Message from our Principal, Michael Grenda

Marines Mentor Cadets at The Academy

The USMC, Third Civil Affairs Group visited the Academy in their Dress Blues for a mentoring session with AJK cadets. Our goal is to have positive role models that share similar values. The Marines spoke to the children about the importance of always being prepared. They connected AJK’s RRCC: Respect for self and others Responsible…

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Local Marines Deliver Smiles to the Academy

The holiday season got a little brighter for cadets at the Academy when they received gifts from Toys for Tots. Local Marines delivered hundreds of donated toys to the students in North Chicago School District 187 including cadets at AJ Katzenmaier Academy. The Toys for Tots program has a long standing partnership with the North…

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The Academy Observes Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week takes place every year on October 23-31. The cadets at the Academy took the pledge to be drug free in a special way this year. Young Marine/Master Gunnery Sergeant and former cadet of AJK Academy, Nina Staben, visited with an informative presentation about Red Ribbon Week.  In her program, Staben spoke to…

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AJK Observes National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools throughout the country observe National Bullying Prevention Month. The objective is to encourage schools and communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying. To observe National Bullying Prevention Month, the Academy welcomed some very special friends from Medieval Times. They spoke about the Code of Chivalry. A set of rules, created…

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R.R.C.C. September Dance!

The Academy hosted its first R.R.C.C. dance for the 2019-2020 school year. One of our main priorities here is to create a positive learning environment.  Our core values are represented in R.R.C.C. Respect for Self and Others Responsible for All Our Actions Commitment to Education Commitment to Community Students enter into A.J.K. Academy as Cadets. …

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AJK Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Academy celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with some very special performances.  Choreographed and directed by Candace Ferguson, Linda Juarez and Dr. Stacy Thomas, students sang traditional hispanic songs, read poetry from hispanic poets and danced to celebrate spanish heritage. If you missed the performances… you can see them on the attached video! Did you know……

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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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