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  • Talk 203 3-22-17

    Posted by Brian Valek at 3/22/2017



    Kennedy families,


    On Thursday, March 23rd, several teams of students from Naperville Central’s Entrepreneurship class will be visiting our 8th grade lunch as part of a class activity in which they have created and marketed a product.  Their presence at Kennedy is part of their learning experience in the class. With their visit, each team will be offering their item for sale.  Products offered include spirit wear and cell phone accessories, with prices ranging from $10-$15.  Several of the teams feature Kennedy alumni.


    Our 8th grade students will have the option of visiting these tables to view items, listen to marketing pitches, and potentially order or purchase an item.  No Kennedy student will be required to participate if not interested.  Visiting high school groups will have tables set up in the vicinity of the lunchroom but away from regular lunchtime operations.  We anticipate a different group of students will visit during the second week of April to conduct the same experience.



    Please be aware of these announcements:


    Kennedy News


    Please note that the Kennedy office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday next week during Spring Break.  There will be office personnel available the rest of the week from 7:30am-2:00pm.

    PARCC Testing

    PARCC testing will occur for all students on Tuesday, April 4th – Thursday, April 6th.  Testing will occur in the mornings, so please have your student arrive to school on time.  The PARCC tests students in the areas of English Language Arts and Math.  Students are asked to bring their Chromebooks, Chromebook chargers, and earphones/ear buds each day of testing.  Students are encouraged to get a good night’s rest to be prepared to do their best. 


    If you anticipate your student having a pre-planned absence, please inform our attendance secretary Laura Czarnecky at 630-848-5636 or lczarnecky@naperville203.org.  Messages can be left at any time day or night.  In addition to informing Mrs. Czarnecky, it is helpful to inform your child’s teachers as well.


    Home and School

    From Aarthi Ramalingam, H & S President


    Kennedy Parents, it is election time for Home & School!

    • Each year the Executive Board is up for re-election and open to anyone. (President must be someone that has served on the Exec Board this year unless no one is available, then it is only open to a person that has been a Committee Chair). 
    • If you would like to nominate yourself or anyone else for one of these positions, please contact Karen Rosenberg at karen@cdapp.com before April 22nd.
    • Each position currently has at least one nominee, some have two. Per the by-laws, if more than two parents are running for the same position, a nominations committee of at least three parents must be formed. If you are interested in being on the Nominations committee (only one meeting required), please contact Karen Rosenberg at karen@cdapp.com. We would like one parent from each feeder school.
    • We are also looking for Committee Chairs for the following committees:
      • Family Connections (1)
      • Hospitality (2-3 more)
      • Moving on Ceremony (1 more incoming 8th grade parent)
      • Magazine Drive (1 to work with VP)
      • Nominations (1)
      • School, Family, and Community Partnership (SFCP) (2)
      • Spirit Club Liaison (2)
      • Spirit Wear (1 shadow to take over the following year)
    • Please contact Karen Rosenberg at karen@cdapp.com if you have any questions or are interested in any of the committee positions.

    Kennedy PE Earns Grant

    Press Release from the Midwest Dairy Council


    The Midwest Dairy Council Awards KENNEDY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL with $500 for Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Efforts. 


    Students and teachers at Kennedy Junior High School in LISLE, IL, were rewarded for their efforts to get active, eat healthy and make a difference in their school and community. KENNEDY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL was selected as one of the “Touchdown Schools” in the Midwest to receive $500 to further enhance their health and wellness initiatives as a part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. “We’re thrilled to be able to reward these students and teachers for making healthy choices and setting examples in their schools and communities,” said Midwest Dairy Council Vice President of Health and Wellness, Melissa Young. 


    Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Nearly 73,000 schools are involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 nationwide. For more information, visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com or www.midwestdairy.com. 




