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  • Talk 203 5-21-18

    Posted by Brian Valek on 5/21/2018

    Kennedy families,


    It is hard to believe we have reached the final week of the 17-18 school year.  Please pay close attention to the announcements this week related to end of year events.


    8th Grade End of Year Events


    Chromebook Turn-In

    Tuesday, 5/22


    All 8th grade students will return their Chromebooks on Tuesday, May 22nd.  In addition to the device, chargers and cases must also be returned.  Any decals affixed to the Chromebook must be removed.  Students will be reassigned a Chromebook at high school registration in August.


    Odyssey Boat Trip

    Wednesday, 5/23


    Our intent is to return students prior to the end of the school day, but please be aware that traffic or construction congestion has, on occasion, returned our students to school after 3:00 p.m.  Students attending the boat trip need to ensure they have transportation arrangements in the event of a late return. 


    Locker Clean-Out

    Thursday, May 24th


    All student lockers must be cleaned out at the end of the day on Thursday, May 24th.


    Moving On Ceremony

    Friday, 5/25


    8th Grade students will be encouraged to bring their own lunch to school on 5/25; however, if needed, students are allowed to purchase from the cafeteria and return to the pod (6th graders will be eating in the MPR at this time).  Students are not to order in food for the day--our policies and food contract guidelines do not permit the delivery of food and due to the schedule changes, parent drop off is not guaranteed to be successful. 


    Our ceremony is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. sharp so we can finish at approximately 1:45. We are aware that some families have other obligations to elementary siblings finishing school on that day and may need to leave Kennedy soon after our event ends.  All 8th graders and their guests are welcome to stay for a reception immediately following the ceremony.


    I am greatly appreciative of our parent volunteers who will be giving their time on Friday and helping us facilitate our event.  We have asked them to follow our ticket and admission policies to help us conduct the ceremony within the guidelines of our space as well as using a process that helps visitors enter in a safe, orderly process.  Please be respectful of their efforts to support our students and staff.


    8th Grade Giving

    As an annual tradition, each 8th grade class at Kennedy identifies a community organization to support through a class gift made by contributions for students.  This year, the class of 2022 has chosen The Make-A-Wish Foundation as the recipient of their efforts.  If you would like to help your student make a donation, please visit this link.


    6th and 7th End of the Year Events


    The last day students will need Chromebooks is on Thursday, May 24th.  6th and 7th grade students will retain their Chromebooks over the summer.  If you know your student will not be returning to Kennedy for 7th or 8th grade, please have them return their device, charger and case to Mrs. Miller on Thursday, May 24th.


    Locker Clean-Out

    All student lockers must be cleaned out at the end of the day on Thursday, May 24th.


    Friday, May 25th Lunch

    Regular food service will be available.  Students are not to order in food for the day--our policies and food contract guidelines do not permit the delivery of food and due to the schedule changes, parent drop off is not guaranteed to be successful. 

    Kennedy News

    18-19 School Supply Kits

    From Jen Maulding, School Supplies Chair


    2018-2019 Kennedy Junior High School Supply Pack information was sent home via students backpacks last week.  Be sure to read the info page carefully as this provides all the information you need to know about school supplies.  Orders are due by June 8 regardless if you order online or fill out a paper order. For online orders click here.  Enter KEN081 for our school code.  Locker shelves can only be ordered through a paper order as the online supplier is not able to add this to their website.  Please consider including a donation for students who may not otherwise be able to afford school supplies.  If you have any questions please contact Jen Maulding (   



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


    District News

    Naperville North HS Athletic Boosters

    NNHS Booster Club Membership Committee


    The booster club would like to invite you to the 2018 NNHS Golf Outing on Thursday, June 14th. We are extremely excited about the new format this year and are looking forward to a great turnout!!!  


    Post golf, there will be live music by “Bert’s Revenge”!!! If you are interested in attending the event, click on the link below for the evite. Once your email has been entered, you will be contacted by a booster club member for more information.   Please be sure to read the “message from host” as it includes details about the event.

    Thanks and looking forward to an awesome event!!


    Tennis Anyone??  The NNHS Booster Club is excited to offer an additional opportunity to this year's annual golf outing.  This event is for players of ALL levels of ability and is sure to be a BLAST!!

    5:00-6:30- 1.5 hours of pro-directed tennis drill on Cress Creek's beautiful clay courts.

    6:30-7:30- optional hour of court time (no pro)

    $60 for each participant will include drinks (beer, wine, water & pop) provided by CCCC and some light appetizers courtside.

    All tennis participants encouraged to come to the club house after the drill to join the golfers for the live band, cash bar and pizza!!!! 

    Raffle and silent auction baskets will be available for bidding during the after party!

    Please Click on the link below to join in the fun!!!



    Community News

    Volunteering Opportunity

    Loaves and Fishes Community Services serves nearly 800 families in our community each week.  You may have participated in one of the many food drives that are held throughout the year at our local schools.  Did you know that they also have opportunities for high school teens to get involved as volunteers?  Want to check it out?  Come to their summer teen challenge.  Teams of up to 4 can participate in fun competitions and learn more about their services and volunteer opportunities.  The teen challenge takes place on June 10th from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Details and signup information is posted in the virtual backpack which you can access at:




    Teen Resiliency Workshops

    Rachel Tsen, Youth Program Director, NAMI DuPage 


    We are excited to provide this workshop to help students deal with stress and anxiety--from school, peer pressure, relationships, parents, and even from themselves. With the high pressure of the school environment, we feel that it is necessary for youth to learn from and experience activities to healthily manage stress. What better way to launch into the summer?


    There will be an array of activities including crafting and decorating a take-home tool box to fill with positive notes, personalized stress-relief plans, and fidgets. We practice bite-size mindfulness and breathing exercises, and participants can build relationships with other teens. It would be amazing to have your youth be a part of this de-stressing workshop!


    The workshop for high school teens will be on Wednesday, June 6 from 12:30-4 PM at the DuPage County Health Community Center in Wheaton.


    Here is the info and registration link:

    Facebook event:

    There is a $5 registration fee, with most costs offset by the Topfer Family Foundation


    Have a great week,



    Brian Valek


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Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges on 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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