Message from our Principal, Michael Grenda

Even Dogs Like to Read a Good Book!

On Thursday, October 5th, we had our second visit with the Academy’s emotional support dog, Tucker. So far, he has visited all of the fourth grade classes. The cadets had the opportunity to either read aloud to Tucker in small groups or listen to a story while having their turn for his visit. The academic…

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End of the Month Celebration

At the Academy, we like to celebrate our students’ successes, their growth, and accomplishments. We want to encourage each of our cadets to push themselves harder to set themselves apart and maintain a growth mindset. On Friday, September 29th we celebrated with our cadets during our first Monthly Celebration. Classrooms were recognized by each of…

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Discover Day of Service

On Friday, September 15th, our fourth grade cadets had the opportunity to participate in some hands-on S.T.E.M. activities, during the Discover Day of Service. The Academy was fortunate to have volunteers from Discover join our cadets for a day of fun and learning. Cadets built towers out of spaghetti, learned about chemical reactions, and created…

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AJKA Represented in the 2017 Excellence in Character Award

Administration and staff at AJK nominated two individuals from who represented the best overall character at the Academy in the Lake County Excellence in Character Program. 3rd grade teacher, Mr. James Truelove was nominated as he has truly inspired his team of teachers and our cadets around what it takes to be successful here at…

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AJKA Raises Money for St. Baldricks

Over the last couple of weeks AJKA asked all cadets to bring their spare change in to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and our teacher Mrs. Irene Ducharme. St. Baldrick’s is a not for profit organization that raises money to help find a cure for childhood cancer. For the last few years, Mrs. Ducharme has…

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AJK Participates in the ISLMA Bluestem Award Book Program

AJK participated in the ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association) Bluestem Award book program with 4th and 5thgraders. The Bluestem Award is  designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor…

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AJK School Description

AJ Katzenmaier is a 4-5 grade level center rooted in the core values of High Attendance, Rigorous Academics and Outstanding Citizenship. Our community school has established a welcoming and dynamic environment for all stakeholders.

AJK Mission Statement
AJ Katzenmaier: Meeting cadets where they are and advancing them forward.
AJK Purpose Statement
To establish a vehicle for change through a shared vision that upon leaving, our cadets will take with them an intrinsic belief in self and the value of knowledge.
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