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

Commander Communicator 9/20

Dear Commander Community,

This past week we had the pleasure of kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month, four weeks to take time to honor and celebrate the contributions of our students and community members who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Spanish speaking Caribbean countries. (more info found here). Our Hispanic Heritage Month Committee will continue to meet on Fridays to plan mini-lessons and virtual celebrations; and, if you are interested in sharing ideas for celebrations or mini-lessons, please send to me, Tiffany Almon, and I will send them to the Hispanic Heritage Committee. Be sure to share Google permissions with me, otherwise I will not be able to access your material.

We are excited to launch our Fall Welcome Week, our remote version of Back to School Night, beginning on Monday and throughout the week. See our website and Schoology for video introductions from our Staff and Teachers. 

Important message about returning to in person learning: 

Over the past week we have received updated guidance from district leadership on how we can safely provide in-person schooling for middle schools and high schools when the second quarter begins on Oct. 21. I want to provide you with an update on how that guidance is shaping our plans for the start of in-person schooling. Also, please remember that all families have the option to choose the Virtual Program if you prefer 100% remote learning for your student. The virtual option will be similar to what all students are experiencing right now, with a slight schedule change. Students will keep their current courses and teachers regardless of their choice. Students who choose the virtual option will still have the opportunity to participate in sports and other after school activities and events planned.

Also, please note that the district has extended the deadline for middle and high school families to make or change their decision on in-person schooling or the virtual program. That deadline is now the end of the day on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The overriding priority in the plans for in-person schooling continues to be the health and safety of students and staff. And it’s important to understand that the guidance from Denver Health creates significant limitations on in-person learning for middle schools and high schools, primarily due to restrictions around how many students and teachers can be part of the same group  (“cohort”) to minimize exposure risks for students and staff. 

As a result, we are working to develop a weekly schedule that includes a mix of in-person and remote learning. In this “hybrid” scheduling model, we want to offer students at least 10 hours of in-person learning each week -- with the goal of more time if possible. Also, prioritized students in secondary special-education center programs will return to full time in-person learning, in group sizes that align with health regulations.

Please be assured that we are working now to prioritize schedules that provide students with the most enriching and valuable in-person programs and opportunities we can, within the health guidelines. We know how important each minute is in our schools with their teachers, counselors and peers, and we so want to have our hallways and classrooms buzzing with the voices and energy of our students again. 

We will provide more detailed scheduling information in the coming weeks. Please feel free to contact me, Tiffany Almon, if you have any questions. And please know that our team of educators very much appreciates the patience and resilience that our students and families have shown over the past several months.

With love and gratitude,

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

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UPDATES
  • Fall Welcome Week: Since we are unable to gather in person, we will be posting videos all week long with opportunities to get to know you JFK Staff as well as discover opportunities to get involved. On Monday, follow this link to get started or visit our homepage at jfk.dpsk12.org and click on the banner. The schedule for Fall Welcome Week is as follows: 

    • Monday, September 21st: Prerecorded Admin Welcome Videos & School Tour

    • Tuesday, September 22nd: Prerecorded Teacher Welcome Videos

    • Wednesday, September 23rd: Live Town Hall from 5PM-6PM

    • Thursday, September 24th: Prerecorded Metal Health and SSP Welcome Videos, Whole Child Distinguished Resources for Families

    • Friday, September 25th: Prerecorded Clubs Fair Videos

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

  • 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. 

    DoTS has been working with CenturyLink in regards to the issue of slow internet speeds on Chromebooks and have narrowed it down to newer modems that have built-in security features.  
     
    CenturyLink has created an email address specifically to provide customer service for families who may be experiencing slow network speeds on their DPS-issued Chromebooks.  
     
    For any families continuing to experience these issues, please have them email chromebook@centurylink.com for continued troubleshooting on their end.

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

  • CSC Meeting: If you missed the meeting on Tuesday the 15th of September you can rewatch the meeting here. The minutes can be found here

  • Hey Seniors! Are you interested in a FREE senior portrait photoshoot?

    We know times are hard right now but we still want to celebrate all of you for working hard to make it to your senior year! We are collaborating with some local photographers to provide this opportunity to our Senior Commanders.

    Please read the information on this form and fill it out if you would like to receive a free senior portrait: https://tinyurl.com/jfkseniorportraits

  • Commander Connection PTSA: JFK is looking for motivated, committed parent visionaries to join our PTSA! Our goal is to create a network amongst parents and guardians who are looking to support fundraising initiatives to generate revenue for family resources, to celebrate our staff, and to host/plan community events. Email laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org if you're interested in joining!

  • 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. 

  • 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

RESOURCES
  • FLU VACCINES are now available at our Denver Health Clinic!
    • You must be a DPS STUDENT
    • You must be consented for the Denver Health Clinic and also for the Flu Vaccine
    • To make an appointment: E-mail SBHC@dhha.org or call 303-602-8958 or the JFK Clinic direct number: 720-423-4355
 
 
RETURN TO IN-PERSON UPDATE
  • All students, no matter if they are virtual or in person will have the same courses and teachers from 10/21/20 to 12/18/20 (Semester 1). We will continue semester blocking for semester 2 (4 courses completed in one semester).

  • We are awaiting schedule approval from our Regional Instructional Superintendent’s team, but you can expect the following:

    • School will begin at 8am as it does now. 

    • Students can arrive to be supervised by 7:30am. 

    • Students must take a health screen prior to entering the building, preferably at home AND wear masks.

    • Students will have access to at least 2.5 hours of in person learning per day.

    • Students will be released to return directly home at lunch, UNLESS they need to stay at school to engage in virtual learning. Examples of instances when students would not leave at lunch to log on for virtual learning at home: 
      • No transportation home
      • Unstable Internet connection at home
    • Students will be in ONE cohort (a fixed group of students) for an extended period of time up to one quarter) when they are attending in person.
    • Students will receive at least 30 minutes of social emotional learning through Warm Welcomes; and, they will have access to our Mental Health Team if needed.
    • Students may receive specialized small group instruction outside of their cohort if their coursework, language development, or academic learning requirements necessitate this type of accommodation.
    • Anticipated class sizes are no more than 24 students per class, which ensures we have the space to keep students 3 feet away from each other.
  • Transportation: due to social distancing constraints DPS is only able to offer transportation to:
    • Students legally entitled to transportation, such as those in special education or students experiencing homelessness.
    • Students who typically receive an RTD pass from DPS Transportation will continue to do so.
 
 
ATHLETICS CORNER

ATHLETICS:

  • As of this morning we have elected to remain unified as a district on our stance to keep the health and safety of our students as the priority in every decision.  Based on the recent decision from CHSAA and Governor Polis, DPS Athletics and Senior District Leadership are working in close collaboration to develop a safe and reasonable response.  The final decision will be made with input from all-stakeholders.  We will keep our community updated as information is made available. Please refer to the press release here for more details.
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 9/8 — CSC Meeting
  • Week of 9/21 — Back to School Night
  • TBD — ARISS Ask an Astronaut Event
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HELPFUL LINKS

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL

2855 S. LAMAR ST. DENVER, CO 80227

  

 

 

 

 

   
 
 

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