Tuesday, September 3, 2019

September 2019

From the Desk of the Principal 
In all my years working in a middle school, I have to say this has been the smoothest transition I have ever experienced.  The students and staff have continued to impress me with how awesome they are.  As I said at Curriculum Night, thank you for sending us such amazing kids each day.

As we continue to delve into personalized learning, which includes proficiency-based progress, patience is the key.  The work our teachers are doing with personalized learning is the right work.  It's definitely not easy and becomes extremely confusing to those that have never been a student in this type of environment, but in the end, we will meet our students' needs in ways we have never thought of before and in ways that are more meaningful than they thought possible. The learning that is taking place within our environment is focused more than ever on each student's skills, interests, and learning style, which assists in their success at school and beyond the walls of Kaneland.

The Taste of Kaneland was a fun event.  If you attended, I'm sure you also agree that this was a great family and community event that epitomizes a "family feel" in a school district.

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

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner, Principal

Lunchroom Supervisor Needed
Harter Middle School is looking for a lunchroom supervisor.  It is a paid position and the hours are approximately 10:15-1:00.  Please contact Tim Swade if you are interested or would like to learn more about the position.  tim.swade@kaneland.org

Parents can order their child a yearbook by clicking on the link below.  After clicking on the link, enter our school code 14512.


Pay It Forward  - Pay It Forward Blog
Click here to access the Pay It Forward Blog

This blog is dedicated to a multi community-wide sharing of the book Pay It Forward.  Throughout the school year, Kaneland Staff will be posting videos and update on this blog sharing thoughts, ideas, and to connect to the community.  We encourage families to also post comments and videos  sharing the impact of the book and how you have chosen to Pay It Forward.  We look forward to sharing and growing as a Kaneland Knights Community.  To begin your family journey on how to Pay It Forward, start by reading pages 1-26 and watch our first video.  We are excited to work together on our community read!

Click here to access a Pay it Forward bookmark and QR code that brings you to the blog.

USAgain Partnership
Harter has partnered with USAgain and you will now see a bin outside of the the main office entrance.  Please click here to access a flyer regarding this partnership.

Quikrete Donation
We'd like to thank Quikrete for their generous donation of concrete mix that our students will use in our 8th Grade Construction classes.  We will share pictures in future newsletters. 

Middle Years
Click here for the September issue of the Middle Years.

The Middle Years publication is a monthly parent newsletter for middle school parents.  Harter Middle School subscribes to the electronic version of the Middle Years.  Every issue offers practical ideas for parents to help improve their child's school success, strengthen the home and school partnership, enhance parenting skills, and understand behaviors associated with this age group to help their child build positive character traits. 

The information in the Middle Years is offered as a resource for parents, and simply that.  We hope this information leads to healthy discussions of the challenges adolescents and middle school students encounter.  Please note that we are not endorsing this newsletter as the "end all,"  As parents, you have found numerous ways to help your child and the Middle Years hopefully becomes another resource to support your efforts.

Harter Middle School Fall Fundraiser
All students at Harter will bring home information on September 16th regarding our fall fundraiser. More information will be communicated through email in the near future.  

Principal's Chat
For the 2019-2020 school year, Mrs. Jill Maras, Principal of Kaneland High School, and Mr. Faulkner will be hosting Principal's Chats together.  These meetings are intended to create more 6-12 educational dialogue and we believe you will find this setup beneficial to your needs. 

Principal's Chats are an opportunity to meet and speak with the principals face to face in a relaxed environment.  Topics for discussion will be led by the principals and time is also included for topics our parents would like to discuss. 

The following dates have been established for the Principal's Chats:
  • Thursday, November 21st @ Harter Middle School - 8:00 am
  • Thursday, April 23rd @ Kaneland High School - 8:00 am

Pictures From Harter 
Jump Start

Student-Built & Delivered to KST

Taste of Kaneland

Taste of Kaneland
Taste of Kaneland

Proud to be a Knight!