AJ Katzenmaier Academy Strategic Plan View our Strategic Plan View our Mid-Year Update Important Safety Reminder for Parents Please read this important information about our arrival and departure procedures A.J. Katzenmaier Academy Click Here Our Partners in Programming AJK Academy North Chicago District 187 Mission Statement Our Mission Statement Absences Missing just 2 days a month
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Water Testing Completion District 187 has completed water testing in all of its elementary schools in compliance with health guidelines in the state of Illinois. We have tested all sinks and water fountains in each elementary school in the district. This was done as a follow up to proactive testing completed last school year that raised no concerns in any of the tested schools.

To read more about the water testing, please click below for the letter from Superintendent John P. Price.
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Month of the Military Child

To wrap up Month of the Military Child, Kids Rank is hosting a virtual  Zumba
Saturday, April 25 at 10 AM.

The event is free and open to all families, military and civilian.

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Message from our Principal, Michael Grenda

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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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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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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