Friday, April 28, 2017

May 2017

From the Desk of the Principal...
It's hard to believe we are a month away from the end of the school year.  May is always busy, but it's also an exciting time.  We are looking forward to ending the year on a strong note.

As I reflect on another year, I am proud of the growth we have made as a school.  Our growth as a staff directly impacts student growth.  The greatest aspect to this is that our staff realizes how important their growth is when it comes to providing our students with what they need to be successful.  We aren't always perfect, but we constantly push ourselves to ensure a quality, well-rounded education for our students.  Each day brings an opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.  We believe all students can and will learn under our guidance.  I am extremely excited for what the future holds.  Whether it is our focus on personalized learning or using our Schools to Watch re-designation as a guide for continuous improvement, the future looks bright.    

With that being said, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st through the 5th.  Our staff here is amazing and we have plans to celebrate and honor them the entire week for all that they do to support, challenge, and empower our students.  I am appreciative of our PTO and all of the parent support to make Teacher Appreciation Week a special week.  If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to send our staff a quick e-mail to show your appreciation for what they do.    

As always, if I can ever be of assistance to you, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal

After-School Pickup
If you are picking up your child from an after-school event in the back parking lot, please drive slowly and look for pedestrians.  We've had a few close calls with drivers speeding away after picking up their child.  The safety of our students and staff is extremely important.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st - 5th.  The dedicated staff here at Harter will be honored each day for their efforts and commitment to our students and school.  Feel free to send an e-mail or letter to show your support of our fabulous staff.

6th Grade State Writing Award
Mrs. Ritchie recently entered 6th grade students in a state letter writing competition sponsored by Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois Center of the Book.  We are proud to announce that Veronica Regelbrugge has been named the Illinois state winner for the grade 4-6 division.  On Monday, May 1st, Veronica and her family, along with Mrs. Ritchie, will visit the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Museum in Springfield for a special tour and then have lunch with Jesse White.  Harter's library will also receive $100 to spend on books.  Mrs. Ramos has asked Veronica to choose the books for the Harter library.  We are so proud of Veronica!!!  

8th Grade Promotion
The promotion ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 1st 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.

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

PTO Family Knight Out
Please find the May Family Knight Out events below.  When you eat at one of these restaurants, they will donate a portion of the proceeds to our PTO.  Our PTO is an amazing organization that supports our students in numerous ways.

On Wednesday, May 24th at the Elburn McDonald's, we are hosting a McTeacher Night.  26 staff members from Harter will be working various jobs at McDonald's to help raise money for our PTO.  Please come and support us anytime from 5:00-8:00 pm.  This will be a fun event and we hope to see you on May 24th.

Monday, May 8th @ Wendy's (1260 N Orchard Rd, Aurora)  5:00-8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 24th @ McDonald's in Elburn (931 Center Ave, Elburn)  5:00-8:00 pm

Beginning next year, Harter Middle School will implement i-Ready, which combines a valid and reliable growth measure (assessment) with opportunities for individualized instruction all in an online environment.  The assessment feature measures a student's progress in reading in math, but the data can and will be used for all subjects to assist a student's success.  There are also options for students to receive individualized instruction based on the assessment data.  Not only will it assist students in areas where further development is needed, it will also provide students with extension or enrichment activities.  More information will be shared next year as we implement i-Ready.  We are excited to utilize and infuse its features within our curriculums, which will be another avenue in helping us personalize the learning experience for all of our students.

Last Day of School
The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 2nd.

4th Term Report Cards
4th term report cards will be e-mailed home no later than Tuesday, June 6th.

Student Schedules for the 2017-2018 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 the last week of July.

Pictures From Harter (click on pictures to enlarge)

7th Grade Science Collaboration

5th Grade Tour

Breakout EDU Fun

Talent Show

Talent Show

Faculty Drumming Circle @ Talent Show

Talent Show

Fine Arts Fest

Fine Arts Fest

6 White Fundraising Drive

Thank You 8th Grade For Our Beautiful Flowers

Student Collaboration in Social Studies

Students Spreading Positivity 

Students Spreading Positivity 

State Writing Winner Presenting To Our BOE

Rosedale Student Leadership Team Presenting at BOE Meeting

Students Helped Build the Set For the Musical

Thanks PTO For Our Dry-Erase Collaborative Tables

3rd Term Incentive Minute To Win It

Proud to be a Knight!!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 2017

From the Desk of the Principal...
Now that we are back from spring break, I'm looking forward to the last two months of school.  Although this is a busy time of the year, it is an exciting time because we have so many great things taking place in our building.  We already hosted one of our 5th grade tours and will welcome three more 5th grade classes this month.  Some of our Harter students served as ambassadors and provided tours of the building for the 5th graders and took the time to answer questions.  Watching our students take on these roles puts a smile on my face.  

As you may be aware, one of our goals in the Kaneland 2020 Strategic Plan is to create a personalized learning environment for our students.  This entails a bit of change on how things are done in comparison to how things have been done in the past.  Learning is always the priority and that will not change.  You may find your child talking about different seating arrangements in their class, different assignments for students in the same class, and/or more student-led initiatives (i.e., Socratic Seminars where students lead the discussion).  I am excited to see where personalized learning will take us, but more importantly, where it will take your child.  As we continue to explore what this looks like at Harter, we will provide updates as needed.  You may remember that we had a handful of teams conduct Student-Led Conferences during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  This is a great example of how we are implementing a more personalized learning environment and will continue to do so.  I'm honored to work with a staff that is committed to continuous improvement to ensure all of our students' needs are met and their hard work and dedication should not go unnoticed.

As always, if I can ever be of assistance to you, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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 to complete the process of purchasing a yearbook.

Rosedale Project
The students met the challenge and donated 3,380 books and $1,000 and because they met these goals, some staff members were pied in the face (see pictures below).  Mr. Hagan also had his beard shaved in front of the 6th grade class.  Great job to all!

Members from the Rosedale Freedom Project visited Harter Middle School on March 14th.  We had a fantastic day of welcoming the Rosedale students.  We provided them with our donated books, money, and homemade chairs that will be placed in their outdoor reading garden.  The day ended with our students offering tours of the building and observing various classrooms in action.  There were a handful of newspaper articles written and they are linked below.

Daily Herald article

Kane County Chronicle article

The Beacon News article 

As a reminder, our PARCC testing dates are as follows:

Week of April 10th - 7th and 8th grade students will take the required ELA and Math assessments
Week of April 17th - 6th grade students will take the required ELA and Math assessments

Our 8th grade students will also complete the required State Science Assessment on Tuesday, April 25th.

PTO Family Knight Out
Please find the April Family Knight Out events below.  When you eat at one of these restaurants, they will donate a portion of the proceeds to our PTO.  Our PTO is an amazing organization that supports our students in numerous ways.

Tuesday, April 11th @ Open Range Grill (1 Golfview Ln., Sugar Grove) 4:00-9:00 pm
Thursday, April 20th @ Genoa Pizza (44 Cross St., Sugar Grove) 4:00-10:00 pm

Middle Years
Click here for the April edition of the Middle Years.

Pictures From Harter

Proud to be a Knight!!!