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  • 12-20-18

    Posted by Brian Valek on 12/20/2018

    Kennedy families,


    Please be aware of these announcements this week:


    School News

    Main Office Closed During Winter Break

    Our main office will be closed from Monday, December 24th, through Friday, January 4th.  Though there is no school for students, the main office will reopen on Monday, January 7th.


    Student Testing

    From January 10th through the 16th, students will be taking the Performance Series Assessment in the areas of Math and Reading.


    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

    District #203 Spring 2019 Testing Message

    All students in Grades 2-8 will take the Performance Series test in Reading and Math January 10-16. Student reports will be sent home January 17. For students in Grades 3-7, data from Performance Series testing will be used to determine if a student qualifies for Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) testing.


    The CogAT is an integrated series of tests that provides information on the level of development of general and specific cognitive skills of students. The primary purpose of the CogAT is to provide a description of the student’s own cognitive resources for learning that educators can use to help the student achieve instructional objectives. Currently, the CogAT is administered to all third grade students in the fall and all fourth grade students in the spring.


    The secondary purpose of the CogAT is to identify students for gifted and academically talented programs. Academically talented students generally demonstrate the ability to use a variety of these complex thinking or problem solving attributes quickly and appropriately. Therefore, the CogAT scores are used in combination with other data to help identify students for district academically talented programs. For more information about academically talented services, visit and save the date for the overview night on January 23, 2019.


    The testing schedule is outlined below.


    Performance Series testing in Grades 2-8 is January 10-16.


    CogAT testing in the elementary schools is February 4-8.

    • CogAT in third grade will be given to
      • all Honors Math students.
      • students who score a 90 NPR on the winter Performance Series in either math or reading.
    • CogAT will be given to all fourth grade students.
    • CogAT in fifth grade will be given to
      • students who score a 90 NPR on the winter Performance Series math test if they are not already in Honors Math.
      • students who score a 90 NPR on the winter Performance Series reading test if they are not already in PI.
      • students who score a 90 NPR on the winter Performance Series math and reading test if they are not already in PI+.


    CogAT testing for junior high students is Saturday, February 9.

    • CogAT testing in Grades 6-7 is by registration only. Students can register with the school counselor if
      • the student scores a 90 NPR on the winter Performance Series math test and is not already in Honors Math.
      • the student scores a 90 NPR on the winter Performance Series reading test and is not already in PI.
      • the student scores a 90 NPR on the winter Performance Series math and reading test and is not already in PI+.


    If a student does not qualify for CogAT testing, an appeal may be submitted by January 28.  Additional information about the appeals process is available on the district website at


    An overview of Academically Talented and Gifted Services, including the timeline for the identification process, will be presented on January 23, 2019 at Naperville Central High School’s Little Theatre. Please see the flyer for additional information.


    Mensaje Talk 203 sobre la prueba de primavera de 2019


    Todos los estudiantes en los grados 2-8 tomarán la prueba Performance Series en lectura y matemáticas del 10-16 de enero. Los informes de los estudiantes serán enviados a casa el 17 de enero. Para los estudiantes en los grados 3-7, los datos de la prueba Performance Series serán utilizados para determinar si un estudiante califica para tomar la prueba de habilidades cognitivas (CogAT, por sus siglas en inglés).


    La CogAT es una serie integrada de pruebas que proporciona información sobre el nivel de desarrollo de las habilidades cognitivas específicas y generales de los estudiantes. El propósito primordial de la CogAT es proporcionar una descripción de los recursos cognitivos propios del estudiante para el aprendizaje que los educadores pueden utilizar para ayudar a los estudiantes a lograr los objetivos instruccionales. Actualmente, la CogAT es administrada a todos los estudiantes de tercer grado en el otoño y todos los estudiantes de cuarto grado en la primavera.


    El objetivo secundario de la CogAT es identificar a los estudiantes para programas para dotados y académicamente talentosos. Los estudiantes académicamente talentosos demuestran generalmente la capacidad de usar una variedad de estos atributos complejos del pensamiento o de la solución de problemas rápidamente y adecuadamente. Por lo tanto, las puntuaciones CogAT se utilizan en combinación con otros datos para ayudar a identificar a los estudiantes para los programas del distrito para académicamente talentosos. Para obtener más información acerca de los servicios para académicamente talentosos, visite


    La programación de pruebas se enumera a continuación.


    La prueba Performance Series de los grados 2-8 es del 10-16 de enero.


    La prueba CogAT en las escuelas primarias es del 4-8 de febrero.

    • CogAT en tercer grado se dará a
      • todos los estudiantes de matemáticas de honores.
      • estudiantes que anotan una puntuación de 90 NPR en Performance Series de invierno, ya sea en matemáticas o en lectura.
    • CogAT se dará a todos los estudiantes de cuarto grado.
    • CogAT en quinto grado se dará a
      • estudiantes que anotan una puntuación de 90 NPR en la Performance Series de matemáticas de invierno si no están ya en matemáticas de honores.
      • estudiantes que anotan una puntuación de 90 NPR en la Performance Series de lectura de invierno si no están ya en PI.
      • estudiantes que anotan una puntuación de 90 NPR en la Performance Series de matemáticas y lectura de invierno si no están ya en PI+.


    La prueba CogAT para estudiantes de la secundaria (junior high) se llevará acabo el sábado, 9 de febrero.

    • La prueba CogAT en los grados 6-7 es por medio de inscripción solamente. Los estudiantes se pueden inscribir con el consejero de la escuela si
      • el estudiante anotó una puntuación de 90 NPR en la prueba Performance Series de matemáticas de invierno y si no está ya en matemáticas de honores.
      • el estudiante anotó una puntuación de 90 NPR en la prueba Performance Series de lectura de invierno si no está ya en PI.
      • el estudiante anotó una puntuación de 90 NPR en la prueba Performance Series de matemáticas y lectura de invierno si no está ya en PI+.


