Friday, January 5, 2018

January 2018

From the desk of the principal...
I hope you had a wonderful winter break.  The time given to us to relax and rejuvenate is always nice.  I'm ready to get back to school and welcoming students back from a break is always a highlight of the year for me.

As a staff, we look forward to each day and our drive to make a difference in the lives of our students guides our efforts.  Education is a team sport, and at Harter, we realize the role we all play in developing well-rounded children to ensure academic, social, and emotional growth.  We appreciate your support throughout the learning process.  As we continue our partnership in education and embark on the second half of the school year, please don't hesitate to contact us.  Your feedback is important. 

I'm looking forward to a fantastic second half of the school year.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal     

Staff Awards
We have an amazing staff here at Harter and recently, three staff members were chosen by our Nominating Committee for Kaneland District #302 as our educators of the year.  Denise Michels (Counselor) was nominated for the Student Support Personnel Award,  Christy Kukovec (6 Blue Math) was nominated for the Middle School Teacher Award, and Kyle Ahlmann (6 White ELA) was nominated for the Early Career Educator Award.

Congratulations to Mrs. Michels, Mrs. Kukovec, and Mr. Ahlmann.  The Kane County Regional Office of Education will recognize our our three recipients at the 43rd Annual Educator of the Year Awards, which will be held in May.  All three recipients will also be considered for the Kane County Educator of the Year Award.

Report Cards
The end of the 2nd term is January 19th and 2nd term report cards will be e-mailed on Friday, January 26th.  If you have any questions or problems receiving your child's report card, please contact the main office.  

i-Ready Winter Assessment Results
The winter i-Ready assessment results will be given to your child at the end of 2nd Term to be brought home to parents.  If you have any questions regarding the reports or your child's scores, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Early Release Days
As a reminder, students will be released an hour early (1:37 p.m.) on Thursday, January 18th and Friday, January 19th.  Students will arrive home one hour earlier than usual.

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

Lunch Guidelines
Parents are permitted to bring outside lunches for their child only and not for other students.  We also discourage students from bringing items in to share with their friends.  This is strictly enforced due to food allergies and the disruption it causes in our cafeteria.  Even if you know the other students, we will still prohibit anyone bringing in lunch for any child other than their own.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

8th Grade Transitions
We would like to highlight 8th grade high school transition information now since these events are right around the corner.

January 30th
8th Grade Orientation Night for incoming freshmen and their families will be held on Tuesday, January 30th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at KHS.  On this night, a brief overview of all that Kaneland High School has to offer will be provided, which will include curriculum choices and sports/activity options.

February 5th - 7th
8th grade students will spend a couple of hours at KHS (8 Red = Monday, Feb 5th;  8 White = Tuesday, Feb 6th;  8 Blue = Wednesday, Feb 7th).  The students will learn about how to develop their 4-year plan, discuss class choices, tour the Fox Valley Career Center, and will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding classes, academic options, and high school life in general.

February 12th - 14th
The high school counselors will schedule all incoming 9th grade students based on the knowledge learned from the previous events.  Specific schedules will be developed.

Pictures From Harter (click to enlarge)
Cool Library Book Project
Student Teaching Students

Student Created Green Screen Area

Student Created Reading Area
Cool Library Book Project


Positivity From Our Students

Congrats Mrs. Michels

Congrats Mr. Ahlmann
Congrats Mrs. Kukovec

7th Gr Band & Choir Together
IESA Scholar Attitude Award Nominee

8th Gr Band & Choir Together
KHMS Jazz Band

Mid-Knight Special 

8 White Genius Hour Project
8 White Genius Hour Project

Holiday Cheer
Holiday Cheer
KHMS Working With Stewart Students

7 Red

Personalized Learning At Its Finest

7 Red Compassion Study 

Proud to be a Knight!