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!