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!!!