Kennedy's Spotlight News

Principal's Newsletter

  • Talk 203 2-22-17

    Posted by Brian Valek at 2/22/2017

    Kennedy families,


    Please be aware of these announcements:


    Kennedy News


    Planned Emergency Drill

    During the upcoming week of 2/27-3/02, students at Kennedy Junior High School will be participating in a Severe Weather/Tornado Drill.  This drill is required by the State of Illinois and is aimed at helping students to recognize and practice the important procedures involved in a severe weather-related emergency.  In preparation for the drill, students will be reminded to follow their teacher’s instructions, to locate an interior wall/location of the building, and to get into an appropriate position of safety until they are notified of the drill’s completion.


    Intramural Skiing – Four Lakes Closed for the Season

    Thanks to all of the students who participated this winter. We are investigating if we acquire vouchers for the sessions students missed because Four Lakes has closed for the season. The following statement is from the Four Lakes Snow Sports website:




    We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you out on the hill next winter.



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


    District News

    Dance Clinic

    On Tuesday, March 7th, NCHS Urban Arts Club will be hosting a dance clinic from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  For more information, please see the attached flyer.


    Community News

    Summer Fair 2017
    Parents and their children are invited to attend Summer Fair on March 13th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kennedy.  Information will be provided for camp and volunteer opportunities for K-12 students. Please see the attached flyer for more information.  Questions?  Contact Theresa Mueller (630-715-9999 or info@TheresaMueller.com)


    360 Youth Services

    From Dawn Neylon, Certified Prevention Specialist

    Power of Choice 6-8th Grade Coordinator


    Equipping Adolescents with Healthy Coping Strategies

    Life is stressful. We need to prepare our children to handle stress in healthy ways. Individuals who deal effectively with stress are better prepared to overcome life’s challenges. As with so many other skills, our children learn how to cope by watching how we manage our stress. Check out this month’s Parents Use Your Power newsletter for tips to help you model positive, effective coping strategies.


    Equipando a Adolescentes a Sobrellevar 

    La vida es estresante. Debemos preparar a nuestros hijas a manejar el estrés en maneras saludables. Un individuo preparado para confrontar el estrés efectivamente es mejor preparado para superar los retos de la vida. Así como con muchas otras habilidades, nuestros hijas aprenden como sobrellevar por observar como nosotros manejamos nuestro estrés. Aquí hay algunos consejos.


    Our Family Copes Strong

    Life’s challenges affect all members of a family. The level of impact that stress has on the family is based on the resources they have to deal with the event. Use this month’s PowerTalk,  Our Family Copes Strong, to discover ways to build your family’s ability to cope with the demands of life.



    360 Youth Services

    1305 W. Oswego Road | Naperville, IL 60540

    O: 630.961.2992 Ext. 1124

    Cell: 630.640.8751





    Have a great week,


    Brian Valek


    Kennedy Junior High School


    Comments (-1)

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.
    Comments (-1)