Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February 2017

From the desk of the principal...
As I always say, it is a privilege and honor to call myself the principal of Harter Middle School.  The Rosedale Reading Project is a prime example of why our learning community is so great and why I have an awesome job.  What started out as a school initiative has turned into a district initiative.  I read tweets everyday from other Kaneland schools and how they are supporting this great cause. Watching our students take on leadership roles and present to teachers, students, administrators, parents, and the Board of Education has been an absolute joy.  I am impressed with how we have come together to help others and our selflessness has been second to none.

As always, your feedback is important to us.  Please do not hesitate to provide us feedback that may assist us in continuing to move in the right direction.

Thank you for sending us your children everyday and thank you for making Kaneland great.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal

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.  


Rosedale Project
Our students and staff have embarked on an exciting journey of collaboration with a non-profit organization in the town of Rosedale, Mississippi.  The town is in dire need for books in their community.  This student-driven community service project has extended beyond the walls of Harter and into the entire Kaneland Learning Community.  With the help of our amazing learning community, we have collected over 1500 books and more books are coming in on a daily basis.  We are also working in small groups to build benches that can be utilized in an outdoor seating area and we can't wait to share pictures of the benches we make.      

A great newspaper article regarding the project can be found by clicking here.

Online Security in Kaneland
The digital learning environment at Kaneland has been utilizing safety controls provided by Gaggle for several years.  Currently, Kaneland D302 uses Gaggle to filter inappropriate content in student email accounts.

Gaggle has extended the filtering capacity to the entire suite of Google Apps for Education.  To ensure our students continued safety in an online  environment, effective as of January 20th, 2017, we will make use of these expanded capabilities throughout the district.

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

Career Fair
We are looking for breakout session presenters and expo participants for our annual Career Fair that will be held on May 4th from 8:15-10:30 a.m.  If you are interested in being a part of our Career Fair, please e-mail hmscareers@kaneland.org

Kaneland CUSD #302 Seeks Committee Members
Kaneland #302 is looking to add members to its Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC), Finance Advisory Committee (FAC), Facilities Planning Committee (FPC), and the Kaneland Foundation.  Please click here to learn more about these committees.

Family Knight Out
Please find the Family Knight Out events for the month of February below  When you eat at one of these restaurants, they will donate a portion of the proceeds to our PTO.  If you would like to see the remaining Family Knight Out dates for the school year, please click here.

Wednesday, February 8th - Modest Cafe Sugar Grove 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 16th - Portilio's Batavia  5:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22nd - Ambrogi's Pizza Elburn  11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Three Kaneland Artists Honored at Hometown Concert
Congratulations to Zoie, Sadie, Orianna, and Mrs. Farr.  They were recently featured in the Daily Herald and the article can be found here.

8th Grade End-of-the-Year Activities
It's only February, but the end of the year will be here before you know it.  We would like for our 8th grade parents to have the following information regarding the promotion ceremony and the 8th Grade Dance.  More specific information will be shared with 8th grade students and parents in the coming months.

Promotion Ceremony
8th Grade Promotion is held the night before the last day of school.  As of right now, if there are no emergency days used due to inclement weather, the promotion ceremony will be held on June 1st.  If we do need to use emergency days, the date will change.  We will keep parents updated with any changes.

8th Grade Dance
The 8th Grade Dance is held after the promotion ceremony in our cafeteria.  We typically start the dance thirty minutes after the conclusion of the promotion ceremony.  The dance is for 8th grade students only.

7 Red Compassion Study
7 Red students recently compiled data over nine days to determine how acts of compassion affected the mood/feelings of others.  Please click on the picture below for the full details and results.  

Pictures From Harter

6 Blue Egyptian Dioramas 
Lifetime Fitness Activity in PE

IESA Scholar Attitude Nominee with Mr. Huels
Rosedale Project BOE Presentation 
Rosedale Project Presentation @ Joint PTO Meeting

Rosedale Project Newspaper Interview

Artists of the Month

Skyping With a Purple Heart Recipient

Positive Statements From Students

Brainstorming Acts of Kindness on 6 Red

7 Blue Kindness Challenge

Proud to be a Knight!!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 2017

From the desk of the principal...
Time continues to fly by and the 2nd quarter is coming to a close.  The staff and students are ready to embark on the second half of the year while continuing to sustain and improve upon our tradition of excellence.

