Message from our Principal, Michael Grenda

End of the Month Celebration – November

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, December 1st we celebrated with our cadets during our Monthly Celebration. Classrooms were recognized by each of our specials…

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D187 OFF THE CHARTS

The North Chicago School District 187 Gurnee Mills art project is underway! Lead by art teachers Julie Port (Forrestal) and Stacy Thomas (AJK), student’s work represents holiday themes from Veteran’s Day to the joys of winter. The amazing works of art include: “My Favorite Cup Design” (for warm foods and drinks that make my tummy…

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Enchanted Backpack Delivers Huge!!!

November 2nd was a big day at the Academy! Not only were the cadets anxious about their 1st quarter rank ups, but there was also something really special on the way from one of our newest partners! Enchanted Backpacks, based out of Chicago, Illinois delivered two truckloads of materials and resources to AJKA!  Enchanted Backpack was…

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The Academy gets ”Pinked Out” to support Breast Cancer Awareness

On Wednesday, October 18th students and staff showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Academy was “Pinked Out!” Students and staff came decked out in pink shirts, pink socks, pink shoes, pink wristbands and even pink hair!  Click here to learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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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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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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