Thursday, February 6, 2020

February 2020

From the Desk of the Principal
I have the privilege of walking around the building and interacting with our students on a daily basis.  This year, more than ever, I check in with students and ask them what they're learning, why they are learning it, and how their learning style plays a role in the learning process.  I am always impressed with how well our students know themselves as learners.  I'm just as impressed with how amazing our staff is in helping students infuse their learning style into the learning process.  The strides we have made with personalized learning have far exceeded my expectations.  This is a testament to how dedicated and talented our staff is and how amazing our students are when it comes to their own learning.  I'll be the first to admit that it hasn't been a smooth road, but tackling an initiative such as this is never easy.  Learning can be messy, but our building has embraced a continuous improvement mindset that consists of mistakes, reflection, and making changes for the better.  As we continue to assist students in learning more about themselves as learners and challenge older models of education while updating them with 21st century models, the more we will continue to grow together.  I am often asked what is the best part of my job.  Other than witnessing the 1,000+ smiling faces from our students and staff everyday, my next favorite part is watching each member of Harter Middle School grow.  I am thankful that I am able to witness this often and it's a privilege to serve as the principal of the Harter Learning Community.

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

Proud to be a Knight!

Brian Faulkner

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

5Essentials Survey
Our students will be completing the 5Essentials soon.  We would also like our parents to take the survey.  You can access the survey by clicking here.

The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate by inquiring into five leading areas for school development.  More information can be found here.

Patriot Pen Essays
Mrs. Shanahan and Harter Middle School is pleased to announce that 2 out of the 21 students selected to attend the Patriot Pen Essay Competition at the Batavia Post 1197 were Harter students.  Students represented a wide variety of towns Glen Ellyn, Bloomingdale, Lemont, Villa Park, Glendale Heights, Aurora, Whaton, West Chicago, St. Charles, Montgomery, and Sugar Grove.

Our own Harter students, Makalya E and Gianna N. were 2 of the 21 students selected to attend the event.  We are happy to announce that Gianna placed 2nd in the competition.  Congrats, Gianna!

Course Selection Sheets 2020-2021
Course selections sheets for all current 6th and 7th grade students will be distributed on Tuesday, February 11th.  They are due back by Wednesday, February 19th.  You will find directions and information on the form, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

February Non Attendance Days For Students
Please see the dates below when students will not have school during the month of February.
  • Friday, February 14th (SIP Day for Staff)
  • Monday, February 17th (President's Day)
  • Friday, February 28th (Teacher Institute Day) 

National Robotic Champions Video
At the January BOE meeting, Dr. Leden and the Board of Education honored three Kaneland students with two of them being Harter students.  Click here to access the video that was created that highlights why Linda R and Kaitlin L. are the WRO National Robotic Champions..  It is quite an accomplishment that we have the WRO National Robotic Champions in Kaneland.  Way to go!

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) Testing Dates
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness will be taken by all students at Harter on March 16, 17, and 18.   More specific information will be shared in the near future.  In the meantime, you can access more information regarding IAR by clicking here.   

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

Awesomeness Around Harter

2nd Term Incentive

2nd Term Incentive

Artists of the Month

WRO National Robotic Champions

Vietnam Vet Guest Speaker

Proud to be a Knight!