Friday, September 29, 2017

October 2017

From the Desk of the Principal...
Harter Middle School is full of life, and yes, I'm still witnessing students smiling all the time.  As I always say, the best part of my day is watching our students smile in the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, and at extracurricular activities.  Learning is fun and Harter is an amazing place to learn and grow.     

The students have been working on their Learner Profiles as we continue our journey of personalized learning.  I am always impressed with our students and their ability to reflect on their learning.  If you haven't asked your child about their Learner Profile, I encourage you to do so.  Simply asking them to discuss some of their slides will be well worth your time.  I've had a few parents ask how they can support their child and their learner profile, and my answer is simple; have conversations about it.  Ask them to discuss who they are as a learner, reflect on their learning, and how this information is helping or will help them in the learning process.  Allowing our students to come to this understanding is powerful and it also promotes metacognition.  Metacognition is the goal and the more we guide this journey by asking them to continually reflect on their learning, the more they will get to know who they are as a learner.

The students will also begin working on their student-led conference presentations in order to be prepared by parent-teacher conferences.  There is more information regarding student-led conferences below.  Our personalized learning journey is getting stronger by the day.

If I can ever be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal 

The PTO Kolor Run is scheduled for Sunday, October 22nd at 1:00 p.m.  This is a great family activity.  You can access the flyer by clicking here.  It's never too late to sign-up.

Report Cards
The end of the 1st Term is October 20th and report cards will be e-mailed on Friday, October 27th.  If you have any questions or problems receiving your child's report card, please contact the main office.

An email was sent from Herff Jones regarding the purchasing of a yearbook.  In this email, there is a link for parents to order their child a yearbook.  In the near future, we will also provide this link on our KHMS website and in our monthly newsletter. 

Library Help Needed
Our library is in need of volunteers to help shelve books a couple of times a week. Any time of day would be appreciated! Other volunteer duties might include helping to check students in/out on busy days and laminating classroom materials.

 In addition to regular volunteers in the library, book fair help will be needed during the day October 25, 26, 27, 30, 31 and through end of parent conferences. Duties in the book fair would include checking for restock needs, handling a simple cash register, processing credit cards (during conferences only), assisting with setup on October 25 and tear down on November 2, in the evening.

If you are interested and available to help during the day or at book fair any time, please call
Rachel Ramos 630-466.8400 x77602 or email for more information.

Middle Years
Click here to view the October edition of the Middle Years.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences are set for November 1st (3:00-7:00 p.m.) and November 2nd (10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.).  Teams will send out a Sign-Up Genius link for you to sign up for a conference.  There is no need to call in like you have in previous years.  Signing up for conferences will be done electronically.

Below is information regarding student-led conferences, which all teams and students will conduct.

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

Virtual Backpack
Our Virtual Backpack can be found on our website and it contains useful information related to our building.  The virtual backpack is updated often and bookmarking the page might be helpful.

Click here to access Harter's Virtual Backpack.  

i-Ready reports will be coming home soon.  Students will be given their math and reading reports to bring home and Harter will send an email informing the parents of this date. 

Please visit our athletics link on our website to find updated information regarding tryouts, sport-specific information, and athletic successes at Harter.

Golf Team Success
Congratulations to Katherine M., Cody G., and Josh P.  on qualifying for the IESA State Golf tournament that was held in Peoria.  Katherine placed 28th at the state meet while Cody placed 18th and Josh placed 4th.  Awesome job Katherine, Cody, and Josh!

Pictures From Harter (click on pictures to enlarge)

Cool New PE Activity

Our Student Do ROCK!

All-School Fundraiser Kick-Off
Awesome Science Project

Awesome Science Project

Artists of the Month
...And They're Off

KHS-KHMS Homecoming Assembly

KHS-KHMS Homecoming Assembly
Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade

Proud to be a Knight!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 2017

From the Desk of the Principal...
The start of the school year has been fantastic.  I am impressed with our students and how well they have transitioned from summer break.  As I've shared many times before, I always see smiles on the faces of our students.  They are happy to be back and so is the Harter staff.

Curriculum Night was a great success.  Thank you for coming to the various sessions that we offered. We enjoy partnering with our parents and showcasing our learning community.  As I said last night, thank you for sending us awesome kids to work with everyday.

If I can ever be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal   

All students took the first i-Ready diagnostic assessments (reading and math).  The students were given a specific username and password that allows you and your child access to the assessment report as well as complete any online instruction.  Please remember that students are not required to complete any online instruction.  If you haven't visited the parent information folder that was created to help you navigate i-Ready, please do so by clicking here.  As we continue to implement i-Ready, we will provide useful resources to help you navigate all of its features.    

The KHMS PTO fundraiser is right around the corner.  On October 22nd, the 4th Annual Kolor Run will be held here at Harter.  The Kolor Run is less about running and more about having fun with friends and family.  The untimed course allows you to run or walk and participants are doused in different powdered colors along the route.  All proceeds benefit the KHMS PTO, which benefits our students.

Registration fees are as follows:

Before September 15th = $35 a person or $105 per family
After September 15th = $40 a person or $120 per family

If you have any questions, please email

Family Knight Out - PTO
Please find the September 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.

  • Thursday, September 14th @ Genoa Pizza (44 Cross Street, Sugar Grove) - All Day - Click here for the flyer - Remember to mention the Harter PTO when placing your order.  

  • Thursday, September 21st @ Portillo's (531 N. Randall Rd., Batavia)  5:00-8:00 p.m. - Click here for the flyer that needs to be shown (printed out or on your phone)  

On September 1st, your child will bring home their 2016-2017 PARCC scores. Below is a link that provides you with resources to help better understand the results and answer questions you may have.

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.  

Most Likely to Succeed 
The Kaneland Administration is hosting several screenings of the award winning film, Most Likely to Succeed, which is a story of how one high school's vision for personalized learning is impacting students.  The entire learning community is invited to view this film and three different showings have been established.

Thursday, September 7th at 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. at Meredith Middle School (next door to KHS)
Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Harter Middle School

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sarah Mumm ( or Mr. Mike Rice (  

Harter Middle School Fall Fundraiser
All students at Harter will bring home information on September 18th regarding our fall fundraiser.  The first turn-in will be Friday, September 29th.  More information will be coming home soon.  

Middle Years
Click here for the September issue of the Middle Years.  

Principal's Coffee
For the 2017-2018 school year, Mrs. Jill Maras, Principal of Kaneland High School, and Mr. Faulkner will be hosting Principal's Coffees together.  They are combining the meetings to create more 6-12 educational dialogue and we believe you will find this set-up beneficial to your needs.

Principal's Coffees are an opportunity to meet and speak with the principals face to face in a relaxed environment.  Topics for discussion will be led by the principals and time is also included for topics our parents would like to discuss.

The following dates have been established for the Principal's Coffees:

  • Tuesday, October 10th @ Harter Middle School  3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 28th @ Kaneland High School  8:00-9:00 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, February 20th @ Harter Middle School  3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 17th @ Kaneland High School  8:00-9:00 p.m.

Progress Reports
Progress reports will be emailed home on Friday, September 22nd in the late afternoon.  If your email is not up to date in Tyler, we encourage you to update it.

Pictures From Harter (click on pictures to enlarge) 

Jump Start Success

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night

Proud to be a Knight!!!