Monday, December 3, 2018

December 2018


From the Desk of the Principal
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I certainly enjoyed the time with my family and the opportunity to relax.  It's still hard to believe we just wrapped up Thanksgiving and are now in full swing with the holiday season. 

Progress reports were emailed on Friday, which means we are already halfway through the 2nd Term.  This is always a heavy reflection period for me as we stare down the 2nd half of the school year.  One recent reflection came after a gathering I had with some childhood friends of mine.  I often talk about the family feel Kaneland provides and how lucky I am to serve as the principal of Kaneland Harter. When I spoke to my friends about how amazing Harter is because of who we are as a learning community (dedication to students, personalized learning, social and emotional learning, physical well-being, supportive parents, awesome students, a wide variety of extra-curricular offerings), my friends jokingly asked if they could send their children to Kaneland.  I'm proud of our efforts of working together to ensure our students receive a top-notch education.  Sure, we're not perfect, but the successes we continue to achieve and the growth that is taking place should not go unnoticed.  Thank you for partnering with us and embracing our journey of college, career, and community readiness.   

Have a wonderful holiday season.

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


Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal



Warm Clothing Drive
Our Student Council is hosting a warm clothing drive.  You can find more information here.


Yearbook Information 
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.

Yearbook Order Link 


One to One Technology for Learning - Town Hall 
On Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 pm in the Harter cafeteria, District 302 is hosting a Town Hall regarding the possible implementation of 1:1 technology learning (Chromebooks) for students in grades 4-12.  All are invited to share ideas and thoughts on the possible implementation.

Please click here to access the flyer


5Essentials Survey
Our students will be completing the 5Essentials soon.  We would also like our parents to take the survey.  You can access the survey by clicking here.

The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate by inquiring into five leading areas for school development.  More information can be found here.



i-Ready Testing
All students will take the second diagnostic assessment in i-Ready for both reading and math during the week of December 3rd.  i-Ready, along with other data, helps us strengthen our efforts in meeting the needs of all students, which includes scheduling appropriate courses/classes.

Please help us by reminding your child to bring their headphones for testing.


Career & Technical Education Expo - 8th Grade
On Wednesday, December 19th, the high school Career and Technical Education Department will be at Harter to share their course offerings with the 8th grade class.  Staff and students will present information on the following areas: Family & Consumer Science, Culinary Arts, Digital Graphics, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Engineering, Construction, Computer Science, Agricultural Science & Business, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Entrepreneurship (VEI), Accounting, and Business and Finance.  Research shows there will be 4 million jobs that will go unfilled in the next four years.  Please look for a follow-up email, which will give you the opportunity to discuss the day with your child and share feedback and ask additional questions.


Family Knight Out
When you eat at one of the restaurants that sponsors our Family Knight Out initiative, a portion of the proceeds is donated to our PTO.  Our PTO is an amazing organization that supports our students in numerous ways.

Monday, December 3rd - Portillo's (Randall Rd, Batavia) - See flyer here 


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


Pictures From Harter 
Fun Real-World Math Activity



Waubonsee Baseball Team Assisting 7 Red





Students Presenting at BOE Meeting


Waubonsee Students Helping With Student-Led Conf


Student-Led Conf


Veterans Day Assembly
Veterans Day Assembly






Mr. Weimer & 8th Gr Students Presenting at State Conference

Box Top Winners - Mrs. Marcellis' Homeroom



Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children




Proud to be a Knight!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November 2018


From the Desk of the Principal
I couldn't be prouder of our students and staff.  When looking at this month's newsletter, I am amazed with how well-rounded our students are and how supportive our staff is in helping our students reach their goals.  I recently presented at a Board of Education meeting and I talked about how Kaneland has a family feel.  This family feel is due to the efforts of everyone in our learning community.  Students, staff, parents, and community members all play a significant role in educating our students and without this collective effort, Kaneland wouldn't have that family feel.  Thank you for everything you do to make Kaneland and Harter a special place to learn, work, live, and grow.

