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

Commander Communicator 10/19/20

Dear Commander Community,

Despite our ever-changing world, the turbulence and devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, shifts that we have had to make as a result of decisions to remain remote at least until November 9th (with the exception of our MI, MI-S, and AN Center Based students who will return on 10/21), our priorities remain the same: focus on building strong relationships and connections with our students and families, support the differentiated needs of our students, and provide excellence in instruction.  

IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE FOR THE RETURN TO IN PERSON LEARNING ON 11/9, THE SCHEDULE IS SHIFTING FOR Q2 beginning on Wednesday 10/21 though THE END OF THE YEAR . Click on this LINK to see the Q2 Schedule, and see our website at jfk.dpsk12.org, as this schedule BEGINS Wednesday the 21st when you return from Fall Break. 

A note on attendance: Attendance is required and taken for all students during the Anchor Cohort Warm Welcome from 8 to 8:30 each day. Students will use the time between 8:30 and 10:30 to complete asynchronous assignments, meet with their teachers, and check in with their Anchor Cohort teachers to communicate their progress. Attendance will be taken again during each LIVE SYNCHRONOUS CLASS. If you cannot make your live synchronous class, you must communicate with your teacher AND submit any work that was completed during the live synchronous and asynchronous class that day within 24 hours. 

Hopefully many of you were able to attend virtual conferences with our teachers and staff members on Wednesday and Thursday. Developing a school to home connection is critical to our students’ success, especially during this time when we are not together at JFK! Parents and Guardians, if you were not able to connect with teachers and staff during conferences, feel free to reach out to teachers via email to get updates on your child’s progress AND check Schoology often.

Our first in person community engagement event is our Homecoming Car Parade happening next Saturday the 24th from 11am to noon. This is a socially distanced event in which students are required to wear masks, and only same-household students are allowed to be in the same vehicle. Just like in year’s past, only registered organizations can participate in the parade. Spectators can cheer on our student organizations, athletes, and clubs along the route shown below while staying socially distanced.

JFK Administration holds Wednesday Town Halls for students and families to ask questions and give feedback, meet us here from 5 - 6 pm on Wednesdays. We are SO MUCH stronger together and need your input and want to answer any questions you may have about our return to in person plan. 

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 Break for students will take place from October 16th to October 20th. Students will return for quarter 2 on October 21st through remote learning! Click here for a guide on how to get to class in a remote world for quarter 2. Please note that the schedule has changed in order to prepare for return to in person learning tentatively on November 9th.
  • Grading- Final Grades will be posted to Schoology by end of day on October 22nd and will reflect on parent and student portal on the morning of Friday, October 23rd.

  • Trick or Treat Street - We will be hosting our annual Trick or Treat Street on October 31st from 4 to 6 PM this year. All visitors must be in their car and drive by our booths to play games, and receive candy. Each car will consist of a price of $7 per car. Anyone is welcome as long as they can abide by the safety guidelines of covid-19!

  • ANYONE interested in volleyball this year? We are going to have a meeting this upcoming Monday, 10-19-2020, at 6:00 pm at this google meet: https://meet.google.com/rqa-zwkz-yms

    We will be talking about the upcoming season and what things will look like so please join us!

  • Our Homecoming Parade is going to take place on October 24th! Check out this flyer to see the route and more even details. Click here to register in order to participate.

  • Drive-In Movie- We are super excited about hosting our first drive in movie event! We will be screening the cult classic "Hocus Pocus" on October 30th. Tickets are $15 per car. There will also be "camp chair" spots available for $5 each. We expect to sell out this event so if you want to come, be there early to get a good spot! The sound will be delivered via radio so make sure you have a car radio or portable radio when you come! 

  • JFK will be hosting its first ever District Film Festival! If you or someone you know would like to submit a self-created film, please email it to tboyles@dpsk12.net.

    The screenings of the films will take place on November 6th at 5:00 PM as a drive-in movie format in the JFK High School parking lot. We will also host a virtual screening as well! For more information click here.

  • It is important for you to know that JFK High School will still be offering all 12th grade students to take the College Board’s SAT assessment on Tuesday, 10/27/2020 and all 11th grade students to take the College Board’s PSAT NMSQT assessment on Thursday 10/29/2020.

    Since all students will now be considered remote learners at the time these assessments are given, it is now imperative  ALL 11th and 12th grade Juniors and Seniors respond to this quick survey to let us know if you will be attending the College Board PSAT NMSQT or SAT testing at JFK High School. REMEMBER, THIS ASSESSMENT CAN ONLY BE TAKEN IN PERSON.  Please respond to the linked survey by Wednesday, 10/21/2020.  

