Friday, September 30, 2022

October 2022





Fall Fundraiser

The tentative pick-up date for all fundraising items from the fall fundraiser is November 2.  All frozen items, no matter if sold online or in person will need to be picked up on that day.  Customers that purchased popcorn or tumblers online had a choice between paying extra and having them shipped to their home or shipping them to school for free.  Those items sent to school will also be available for pickup at that time.  Please keep in mind that we do not have freezer space to store frozen product.  If you are unable to pick up the items on November 2, please make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you.


Art Club

Due to interest, we are adding another day of Art Club and will now have a Thursday session (2:45-4:15 p.m.).  There are 15 slots open for Art Club on Thursdays.  

Art Club registration is on the Kaneland Web Store.


KHS Zombie Run

The Kaneland High School Cross Country Team is hosting a pair of exciting races for families.  Click here for more information.  


KORT Community Service Program

Kaneland Harter Middle School has a long tradition of celebrating student commitment to community service.   Not only does this program give students the opportunity to learn more about the services of the community and supports the district's mission of graduating students who are college, career and community ready, it also supports the Kaneland Core Values of Citizenship, Responsibility and Commitment to Excellence. Students who accumulate at least 30 hours over their career at Harter are recognized at the end of their 8th grade year and are given a Knights of the Round Table chenille shield and certificate of recognition.  If your child is interested in participating in this program, please read the information here.


Kaneland Connects Message 

This month, the district has been hard at work on the IgKnight Personalized Learning Academy opening.  The Academy opens August 2023 with early registration opening October 3rd, 2022.  The next IgKnight Personalized Learning Academy Parent Nights will be held October 20th and November 17th.  Please be sure to send any inquiries to KIPLA@kaneland.org.  The district also has been working on collecting evidence to show progression of the five commitments in each of the schools.  We are excited to see the progress of the commitments within each school and hearing from students on progress.  Our Fall SIP data indicated students self-rating themselves at the understanding and application levels at the following percentages per commitment:  Multi Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) 76.9%, 1:1 Learning 72.4%, Proficiency Based Progress (PBP) 76.9%, Standards Based Grading (SBG) 79%, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) 78.5%.  The district looks forward to the beginning of the student commitment team meetings this month!  If you are interested in serving on a commitment team, please contact Dr. Todd Leden at 11613@kaneland.org.  Be sure to check out the Todd Talks posted on our Kaneland website to learn even more about our Graduate Profile and Five Commitments!  


Effort Grade Changing to Commitment to Excellence Grade

You'll notice a change to our Effort Grades that are reported at the end of each Term on our report card.  We are changing the Effort Grade to Commitment to Excellence Grade.  The Commitment to Excellence grade aligns with one of our core values in D302.  Our staff is using similar criteria to help generate this grade and the criteria focuses on effort, completing quality work by the due date, and coming prepared to class with materials.   


Parent-Teacher Conferences 

Since Parent-Teacher Conferences take place right away in November, we wanted to send out information now.  P//T Conference will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 (4:00-7:00 p.m.) and Thursday, November 3rd (10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.).  Students will not have school on November 3rd and November 4th.  More information will be communicated from your child's team and teachers in the near future.    


October Important Dates

Monday, October 10th - No School

Friday, October 14th - End of 1st Term

Friday, October 14th - Fall Play (HMS Cafeteria)  7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 15th - Fall Play (HMS Cafeteria) 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 21st - Report Cards Ready (more information will be sent separately)


Proud to be a Knight!!!




October de 2022

 

 



 

Recaudación de fondos de otoño

La fecha tentativa de recogida de todos los artículos recaudados en la recaudación de fondos de otoño es el 2 de noviembre. Todos los artículos congelados, sin importar si se venden en línea o en persona, deberán recogerse ese día. Los clientes que compraron palomitas de maíz o vasos en línea tenían la opción de pagar más y enviarlos a su hogar o enviarlos a la escuela de forma gratuita. Los artículos enviados a la escuela también estarán disponibles para recogerlos en ese momento. Tenga en cuenta que no tenemos espacio en el congelador para almacenar productos congelados. Si no puede recoger los artículos el 2 de noviembre, haga arreglos para que otra persona los recoja por usted.

