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Girls on the Run

The Academy will be kicking off another after-school activity, on March 12th: Girls on the Run. For 10 weeks, girls will learn life skills through lessons and running games. The lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development.  Physical activity is woven throughout to develop an appreciation of health and habits that lead to a lifetime of good health. At the end of the session, the girls will participate in a non-competitive 5-K run. We are looking forward to our young ladies developing an understanding of the confidence that comes from setting and achieving life goals.

Girls can begin registering now online at www.gotrchicago.org or via the bi-lingual (English and Spanish) call center at (312) 313-0280 open Monday – Friday 9am-6pm.

$20 per girl

5K run is June 2nd in Grayslake, at CLC.

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 teachers: Library, P.E., Music, Technology, and Art.  Additionally, we recognized 21 students (pictured above) that were nominated as Students of the Month for meeting our attendance, academic, and behavior goals, as well as already going above and beyond this school year.  Our celebration included music and cheers. It ended with students playing a game of “”Santa Relay Race”, with a few teachers joining in on the fun. We are proud of each one of our cadets and we look forward to celebrating them next month.

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.

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 our specials teachers: Library, P.E., Music, Technology, and Art. One cadet was given the Character Award by the school social worker, Mrs. McNeely.  Additionally, we recognized 22 cadets that were nominated as Cadets of the Month for meeting our attendance, academic, and behavior goals, as well as already going above and beyond this school year.  Our celebration included music and cheers. It ended with the Cadets of the Month playing a game of “Bozo Buckets”, with a few teachers joining in on the fun. We are proud of each one of our cadets and we look forward to celebrating them each month.

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 slime, while learning it is a polymer. At the end of the day, cadets were given a bag with more S.T.E.M. activities that they could do at home. Thanks Discover for your time and a great day of learning!

Brigadier General Michael Fahey Visits AJKA!

Brigadier General Michael F. Fahey USMC visited A.J. Katzenmaier Academy last week! During his visit, the General was able to see how cadets start their day with Morning Meeting. He then met with the mentees at The Academy who are a part of a very special Marine Mentoring Program and spent the remainder of his time visiting classrooms and seeing teaching and learning in action.

“Morning Meeting was a sea of purple for the General’s visit,” said Michael Grenda, Principal of AJKA. “All of our cadets were required to wear their purple AJKA Knight shirts to show our academy pride and to represent support for all branches of the military.”

Brigadier General Fahey stated that he was impressed with the discipline of the cadets in morning meeting where he led a question and answer session, spoke to leadership qualities, and had an opportunity to hear The AJK Creed and Cadence. During Morning Meeting, seven cadets from the academy were provided a coin from Brigadier General Fahey as they were selected as the cadets who have most embraced the four core values of our academic institution, those values represented through R.R.C.C.

During his meeting with the mentees in the Marine Mentoring Program, his message was simple. Brigadier General Fahey let the cadets know that there was something that we all wanted to do better at, and even though we may have a weakness or a subject in school that we don’t do as well as others do, we never have the option of giving up. He let the mentees know that they have someone in their corner who can help them overcome the odds. He also spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Burkett’s comment on how impactful the mentoring program has been for both the cadets at AJKA and the Marines from 3rd CAG and MACG 48 out of Great Lakes. He impressed upon our cadets that it is important for them to continue to open up and have conversations with their Marine mentors regarding some of the issues they may be experiencing because it is then and only then that their mentors have an opportunity to provide them the additional support they may need.

The Academy was humbled and honored to have this great leader in our presence. Brigadier General Fahey is a great example of understanding that commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you. Semper Fi!