Welcome to Independence Junior High School

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

2014-2015 School Year (August 15, 2014)

On behalf of the entire Independence staff, I would like to welcome our students and their families to the 2014-2015 school year. As building principal, I am honored to serve the IJHS community. By fostering a collaborative community among all stakeholders, it is my goal to help our students achieve their full potential.
As a learning community, we are committed to providing our students with a comprehensive educational program. Our staff continues to work diligently reviewing curriculum to ensure all students are challenged and prepared for high school, college, and future careers. The goal of all classrooms is to engage our students in higher levels of thinking, while weaving in 21st Century technology skills through our 1:1 initiative.
Along with a rigorous academic program, our school offers students a wide range of athletic teams and academic clubs. Please navigate through our website for a full listing of our teams and clubs. Boys' and Girls' Volleyball is the first of these activities; tryouts are scheduled on Thursday, August 21 after school from 3:00 - 4:30pm. Details for other school activities will be announced throughout the year. I encourage each of our students to get involved in a club or activity.
I welcome our parents and families to be a part of our collaborative community. I urge all of the IJHS community to check our website as we update events regularly. We look forward to a successful school year. If you have questions, please feel free to call the office at (708)448-0737.
Kevin Kirk

2013-2014 School Year

Please refer to the Principal's Blog page for updates concerning the 2013-2014 school year!

Mrs. Heather Meskimen, Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Finalist (created April 3, 2014)

Congratulations to Mrs. Heather Meskimen, IJHS 7th and 8th grade Literature teacher and Head Teacher of the school. Mrs. Meskimen was nominated for the distinguished Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and competed against over 600 other applicants. We are proud to announce that Mrs. Meskimen has been named one of 32 finalists for this award. We will post and announce additional information as the process moves forward. Please reach out to Mrs. Meskimen to congratulate her for her outstanding teaching and for her journey in becoming a Golden Apple Distinguished Educator! She can be reached at hmeskimen@palos128.org. For additional information about the Golden Apple Awards, visit the following link http://www.goldenapple.org/Golden-Apple-Finalists-Announced.

Independence Jr. High School Receives Academic Excellence Award

For the second straight year, Independence Jr. High has been recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education for sustained high academic performance as measured by ISAT.

Less than ten percent of all Illinois public schools achieved this honor. Sixty-Eight out of 744 middle schools earned this award. Out of 2,605 elementary schools, only 382 achieved this success.

Palos Heights School District 128 is among the top elite districts in our state based on academic successes. Congratulations to our students, staff and parents for helping our district earn this merit award.

Please visit the following website to learn more about this award: Illinois Interactive Report Card

IJHS MATH LAB (created February 18, 2014)

Independence is excited to announce a brand new after school program called the IJHS MATH LAB. This is an after 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 Thursday in the IJHS library. There is no district transportation available, so students must be picked up promptly at 3:30 p.m. or will need to walk home. Parents, please encourage your children to attend!

The program will start on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

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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