Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March 2018

From the Desk of the Principal...
We couldn't dodge a snow day this school year even though we did the last two years.  I guess it was bound to happen.  With that being said, our last day of school will now be Thursday, May 31st pending no other emergency/weather days are used.

Over the last few months, I've reflected quite a bit on technology.  I have pushed my own thinking in terms of how we can best manage technology here at school and in my own personal life.  Personally, I have challenged myself to read more books and journals/magazines than online articles.  I came across an article about making reading cool again (click here to read Let's Make Reading Cool Again).  It was an easy, quick read and I thought I'd share, not because I'm endorsing anything in this article, but because it made me reflect on how technology has taken me away from books since I tend to read everything online.  I want to get back to good ole' fashion reading and sometimes putting the electronic device down is okay.  I find it ironic that it took an online article to push my thinking about getting back to reading books instead of reading online articles/books.  😀

Spring break is right around the corner.  I hope you find time to relax with family and friends.

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

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal

End of the Year 8th Grade Activities - Update
Due to the snow day we had in February, the last day of school has been pushed back to Thursday, May 31st.  8th Grade Promotion will now be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. pending no other emergency/weather days are used.  8th grade parents will receive more specific information regarding the 8th Grade Promotion and 8th Grade Dance after spring break.

We are beginning the scheduling process for the 2018-2019 school year.  All 6th and 7th grade students have received a registration form.  We are asking that the form be filled out by the students and parents at home.  This form should be brought back to school with your child and given to their homeroom teacher by March 5th.  It is imperative that we have all registration forms by March 5th so we can begin constructing student schedules.

On the reverse side of the registration form is important information that may help when choosing classes.  The information can also be found below for your convenience.

Information on Reverse Side of Registration Form
Registering for middle school exploratories is, for many, the first time students and parents have to make choices about coursework they will and will not take.  In effect, one must select two options from four possible pathways. Many students and parents worry that choices made now will have irreversible consequences when it comes time to register for high school. This can be a difficult decision for many, but  the core of the process should be selecting options that are best for students, their interests, and their post-high school goals.  Below are some points to consider when registering.

“The Wheel”
  • “The Wheel” (industrial arts, computers, general music, & art) is a year-long commitment at the 6th and 7th grade level; each component of the wheel is one quarter.
  • “The Wheel” at the middle school is developed with the goal of exposing students to several content areas and enabling them to ultimately select pathways that are most appealing to them.  As they progress through the grade levels into the high school level, these pathways become more detailed and allow students to pursue very specific career pathways.
  • Students who enroll in “The Wheel” must complete all parts of “The Wheel”; they cannot elect to drop out of “The Wheel” or any classes within “The Wheel” during the school year.
  • Students who do not take this option at Harter can enroll in beginning coursework at the high school level.  However, course offerings are more specified and, in general, tailored to a specific pathway.

  • Spanish is a year-long commitment at both the 7th and 8th grade levels.
  • Students do not earn high school credit for coursework completed at Harter Middle School; instead they are able to enroll directly into Spanish II at the 9th grade level.
  • Students who complete both years of Spanish at Harter and enter KHS in Spanish II can complete the Spanish pathway with AP Spanish IV their Senior Year.
  • Currently, students who begin Spanish I in 9th grade do have the opportunity to reach AP Spanish IV by taking accelerated coursework their junior year, but this pathway is meant for the most successful Spanish students.

Band & Choir
  • Band and Choir are a year-long commitment at the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels.
  • Students can enroll in year-long band, year-long choir, or a combination of the two that still only takes up one of their exploratory options.
  • Students who do not enroll in Band or Choir at the middle school level can enroll in beginning band or choir classes at the high school level.

Study Hall
  • For most students, a study hall is not needed in middle school and the majority of our students do not find study hall useful.  There are some students that are placed in study halls as a support when it is in the student's best interest; however, the goal is for students to explore our exploratory classes.
  • This exposure to our exploratory classes will help our students find the correct pathway in the future and utilize and enhance skills that are important in their academic and social emotional maturation process.

  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Faulkner.

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

Chicago Blackhawks G.O.A.L. Program
Early in February, the PE staff hosted the Chicago Blackhawks G.O.A.L. program.  Members from the Blackhawks G.O.A.L. program visited Harter to play floor hockey with our students and they also donated equipment, such as goals, indoor pucks, and hockey sticks.  It was an awesome experience for our students.  See pictures below.

Pictures From Harter
Chicago Blackhawks G.O.A.L.

Chicago Blackhawks G.O.A.L.

Chicago Blackhawks G.O.A.L.

Collaborating-Learning Together


8th Grade KHS Transition 

FVCC Fire Safety Program

Puff Car Science Lab

Social Studies Project

Tie-Dye Day

Graphic Design Class

Student Recognition Assembly

Student Recognition Assembly

Student-Made Charging Station

Kaneland 2020 Gallery Walk

WordMasters Challenge Recognition

SEL Activity 

Proud to be a Knight!