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  • 5-22-19

    Posted by Brian Valek on 5/22/2019

    Kennedy families,

     

    Please be aware of these announcements this week:

     

    School News

     

    Student Council Spirit Week: May 24-31

    May 24th: Comfy Day

    May 28th: Past/Future Day (Wear elementary shirt/colors, or high school shirt/colors)

    May 29th: Disney Day

    May 30th: Beach Day

    May 31st: Dress Up Day

     

    Yearbook Distribution

    8th Grade, 7th PI+ - Tuesday, May 28

    6th/7th Grades - Thursday, May 30

     

    Intramurals

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

     

    8th Grade End of Year Events

    Chromebook Turn-In

    Tuesday, 5/28

    All 8th grade students will return their Chromebooks on Tuesday, May 28th.  In addition to the device, chargers and cases must also be returned. Any decals affixed to the Chromebook must be removed, including residue.  Students will be reassigned a Chromebook at high school registration in August.

     

    Locker Clean-Out

    Thursday, May 30th

    All student lockers must be cleaned out at the end of the day on Thursday, May 30th.  Students will not be able to access their lockers after the Moving On Ceremony.


    Moving On Ceremony

    Friday, 5/31

    8th Grade students will be encouraged to bring their own lunch to school on May 31st; however, if needed, students are allowed to purchase from the cafeteria and return to the pod (6th graders will be eating in the MPR at this time).  Students are not to order in food for the day--our policies and food contract guidelines do not permit the delivery of food and due to the schedule changes, parent drop off is not guaranteed to be successful.

    Our ceremony is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. sharp so we can finish at approximately 1:45. We are aware that some families have other obligations to elementary siblings finishing school on that day and may need to leave Kennedy soon after our event ends.  All 8th graders and their guests are welcome to stay for a reception immediately following the ceremony.

    I am greatly appreciative of our parent volunteers who will be giving their time on Friday and helping us facilitate our event.  We have asked them to follow our ticket and admission policies to help us conduct the ceremony within the guidelines of our space as well as using a process that helps visitors enter in a safe, orderly process.  Please be respectful of their efforts to support our students and staff.

     

    8th Grade Giving

    As an annual tradition, each 8th grade class at Kennedy identifies a community organization to support through a class gift made with contributions by students.  This year, the class of 2019 has chosen The Kennedy Peers Program/Council for Exceptional Children as the recipient of their efforts.  Donated funds will help acquire games and other equipment for inclusive activities. Student volunteers will be collecting donations in 8th grade lunches during the final week of school.

     

    6th and 7th End of the Year Events

    Chromebooks

    The last day students will need Chromebooks is on Wednesday, May 29th.  6th and 7th grade students will retain their Chromebooks over the summer.  If you know your student will not be returning to Kennedy for 7th or 8th grade, please have them return their device, charger and case to Mrs. Miller on Tuesday, May 29th.

     

    Locker Clean-Out

    All student lockers must be cleaned out at the end of the day on Thursday, May 30th.

     

    Friday, May 31st Lunch

    Regular food service will be available.  Students are not to order in food for the day--our policies and food contract guidelines do not permit the delivery of food and due to the schedule changes, parent drop off is not guaranteed to be successful.

     

    Repeated News

     

    Important Phone Numbers

    For a 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

     

    As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, May 27th, for the Memorial Day holiday.  Please have a safe and enjoyable weekend with your family and friends.

     

    Brian Valek

    Principal

    Kennedy Junior High School

    bvalek@naperville203.org

     

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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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