 

Club de Arte

Debido al interés prestado, hemos añadido otro día de Club de Arte y ahora tendremos una sesión los jueves (2:45-4:15 p. m.). Hay 15 plazas disponibles para el Club de Arte de los jueves.

Para registrarse al Club de Arte visite la tienda web de Kaneland.

 

Carrera Zombie de KHS

El equipo de atletismo de campo de Kaneland High School está organizando un par de carreras emocionantes para familias. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información. 

Programa de servicio comunitario KORT

Kaneland Harter Middle School tiene una larga tradición de celebrar el compromiso de los estudiantes con los servicios comunitarios. Este programa no solo les da a los estudiantes la oportunidad de aprender más sobre los servicios a la comunidad y apoya la misión del distrito de graduar a los estudiantes que están preparados para la universidad, para dedicarse a una carrera profesional y a la comunidad, sino que también apoya los valores fundamentales de ciudadanía, responsabilidad y compromiso a la excelencia de Kaneland. Los estudiantes que acumulan al menos 30 horas de servicios comunitarios a su paso por Harter son reconocidos al final de su 8º grado y reciben un escudo de felpilla de los Caballeros de la Mesa Redonda y un certificado de reconocimiento. Si su hijo está interesado en participar en este programa, lea la información aquí.

 

Mensaje de Kaneland Connects

Este mes, el Distrito ha trabajado arduamente en la apertura de la Academia de Aprendizaje Personalizado IgKnight. La Academia abre en agosto de 2023 y el plazo de inscripción anticipada comienza el 3 de octubre de 2022. Las próximas Noches para padres de la Academia de aprendizaje personalizado de IgKnight se llevarán a cabo el 20 de octubre y el 17 de noviembre. Asegúrese de enviar cualquier consulta a KIPLA@kaneland.org. El Distrito también ha estado trabajando en la recopilación de pruebas para mostrar el progreso de los cinco compromisos en cada una de las escuelas. Nos congratulamos de ver el progreso de cada compromiso hecho dentro de cada escuela y de escuchar a los estudiantes sobre ello. Nuestros datos del SIP de otoño indicaron que los estudiantes se calificaron a sí mismos en los niveles de comprensión y aplicación en los siguientes porcentajes por compromiso: Sistema de apoyo de niveles múltiples (MTSS) 76.9 %, Aprendizaje 1:1 72.4 %, Progreso basado en la competencia (PBP) 76.9 %, Calificación basada en estándares (SBG) 79% y Aprendizaje socioemocional (SEL) 78.5%. ¡El distrito espera con ansias el comienzo de las reuniones del equipo de compromiso estudiantil este mes! Si está interesado en formar parte de un equipo comprometido, comuníquese con el Dr. Todd Leden al 11613@kaneland.org. ¡Asegúrese de consultar las Charlas de Todd publicadas en nuestro sitio web de Kaneland para obtener más información sobre nuestro perfil de graduado y nuestros cinco Compromisos! 

 

Cambio de calificación de esfuerzo a calificación de compromiso con la excelencia

Notará un cambio en nuestras calificaciones de esfuerzo que se informan al final de cada término en nuestra boleta de calificaciones. Estamos cambiando el Grado de Esfuerzo a Grado de Compromiso con la Excelencia. La calificación de Compromiso con la excelencia se alinea con uno de nuestros valores fundamentales en D302. Nuestro personal está utilizando criterios similares para ayudar a generar esta calificación y los criterios se enfocan en el esfuerzo, completar el trabajo de calidad para la fecha límite y llegar a clase preparado con los materiales.  

 

Conferencias de padres y maestros

Ya que las conferencias de padres y maestros se llevan a cabo en noviembre, queríamos enviar información ahora. La conferencia Padres/Maestros se llevará a cabo el miércoles 2 de noviembre de 2022 (4:00 p. m. a 7:00 p. m.) y el jueves 3 de noviembre (10:00 a. m. a 8:00 p. m.). Los estudiantes no tendrán clases el 3 y 4 de noviembre. El equipo y los maestros de su hijo le darán más información próximamente.   

