Friday, September 28, 2018

October 2018

From the Desk of the Principal...
The month of October is here and that means the end of the first term is right around the corner.  Our students have been impressive and continue to smile in our classrooms, hallways, and cafeteria. Thanks for sending us such great kids.

Personalized learning continues to develop and evolve here at Harter.  Our staff has explored the many components of personalized learning.  It's fun to observe our staff engage students in a variety of ways by helping them utilize their strengths.  These strengths can and are being applied in all subjects.  I know I share this all the time, but this is why I love personalized learning.  It focuses more on the individual student and helping them grow as a learner and as a person.  As we dive deeper into personalized learning, please keep in mind that assessments, projects, and work may look different or may be graded differently from years past.  It is much different from my school experience as a child and I wish I had teachers like we have at Harter that focus on personalizing the learning process.  If you ever have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

As we wrap up the first quarter of the school year, I always like to remind our parents of how hard it is to be a middle schooler.  The challenges they face during these years can lead to frustration and confusion.  In most cases, our students possess the ability to solve their problems, but they need us to help guide them to the solution.  When we help them determine next steps and a course of action, we are coaching them on how to overcome some of the obstacles all adolescents face.  Our patience and constant guidance will provide our children with the necessary skills needed during their adolescent, teenage, and adult years. 

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

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal

Report Cards
The end of the 1st Term is October 19th and report cards will be e-mailed on Friday, October 26th.  If you have any questions or problems receiving your child's report card, please contact the main office.

Veterans Day Speakers
We are in the process of planning our annual Veterans Day Assembly, which will be held on Monday, November 12th from 7:25-8:10 a.m.  We are looking for one or two veterans (or currently serving) to speak at our assembly.  If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact Tim Swade  through email at or by phone at 630-466-8400.

Also, if you or someone you know is a Veteran and would like to attend our assembly, we'd love to have you.  Please click here for the flyer that contains the RSVP information.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences are set for November 7th (3:00-7:00 p.m.) and November 8th (10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.).  We will be conducting student-led conferences.

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.  

Each student will create their own student-led conference and we encourage all parents to attend.  We consider this a family event that highlights and celebrates our students and their learning.  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. 

Your child's team will send out a link to Sign-Up Genius.  This link will help you register for a conference.  There is no need to call to schedule a conference.  We prefer that all parents use the Sign-Up Genius link, which will be emailed in the near future.

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.  

Golf Team Success
Congratulations to Katherine M., Wes H., and Bradley F. on qualifying for the IESA State Golf Tournament that was held in Peoria.  Katherine placed 17th in State.  Congrats to our golfers!

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

Pictures From Harter (click on pictures to enlarge)

IESA State Golf Walk of Champions

IESA State Golf Walk of Champions

Our Supply Store is Open
Multi-Class Collaboration Activity

Homecoming Assembly

Homecoming Assembly

Fundraising Fun

Homecoming Parade
Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade

ABC7 Flyover 

Fundraiser Winner
Schoolyard Science

Guest Speaker Mr. Ariola

Science in our Own Backyard


Proud to be a Knight!