Message from our Principal, Michael Grenda

The Academy Gives Thanks!

28 Nov
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Cadets in the Ambassador Program at A. J. Katzenmaier Academy went on a fieldtrip to Feed My Starving Children located in Libertyville, Illinois. Feed My Starving Children was founded in 1987 and is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Their mission is simple: Feeding starving children hungry in body […]

Honoring our Veterans

11 Nov
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On November 9th, The Academy hosted its second annual reading of America’s White Table written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Mike Benny. The book was written to honor Veteran’s Day and is a tribute to our MIA and POW soldiers. We wanted to thank USMC Third Civil Affairs Group, Great Lakes for their presence on […]

Election Day

08 Nov
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On Election Day, the cadets and teachers of AJK Academy, along with Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Mr. Pollack, had their own Presidential Election. Each student and staff member had a chance to step into the voting booth to take part in the election process. Here are the results Clinton – 336 Trump – 22

Local Marines Making a Huge Impact

07 Sep
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This month, A.J. Katzenmaier Academy and the United States Marine Corps have began a “Partnership for a Greater Tomorrow Mentor Program,” sponsored by a group of local Marines, and we are extremely excited about this program! It was inspired from the mind of one of our parents, Mrs. Chrissy Nieves, who also leads our Parent […]

What Do Elite Sentinels Think About AJK Academy?…

13 Apr
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Elite Sentinel Sherese Beard I have been at AJK since third grade.  In third grade they didn’t have rank systems in this school.  It was boring.  Now, we have rank systems and that’s good because the people that are doing good get rewards for their behavior.  I like AJK because of the staff.  They help […]

AJK Cadets Talking About Their MAP Growth

11 Feb
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5th Grade Cadet Joshua Reynoso I grew 29 points on my winter MAP Math test. I feel good about that because I didn’t know if I could do it. When I told my parents they said congratulations. I grew because I was paying attention in Math class and we’re adding fractions and that helped me […]

AJK Cadets of the Week

11 Feb
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Gregory Colbert Gregory comes to class ready to learn with a positive attitude daily. Gregory is always following RRCC and is a good role model for other cadets. He participates in class and takes pride in all of his work. He gives his best effort no matter what task he is given. Gregory is Cadet […]

Congratulations AJK Academy!

02 Feb
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A letter from 4th grader Cayla Williams that speaks to the culture and climate of The Academy. 1/29/16 The AJK Academy Palace I think of A.J.K. as a Palace. The reason why is because it’s so nice, neat and clean. Everyone is so respectful. Another thing is this is a place I can’t wait to […]

Art from the Heart

14 Jan
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Students at A. J. Katzenmaier practiced the art of cubism inspired by none other than Pablo Picasso with our volunteers from the Art from the Heart program. Analytical Cubism is one of the two major branches of the artistic movement of Cubism and was developed between 1908 and 1912. In contrast to Synthetic cubism, Analytic […]

What Our Squires Really Think About AJK…

11 Jan
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5th Grade Squire I like this school because it’s perfect for me and if any student in the world can’t succeed, and they come to this school they will succeed because we’re AJK and we succeed at everything. My favorite thing about this school is our knighthood ranks and RRCC because I went to like […]

What Our Sentinels Really Think About AJK…

07 Jan
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Sentinel Carolina Cardoso Luna I think that AJK is kind of better than the other schools I’ve been to before. At my other school they didn’t really help me a lot and my grades were kind of low, but AJK made my grades go up more because Ms. Patterson makes us go into groups of […]

Read With Me!

14 Dec
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Read with Me is a literacy program, sponsored by Lake County Cares, that unites students from neighboring communities.  North Chicago Community Partners brought this exciting program to Forrestal School in 2012 and, as of last year, AJK students and teachers became the beneficiaries of this collaboration.  As a part of this program, AJK 3rd grade students will meet with 5th grade “reading […]

AJK Hosts its First Monthly Inspection

30 Nov
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Monthly Inspections are used at AJK to instill a sense of accountability among its Cadets and push our District’s mission of growing global citizens. Inspection, for AJK, is intended for administration, staff and cadets to get a feel for what is working within our climate and culture and what needs to be coached up. It […]