 

Fechas importantes de octubre

Lunes, 10 de octubre - No hay clases

Viernes, 14 de octubre - Fin del primer trimestre

Viernes, 14 de octubre - Juego de otoño (Cafetería HMS) 7:00 p. m.

Sábado, 15 de octubre - Juego de otoño (Cafetería HMS) 2:00 p. m. & 6:30 p. m.

Viernes, 21 de octubre - Boletas de calificaciones Preparadas (más información se enviará por separado)

 

¡¡¡Orgulloso de ser un Caballero!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

September 2022


Picture Retakes (September 23)

Picture retakes will be Friday, September 23.  Students that didn't have their picture taken or those that would like to retake their picture can do so during their lunch period.         


How to Observe Your Student in Canvas

If you want to observe the work your child is doing in Canvas, linked here are directions on how to create an account.  


Kaneland Connects District Administration Monthly Communication.  

Dear Kaneland Community,


As we begin the 2022-2023 school year, we are excited to continue our ongoing strategic plan work with Kaneland Connects.   The five commitments that comprise Kaneland Connects are:

  • Standards Based Grading (SBG)

  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Proficiency Based Progress (PBP)

  • 1:1 Learning


This multi-year strategic plan includes target goals, objectives and regular updates for each commitment for each school year.  Please take a few minutes to learn more about Kaneland Connects at Kaneland Connects.  Please take a minute to check out last year's Todd Talks where Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Todd Leden shares a monthly update on the strategic plan with guest administrators in a video format.  District administrators plan regular updates to the Board of Education as well as regular updates in the Kaneland Key Communicators Network (KCN).


Have a great school year and be sure to stay “connected” to our Kaneland Schools through Kaneland Connects.


Proud to be a Knight,


Kaneland District Administration


Art Club Opportunity

Interested in the Harter Middle School Art Club, click here




PTO
A huge thank you to our fabulous PTO that provided treats to our students the first week of school.  The PTO's next meeting is on Wednesday, September 14th (virtually) at 5:30 p.m.  Please visit the PTO Facebook site for more information.    

 

NIU STEM Opportunity 



Fundraiser

The HMS annual fundraiser began on Wednesday, August 31 and will run through September 14.  We will be selling Mrs. Field's cookie dough, desserts from the The Cheesecake Factory, insulated tumblers with the Kaneland Knights logo, and new this year is an assortment of different flavored popcorn.  Linked here is the fundraising letter with all of the information as well as links for the websites that your child can share electronically if you would like.  

Special fundraising prizes given for 20-40 items sold are also noted in the letter and include the ever-popular Party Bus lunch to Portillo's, a trip to Main Event in Warrenville, and the Money Machine where students have a chance to grab as much cash as they can in 30 seconds. 

 

Principal's Coffee

It's back!  Dr. James Horne (Kaneland High School Principal) and Mr. Brian Faulkner will host three Principal's Coffee events this school year.  Principal's Coffee allows parents to speak with the 6-12 principals in a comfortable, relaxed environment.  

  • Friday, September 30 - Harter Middle School 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 27 - Kaneland High School 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, April 21 - Harter Middle School 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Awesomeness Around Harter







Thank You PTO

Thank You PTO






September 2022 Important Dates

Monday, September 5 - No School Labor Day

Friday, September 23 - Picture Retakes (during lunch) 

Friday, September 30 - Principal's Coffee (9:00-10:00 a.m. at Harter)


Proud to be a Knight!


Septiembre de 2022

(23 de septiembre)

El día para hacerse de nuevo las fotografías de la escuela será el viernes 23 de septiembre. Los estudiantes que no se tomaron una fotografía aun o aquellos que deseen volver a tomarla pueden hacerlo durante su período de almuerzo.      

Cómo observar a su estudiante en Canvas

Si desea observar el trabajo que hace su hijo, encontrará instrucciones sobre cómo crear una cuenta aquí.

Comunicación mensual de la Administración del Distrito de Kaneland Connects.  

