Message from our Principal, Michael Grenda

Art Gallery Debut

Representatives of the “D187 Off the ChARTs” movement and AJKA Art Club members had the esteemed honor of debuting their artwork at Urban Edge Art Gallery in Waukegan, IL. Kimmya Edwards, Andrea Alvarez, Mary Lee Brewton and Ashley Aguilar were among some of the other talented hands of designers from A.J. Katzenmaier Academy and other elementary…

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Cadet Wins Big!

The Academy would like to congratulate fourth grader Cadet Quetzaly Astudillo as the winner of our Ghost writing assignment! After finishing a whole school read on Jason Reynold’s chapter book Ghost, cadets were asked to write their own ending as the book ended abruptly with the start of the race and didn’t let the readers know what happened…

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Walk a Cop to School

Students and staff from AJK Academy, Alexander Elementary, Neal Math and Science Academy and North Chicago High School met before school to walk with a cop to school.  As part of a community-engagement project, this event helps build relationships between the police department and the community. Read more about Walk a Cop to School in the…

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Marine Mentors at The Academy

The USMC, Third Civil Affairs Group showed up to AJKA in their Dress Blues for Morning Meeting last week. As our goal of Morning Meeting is to coach kids up and get them prepared for the day, 3rd CAG’s leader Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Conant asked if he could bring his Marines to Morning Meeting to…

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The Academy Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month is a special time for reflecting and celebrating.  On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 the Academy reflected on and celebrated the contributions of African-Americans that have taught us all to rise above those things that attempt to hold us down. The Academy’s Black History Program, Rise: A Tribute to African-American Heritage included poetry,…

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Cadets Celebrate Black History Month

Mr. Kisley’s 5th grade class along with teacher paraprofessional, Ms. Rosy Gallegos, built a beautiful Black history display that embedded the American Flag as the background. Each of the eighteen cadets in the classroom chose an individual that they felt has impacted our American culture in some way, shape or form. Cadets chose a wide…

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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.

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