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  • Talk 203 2-15-17

    Posted by Brian Valek at 2/15/2017

    2/15/2017

     

    Kennedy families,

     

    Please be aware of these announcements for the week:

     

    Kennedy News

    Spring Book Fair

    The book fair will be open on 2/21 (Tues) and 2/22 (Wed) during the school day. It will also be open during parent/teacher conferences on 2/23 (Thursday) from 5pm-8:30pm and 2/24 (Friday) from 8am-noon.  Proceeds from the fair go to provide additional resources for our LRC.

     

    Intramurals

    Intramural are ongoing throughout the school year.  For times and calendars for these events, please visit this link.

     

    District News


    Black History Month Showcase and Cultural Dinner

    The NNHS SUCCESS Parent Organization and the Black Student Leadership Association welcome all community members to the 2017 Black History Month Showcase and Cultural Dinner on Sunday, February 19th, at 2:00 p.m. at Naperville North High School.  For more information, please see the attached flyer.




    Community News



    The Alive Center Student Volunteers Needed

    The Alive Center is now taking applications for our 2017 – 2018 Student Advisory Board. Please note that they are in particular need of incoming freshmen and sophomores. Applications are due March 20th. Please find the requirements in the application. It can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/VFnXj9givxFkjAVE2

     

    The board is a fabulous opportunity for teens that want real, hands-on leadership experience as well as a strong community. Our Student Advisory Board helps to run the Alive Teen Center.

     

    Power of Choice

    Dawn Neylon, Certified Prevention Specialist

    Power of Choice 6-8th Grade Coordinator

     

    Equipping Adolescents with Healthy Coping Strategies

    Life is stressful. We need to prepare our children to handle stress in healthy ways. Individuals who deal effectively with stress are better prepared to overcome life’s challenges. As with so many other skills, our children learn how to cope by watching how we manage our stress. Check out this month’s Parents Use Your Power newsletter for tips to help you model positive, effective coping strategies.

     

    Equipando a Adolescentes a Sobrellevar 

    La vida es estresante. Debemos preparar a nuestros hijas a manejar el estrés en maneras saludables. Un individuo preparado para confrontar el estrés efectivamente es mejor preparado para superar los retos de la vida. Así como con muchas otras habilidades, nuestros hijas aprenden como sobrellevar por observar como nosotros manejamos nuestro estrés. Aquí hay algunos consejos.

     

    Our Family Copes Strong

    Life’s challenges affect all members of a family. The level of impact that stress has on the family is based on the resources they have to deal with the event. Use this month’s PowerTalk,  Our Family Copes Strong, to discover ways to build your family’s ability to cope with the demands of life.

     

    360 Youth Services

    1305 W. Oswego Road | Naperville, IL 60540

    O: 630.961.2992 Ext. 1124

    Cell: 630.640.8751

    dneylon@360youthservices.org

    360youthservices.org

     

     

    Repeated News

    Your input is valuable as we continue to foster a digital learning environment for students.  As part of the Digital Learning Initiative, we are asking that all parents with students in high school, junior high, and participating elementary classrooms answer this survey.

     

    Please complete the attached survey (approximately 10 minutes to complete) pertaining to your student’s experiences with our Digital Learning Initiative (DLI).  Click here to take the survey.  The survey link is open February 8 to February 26.  If you have multiple students in the District, please complete one survey for each student.

     

    Your feedback is important as we continue to provide learning to students in this environment. For more information on DLI, please visit our website: http://naperville203.org/domain/1216

     

     

     

    Padres/Guardianes:

     

    Sus contribuciones son valiosas mientras continuamos fomentando un ambiente de aprendizaje digital para nuestros alumnos.  Como parte del Digital Learning Initiative (Inciativa de Aprendizaje Digital), les estamos pidiendo a todos los padres con estudiantes en las preparatorias, secundarias y primarias participantes a que contesten esta encuesta.

     

    Por favor complétela encuesta adjunta (aproximadamente 10 minutos para completar) correspondiente a las experiencias de su estudiante con nuestro Digital Learning Initiative (DLI).  Haga click aquí  para tomar la encuesta.  El enlace de la encuesta está abierto del 8 al 26 de febrero.  Si tiene más de un estudiante en el distrito escolar, por favor complete una encuesta para cada uno.


    Sus comentarios son importantes mientras continuamos proveyendo aprendizaje a los estudiantes en este ambiente.  Para más información sobre DLI, por favor visite nuestra página web: http://naperville203.org/domain/1216

     

     

    Don’t forget there is no school on Monday, February 20th, for the Presidents Day holiday.  Enjoy your long weekend.  Also, Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th are no attendance days for students because of Teacher Institute Day and Parent/Teacher Conferences. 

     

    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 at 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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