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  • 10-10-18

    Posted by Brian Valek on 10/10/2018

    Kennedy families,


    Please be aware of these important announcements this week:


    School News


    Science Olympiad

    There will be an informational meeting for 2018-19 KJHS Science Olympiad this Friday at 7:30am in Room 152.  At the meeting, Olympiad coaches will be handing out packets with try-out materials and a calendar of events.  Science Olympiad will be practicing on TUESDAYS this year after school. For more information, please contact Mrs. Piekarz or Ms. Atiq.

    Student Council News

    Here are updates from our Student Council members:

    Childhood Cancer Awareness month at KJHS: September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Staff and students at Kennedy Junior High school participated by placing yellow ribbons throughout the school, making informational announcements, and handing out yellow wrist ribbons in exchange for small monetary donations. We ended the awareness events by showing our unity with a Tie-Dye Friday. We raised $300 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

    Spirit Week: Spirit Week will be October 15th-19th:

    Monday 15th- comfy day

    Tuesday 16th- jersey/sports day

    Wednesday 17th- pink out (for breast cancer)

    Thursday 18th- twin day

    Friday 19th- Kennedy spirit day

    Canned Food Drive October 15th- October 26th: Bring in your canned goods to your homeroom teacher’s classroom during these dates, and all donations will benefit Loaves and Fishes. Check out their most needed items or bring in what you can. The homeroom with the most donations wins a pizza party!

    Save the Date: Our 6th/7th Grade Fall Glow Dance will be hosted by 8th grade Student Council! It will take place on October 24th from 3-4:30 with SPECIAL GUEST: DJ Mitch Kaszuba. Tickets will be $3 and go on sale soon, with all proceeds benefiting our veterans at the VFW and American Legion! Also, bring canned goods and receive an extra surprise!

    Environmental Committee: Our environmental committee is working hard to raise awareness for what can be recycled in the classrooms by adding posters over recycling bins and making weekly announcements to all students and staff.

    Home and School

    Hello Kennedy Junior High Community!
    Here are this week’s Home & School Happenings!


    Magazine Drive
    We are on our last week of the Magazine Drive! Be sure to get those orders in and qualify for the Top Golf Event on Nov. 5th!

    *Magazine Drive News Especially for 8th Grade Parents 20% of all your 8th grader's magazine sales goes towards reducing the cost of their Odyssey Boat Trip in May 2019! Of course, they will also receive all the prizes they earn during the sale as well.


    Dance/Social Liaison
    Home & School will be assisting Student Council in putting on a Glow Dance for 6th & 7th Grade students on 10/24/18! Keep an eye out for future SignUp Genius links to volunteer or make a snack/beverage donation!


    The Fall KJHS Staff Lunch sponsored by Home & School will be on Tuesday, 10/23/18. SignUp Genius links will be sent out soon for volunteers and food donations.


    Upcoming Home & School Events
    Fall KJHS Staff Lunch - October 23
    Student Council 6th & 7th Grade Glow Dance - October 24
    Magazine Drive Top Golf Event - November 5

    If you have any questions, please let me know. I’m always happy to help!


    Amy Masterson
    Home & School President
    Kennedy Junior High School
    Cell: 630-639-7814



    Our 2018-2019 intramural schedule is posted at this link.  In addition, event sponsors will announce to students at school as new activities begin.


    District News

    NCHS Parent Program--Student Anxiety

    On Monday, October 15th, the NCHS Student Services Department will host “Anxiety Monster: How to Turn Godzilla into Pete’s Dragon” by Linden Oaks Certified Clinical psychologist Dr. Laura Koehler.  The program is free and runs from 7:00-8:30 in the NCHS Little Theater. For more information, please visit this link.


    Repeated News


    Self-Defense Classes

    The Lisle Police Department is offering both beginner and advanced self-defense classes on Saturday, November 3rd.  More information can be found at this link.  Those interested in attending or who have questions should email Lisle Police Officer Cindy McKay at by October 30.

    This event fills up fast, be sure to reserve your space.

    Important Phone Numbers

    For direct connection, please use these numbers:

    Attendance Line - 630-848-5636 (Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to report a student absence, early dismissal or late arrival)

    Health Office - 630-420-3231

    Main Office - 630-420-3220


    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 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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