  • JFK wants to invite you to learn more about the Coach and Mentoring Program, which helps students explore and learn more about their area of interest. Our program is designed to inspire students to pursue careers related to their CareerConnect courses. We are lucky to work closely with Namaste Solar and during the program students will connect with professionals from Namaste. Mentors will support, guide and provide resources for students to help their academic and professional development. Our school is also one of the three schools who has a Spanish Affinity Cohort, which connects students with Spanish Speaking professionals. For more information check out this flyer. If you would like to join you can fill out this interest form.

  • College and Career Success Month (Take Command of Your Future Month): October is Career and College Success Month. We also want to celebrate the postsecondary achievements and plans of our parents/guardians, alumni, and our students. Please use this form to share your story so we can highlight you on our website and/or district wide platforms! 

    Seniors! Need a little motivation to get your Financial Aid application done (beside the possible $5,000 you can get for college?). Look no further! The Future Center is running a drawing for a $50 gift card!

    Your name will be entered if you:

    • complete the My FAFSA planner on Schoology
    • sign up for an appointment with Ms. Emily
    • start your Financial Aid application (FAFSA for USCitizens, CAFSA for non-citizens) by Nov 1.
      You can make appointments for FAFSA/CAFSA support here any Friday this month, after the above steps are completed!
  • Upward Bound is a pre-collegiate program offered at JFK that serves first-generation and limited income students in the Denver area. We offer one-on-one advising, college visit trips in and out of state, Saturday enrichment events, and a 6-week non-residential and residential summer program. This program is FREE for students who get accepted.
    **It looks a little different at this time, due to the pandemic all services are virtual**
     WE ARE CURRENTLY RECRUITING!! This program is competitive and spots are limited, we have openings for 10 freshmen and 5 juniors. (Sophomores will be considered, Senior class is full). For information on how to join, click here

  • Parent Teacher Home Visit: If you are interested in setting up a virtual meeting with one of our staff members that can talk to you about additional supports for your child please contact laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org to schedule one!

  • Information to receive free RTD passes: Do you need an RTD pass to support your in-person attendance? Here is an opportunity for free RTD passes, thanks to a partnership with the City of Denver. As a reminder, students who traditionally receive an RTD pass from DPS will continue to do so.

  • JFK Virtual Town Hall: Join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, October 21st at 5 PM by clicking this  link.

RESOURCES
  • Here is information on an organization that helps families get access to food.
  • Here is information on where to get Free Meals from DPS.
  • Here is the link to access DPS Coronavirus Resources. 
  • Here is the Southwest Denver Free Activities Calendar
  • 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
  • For more information on resources click here.
 
 
IN-PERSON/VIRTUAL LEARNING UPDATE
  • Superintendent Cordova announced that DPS Secondary Schools (middle and high) are delaying the return to in person learning until at least 11/9/20 EXCEPT for students who are in Center Based Programs like the Multi Intensive Program, the Multi Intensive Severe Program, and the Affective Needs Program who will return to in person learning at Kennedy on 10/21 if those students chose to return in person. See Supt. Cordova’s full message here

    Center Based Families please check the jfk website for schedule details early next week!  

  • The district is requiring that all students complete a health screener every day prior to entering the school. Students can complete these screeners daily at this link. We are tentatively planning a return to in-person learning on November 9th pending Superintendent Cordova's decision. Please save this link so your student can have easy access to it each morning!

  • Please watch this video for a guide on a Safe Return to School starting tentatively on November 9th.

  • Click here for our Return to In Person Plan

  • NEW SCHEDULE: Here is a "How To Get to Class in a Remote World" for Quarter 2 in English and in in . You can check your Student Portal for your schedule so you know which period you need to attend each class. 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 and Guardians, PLEASE make sure you are connected to Schoology and Parent Portal, as these are the online platforms that will help you stay up to date on your student’s attendance, grades, and course work. 

    Parent Portal Registration 

    Schoology Parent Video 

    Schoology Parent Guide 

    Student Schoology Supports 

    JFK Schoology Class Access 

  • UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE OUT OF HOTSPOTS FOR THE TIME BEING. WE WILL UPDATE OUR FAMILIES ONCE WE HAVE MORE AVAILABLE.
  • Chromebooks: 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.

 
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 10/20 Fall College Info Sessions
  • 10/22 — AdvancEDU Info session
  • 10/24 — Homecoming Parade
  • 10/27 — SAT for Seniors
  • 10/29 — PSAT for Juniors
  • 10/31  — Trick or Treat Street
  • 11/06 — JFK Horror Film Festival Drive-In Screening
  • 11/09 — Return to In Person (tentative)
  • TBD — ARISS Ask an Astronaut Event

For more information on any of these events check jfk.dpsk12.org

   EVENT CALENDAR

 

HELPFUL LINKS

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL

2855 S. LAMAR ST. DENVER, CO 80227

  

 

 

 

 

   
 
 

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