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


    District News

    8th Grade Parent Coffee with the Principal 


    This NCHS Parent Coffee is being offered specifically to the parents of the incoming fall freshmen, and gives you the opportunity to meet Principal Bill Wiesbrook in a small group setting. Mr. Wiesbrook will discuss ways to make the transition to high school easier, give tips on making your student’s freshman year as successful as possible, and allow you the chance to ask the questions most important to you.


    • Find out what a typical school day looks like
    • Gain an understanding of the many support programs available to students
    • Familiarize yourself with the operations, rules, and procedures of NCHS
    • Learn about new initiatives and programs at NCHS
    • See the principal’s vision for our students and school
    • Share your ideas and ask questions


    Monday April 3rd at 7 pm in the LRC at Naperville Central

    Tours of the building starting at 6:15 pm


    We will confirm your registration via email.

    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

    We are looking forward to welcoming you to the NCHS Family!


    Lori Halldow lhalldow2600@wowway.com 

    Bonnie Ranieri bonnier1833@wowway.com  630-983-0103

    Parent Coffee Committee

    NNHS Band Swing Dance

    April 6th from 6-9 pm in the NNHS large cafeteria


    ALL NNHS BAND FAMILIES are encouraged to attend the 29th annual NNHS Swing Dance.


    This is an ALL AGES swing style dance featuring the jazz bands and singers at North with professional swing dance lessons, desserts and a silent auction.


    Please come and support the NNHS Band Program through a great evening of fun for parents, grandparents and kids. Show your kids you ‘still have it’ and connect with other NNHS band parents.  Bring your neighbors and future NNHS Band families.


    Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults in advance. For info on purchasing tickets, please email Lise Nauman - LiseNauman@att.net or Beth Frees - brfrees@comcast.net


    We look forward to seeing you all! 

    Repeated News


    Keep Eating & Support NEF During March Madness!

    In honor of Naperville Education Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, several Naperville restaurants are giving back a % of sales to NEF based on specific days and times. Your participation helps provide both basic (Start the Day, Kid Booster Anonymous Fund) and exceptional experiences (Annual Grant Awards, Study Skills Academy, Trustee Awards) for all District 203 students.  For more info about NEF programs, or to download the flyers, visit www.nef203.org.  Mark your calendars with these dates and times and be sure to present the attached/downloaded flyers when you visit our local restaurants:


    Thursday, March 23: 5:00pm to 9:00pm - bd’s Mongolian Grill - 221 S Washington St.


    Work it Off & Join TEAM NEF

    Join TEAM NEF as a Charity Hero in the Naperville Half-Marathon and 5K Walk/Run! It's a unique opportunity to run or walk for a great cause and forever change the lives of all District 203 students.  Sign up by clicking here: JOIN TEAM NEF. It’s NEF’s 25th Anniversary, so come on, run for our students and join TEAM NEF!! 

    By joining TEAM NEF, you commit to raise or donate at least $250 by race day and receive all TEAM NEF benefits which include training, a commemorative shirt, secure gear check, and much more. We'll help you "go the distance" with an online fundraising platform and provide you with tools and support that will guide you up to and including race day. You also have the option to commit to at least $400 by race day and receive all TEAM NEF benefits plus the Charity Hero recognition on your race bib and Charity Runner exclusive village amenities. Additionally, you will get $10 off your race registration for the Half Marathon or $5 off the 5K with a discount code provided by NEF by email. See http://runnaperville.com/  for more details.

    The race will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017, in beautiful downtown Naperville. Last year's TEAM NEF, 72 runners strong plus sponsors, raised $50,000 for the programs that the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) funds for all students in District 203. So make new friends, enjoy VIP treatment and help provide both basic and exceptional opportunities for our students!! Come on! JOIN TEAM NEF -- you know you want to!

    In case you're not a runner, consider walking the 5K or simply making a donation to TEAM NEF on our website, or becoming a TEAM NEF sponsor by contacting NEF at nef@naperville203.org or (630) 420-3086.



    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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