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  • 9-19-18

    Posted by Brian Valek on 9/19/2018

    Kennedy families,


    Please be aware of these important announcements this week:


    School News


    LRC News

    From Mrs. Romero, LC Director


    Brigid Kemmerer, author of Letters to the Lost and More Than We Can Tell, will be speaking to all 8th grade students on Thursday, September 27th, 2018. Her books are available for purchase in the LC and will be signed by her on the day of the visit.

    The Kennedy Fall Book Fair will be taking place in the Learning Commons the week of October 1st through 5th including conference hours.  Proceeds from the sale benefit our own book collection in the LC.

    Math Competitions

    The following math competitions will be available to Kennedy students this year.


    Aquahouse NCC Mathematics Tournament

    All Kennedy students are invited to participate in the Second Annual Aquahouse NCC Mathematics Tournament, a joint venture of Aquahouse Tutoring and North Central College. The contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Wentz Science Center Room 101 and 104. It is a one-hour, 30-problem math competition, free and open to all students 8th grade or below. The top five contestants will be rewarded with cash/book prizes. Please visit for registration and more info.


    Math Counts

    Math Counts will begin in October.  Information from our coaches will be posted soon.



    Kennedy will once again be participating in MathCON, the national online math competition.

    Preliminary testing will take place in January, 2019.  


    Home and School

    From Amy Masterson, KJHS H & S President


    Hello Kennedy Junior High Community!  Here are this week’s Home & School Happenings!


    Directory Spot

    Directory Spot is up and running. Parents are 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.


    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

    Kristin Scamehorn with any questions at



    Yard Signs

    Yard signs, magnets, and decals have arrived! Students may pick up orders in the main office or

    with their coach.


    Book Fair

    The book fair will be open during school hours on 10/1-10/3 (Monday through Wednesday). It will also be open during parent/teacher conferences on 10/4 (Thursday) from 5pm-8:30 p.m. and 10/5 (Friday) from 8am-noon.


    Upcoming Home & School Events

    Magazine Drive Kickoff - September 19

    Book Fair - October 1 through October 5


    If you have any questions, please let me know. I’m always happy to help!


    Warmest regards,

    Amy Masterson

    Home & School President

    Kennedy Junior High School

    Cell: 630-639-7814


    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

    Focus 203

    Join us as we begin an important year of our two-way conversation, community engagement sessions known as Focus 203. These interactive forums foster a meaningful dialogue and generate ideas that ultimately strengthen our learning community. By participating, you can help shape our future Focus 203 sessions.

    The 2018-19 Focus 203 series kicks off with Superintendent Dan Bridges presenting the State of the District. Wednesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. at Naperville Central High School and Thursday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.  For more information, please visit

    Community News

    Interfaith Workshop

    Moms Building Bridges is a community-based, grassroots, and intergenerational group of Naperville parents working to create opportunities to forge friendships across differences through education, service and social events. Some of their biggest initiatives thus far have been Community Unity Walks, a Circle of Peace, and the Blessed Ramadan yard sign campaign. Perhaps you’re aware of them.

    Their newest event is an interfaith workshop called Community Unity Peace Talks for Teens. MBB has partnered with the ALIVE Teen Center and dedicated interfaith leaders in Naperville to create it. It will be held Sunday, September 30th from 3 - 5pm at the Alive Center. MBB is looking for teens of all faith traditions as well as kids who have no religious affiliation. A follow-up Peace Talks Camp will be held on January 21, 2019 (MLK Day) from 11am - 3 pm for junior high students, led by high schoolers. It is their desire to develop these young peace leaders of tomorrow.

    Pre-registration is required because space is limited. You can find out more information at and on Facebook


    Repeated News


    Picture Retake Day – Wednesday, September 26

    Retakes - HR Imaging has a “NO QUESTIONS ASKED” policy for retakes.  If for any reason you are not happy with your student’s picture, you may have their photograph retaken on Retake Day.  The student must bring the entire package back and give it to the photographer on September 26th.

    Refunds – HR Imaging has a “NO QUESTIONS ASKED” policy for refunds.  The entire package must be returned within 5 days of receipt. A full refund will be issued by HR Imaging and sent via U.S.  Postal Service within 10-14 days of receipt. Refunds will not be issued after 15 days of picture delivery.


    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 - 630-420-3230


    Have a great week,


    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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