Estimada comunidad de Kaneland:

A medida que comenzamos el año escolar 2022-2023, estamos entusiasmados de continuar con nuestro plan estratégico continuo con Kaneland Connects. Los cinco compromisos que componen Kaneland Connects son:

  • Calificación basada en estándares (SBG, de sus siglas en inglés)
  • Sistemas de apoyo de niveles múltiples (MTSS, de sus siglas en inglés)
  • Aprendizaje socioemocional (SEL, de sus siglas en inglés)
  • Progreso basado en la competencia (PBP, de sus siglas en inglés)
  • Aprendizaje 1:1

Este plan estratégico multianual incluye objetivos concretos, metas y actualizaciones periódicas de cada compromiso establecido para cada año escolar. Tómese unos minutos para obtener más información sobre Kaneland Connects en Kaneland Connects. Tómese un minuto para ver las charlas de Todd del año pasado donde el superintendente de Kaneland, el Dr. Todd Leden, comparte una actualización mensual sobre el plan estratégico con administradores invitados en formato de video. Los administradores del distrito planifican actualizaciones periódicas para la Junta de Educación, así como actualizaciones periódicas en el Red de comunicadores clave de Kaneland (KCN, de sus siglas en inglés).

Que tengan un excelente año escolar y asegúrese de mantenerse "conectado" con nuestras Escuelas de Kaneland a través de Kaneland Connects.

Orgulloso de ser un Caballero,

Administración del Distrito de Kaneland

Oportunidad para formar parte del Club de Arte

Si le interesa el Club de Arte de Harter Middle School, haga clic aquí.

PTO

Muchas gracias a nuestro fabuloso PTO por ofrecer golosinas a nuestros estudiantes la primera semana de clases. La próxima reunión del PTO es el miércoles 14 de septiembre (virtualmente) a las 5:30 p. m. Visite el sitio de Facebook del PTO para obtener más información.    

 

Oportunidad para formar parte del STEM de NIU

Recaudación de fondos

La recaudación de fondos anual de HMS comenzó el miércoles 31 de agosto y continuará hasta el 14 de septiembre. Se venderá masa para galletas de Mrs. Field, postres de The Cheesecake Factory, vasos insulados con el logotipo de Kaneland Knights y novedades este año es un surtido de popcorn de diferentes sabores. Aquí puede encontrar la carta de recaudación de fondos con toda la información, así como enlaces a los sitios web que su hijo puede compartir electrónicamente si lo desea.  

Los premios especiales de recaudación de fondos otorgados por la venta de 20 a 40 artículos  también se indican en la carta e incluyen el siempre popular almuerzo Party Bus en Portillo's, una excursión al Main Event, en Warrenville y su “Money Machine”, donde los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de obtener la mayor cantidad de dinero en efectivo posible en 30 segundos.

 

Un café con el Director

¡Hemos vuelto! El Dr. James Horne (Director de la Escuela Secundaria Kaneland) y el Sr. Brian Faulkner serán los anfitriones de tres eventos de “Café con el Director” este año escolar. Este evento permite a los padres hablar con los directores de 6º a 12º grado en un ambiente cómodo y relajado.  

  • Viernes, 30 de septiembre - Harter Middle School 9:00-10:00 a. m.
  • Viernes, 27 de enero - Kaneland High School 9:00-10:00 a. m.
  • Viernes, 21 de abril - Harter Middle School 9:00-10:00 a. m.

Excelencia en Harter

Gracias, PTO

Gracias PTO

Fechas importantes de septiembre de 2022

Lunes, 5 de septiembre - Día festivo por Día del Trabajo (Labor Day)

Viernes, 23 de septiembre - Segunda oportunidad para tomarse las fotografías (durante el almuerzo)

Viernes, 30 de septiembre - Café con el Director (9:00-10:00 a. m. en Harter)

¡Orgullosos de ser Caballeros!

Monday, August 1, 2022

                          August 2022

From the Desk of the Principal...

It brings me great joy to share my first message with the Harter family.  I'm excited to be back and continue my journey at KHMS.  It is truly a privilege to serve as the principal of Kaneland Harter Middle School and to work in Kaneland C.U.S.D. 302.  I hope your family was able to spend time together this summer and enjoy the many offerings summer brings.  It's hard to believe the 2022-2023 school year is right around the corner.  

