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  • Talk 203 5-24-17

    Posted by Brian Valek at 5/24/2017



    Kennedy families,


    It is hard to believe we have already reached the end of the 2016-2017 school year.  Time went by quickly this year, reflecting on the many events and activities that took place to help our students learn, grow, and share their talents.  Our staff would like to thank our parent community for their continued support throughout the school year.  Congratulations to our 8th graders and retirees who are moving on.


    A few reminders for the end of the year:


    Kennedy News

    Last Day of School Student Dismissal and Pick-Up

    Please remember that on our last day of student attendance, Thursday May 25th, we will see a significant increase in parent visitors due to the 8th grade Moving On ceremony.  The additional cars will likely heavily impact traffic around our campus after school.

    8th Grade Moving On Ceremony

    • 8th grade students bring their own lunches on Thursday, May 25th. Because of the significant changes to our schedule, we will not be able to accept deliveries from outside vendors.
    • Doors open to visitors at 12:00 p.m. To ensure faster entry, tickets must be presented at the door.
    • The ceremony will start at 12:30 p.m. At the conclusion of our event, students are welcome to leave with their parents.


    8th Grade Class Gift

    A long-standing KJHS “Moving On” tradition is for the 8th grade class to present a gift to commemorate their time spent as Kennedy Eagles. This year the students of the Class of 2017 have chosen for families to make a charitable donation to Feed My Starving Children on behalf of each graduate at Please consider matching funds if your company offers this donation option.   Students may drop off donations in the main office or visit our website for a link to the donation page.

    On behalf of Kennedy’s Class of 2017, thank you for your heartfelt generosity.

    School Supply Orders Due

    All Orders must be received by Friday, May 26, 2017!!


    PAPER ORDER- 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.


    ONLINE ORDER- You can order and pay online at: .  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 3:00pm Friday, May 26, 2017.


    Grade specific supply lists can be found here at



    Residency Changes

    If you know now that your child will not be returning to Kennedy in the fall due to a move or any other circumstance, please let the front office know as soon as possible.  You can call us at 630-420-3220.


    District News

    Advanced Placement Workshop

    NNHS will be offering a “New to AP” Summer Workshop.  8th graders who signed up for an AP class their freshman year might be interested.  The course is intended to help students in the transition to an Advanced Placement class by focusing on the reading, writing, and speaking skills needed for success in ANY AP class.


    Attached is a flyer about the course that explains the workshop in more detail.



    Have a happy, safe, and enjoyable summer.


    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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