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  • Talk 203 3-14-18

    Posted by Brian Valek on 3/14/2018

    Kennedy families,


    As you may be aware, today students across our country organized in varying forms, a walkout to support the school community of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and to protest against gun violence.  Some students at Kennedy Junior High also elected to participate with over 100 students congregating at both the front and the rear of the building at 10:00.  Staff was present to supervise participating students at all times, and most students returned to class by 10:20 a.m.  To ensure a safe environment, several members of the Village of Lisle police department were also present on or near our campus during this time.


    All students assembled respectfully and peacefully.  I am appreciative of the number of staff who also made themselves available to help monitor students during their demonstration.


    To continue to have our school prepared, we will conduct another lockdown safety drill next week to practice our responsiveness.


    Please be aware of these announcements this week:


    Kennedy News

    KJHS Home and School

    Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 20th, at 9:00 a.m. in the Kennedy LRC.  All families are welcome.



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


    District News


    Junior High Summer School

    Registration for summer classes is open.  There are opportunities available for all students.  Please see the attached packet for a complete list of classes and dates. Summer school will take place at Kennedy Junior High.  Classes begin on June 4.  Please contact Andrea Szczepanski ( if you have any questions.


    8th Grade Parent Coffee with the Principal   


    This Parent Coffee is being offered specifically to the parents of the incoming fall freshman class of NCHS, 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
    • Familiarize yourself with the operations, rules, and procedures of NCHS
    • Gain an understanding of the many support programs available to students
    • Learn about new initiatives and programs
    • See the principal’s vision for our students and school
    • Share your ideas and ask questions


    Monday April 2nd at 7 pm in the Learning Common at Naperville Central High School


    Please register for this very popular event by sending an email with your name, phone number, number attending, and feeder school to


    This is intended to be an event for parents not students.

    We will confirm your registration via email.

    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at the above email address.

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


    Lori Halldow & Bonnie Ranieri

    Parent Coffee Committee


    Community News

    STAGE Summer Fair


    Please join us on Monday, March 19th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Kennedy Jr.  High for the annual "STAGE Summer Fair".  This is a FREE event and all families are welcome.  


    Learn about summer programs for ALL students, kindergarten through high school. Representatives will be available to talk to you about their programs and answer your questions to help you find the right opportunities for your children.




    Repeated News

    Parent Program on Vaping

    Vaping 101: What Parents Need to Know - March 15 and 21


    Vaping with electronic cigarettes is rapidly emerging as an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. These devices, also known as “e-cigs,” are battery-powered delivery systems for nicotine, flavorings, and other additives in liquid form. This presentation for parents and middle and high school students addresses the health risks facing youth who vape. The U.S. Surgeon General calls the national increase in youth e-cig use a major health concern. While 2% of high school youth reported smoking cigarettes, 8% reported vaping. Adolescent brains are not fully developed until the age 25, which puts youth at risk for long-term effects when they expose their developing brains to nicotine and other substances. Use of e-cigs can be difficult to detect, as devices are designed to look like USB drives and pens.


    Vaping 101: What Parents Need to Know will provide information about e-cigarettes, subtle signs of vaping, and tips to help parents talk to teens about making choices when faced with vaping. The presentation is hosted by District 203 and District 204, in partnership with 360 Youth Services. The presentation will be offered twice, from 7-8 pm, on March 15 at Naperville Central High School in the Little Theatre and on March 21 at Metea Valley High School in the Auditorium.


    General Home and School

    Please allow this post to serve as notice of the slate proposed for the District 203 General Home & School Executive Board for the 2018-2019 school year


    Bonnie Ranieri - President

    Melissa Fosco - Vice President

    Miki Thomas - Treasurer

    Jill Wroble - Secretary


    Thank you to all of the members of the Nominations Committee for their service in this determination. 


    Any and all questions, comments or concerns should please be directed to Amy Masterson, Nominations Chair, at


    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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