Main Office: 720-423-4300 & Attendance: 720-423-4354
Main Office: 720-423-4300 & Attendance: 720-423-4354

Commander Communicator Week of 4/27

This Week's Updates

UPDATES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Teacher Appreciation Week is NEXT WEEK (5/4 -5/8) and we are looking for students to express their gratitude by creating a 15-30 second video clip AND/OR writing individual emails to your teachers to thank them for everything they do to make JFK the BEST HIGH SCHOOL in Denver. Please email Tiffany Almon at tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org if you are able to participate in spreading the love to our teachers and paraprofessionals.
  • Class of 2021 and 2022 — Interested in becoming a Link Crew Leader?
  1. View the introductory video in your advisory meeting this Monday.
  2. Complete this online application – Due by May 8thhttps://tinyurl.com/JFKLinkApplication
  3. Keep a lookout for an email in your school account for our first virtual meeting on May 15th and save the date in advance!Email Mrs. Sarlo crystal_sarlo@dpsk12.org or Mrs. Pineda  ibonne_pineda@dpsk12.org if you have any questions.

Summer Internships — a message from Ms. Aragon

Due to the COVID-19 virus, our CareerConnect department has been working diligently to offer summer remote internships. We are hopeful there will be some opportunities, so please stay tuned!

Here is an update on the following career pathways and programs:

  •   Aerospace Academy – Pending remote experience
  •   BusinessConnect – Possible remote experience
  •   CreativeConnect – Possible remote experience
  •   EngineeringConnect – Possible remote experience
  •   MedConnect – Due to our city’s medical industry, they may not be able to participate in this summer’s remote internship program. However, we will keep you posted on any changes.

Summer Remote Internship Dates:  

If our summer remote internship program is approved our start date will be Monday, July 6, to Friday, August 7. We appreciate your patience as we work through this trying time.  If you have any questions please feel free to email Mrs. Aragon at anne_aragon@dpsk12.org.  My Google phone number is 720-460-9239.  Thank you! 

Grading Guidance

READ THE DOCUMENT LINKED HERE CAREFULLY FROM  TOP TO BOTTOM. Mrs. Almon and the leadership team will have a Q and A about Grading on Tuesday the 21st from 4 -5 PM via Google Meet. Follow this link to join: meet.google.com/cei-kaub-tgf

Students, if you would like to choose the Credit/No Credit option for one or more of your classes, as a family, please use this Google Form by 4/29/20 to determine which courses you will choose to earn Credit instead of a letter grade. The form includes pros and cons for choosing the Credit/No Credit to guide your choice.

JFK Relief Fund

Many of you have reached out regarding hardships you are overcoming as well as personal losses you have experienced during the pandemic. In order to be a support for our families in need, we have put together a Go Fund Me to pay for food baskets and other relief items. Follow this link to donate to Commander families who need the support of our community to make ends meet and stay healthy during this tough time. On the flip side, if you are in need, email Tiffany Almon at tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org to indicate your need and we will do whatever we can to help you out, while keeping your situation private.

Counseling Center Updates: 

Counselors are available for appointments through Setmore: https://jfkcounseling.setmore.com/

Check out our School Counseling and Mental Health Team website for more information.

JFK Counseling Resources Click Here

JFK Mental Health Resources Click Here

SENIOR CELEBRATIONS

Seniors, we know that the culmination of your k-12 education is going nowhere near to plan, and our hearts and love go out to each of you as you navigate the wave of emotions and challenges this time brings. The Commander Community is planning some fun and memorable moments for you as your Senior year comes to a close. We know that these events and tokens are nothing compared to ending your Senior year TOGETHER, but we hope they bring you joy and help you see how special you are and how proud we are of you.

      • The Future Center is hosting Office Hours you can sign up on the Schoology group for Seniors, or HERE for Ms. Emily and HERE for Ms. Ambria.
        • The DSF application is STILL Open!!  All eligible students still can apply!
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      • Huge shout out to the following students who received scholarships (contact us if you earn a scholarship, we want to celebrate you!):
        • Claudia Loya received the Inspired Leaders CORE scholarship from Regis, which is a full tuition scholarship!
        • Jaylantis London Brown received the 4 – year Denver Alumnae Chapter Scholarship. She was also recently recognized as a Sachs Foundation Scholar.
        • Brian Tran was accepted to Columbia, Georgetown and UCD BSMD program which provides a clear path to CU Denver Anschutz school of medicine from an undergrad degree.
        • Krist Tran was also accepted to Cal Berkeley in their Chemistry Program.
        • Tam Nguyen is a Daniels Scholar receiving a full ride for all 4 years to her choice of CSU
        • Jocelyn Gonzalez is a Boettcher Scholar also receiving a full ride to CU Boulder to study Architecture.
        • Thuy (Suzie) Pham received the Musical Scholarship from Regis, which gives her a monetary reward and offers her free lessons in any instrument of her choice while at school. She auditioned on drums.

Ways we will take attendance and build community during remote learning —

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    1. Mondays — Google Meet Advisory meeting — your advisor will send you the meeting invite and times by the end of this week. 
    2. Wednesdays — Commander Check In — JFK Staff and members of Student Council will create a Commander Check in video to update you on important information and on the #Anchor Fun Challenge for the week
    3. Fridays— Your teachers will grade your work and provide feedback, if you do not turn your work in at the end of each week (by Thursday 4PM), a member of the JFK staff will call you to make sure you are okay and have access to the learning the following Monday.
    4. Mondays through Thursdays — your teachers will host office hours to answer your questions and provide instruction; our mental health providers and counselors will be available by appointment, and your Admin will be available by email or phone any weekday from 8am to 4pm.

    Information about our JFK Remote Learning plan is found on our website (jfk.dpsk12.org), and you can find your student and family guidance document here. Check your email and Schoology everyday!

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

    • MEETING YOUR BASIC NEEDS
      • Information for Grab and Go Meal Centers found here
      • If you need immediate Mental Health support please call 1-877-542-7233 or visit 

           https://safe2tell.org/ which will provide an anonymous way to help someone who is struggling or hurting.  

    • CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

    If you are reporting confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 and/or have questions about COVID-19, please visit the DPS Corona Virus page.

Important Dates

 

All dates tentative until further notice.

  • 4/7 through the end of the year — remote teaching and  learning

  • 5/15 Tentative Last Day for Seniors to turn in assignments

  • 5/20 – 5/21Tentative Senior Check Out Dates

  • 5/22 — Last day for students to turn in assignments

  • 5/28 — VIRTUAL Graduation Ceremony

  • 7/13 – 7/31 — Ready for 2024 for incoming Freshmen

  • 8/3 – 8/6 — Ninth Grade Academy

  • 8/17 — First day of school 20-21

 

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