    Si un estudiante no califica para la prueba CogAT, podrá entonces presentarse una apelación a más tardar el 28 de enero. Información adicional sobre el proceso de apelaciones está disponible en el sitio web del distrito, en


    Un panorama de los servicios para estudiantes talentosos y dotados, incluyendo el cronograma para el proceso de identificación, se presentará el 23 de enero de 2019 en el pequeño teatro de la escuela Naperville Central High. Consulte el folleto para obtener información adicional.


    Community News

    Youth 360 Parent Newsletter

    The December Youth 360 newsletter on fostering productive communication is located at this link.


    Repeated News

    Gift Giving

    During this season, we recognize that many students would like to pass out food treats to their peers as a way of celebrating the holidays. To ensure a safe environment for all, we ask that students do not indiscriminately distribute candy or other food goods at school.  Some examples may include taping candy canes to lockers or handing out baked goods to others in a class or at a lunch table.

    Students are welcome to present or exchange gifts with friends.  We encourage that gifts containing food remain wrapped until students leave school as not to risk exposure to allergens in our environment.  As another option, those students interested in giving gifts to their friends may want to consider non-food items.

    Please discuss our expectations with your child if he/she is thinking of presenting gifts to others.  We thank you for your support of our practices.


    8th Grade End of the Year Events

    Though May 2019 is a long way off, I want to ensure families can begin planning for two important end of the year events we traditionally host for our students.


    The 8th grade Odyssey boat trip is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st.  As we have had to book a specific cruise, this date will not change.


    Our Moving On ceremony is held on the final day of school.  Due to the emergency day we had last month on Monday, November 26th, I anticipate our last day of school (and scheduled date of the ceremony) will be on Tuesday, May 28th.  In the event of additional emergency days, this date may change to correspond with the district’s last day of school.


    While I recognize no one date will accommodate every family’s interests, we plan these two events to best align with our operations.  

    Student Council Notes

    There are two Student Council events taking place prior to winter break.

    Spirit Week: December 17-21
    Friday- Dec. 21: Fancy day

    Holiday Teen Drive
    Student Council is collecting these NEW items starting Mon. December 10 to Fri. Dec. 21 to benefit teens at the Hesed House.  :
    Gift Cards: Old Navy, Gamestop, Claire’s, Rue 21, American Eagle, Aeropostale, etc.
    Inexpensive tablets
    Nail polish/Makeup/Hair accessories
    Fuzzy Socks & Winter boots
    Any new items TEENS would want
    Please consider when making your choices that we are specifically short items for boys .  Collections will be through your first core class of the day or can be dropped off in the front lobby from 7:30-7:50 each morning. Make sure to tell the Student Council volunteers your homeroom teacher!
    The class with the most donations will win a Winter Breakfast on Wed. Jan. 16, 2019

    5 Essentials Survey

    From Mr. O’Brien, Assistant Principal

    As a parent or guardian of one or more students attending Naperville Community Unit School District 203, your feedback is requested via participation in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. The purpose of this online survey is to understand parent/guardian perceptions in the areas of connectedness, satisfaction, interaction, involvement, and quality. Your participation and ratings on this survey are confidential; the district will only receive district or school level results if at least 20% of parents/guardians participate. The results of this survey will be used to understand areas of strength and challenge at the district and school level based on your input and feedback.

    Families with students attending more than one school are asked to complete the survey for each school individually. To access the survey, please click here and select “DuPage” as the County.  Lastly, please complete this survey by Tuesday, February 15, 2019 and thank you for your participation.

    Between December 11 and February 15, all 6th-8th grade students will be asked to take the student version of the survey, which asks about their experiences in school (to see the questions, visit the site linked above).  The results of this survey are completely confidential. If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, please complete this form and have your child return it to the Kennedy main office.   

    Como padres o tutores de uno o más estudiantes que asisten a las Escuelas de Naperville Community Unit School Distrito 203, solicitamos de su participación en la encuesta anual que se realizara en todo el estado de Illinois, dándonos su opinión y respondiendo a las 5 preguntas Essentials, el propósito de esta encuesta es conocer de sus percepciones como padres en las diferentes áreas como de conectividad, satisfacción, interacción, participación y calidad. Su participación y calificación de esta encuesta es confidencial, el distrito sólo recibirá los resultados del  nivel del distrito o escuela si participan al menos el 20% de los padres o tutores, los resultados de esta encuesta se utilizarán para entender las áreas de fuerza y desafíos a nivel de distrito escolar, basándonos en sus ideas y comentarios.

    Las familias que tengan más de un estudiante que asisten a diferentes escuelas, se les pide completar la encuesta para cada escuela individualmente, para acceder a la encuesta, por favor haga clic aquí y seleccione  "DuPage" como el Condado (County),  el último día para complete esta encuesta es el Martes, 15 de febrero de 2019. Muchas gracias por tu participación.


    Entre el 11 de diciembre y el 15 de febrero, se les pedirá a todos los estudiantes de sexto a octavo grado que tomen la versión del estudiante de la encuesta, que pregunta sobre sus experiencias en la escuela (para ver las preguntas, visite el sitio vinculado anteriormente). Los resultados de esta encuesta son completamente confidenciales. Si no desea que su hijo o hija participe, complete este formulario y haga que su hijo lo devuelva a la oficina principal de Kennedy.

    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


    Our staff wishes all students and their families a safe and restful winter break.  We look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday, January 8th.


    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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