Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October 2019

From the Desk of the Principal 
It's hard to believe that October is here and the 1st Term is almost over.  As always, our students and staff impress me with how amazing they are.  It is such a privilege to work in an awesome school.

I've had numerous conversations with parents regarding proficiency based progress/standards based grading/grades over the last month.  What I like to mention in each conversation is that the curriculum and teaching/learning activities have not changed and our students are still provided with highly engaging learning activities that are hands-on, problem-based, and unique to them.  Our students continue to talk about these learning experiences well beyond their years at Harter.  Essentially, grading hasn't changed either and the only true change is how we provide feedback.  This feedback has strengthened our efforts in supporting our students' learning.  The focus is more on the learning than a grade, which is why you will see fewer grades.  As we continue our journey, I'm finding it hard to contain my excitement because I'm seeing more and more students discussing where they are in the learning process citing specific evidence and creating artifacts.       

Have a wonderful month of October!  If I can ever be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner

Bluestem and Caudill Nominee Author Dusti Bowling Coming to Harter
We are excited to announce that Dusti Bowling will be visiting Kaneland on Thursday, October 10th.  Dusti will be visiting KBK and KSS during the day and has agreed to present to all Kaneland families on October 10th at 7:00 pm in the Harter cafeteria.  Dusti will also be available to sign books. 

Dusti's book, Insignificant Event in the Life of a Cactus is on both the Bluestem and Caudill list for 2020. 

You can access the flyer here regarding Dusti Bowling's visit to Kaneland.

New York Times Bestselling Author Alan Gratz Coming to Harter
We are excited to announce another bestselling author that will be visiting Harter.  Alan Gratz is scheduled to present to our students and staff at an all-school assembly on Wednesday, October 16th.  Mr. Gratz's books are very popular with our students at Harter. 

Click here to access the flyer and order form to guarantee a personalized copy of his book, Allies.

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
Click here to access the most recent post on the Pay It Forward Blog.

Here is the new flyer that correlates with the most recent post.  If you know the answer, stop by SignFX.

Golf Team Success
Congratulations to Brad F and Wes H  on qualifying for the IESA State Golf Tournament that was held in Peoria.  Way to go!

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences are set for November 6th (3:00-7:00 p.m.) and November 7th (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 information to sign up for a conference.  There is no need to call to schedule a conference.  We prefer that all parents sign-up electronically.

Report Cards
The end of the 1st Term is October 11th and report cards will be e-mailed on Friday, October 18th.  If you have any questions or problems receiving your child's report card, please contact the main office.

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.

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

Awesomeness Around Harter

Artists of the Month

Kane County Judges Presentation

Created by Students

State Golf Qualifiers

School Fundraiser Assembly

7A VB Tournament Champs

Proud to be a Knight!