiser.  The first turn-in will be Friday, September 30th.  More information will be coming home soon.


Art After School
If your child is interested in Art After School, you can sign up at: sgparks.org



Progress Reports
As we did last year, progress reports will be sent home through e-mail on September 23rd.  Please make sure your e-mail in Tyler is up to date to ensure you receive your child's progress report.  


Principal's Coffee
Principal's Coffees are held once a quarter and our first Coffee is set for September 16th at 9:00 a.m.  Principal's Coffees are an opportunity to meet and speak with the Principal face to face in a relaxed environment.  Topics for discussion will be led by the principal and we also include time for topics our parents would like to discuss.


Pictures From Harter

Lunch

We are one big family at Harter



Proud to be a Knight!