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  • Extra Effort

    Justin Jankus powers through the finish line Friday, capping an impressive first-place finish in the mile run in which he never relinquished the lead. Several of Jankus’ Conrady teammates also finished strongly in the distance event held at Stagg. Conrady participants in the relay teams, long jump, high jump, and sprint races also had notable finishes. Congratulations to all of the competitors for their efforts on a cold and blustery day. The team’s next meet will be held Tuesday at Reavis High School in Burbank

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  • 8th Grade Symposium

    What started out as retaliation for losing a debate has spun into a demonstration of skills for three 8th grade classes. Approximately 80 students from Ms. Sweiss’ Language Arts classes and Mr. Mateja’s Social Studies classes will participate in the first 8th Grade Symposium this May.

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    Important Reminder to Students

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  • Close Contest

    The Lady Jaguars battled back after an early goal to tie the squad from Grissom Junior High Tuesday, but lost in penalty kicks, 2-1. The girls won in penalty kicks Thursday against Tinley during a hard-fought contest at Stagg. The boys’ team picked up two wins this week, including a dominating performance against Grissom (9-0) and a nail-biting 1-0 victory against Tinley. The squads play again Monday at Liberty Junior High in Burbank.

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  • Can't Stop the Music

    Conrady’s Dance teams took center stage this past weekend at the spring dance show, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” An enthusiastic crowd of more than 250 got to see the Jaguar Black, Gold, and White Division squads as well as some fantastic individual routines. Coached by Rebecca Dankowich, Gina Mastie and Samantha Sincock, the teams performed to a variety of pop tunes both classic and modern. Congratulations to all who participated.

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  • Inside Out

    One of the rites of passage for many a junior high school student is frog dissection. Textbook drawings are fine, but nothing can take the place of actually seeing the organ systems and the way they work together. Seventh grade students in Dr. Draguesku’s and Mrs. Ball’s science classes worked after school this past week to put their fears aside and really get inside the topic, as these three students showed.

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  • All in Favor of Family Literacy Night

    More than 100 parents, students, and staff turned out for Conrady’s Family Literacy Night Thursday for a well-orchestrated evening of pizza, improv, and fun. Led by Katherine McKnight, an author, teacher, and nationally recognized expert in adolescent literacy, Conrady teachers got a quick lesson in using improvisational lessons to foster student involvement. By the time parents and students finished their pizza dinner in the school cafeteria, McKnight and her charges were ready for a round of improv games. McKnight’s classroom-tested strategies use improvisational techniques to develop language and literacy skills. And while teachers can appreciate how the interactive exercises can boost student learning in listening, teamwork, and communication, most in attendance could agree on one thing: they were fantastically fun for everyone.

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  • Leader of the Pack

    They say you can’t go home again, but sometimes home can come to you, as Conrady Principal Andy Anderson witnessed Thursday night. Anderson’s alma mater, Lapel High School in Indiana, brought its famed Show Choir to Conrady for a performance. Conrady Choir students also performed a song-and-dance number with the choir, but not before Anderson was brought onstage and outfitted in leather jacket, shades and halo for a rendition of the 1960s classic “Johnny Angel.” Jeanine Terhune, the Show Choir Director and Anderson’s former teacher, was also in attendance.

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  • Heading to State!

    Congratulations to Peter Onjack! The Conrady 7th grader just learned he will be advancing to the state level competition in the National Geography Bee. Onjack, who won the schoolwide Geography Bee held in January, will compete in the Illinois Geography Bee to be held in Springfield on March 31. One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, which will be held May 14-18 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. The national winner receives a $50,000 college scholarship.

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  • 7th Grade Trip

    Information regarding our new trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 21-22.

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Principal's Message


The 2016-2017 school year marks my 20th year in education. In having taught in other communities at both the middle school and high school levels, as well as having been an assistant principal at both the middle school and high school levels, Conrady Junior High has been one of the toughest places to work, but also of the most special places to work. Here's a short list of why:

*Conrady ranks consistently in the top-five schools in the State of Illinois in academic achievement based on student demographics. 
*Conrady's athletic, academic, visual and performing arts teams regularly place first in conference events and contests.
*North Palos Schools equips our staff with outstanding training and resources for students to be successful. 
*We are progressive with our curriculum to ensure that students continue to meet the ever-changing expectations of learning standards and to be competitive with their acquired skills. 
*Our school reflects a diverse population of ethnicities, backgrounds, languages, and ideas that help shape us into being well-rounded individuals. 
*Conrady staff goes above and beyond expectations in part by working all hours of the day and on weekends in order for kids to have the best possible education. 
*Our students are talented, work hard, and are just plain enjoyable to be around. We have great kids!

I mentioned Conrady as being a "tough" place to work because our expectations are high. We never settle. We truly look at each individual student on a regular basis to identify how better we can serve each one.  

It is my pleasure and a privilege to be Principal of Conrady Junior High School. With a fabulous leadership team, outstanding teachers, and ever-so-dedicated support staff, we constantly work together for Conrady to be the flagship school of District 117 in our pursuit to be a leading exemplary school within Illinois and the nation as we strive to Be the Best for the World! 

Mr. Andy Anderson

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