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  • Talk 203 4-26-17

    Posted by Brian Valek at 4/26/2017



    Kennedy families,


    It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is less than one month away.  As we head in to our final month, please help us support our students in these areas:

    • Warmer weather means that more students elect to walk or ride their bikes to school. It is important for students to obey traffic rules and cross streets at designated crosswalks.
    • Along with these warmer temperatures, students should continue to dress for success and choose clothing items that are appropriate for school.


    Please be aware of these announcements for the week:


    Kennedy News

    Moving On Volunteers Needed

    From the Moving On Committee


    Calling all 6th and 7th grade Parents!


    We need your help to volunteer for the 2017 Kennedy Jr. High 8th grade Moving On Ceremony.  This is an exciting time for our 8th graders.  The Moving on Ceremony is a special event for them to say “goodbye” to Kennedy and send them off to High School. 


    The event is scheduled for the last day of school, Thursday, May 25, 2016 at 12:30pm. If there are any emergency closing days, the schedule will shift to whatever that last day will be.


    What you will be doing:  Take tickets, usher, pass out programs, serve food, etc…. on the day of the ceremony, so that 8th parents can enjoy watching their children go through the Moving On Ceremony


    Times: 11:15am- 2:30pm


    Please email Cday@naperville203.org to volunteer.


    Home and School Volunteers Needed

    Kennedy Jr. High is looking for Committee Chairs for the following committees:

    • Magazine Drive (1 to work with VP)
    • Nominations (1)
    • School, Family, and Community Partnership (SFCP) (1)
    • Spirit Club Liaison (2)

    Please contact Karen Rosenberg at karen@cdapp.com if you have any questions or are interested in any of the committee positions.


    Intramural are ongoing throughout the school year.  For times and calendars for these events, please visit this link.


    District News


    Community News

    The Alive Art Slam

    From Kandice Henning, Alive Center


    I would like to cordially invite you to the annual Alive Art Slam, June 10th from 6:30 – 11:30pm (flyer attached). We are thrilled and honored with our recent sponsorships from SAP Fieldglass, Chicago Women’s Foundation, Naperville Exchange Club, City of Naperville Social Services, Naperville Bank and Trust, Kiwanis, Jaycees, Ecolabs and Caterpillar! However, we still need a successful Art Slam to get us through the rest of 2017. Please come and join us for an evening of fun and live art while supporting our local teens! This year our Art Slam will feature the following, many of which are teens:


    • Live Muralist experience
    • Poi Dancer Performance
    • Live Canvas Artist
    • Acoustic guitar performances
    • K-Pop dance troupe
    • Music band Interdependence
    • Surprise from our Student Advisory Board
    • And more!

    Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alive-art-slam-tickets-31759442347


    We hope to see you there. If you cannot attend but would still like to support our cause, there is a donate button on the top right of our website: www.alivenaperville.com .

    Repeated News

    2017-2018 School Supply Information

    From the Kennedy Home and School Association


    Kennedy Home and School is pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase school supply packs for the 2017-2018 school year.  This is not a fundraiser for Home and School, but rather a service we provide so that families don’t have to search for those hard to find items.  New this year is the opportunity to donate funds to help offset the cost of supply packs for Kennedy families in need of support. 


    PAPER ORDER- Last week Kennedy students received a paper copy of the 2017-2018 supply lists along with an order form. Fill out the paper order form and make sure to include each student’s name on the appropriate line and the parent’s email address so we can process your order promptly. Please make sure to select the proper grade level supply pack for your child’s 2017-2018 school year.   Return the paper order form along with check payable to “KJHS Home and School” by Friday, May 26, 2017.

    Please pay for school supply items with one check. PE uniforms have a separate order form and will need to be paid for separately.  


    ONLINE ORDER- You can order and pay online at: www.carlsonschoolkits.com .  Click on Naperville, then the Kennedy link.  All major credit cards are accepted.  Please note that taxes apply to online orders.  You will receive a confirmation email after your payment has been processed.  Online orders must be placed by Friday, May 26, 2017.


    DISTRIBUTION- Supply packs and locker shelves will be distributed during the student schedule pick up days; Wednesday evening, August 9, 2017 for 6th grade and Thursday morning, August 10, 2017 for 7th and 8th grade.  Please refer to the summer registration mailing for exact times.  


    Grade specific supply lists are posted on the Kennedy website for your convenience.  


    Student Council’s Walk for Water

    Mrs. Reitz, Student Council Sponsor


    Looking for a fun, family activity that can make a positive impact on global communities? Look no further than District 203’s Walk for Water, Friday, May 19th, where we raise money to develop fresh water systems in countries around the world. Students, parents, siblings, and families are welcome to join us for the 3-mile walk around Jefferson, simulating the trek many individuals make to collect fresh water. We will also have a DJ and raffle!


    For more information, including pictures from last year’s event, check out this slide show. Fill out the form, join us for the walk, and/or submit your donations! Our school dance already raised an impressive $650, and grade levels will also be engaging in a friendly competition to raise donations! We will also be looking for volunteers to help out, along with donations of cookies for the actual event.


    Please contact  Mrs. Reitz at ereitz@naperville203.org for more information.

    District 203’s Walk for Water will be hosting a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday, April 24th. Please see the attached flyer for more details, and come to support your students and their desire to positively impact those around them!

    NEF Building a Passion for Learning Breakfast

    From the Naperville Education Foundation


    Please join us for our Annual Spring Breakfast celebrating 25 years of NEF funded programs and their direct influence on the students, teachers and parents of Naperville School District 203.

    Thursday, May 4, 2017
    7:00 a.m. Coffee and Networking
    7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Program


    For more information, or to register, please visit this link.


    NCHS Scholastic Club

    The NCHS JV Scholastic Club is holding a Junior Redhawk Classic Invitational on Saturday, May 6th, for incoming Naperville Central freshmen.  For more information, please see the attached flyer.


    Have a great week,


    Brian Valek


    Kennedy Junior High School



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Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges at 6/27/2014
    FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
    FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
    The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
    1. Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
    2. Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
    3. Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
    4. Effective communication and community relations.
    Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
    District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting.  To watch that presentation, please click here
    Click here for a summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
    Click here for a Spanish summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
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