This is an important time for your child as he/she continues to take steps in his/her educational journey.  The success of this journey is directly correlated to the partnership that is developed between your home and our school.  Please help us develop that partnership by communicating with us whenever necessary.  We are fortunate to have families that put education at the top of the priority list and we value the relationships that have been formed and will be formed over the course of the school year.  We are truly strong when we work together.  

The Harter staff is eager to welcome your child to the school year.  We look forward to building upon and continuing our tradition of excellence.  

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

Sincerely,

Brian Faulkner  


Important Start of the Year Dates

Please note that schedules and locker/locker combination information will be available via Tyler on August 5th.  Bus routes will be available August 8th.     


Jump Start to Middle School for 6th Graders (August 8th - 12th - 8:00-10:00 a.m.)

  • Due to the requirements for staffing Jump Start, we are not taking walk-ins and a 6th grade student must be registered to attend.    
  • Jump Start is a full week program that prepares 6th grade students for their middle school transition.  Our students will get to know the building, learn their daily schedule, practice opening their locker, make new friends, and better understand a typical day as an KHMS student.  
   

Open House (Thursday, August 11th - 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 4:00-7:00 p.m.)

  • Open House provides our students an opportunity to self-tour the building, locate their classes, find and practice opening their locker, and put away school materials in their locker.  
  • Please have Tyler available on your phone or print your child's schedule and locker information before coming in.  We will not have a table with schedules or locker information.    
  • There are no formal presentations as this is simply an opportunity for students/parents to come into the building before the school year starts in order to be prepared for the first day of school.   
  • Our Health Office staff will be here for Open House.  Please feel free to use this time to drop off physicals, immunization paperwork, medications, and other health related items.  
   

First Day of School 

  • Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 17th.  Our school day is 7:25 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.  You can view our daily schedule here.  


Picture Day (Friday, August 19th)
  • More information regarding pictures will be emailed soon.   


Schedules
Schedules will be available through Tyler beginning August 5th.  We often receive requests for certain teams or teachers.  While we would love to honor requests, we simply can't.  Scheduling is a complicated process with numerous variables.  Changing one schedule will create other changes to other schedules and there is a large trickle effect with any changes.  We carefully plan and create schedules and a lot of work goes into the scheduling process.  Students can sometimes feel anxiety over their schedule (not knowing anyone, not having a certain friend on their team, etc.), but the beauty of middle school is making new friends and learning how to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence.  We also have times for students to be together when they are not on the same team (i.e., lunch, PE, exploratory classes, music).  Our staff does a fabulous job of helping students get to know one-another through team building activities.   


New Team Structures at KHMS

Harter has taken the 3-team structure and created 2 teams per grade.  Your child will either be on the Crimson or Silver team at his/her prospective grade level.  Your child will still receive his/her core classes (ELA, Science, Math, Social Studies) along with PE and Exploratory just like previous years.  The only difference is we now have two teams per grade level.  This change allows us to maximize our support of all students. 

This new structure will also incorporate MTSS (Multi Tiered System of Supports) teachers at each grade level.  Our new model allows us to provide additional instructional services for all students.  We are excited to continue blazing the path forward with how a school and district can evolve to meet the needs of students.    



School Supply Lists


6th Grade Health Requirements

In order to begin their middle school career, all 6th grade students will need to have their health requirements submitted to our Nurse's office, which requires a physical and dental examination.  Below are links to the forms.  

Physical 

Dental


Chromebooks

All students will receive a new chromebook this school year.  New chromebooks will be distributed by your child's team on the first day of school.  

 

New Staff

Please help us welcome our new staff to Harter Middle School. We are excited for our new staff to contribute to and enhance our tradition of excellence.   

