Message from our Principal, Michael Grenda

Empathy at The Academy

12 Dec
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Cadets and staff at The Academy have spent the month of December learning about and working on empathy as part of our A Mindset for Learning book study. The book, written by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz explores how we can teach the habits of mind needed for academic success. Drawing on the works of Carol Dweck, […]

It Starts With Us – Parent Luncheon

12 Dec
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The Academy hosted its second monthly, “It Starts With Us” luncheon on Tuesday December 6th. The turnout was amazing! The purpose of the monthly luncheon is twofold; provide opportunities throughout the academic day for parents to be a part of their cadet’s day and for administration and staff to share some resources that parents can […]

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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Justice Wooley This persistent squire is always trying her best in class. Always showing empathy for others, she is a respected squire in her class.  There has never been a time where she does not want to help her classmates or teacher.  I have never seen her face without a smile.  Justice Wooley is very […]

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 […]