I look forward to the second half of the year and the activities we have planned for our students inside and outside of the classroom.  Whether it is an SEL (Social Emotional Learning) lesson, a real-world math project, or watching an after school event, such as a basketball game or band concert, our students are given opportunities to flourish academically, socially, and emotionally.  Educating the whole child is important to us and providing our children various avenues to grow as students and citizens is essential to their overall development.  

As always, your feedback is important to us.  Please do not hesitate to provide us feedback that may assist us in continuing to move in the right direction.  We have tremendous support from all of our stakeholders and as a staff, we are fortunate to work in a learning community that puts education at the top of the priority list.  Thank you for all that you do.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal

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.  


PTO Family Knight Out
We have two Family Knight Out events this month.  When you eat at Pockets or Colonial Cafe on the dates listed below, a percentage of the money will be donated to our PTO.

The first event will be held at Pockets in Aurora (1330 N. Orchard) on Wednesday, January 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

The second event will be held at Colonial Cafe in Aurora (1961 West Galena Road) on Thursday, January 19th from 4:00-10:00 p.m.

For a list of all Family Knight Out events for the school year, please click here.

PTO Information
The next PTO meeting is Monday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the main office conference room.

The PTO is continuing to accept box tops.  If your child has box tops to turn in, please read the information below.
  • From now until February 17th, students can turn in their box tops to the main office (Ms. Swett).  We ask that students put the box tops in a baggie labeled with their name, homeroom teacher, and the number of box tops.  For every 25 box tops, the student will receive a front of the line lunch pass.  
  • The homeroom with the most box tops turned in by February 17th will earn a "fun lunch."  The fun lunch will include front of the line passes for all of the students and they will eat in a team room while a movie is playing.  
Staff Awards
We have an amazing staff here at Harter and recently, three staff members were chosen by our Nominating Committee for Kaneland District #302 as our educators of the year.  Amy Pifer (8 Red ELA) was nominated for the Classroom Middle School Teacher Award, Laurie Villalobos (RTI Coordinator) was nominated for the Student Support Personnel Award, and Joan Rule (Secretary) was nominated for the Educational Service Personnel Award.

Congratulations to Mrs. Pifer, Mrs. Villalobos, and Mrs. Rule.  The Kane County Regional Office of Education will recognize our our three recipients at the 42nd Annual Educator of the Year Awards, which will be held in April.  All three recipients will also be considered for the Kane County Educator of the Year Award.

Report Cards
The end of the 2nd term is January 20th and 2nd term report cards will be e-mailed on Friday, January 27th.  If you have any questions or problems receiving your child's report card, please contact the main office.  

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

Lunch Guidelines
Parents are permitted to bring outside lunches for their child only and not for other students.  We also discourage students from bringing items in to share with their friends.  This is strictly enforced due to food allergies and the potential disruption it will cause in our cafeteria.  Even if you know the other students, we will still prohibit anyone bringing in lunch for any child other than their own.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

8th Grade Transitions
We would like to highlight 8th grade high school transition information now since these events are right around the corner.

February 1st
8th Grade Orientation Night for incoming freshmen and their families will be held on February 1st. On this night, a brief overview of all that Kaneland High School has to offer will be provided, which will include curriculum choices and sports/activity options.

February 6th - 8th
8th grade students will spend the majority of their day at KHS on one of these dates.  The students will learn about how to develop their 4-year plan, visit the College and Career Readiness Center, discuss class choices, and will also have an opportunity to ask questions regarding classes and academic options.

February 13th - 15th
The high school counselors will schedule all incoming 9th grade students based on the knowledge learned from the previous events.  Specific schedules will be developed.

Pictures Around Harter (click on pictures to enlarge)

Snowflake @ Feed My Starving Children
Snowflake @ Feed My Starving Children

8th Gr Band & Choir Together

Jazz Band
December Artists of the Month

Mid-Knight Special
6th Gr Field Trip

Spirit Week
8th Gr Breakout EDU Activity
7th Gr National Improv Theater

SEL Team Building Activity

Proud to be a Knight!!!