Welcome to Independence Junior High School

Principal Kevin Kirk | Secretary Trudy Walta | Office Hours 7:30 AM 3:30 PM

May the (School) Spirit of the Holidays be with you and yours!
From The Staff of Independence Jr. High
IJHS Celebrates Veterans Day

To celebrate Veterans Day, Independence Junior High School welcomed over 80 veterans and their families to a breakfast and assembly in their honor. With the assistance of Mr. Scott Kelly, Chairman of the Palos Heights Veterans Commission, and the Shepard ROTC, and First Ward Alderman Donald Bylut, IJHS students and staff prepared a program dedicated to their service and sacrifice.

Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day has been celebrated since November 11, 1918. We proudly continue that tradition here at IJHS. Our students and staff combine essays, poems, and artwork, which is inspired by our veterans, with beautiful selections from our choir and band to capture the appreciation we have for our veterans. During our presentation, the IJHS band played each of the five service medleys while all veterans stood to be recognized when their song was played.

Along with honoring those veterans present, our Student Council participated in a special procedure that organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars open their meetings. In paying tribute to those servicemen and women who are still missing or imprisoned, we draped a POW/MIA flag over an empty chair.

Our assembly concluded with the Palos Heights VFW presenting Student Council with a check to the non-profit organization, Salute Inc., located just outside of Chicago. The mission of Salute Inc. is to help meet the financial, physical, and emotional needs of our military service members, veterans, and their families. If you are interested learning more information about this organization, you can visit it online at www.saluteinc.org.

On behalf of the entire IJHS family, thank you to all of our veterans for your service in protecting our rights and freedoms.

USS Independence Museum

Independence Junior High School is proud to unveil our new USS Independence Museum! Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Ryan Mahoney and Mr. Andrew Janotta, we have collected numerous artifacts and memorabilia from the USS Independence. This fall, we found a new home for these pieces of history in our front lobby, located directly next to our Independence bell!

During your next visit to Independence Junior High, please take time to visit this showcase and learn about this historical Navy vessel, from it's inauguration to its decomission.


Independence is excited to announce that the IJHS MATH LAB will continue for this school year! This is a before school program offered to students for help in all levels of math. The MATH LAB can help with homework, reinforce a confusing topic, or help study for the big test.

There is no charge to students and Mrs. Rosynek, a certified Math teacher, will direct the MATH LAB. No reservations are needed, just stop by every Tuesday and/or Wednesday morning between 7:30 and 8:00am in Room 137. There is no district transportation available, so students must be dropped off or walk to school. Parents, please encourage your children to attend!

The program will start on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30am.

Daily Bell Schedule

8:15-9:03, First Period
9:05-9:48, Second Period
9:50-10:33, Third Period
10:35-11:18, Fourth Period
11:20-11:50, Lunch
11:20-12:03, Fifth Period Academic
12:08-12:35, Lunch
11:52-12:35, Sixth Period Academic
12:37-1:20, Seventh Period
1:22-2:05, Eighth Period
2:05-2:50, Ninth Period

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