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

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal


School Fundraiser
All fundraiser food and candle items will be delivered to HMS on Wednesday, November 7th.  Items can be picked up after school until 7:00 p.m. that evening.  This includes any online or face-to-face sales that occurred.  It is imperative that all products are picked up on Wednesday as we have limited freezer space.  If you are unable to pick up your child's items, please arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick it up for you.  We had over $40,000 in sales, so the amount of product that will be here is quite large (4-6 skids).  Orders need to be picked up on Wednesday, November 7th.  We appreciate your efforts to assist us in the matter and we are sure that your friends, family, and neighbors that supported our sale appreciate your efforts as well.

All prizes earned through Great American will also be delivered that day in the students' boxes.  Additional prizes that we are offering here at school (limo lunch and the Main Event trip) will be scheduled after students have the opportunity to deliver their items.  Tentatively, we will be looking at the limo lunch to Portillo's sometime at the end of November and the Main Event trip in December.  Letters, emails, and permission slips will go home approximately 10 days before each event.  We look forward to giving our students some terrific experiences in celebration of their AWESOME sales!


HMS Book Fair
Before or after your child's student-led conference, make sure to stop by our library and check out our Book Fair.  The Book Fair will be open from October 31st through November 8th.  All proceeds from the Book Fair will directly benefit the library.


Parent/Teacher Conferences - Student-Led Conferences 
If you haven't signed up for a conference, please do so soon.  Our slots are almost full for both days (November 7 & 8th).  You child's team has sent a Sign-Up Genius link which will help you schedule a conference.

Our staff and students begin working on student-led conferences months in advance.  Our teachers coach our students and prepare them to share detailed and specific information at the conference.  You may not see all of your child's teachers on this night, but please know that each teacher has worked with your child to help them share information the teacher would normally share in a traditional conference.  These reflection and advocacy skills are important in helping students become lifelong learners and if we truly want our students to drive their own education, student-led conferences is a great avenue in helping our students develop and strengthen the needed skills.


Yearbook Information 
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.

Yearbook Order Link 


Band and Choir Success
Harter had numerous students selected for All-District music ensembles with four students coming from our band program and six students coming from our choir program.  Congratulations to our students on receiving this great honor.

Jazz Band
Ben Z
Amanda B

Middle School Concert Band
Grant N

Middle School Orchestra
Aeryn H

Middle School Chorus
Delilah G
Christian H
Hope M
Veronica R
Victoria R
Gabby Z


Board of Education Art Purchase Awards
The Board of Education and Dr. Leden recently honored McKenna L and Delilah G for their outstanding artwork.  Both students were recognized at a recent Board of Education meeting and Dr. Leden informed them that their artwork will be on display at our district office.  Congratulations to McKenna and Delilah!


5Essentials Survey
Before Winter Break, students (grades 4-12) and parents will have the opportunity to take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.  You can find more information regarding the survey by clicking here.

The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate by inquiring into five leading areas for school improvement.

Parents can access the 5Essentials Survey by clicking here.  Students will take the 5Essentials Survey during the school day.


PTO Family Knight Out
From November 1st through November 12th, Chilis will be hosting our Family Knight Out.  Three different Chilis will be hosting our Family Knight Out; Batavia, DeKalb, and West Aurora.  Click here to access the flyer.

When you dine at one of these three Chilis restaurants, a potion of the proceeds will be donated to the KHMS PTO.  Our PTO is a fabulous organization that gives back to our students and staff.


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


Harter Gives Back
Our 6 White Team donated 97 canned fruit items to a local food pantry.  Their goal was to donate 60 cans and as you can see, they far exceeded their goal.  Congratulations to our 6 White Team. 




Our 6 Red Team held a donation drive to help support hurricane victims.  The donations were collected during their lunch time and they were able to raise $107.40.  Congratulations to our 6 Red Team. 





Pictures From Harter


Kane County Judges Digital Citizenship Presentation

6th Gr Author Visit
6th Gr Author Visit


Artists of the Month

Congrats Mr. McKeown & 8th Gr





BOE Art Purchase Awards

BOE Purchase Art Awards





IESA State Cross Country Walk of Champions
IESA State Cross Country Walk of Champions






7th Gr Author Visit
7th Gr Author Visit


1st Term Incentive Assembly

1st Term Incentive Assembly
1st Term Incentive Assembly


1st Term Incentive Assembly


Fall Play Outrageous Fortune
Fall Play Outrageous Fortune



Halloween PE Activity 
Halloween PE Activity 

Student-Led Conferences Prep


Proud to be a Knight!!!