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  • 11-7-18

    Posted by Brian Valek on 11/7/2018

    Kennedy families,


    As we approach the cold, rainy, and snowy weather season, please keep in mind that the drop-off procedure remains the same.  The procedure is also in place with or without assistance from Officer McKay or Mrs. Aspan. Listed below are the priorities of the procedure:

    1.       Use the circle-drive for drop-off
    2.       Pull forward: Drop-off uses the entire length of the school.
    3.       Left lane is for drop-off; right lane is for exiting
    4.       The parking lot is for parking and entering the building.
    5.       Be alert & patient.

    Thank you for helping keep our students safe!


    Please be aware of these additional important announcements this week:


    School News

    Kennedy Peers Program Featured in District News

    Our goal at Kennedy is to foster an inclusive environment for all students.  Recently, our peers program was featured in this district article, demonstrating the kindness shared by our students each day.


    Hello Kennedy Junior High Community!

    Here are this week’s Home & School Happenings!


    Yard Signs

    Yard sign orders are now available for boys basketball, cheerleading, wrestling, and “Proud Student”. Extra forms can be printed from the flyer available on the KJHS website. Orders and payments are due by Friday, November 9th. For questions, please contact Amy Friant ( or Pam Sawatzky (


    You are invited!

    The School Family Community Partnership (SFCP) invites you to participate in a Book Club discussion on Tuesday, December 4th, from 6-7pm, in the Learning Commons at KJHS. We will discuss the book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson.  The valuable insights presented in the book align with our district’s social-emotional learning curriculum.

    We hope you consider reading the book and participating in the discussion. We will begin our discussion with Chapter Nine: Wired 24/7: Taming the Beast of Technology.

    Please RSVP using the following link:

    Refreshments will be served.


    Upcoming Home & School Events

    Self-Driven Child Author Presentation (SFCP) - November 15

    SFCP Book Club Discussion - December 4


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

    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

    NNHS Latin Club Party

    The Naperville North Latin Club is having a Thanksgiving Party for 7th and 8th graders on Friday, November 16th, from 3:30-4:45 p.m.  For more information, please visit this link.


    Repeated News


    Author Visit

    In partnership with Anderson’s Bookshop and the District #203 Community Relations Department, the Kennedy School Family Community Partnership is pleased to welcome authors William Stixrud and Ned Johnson to discuss their book The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.  The themes discussed in the book greatly align with our district’s social-emotional learning curriculum.  For a related review of the book, please visit this link.


    The authors will make two appearances in our community on Thursday, November 15th:  1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Kennedy LC, and at 7:00 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville.  More information will be shared soon about these events and opportunities to purchase the book at a discounted rate.  In addition, a limited number of copies are available in the Kennedy LC for families to check out.


    To help us plan for seating for the author visit at Kennedy on November 15th from 1:00-2:30 p.m., please RSVP through this form.  Thank you.


    Eagle Talons Literary Magazine

    Kennedy Junior High’s official, full-color Literary Magazine is now accepting submissions. We will be publishing students’ original poetry, song lyrics, short stories, photography and artwork.  Students can submit their work in one of three ways:

    •         Email it to
    •         Drop it in the Eagle Talons’ submission box in the LC
    •         Hand it to Mr. Madsen in room 132

    Submissions are due by March 7th, 2019.  If you have any questions about how students can be part of the staff or how to purchase a subscription to the magazine, please contact Mr. Madsen at


    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


    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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