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

Commander Communicator – 9/11

Dear Commander Community,

Today on 9/11/20, the anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, we remember and honor our first responders who risk their lives each day to protect and serve us. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the Commander Community who serve as first responders for their selfless service. Hopefully, you were able to take a moment today to reflect on the historical impact of 9/11/01 and honor the lives lost as a result of the 9/11 attacks. 

To continue our work on embodying our vision to become advocates of our passions, challengers of inequities, and champions of change a small group of student leaders met with our staff this past Wednesday to give guidance on how we can create more space and time for students to engage in conversations around race, racism, and inequity. As a result of this student led conversation, students will now have the opportunity to participate in conversations around equity every Thursday during Warm Welcomes. Students will also be invited to share their preferred pronouns during these Warm Welcomes. To learn more about why we name our preferred pronouns and why they matter click here.

Families, the JFK School Leadership Team and Administrative team is working on developing a plan that ensures a safe return to in - person learning. We are anxiously awaiting Superintendent Cordova’s decision on whether we can return on 10/21/20. Her decision is expected to be announced on 10/16/20. For more information regarding our return to in person learning and family supports to utilize in times of hardship see the DPS Back to School Site.

With love and gratitude,

Tiffany Almon
Proud Principal
She, her, hers and why they matter
tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org
 

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UPDATES
  • Back to School Night: Since we are unable to gather in person, we will be posting “Meet the JFK Staf - Back to School Night” videos the week of 9/21/20. You will have the opportunity to click on any teacher and staff video to learn more about their role, their class, and why they choose Kennedy as their home. The videos will be accessible through our website and Schoology beginning 9/21/20.

  • All parents must fill out the JFK Parent/Guardian Online Tool Consent Form which can be found here.

  • Title 1 & Signs of Suicide Presentation: If you missed our Title I and Sign of Suicide presentation this week, you can watch it in English and in Spanish here.

  • CSC Meeting on Tuesday the 15th of September from 4:30 -6 PM. Please join the meeting at this link. The agenda can be found here

  • Math Mastery Movement: If you do not have a Math Class, you will log into your Math Mastery Movement class every Monday at 2:25. This class is labeled at Study Hall in Schoology and the meet link to this class is located within the Study Hall Schoology course.

  • SCHEDULE: Here is a "How To Get to Class in a Remote World" guide in English and Spanish. You can check your Student Portal for your schedule so you know which period you need to attend each class. Check out our block schedule here. If you can't remember if it is a green day or a blue day, please check the Blue/Green Calendar that is also linked on our homepage. 

  • Parents, are you thinking about college or worried about what to expect with the Pandemic? The Denver Scholarship Foundation and Kennedy Future Center are here to help. View this video to get an intro to college in the Pandemic. And stay tuned for more events, and opportunities to learn more about college and life after Kennedy for your student.

  • Attendance Policy: Our attendance policy has been updated this year in order to accommodate school in a remote world. You can read the policy here. Remember, if you are unable to attend your class, please contact your teacher explaining why so that you will not get marked as absent. You will also need to provide them your plan on how you will avoid missing class in the future.

  • Supply Pick-Up: Some courses require hard copy materials, textbooks and/or additional supplies in order for students to fully engage with the content. If you missed our supply pick up events this week, please stop by the main entrance walk-up window and request your supplies between 8 AM and 3 PM next week.

  • “Paper” Online Tutoring Program Launches This Week! -- Go to app.paper.co and login by clicking the BLUE Google Login button and entering your DPS login and password information. You will now have access to 24/7 tutors in ALL course content areas. Tutors are also available to speak to you in Spanish. There will be prizes awarded to the 45 students who use Paper with the most frequency over the next two weeks. This is an excellent resource to help you stay on track towards your career and college pathway

  • 100% Virtual Option: We wanted to clarify that choosing the 100% virtual option in your Annual Family Update means you are only electing for 100% virtual learning through December. Also, if you have selected 100% virtual learning but you change your mind and would like to attend school in-person once we resume you do not have to change your Annual Family Update. You can just send your child to school as you normally would! We are still working out a solution for the situation that you have selected in-person and would like to shift to 100% virtual.

  • Health and Safety Requirements for in-person learning:  In partnership with CDPHE, DPS has identified Health and Safety requirements, including the wearing of masks, hand washing, and other specific notes, that will be in place when we are in the hybrid and full-time in-person learning contexts.  Information is available on the DPS website.

  • In person, socially distant, engagement activities: Despite being in remote learning, we want to offer small, socially distant in-person activities (~25 students) at JFK High School, but first we want to hear from you! Please complete the survey below to help us create fun activities to help bring our Commander community together during these difficult times. https://forms.gle/yd1LvCYN29G3naAb8

 
 
REGISTRATION AND TECHNOLOGY
  • REGISTRATION: If you still need to register you can come to the JFK main entrance any day next week between 8 AM and 12 PM or 1 PM and 3 PM for in-person support. You can also still complete this process online through our online registration document.
  • TECHNOLOGY: 
    • Chromebooks/Hotspots: If you have a hotspot that doesn't work, please come to JFK in order to trade it in for a new one. If you still need a hotspot, we still have some left to give out! If you are in need of a Chromebook , you can come to the school any day between 8-3 PM next week. You can park in the main entrance parking lot and we will take care of you at the open window. If students are having issues with their Chromebook, they can also come in to exchange the one they have for a new one. It is always a good idea to call the main office (720-423-4300) prior to coming in to ensure we still have Chromebooks and hotspots available. 

    • Troubleshooting: Please contact laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org if you are having issues attending your courses in Schoology.

 
ATHLETICS CORNER

ATHLETICS:

  • In case you didn't know the JFK Denver Health clinic is open and safe to visit! All you have to do 
    • English E-Sign
    • Spanish E-Sign
    • To make an appointment: E-mail SBHC@dhha.org or call 303-602-8958 or
      the JFK Clinic direct number: 720-423-4355
  • in order to use the clinic is fill out the consent form which you can access by clicking these links 
    below. After you e-sign and make an appointment, just call them at 720-423-4355 so they can 
    let you into the building. They also do sport physicals if you are still in need of one! 
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 9/8 — CSC Meeting
  • Week of 9/21 — Back to School Night
  • TBD — ARISS Ask an Astronaut Event
   EVENT CALENDAR

 

HELPFUL LINKS

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL

2855 S. LAMAR ST. DENVER, CO 80227

  

 

 

 

 

   
 
 

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