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  • Talk 203 10-11-2017

    Posted by Brian Valek at 10/11/2017

    Kennedy families,


    Please be aware of these announcements:


    Kennedy News

    School Dance

    Student Council will be hosting a fall social event on Monday, October 23rd, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Activities include dancing led by a DJ, games, and a raffle.  Admission is $5, which includes a drink and chips, and a spooky surprise; proceeds will be donated to local veterans’ groups.  All Kennedy students are welcome.



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

    District News

    Kids Matter Survey

    Parents of 7th grade students should have received a separate Talk203 message yesterday regarding the Kids Matter Survey, which is being administered to all 7th and 10th grade students in District 203.  Two sets of dates for the administration of the survey were referenced throughout the description of the survey.  The correct dates for the survey window are October 16th through October 20th


    NCHS Student Services Parent Programs

    Naperville Central High School has prepared a variety of parent programs to be presented throughout the 2017-2018 school year.  For more information, please visit their department link.

    Community News

    Alive Center Presentations

    The Alive Center is offering two free community presentations in the month of October: 

    • “Finding Light in the Darkness: A Community Conversation about Suicide, Prevention and Healing” on Thursday, 10/19 at 7:00 p.m.
    • iStruggle: “Parenting the Most Connected Yet Most Unhappy Generation Yet” on Thursday, 10/26 at 7:00 p.m.


    Each presentation will be hosted at the Alive Center, 500 W. 5th Avenue in Naperville.  For more information, please see the attached flyers.


    Free Community Mental Health Presentations

    Presence Mercy Hospital is providing a series of mental health presentations for parents of adolescents.  Sessions include:

    • Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurture Heart Approach on Wednesday, October 25th
    • How to Help Your Child Overcome School Anxiety on Wednesday, November 1st
    • Cyber Safety on Wednesday, November 8th

    All presentations take place at Presence Mercy Medical Center, 1330 North Lake Street, in Aurora. 60506, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.


    Repeated News

    Robotics Club

    From Ms. Clark, club advisor


    Kennedy Jr. High School will again be offering a non-competitive robotics club this year.  VEX robotics system is designed to offer young students a rich and exciting introduction to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The system encourages teamwork, problem solving, and leadership opportunities for our middle school students.  This is an introductory session with limited opportunities for advanced programming practice. This club is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders.


    We plan on offering three opportunities to sign up.  Space is limited to 24 students per session.  We will do our best to accommodate as many students as we can.


    Please sign your child up on the form below.

    Team NEF

    Join TEAM NEF as a Charity Hero in the Naperville Half-Marathon and 5K Walk/Run!

    It's a unique opportunity to run/walk for a great cause and forever change the lives of all District 203 students.

    Sign up by clicking here: JOIN TEAM NEF.  So come on, run for our students and join TEAM NEF in our 25th Anniversary Year!!

    By joining TEAM NEF, you commit to raise or donate at least $250 by race day and receive all TEAM NEF benefits which include training, a commemorative runner shirt, secure gear check, and much more. We'll help you "go the distance" with an online fundraising platform and provide you with tools and support that will guide you up to and including race day. You also have the option to commit to at least $400 by race day and receive all TEAM NEF benefits plus the Charity Hero recognition on your race bib and Charity Runner exclusive village amenities. Additionally, you will get $10 off your race registration for the Half Marathon or $5 off the 5K with a discount code provided by NEF by email. See for more details.

    The race will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017, in beautiful downtown Naperville. Last year's TEAM NEF, 72 runners strong plus sponsors, raised $50,000 for the programs that the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) funds for all students in District 203. So make new friends, enjoy VIP treatment and help provide both basic and exceptional opportunities for our students!!

    Come on! JOIN TEAM NEF -- you know you want to!

    In case you're not a runner, consider walking the 5K or simply making a donation to TEAM NEF on our website, or becoming a TEAM NEF sponsor by contacting NEF at or (630) 420-3086.


    Kennedy’s own Mrs. Crannell is running in this event.  If you would like to donate to her page, please visit Team NEF: Support Cara Crannell.


    Restoration Community Church Fall Fest

    Saturday, October 21 at Washington Junior High School from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


    Fall Fest is a time to enjoy games and treats!  This is an event where Naperville families, as well as families in other communities within DuPage county come for free family pictures, free haircuts, free flu shots and other medical screenings, free gently used toys, clothes, books, Halloween costumes and, on top of that, free LUNCH!  


    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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