Message from our Principal, Michael Grenda

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.

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FIRE PREVENTION WEEK!

This week, the North Chicago Fire Department talked to the cadets about fire prevention/safety. Did you know… Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 fire that left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and…

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Open House at the Academy

On Thursday, September 19th, AJ Katzenmaier Academy and the North Chicago Community Partners hosted its annual open house/carnival. After a short visit with teachers in their classrooms, students and parents were treated to activities including: carnival games, face painting, a picture booth, a jumpy house and dinner. Academy teachers, staff and members of the North…

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Discover Day of Service

On Friday, September 13th,  4th grade cadets from the Academy had the opportunity to participate in some hands-on S.T.E.M. activities, during the Discover Day of Service. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Cadets were fortunate to have volunteers from Discover join…

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A Tribute to Mrs. Sanders

AJK Academy’s latest fine arts project is a tribute to their late Assistant Principal and friend Mrs. Louise Sanders. Inspired by glass artist Dale Chihuly, 5th grade art students who knew her best, created a vibrant mobile constructed of water bottles. The cascading bottles, with shades of blue, symbolize colorectal cancer awareness. This beautiful piece…

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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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D187 Mission Statement
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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