Friday, October 28, 2016

November 2016

From the desk of the principal...
It is hard to believe that the 1st term is over and Parent-Teacher Conferences are here.  We have a number of teams that are conducting student-led conferences rather than the traditional parent-teacher conference model.  Part of our District's strategic plan (Kaneland 2020) involves personalized learning for students.  Student-led conferences are not the end-all when it comes to personalized learning, but it is a great start and an excellent foundation to personalized learning.  A goal of ours is to find ways where students can take more ownership in their learning.  Guiding students to reflect on their education, helping them to establish goals, and promoting self-discovery in becoming a well-rounded individual will not only help them here in Kaneland, but years beyond their time spent with us.  Our 8 Red team has been conducting student-led conferences for a number of years and the feedback has been extremely positive from parents and students.  I hope that you find your experience during conferences rewarding and beneficial.  

As always, if you ever have any questions or need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me.  If I don't see you during this busy month of November, have an enjoyable Thanksgiving break.  I hope you find time to relax and spend time with family and friends.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal

School Safety
Please see District #302's information regarding school safety by clicking here.  From time to time, each of our schools experience some type of unusual event or incident.  The purpose of sharing this information with our parents is to provide the basic structure of our emergency plans and procedures.

Parent University
District #302 invites you to a night of learning.  If you want to learn more about our new strategic plan (Kaneland 2020), using digital tools, transitions from 5th to 6th and 8th to 9th, planning for life after high school, or preparing for the SAT, this is an event you don't want to miss.

Click here to view the flyer from the Kaneland website.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences are set for November 2nd (3:00-7:00 p.m.) and November 3rd (10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.).  Some of our teams are conducting student-led conferences.  Below is information regarding student-led conferences.

What is a Student-Led Conference?
A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student.  The role of the teacher is a facilitator in the conferences process.  Students lead parents through a discussion of their work and established goals.

For students to take ownership in their own learning, it is important that they are meaningfully engaged and student-led conferences is a powerful strategy to engage our students in the learning process.  Successful student-led conferences require changes in the roles that teacher, student, and parent have played in traditional parent conferencing.  Teachers become facilitators, students become leaders, and parents become active listeners and questioners.

Effectiveness of Student-Led Conferences
  • The student takes responsibility for reporting their learning to parents.
  • Students organize their work and prepare to share what they have learned with parents.  
  • The student-led conference process increases parent involvement and participation is schools.
  • Students engage in self-reflection of the learning process.  
  • Students develop self-evaluation and presentation skills.  

Parents can order their child a yearbook by clicking on the link below.  When you are on the website, click on the "Buy a Yearbook" icon/display to complete the process of purchasing a yearbook.

5Essentials Survey
In November, students (grades 6-12) and parents will have the opportunity to take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.  You can find more information regarding the survey by clicking here.

The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate by inquiring into five leading areas for school improvement.  

Parents will be given the login information to take the survey during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Students will take the 5Essentials Survey during the dates of November 28-30 while at school.

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

Pictures From Harter (click on pictures to enlarge them)

Kolor Run Fun

Kolor Run Fun

Ready to Start the Kolor Run
Student Artist of the Month Display

Conference Champs!
8th Gr Seedfolks Project

Honoring Students at Board Meetings

Industrial Arts Awesomeness
Author Visit

Real-World Math
Spanish Olympics

Hands On Science

Proud to be a Knight!