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  • Talk 203 9-20-17

    Posted by Brian Valek at 9/20/2017

    Kennedy families,


    Please be aware of these following announcements:


    Kennedy News

    Magazine Drive

    From Andrew O’Brien, Assistant Principal


    Today served as the official “Kick-Off” date for our school’s annual Magazine Drive, sponsored by the Kennedy Home & School Association.  Students attended a brief presentation by 6-Star Fundraising representatives detailing how they can participate in the building’s fundraising efforts while earning unique prizes for their efforts.  This annual fundraiser represents the only fundraising effort of the year for Kennedy. Proceeds help to fund special events, field trips, and to secure various “wish list” items generated by students and staff that directly benefit Kennedy students—such as instructional tools, extracurricular equipment, and other unique facility upgrades. 


    You can help kick start your child’s fundraising experience simply by helping him/her to register on the secure website ( and earn prizes through each outreach sent to family and friends. 


    Thank you, in advance, for your support!

    Book Fair

    The book fair will be open during school hours on 10/2-10/4 (Monday through Wednesday). It will also be open during parent/teacher conferences on 10/5 (Thursday) from 5:00 p.m.--8:30 p.m.  and 10/6 (Friday) from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    School Photos

    Students who ordered pictures from last month’s Picture Day received the packages on Tuesday, 9/19.  If anyone wants to order his/her student’s photos or order additional photos, there is a link on the Kennedy website (please include the link Vicky sent you earlier).


    Picture retake day is next Wednesday during lunch periods on the stage.  If you wish to have your student’s picture retaken, please have your student return the photo package to the photographer that day.  Order forms are available in the main office for anyone who wishes to order for the first time.  The link can also be used for photo re-takes.



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


    District News


    NNHS National Honor Society/DECA Community Yard Sale

    From Kathleen Nie, NNHS DECA VP of Fundraising 



    Naperville North National Honor Society and DECA are organizing a community yard sale for the Swifty Foundation, started in honor of former Kennedy student Michael Gustafson who died from pediatric cancer in 2013.  


    The donation drive starts on Sept. 11th and ends on Oct 2nd. The actual yard sale is on Oct. 6th-7th, from 9:00am-2:00pm. 


    We are looking for donations of household items, toys, books, etc. There will also be donation boxes at NNHS at the greenhouse, main office, athletic entrance, and learning commons. 


    For people wishing to donate large items, these can be dropped off Wednesday Oct. 4th, or Thursday Oct. 5th, outside the NNHS greenhouse/bus lot. If these dates don't work or if there are any questions, please contact


    The majority of proceeds earned will be donated to the Swifty Foundation, all for a great cause.


    Please see the attached flyer for more details.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!



    Community News

    Family Fun Health Fair

    The Respite Endowment Organization will be hosting its second annual Family Fun Health Fair on Saturday, September 23rd, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Steeple Run Elementary School. For more information, please see the attached flyer.


    Repeated News


    School Directory

    From the Kennedy Home and School Association


    Kennedy Junior High School is excited to announce that we are implementing a new app, DirectorySpot, for our school directory. Parents will now be able to access the school directory right from your smartphone or desktop and it will always be updated with the latest information!


    • The app will contain parent names, home phone, home address, parent email addresses and student names, grade levels and teachers.


    • The app is very secure. Only parents and staff of KJHS will be granted access. Each user will log on with their authorized email address and will set his/her own password. If you would like more information on security features, please visit:


    • If you would like to “opt out” of DirectorySpot and NOT have your family information included in the online directory, please send an email to by September 25th. During the registration process, you completed a Permissions Form. This form required you to opt-in or opt out of the School Directory. Our school directory will include only those families that have opted ‘in’ on that form. If you're not sure, please contact the DirectorySpot chair (listed below). The data and users in DirectorySpot can be updated throughout the year.


    • The app uses iPhone and Android technology so you can call, text, or email other parents or teachers with one click, right from the app.


    We hope you will love this new directory that you can use on-the-go. Please read the attached FAQ’s to learn more about DirectorySpot. If you have any questions, please contact Jie Su at


    Student Council News

    From Mrs. Northrup and Mrs. Reitz, Student Council Sponsors


    Thanks to all who donated to the toy drive, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. If you haven’t had a chance to look for any new or unused toys at home, it is still going on until Friday! Here are other upcoming dates, as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month:


    September 11th-22th: At some point during these weeks, gold ribbons will be handed out to all 1st hour classes. Each student should tie it around their wrist to raise awareness and show support for those affected by childhood cancer. Announcements will be made to increase student awareness.


    September 18th-22nd: Student Council members will be selling Childhood Cancer Awareness stickers during lunch periods, with a suggested donation of $1 to benefit the Swifty Foundation. The Swifty Foundation raises funds and awareness for pediatric brain cancer.


    September 25th-29th: Our first school spirit week of the 2017-2018 school year will be as follows:

    Monday, Sept. 25th- Crazy sock/Hat day

    Tuesday, Sept. 26th- Mismatch Day

    Wednesday, Sept. 27th- Gold-out day

    Thursday, Sept. 28th- Tie Day

    Friday, Sept. 29th- Comfy Day


    Thanks again for all of your support and encouragement.


    Ellie Reitz



    Have a great week,


    Brian Valek



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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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