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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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  • Family Literacy Night on March 16

    6:00-8:00 p.m. at Conrady Junior High School

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  • Family Math Night on March 23

    6:00-8:00 p.m. at Conrady Junior High School

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  • Boxed In

    It was oh-so-close for the 7th and 8th Grade Boys’ basketball teams Thursday, as they dropped two tight games to archrival Palos. The 8th Grade Girls’ Volleyball team was more successful, topping the Cardinals for their 5th win in a row. Come cheer on the girls Monday as they host Oak Lawn-Hometown. The Boys travel to Oak Lawn for a 4 p.m. tip-off.

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  • Doubling Up

    The Lady Jaguars made quick work of their Simmons Middle School opponents Tuesday as they took care of business in consecutive games. The 7th Grade Girls’ Volleyball team got back in the win column with a hard-fought match that saw the Jaguars come from behind twice to win 26-24 and 28-26. The 8th Grade Girls’ ran their win streak to four in a row with a convincing two-set victory. The Lady Jaguars are to play at Palos South Thursday (3:30 p.m.), while the Boys’ Basketball team hosts the Cardinals at Conrady.

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  • 7th Grade Trip

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

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  • 'World' Beaters

    Congratulations to Peter Onjack, Conrady’s 2017 Geography Bee Champion! The 7th grader took top honors in the school’s annual Geography Bee contest that tested 7th and 8th Grade students’ knowledge of world geography. Runners up included Gabriel Mohamed, Evelina Astranskas, Justinas Jankus, Rebecca Maloney, Gabriella Sadowski, Dalya Alkhatib, Sebastian Kowalczyk, Aidan Conroy, Grant Schunts and Jeff Johnson (not pictured). Peter will take a qualifying test in order to move onto the next regional round where he has the chance to compete against other Geography Bee champions around the country. The top prize is a $50,000 college scholarship. Good luck, Peter!

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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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