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  • 3-20-19

    Posted by Brian Valek on 3/20/2019

    Kennedy families,


    Please be aware of these announcements this week:


    School News


    Spring Break Office Hours

    The Kennedy office will have limited open hours over Spring Break.  Please call (630-420-3220) before coming to school during that week.  If an event arises that can’t wait until Monday, 4/1 when school resumes, please call our district office at 630-420-6300.


    Tuesday, April 2nd Elections

    On Tuesday, April 2nd, Kennedy will serve as a polling place for DuPage County. Voting will take place in our tile gym.  This location allows for full set up of equipment and provides an outside door for voter entrance. Visitors to Kennedy will not access the main entrance to vote.

    Due to election activities, we are likely to see increased traffic and congestion. Please be aware of these circumstances as you make plans for dropping off or picking up students.

    Thank you for your awareness and support of our procedures.



    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 Parent Coffee with the NCHS Principal

    Monday April 1st at 7 pm in the Learning Commons at Naperville Central High School - This Parent Coffee is being offered specifically to the parents of the incoming fall freshman class, and gives you the opportunity to meet Principal Bill Wiesbrook in a small group setting. Mr. Wiesbrook will discuss ways to make the transition to high school easier, give tips on making your student’s freshman year as successful as possible, and allow you the chance to ask the questions most important to you.

    ⮚   Find out what a typical school day looks like

    ⮚   Familiarize yourself with the operations, rules, and procedures of NCHS

    ⮚   Gain an understanding of the many support programs available to students

    ⮚   Learn about new initiatives and programs

    ⮚   See the principal’s vision for our students and school

    ⮚   Share your ideas and ask questions

    Please register for this very popular event through this Sign-Up Genius link

    This is intended to be an event for parents not students.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at

    We are looking forward to welcoming you to the NCHS Family!

    Lori Halldow & Bonnie Ranieri

    Co-Chairs Coffee with the Principal

    Repeated News

    Moving On Ceremony 2019

    The end of the school year is fast approaching, which means we have another group of Eighth graders Moving On!  Please help us recognize every 8th grade student in the video we are preparing by uploading photos to our private Shutterfly site.  


    Please note that you must set up a Shutterfly account before uploading photos.  Also, please add the name of every student in the photo. Use the link below and the password provided.   

        Password: eaglesrock


    If you have any questions, please reach out to Gina Branham at:


    Student Council Activities

    Join us for the
    6th Annual Walk for Water, a three-mile walk during which students, parents, siblings, friends, teachers, and more will carry gallon jugs to simulate what many women and children do several times a day, every day. The walk will be held on Thursday, April 18. Activities will begin at 6:00 pm at Jefferson Junior High School . Everyone is welcome to join the walk. All funds raised will be donated to H2O for Life. By partnering with H2O for Life, we are hoping to raise over $2,500 to help Asili Girls Vocational Secondary School in Lira, Uganda dig a well so that the girls do not have to leave their boarding school at night to get water.

    o   Suggested Donation for Walk Attendance: $5 for an individual walker, $20 per family of 5 or more

    o   Walk for Water T-shirt: $12 each; *T-shirt order forms must be submitted by March 21st

    o   Other Donation: If you are not able to attend Walk for Water and are still interested in helping out, please send cash or checks with your student, or donate online at  (make sure you capitalize the Ws)

    o   Checks can be made payable to Jefferson Junior High School. Please complete the attached form and return it to the KJHS main office or to Mrs. Reitz in room 116.

    o   Any questions? Please contact Mrs. Reitz at


    Tickets for our Spring Fling ($5) will also go on sale this week at lunch periods, and all proceeds go to Walk for Water!

    o   The dance is Tuesday, April 9th from 3-4:30 in the MPR.

    o   Raffle tickets are also available for $1 to win gift cards.

    o   Thanks to Home and School for the donations and volunteers!


    Spirit Week is  March 18th-22nd: Spring Stuco 2019

    o   Thursday, March 21st : World Down Syndrome Day- Rock Your Socks!

    o   Friday, March 22nd : Tacky Tourist Day

    We’ve extended our A.D.O.P.T. Animal Shelter Drive from now through March 21st

    o   Bring in toys, food, treats, beds, or blankets for cats or dogs to benefit this no-kill animal shelter

    o   Collect by homeroom teacher (1st team teacher of the day)

    o   Winning class gets a treat from Kennedy Charity Caterers!


    G.L.O.W. 5K Run/Walk

    The 18th annual Jeanine Nicarico G.L.O.W. 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th, 2019.  Registration is now open at


    Proceeds from this event benefit The Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy, which awards grants to individual educators, or entire schools, to promote a deeper understanding of literacy and provide enriched literacy opportunities for the learners in Naperville District 203 & 204 public and private schools.  If you are unable to participate, please consider donating to the foundation.


    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


    We hope all families have a restful and safe spring break and look forward to seeing our students on Monday, April 1st.


    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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