  • Rachel Metcalf - 6 Crimson ELA/Science
  • Ethan Liljehorn - 6 Crimson ELA/Math
  • Margaret Pacana - 7 Crimson ELA/Science
  • Megan Foley - 8 Silver Social Studies 
  • Jay Bodine - Assistant Principal
  • Brian Faulkner - Principal 


PE Uniforms 
PE uniforms can be bought online through our webstore.  Students/parents will need to purchase a shirt and a lock (school issued lock).  Uniforms and locks will be distributed the first few days of school in your child's PE class.  If your child already has both items, there is no need to purchase new ones.   



Lunch Account
Students can purchase a lunch or bring in their own lunch each day.  Lunch will not be free for all students this year unlike the previous two years.  If your child plans on purchasing lunch, please see the below information.
  • Hot lunch is $3.20 or students can purchase ala carte items.  Ala carte items range in price depending on what is being purchased.   
  • Money can be put on your child's lunch account.  Money or checks can be taken at the register, but no change will be given back.  Change will be applied to your child's account.  Credit cards/debit cards will not be taken at the register.  
  • Deposits are credited to a student's account immediately, which means no student should have a negative balance.  If a student has a negative balance, they will be provided the hot lunch of the day.  No child will be denied a lunch, but please note that their account will be charged for the meal.   
  • Student accounts may have a spending threshold that parents can apply.  This can be done both daily and weekly.  Each transaction of purchased food will show up almost immediately on your account.  We will deny a student ala carte items if funds are not available or if they have hit their daily/weekly limit.  Once these limits are set, no one can change them except for a parent.  
  • Contact Gigi Statler (10629@kaneland.org) with any questions.   



Athletics & Activities 

We offer a variety of after-school extracurricular activities for our students.  

Click here for important information regarding fall sports.

Athletics
Fall Season - Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Golf
Winter Season - Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Bowling
Spring Season - Track and Field 

For all athletic teams, please know that students are required to have a current physical on file to tryout or be a part of a team.  Physicals are considered valid for 13 months.  Physician's offices fill up quick and it is encouraged to get your child's physical done well before the first day of tryouts or practice.  

Activities
Some of the activities we offer at KHMS are: Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Band, Knightshift (choir) Fall Play, Spring Musical, Student Council, Knight Writers (newspaper), Art Club, IMSA Fusion, Snowflake, and Yearbook.  

With any afterschool athletic team or activity, announcements will be made during the school day and we will also post the information online.  



School Expectations 
Attendance - Start and End of the School Day
We are currently working on new pick up procedures for the afternoon.  Drop off in the morning will be the same.  More information will be sent in a separate communication as the school year draws closer.  Please note that we are going back to marking students as tardy to school if they arrive after 7:25 a.m.  We want all students to start school on time.      

Behavior Expectations
Our staff and students will extensively review our school expectations in all areas of Harter at the beginning of the year and throughout the year.  As we transition back to a more normal learning environment, we want to prepare our students for success and teaching our expectations explicitly will help our students.  We know the more structure we provide, the more our students will thrive.     

Cell Phone Expectations 
While we've always advocated for students to learn how to utilize technology appropriately, including cellphones, we have experienced numerous distractions and disruptions that last couple of years.  Due to this, we are reinforcing our expectations regarding students' use of cellphones during the school day.  All phones must be put away during the school day (not seen, used, or heard) unless a teacher gives permission.  Students will still be allowed to use their phones at lunch.    

We realize that cellphones make it easy to communicate with your child and this is why we will continue to allow them at lunch. This will be the time when students can check in with you in case you message them.  If there is an emergency or you need to get a hold of your child, please call the main office (630-466-8400) and we will relay the message or call them to the office to reach out to you.  

Our expectations will reduce the amount of distractions phones have caused and allow our students to experience success at higher rates.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  

 

Lunchroom Supervisors Needed
Harter is looking for lunchroom supervisors (paid position).  If you are interested, please fill out an application and contact Kris Weiss (10535@kaneland.org).  



August 2022 Important Dates
  • August 8-12 - Jump Start for 6th Graders
  • August 11 - Open House (10:00-11:30 a.m. & 4:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • August 17 - First Day of School 
  • August 19 - Picture Day (more information coming soon)
  • August 29 - September 2 - iReady Testing 

Enjoy the Rest of Your Summer!
Proud to be a Knight!!!