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

Commander Communicator – 11/2/20

Dear Commander Community,

Sunday launches the start of Native American Heritage Month and we are looking forward to deepening our appreciation for and recognizing the contributions of the Native American and Indigenous Peoples through your Anchor Cohorts this month. Please read the land acknowledgement below:

John F Kennedy High School would like to acknowledge the Native history of the Denver region and Colorado more broadly, and recognize the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. 

The land that Denver sits on originally belonged to the Arapaho tribe, as laid out in the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie. When gold was discovered in the late 185os, white settlers arrived in the area in large numbers and began asserting their right to the land, leading to the Treaty of Fort Wise in 1861 and cessation of the land by some tribal leaders. In 1864, the Sand Creek Massacre resulted in the deaths of hundreds to Arapaho and Cheyenne people, and soon after these nations would be relocated out of Colorado. 

Other nations native to Colorado include the Apache, Comanche, Shoshone, and Ute. The latter includes the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, federally recognized tribes that have their current headquarters in Ignacio, Colorado and Towaoc, Colorado, respectively. These groups have historically lived in the southern and western portions of the state. In Denver Public Schools, we have over 1,000 Native students representing over 70 tribes. By acknowledging that we are on Native land, please recognize the students you are all called upon to support. 

Special thanks to Rosie Molina for compiling this Land Acknowledgement. “It is important to understand the longstanding history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation.” Northwestern University

Students, your attendance, engagement, and active participation are critical during this time of remote learning. Please log into your Anchor Cohort each day at 8 am to set goals, build relationships, and hear important updates. Stay focused on your asynchronous assignments and log into your teachers’ asynchronous Google Meets if you need extra support during that time. Most importantly, log in to live synchronous learning every day every class. 

We have taken feedback from students and teachers and are providing a five minute break between the two live synchronous classes each afternoon. Therefore, your periods 1 and 2 will begin promptly at 11:15 instead of 11:20 and end at 12:45 instead of 12:50 each day to give you that 5 minute break before you log into period 3 and 4. Your teachers will be able to answer any questions you may have about this shift. 

And one last note, please remember it is very important to exercise your right to vote. Commanders, your vote is your voice! Please drop off of those ballots or go out to the polls safely on November 3rd. 

As always, Commanders, we are STRONGER TOGETHER, so send me your feedback, and have a Commander kind of week!

With love and gratitude,

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

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UPDATES
  • JFK Virtual Town Hall: Due to low attendance, we are rescheduling our virtual town halls to occur every other week. Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, November 11th at 5 PM. You can join here
  • Financial Aid Night: Seniors and Senior Parents!

    Please join the JFK Future Center for the second Financial Aid Night of the semester! We will be hosting out second event on 11/10 from 3pm to 6pm.  You can sign up to complete your FAFSA or CASFA to complete this VERY important part of the college enrollment process. Don’t delay spots are limited and are filling up fast. Sign up at this link. Reach out to Ms. Emily with any problems or questions: eweiss@denverscholarship.org or 720-588-3287.

  • 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

  • Virtual Parent Teacher Home Visit:  The purpose of these virtual visits is for JFK staff to build and grow relationships with our families, especially during COVID-19. For example, we would love to discuss your hopes and dreams for your student and also offer school resources to help your family. While normally these visits would take place in person, due to COVID-19, we will be hosting them via Google Meet or via phone. 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!

  • IB Exam registration: Juniors & Seniors -- IB exam registration has begun! If you are a senior in any IB class, or a Junior in IB Psychology SL, IB Sports, Exercise, and Health Science SL, and/or IB Visual Arts SL then you must submit your registration prior to November 13th. Click here  for the form and reach out to Ms. Warren (alissa_warren@dpsk12.org) if you have any questions!

GET INVOLVED
  • PRIDE Celebration: You can watch this month's P.R.I.D.E celebration here. Shout out to all of our P.R.I.D.E award recipients!

  • PRIDE Podcast: In case you missed it, we launched our P.R.I.D.E podcast last month.We just released another episode today too! You can listen to both of our podcasts here

  • Athletics Interest Meeting: We are excited to gather virtually for our athletics community meeting.  Join us for updates on Seasons B-D, breakout sessions with all of our head coaches, and interest meetings for Girls/Boys LAX as well as eSports.
     
    We’ll see you on November 10th from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
    Meeting ID
    meet.google.com/aqz-sfmc-hct
    Phone Numbers
    (‪US)‪+1 617-675-4444
    PIN: ‪959 377 160 4614#

  • Commander Spotlight: We would like to congratulate Alisha Cheeks, Sr., Reyna Garduno, Sr., Leilah Burgo, Fr. for receiving DPS League Honorable Mention Recognition.  We would also like to congratulate Erica Aragon and Brooklyn Horn for their the 1st-Team All-League selections.  Brooklyn also received an All-State Honorable Mention recognition. 

    Shoutout to Kyanna Almeida for her amazing performance of “Someone You Loved”, in the Kennedy’s Got Talent Segment of the PRIDE Awards video.  We cannot forget the amazing art piece that we showcased A Parody of American Gothic with Monsters Inc., by Thalia Ortega. See her artwork here.

 
RESOURCES
  • Here is a link to information on Free Covid Tests.
  • C4HCO - Open Enrollment Begins Sunday, November 1! With spikes in COVID-19 cases and the cold and flu seasons at our doorsteps, it more important than ever to make sure all Coloradans have access to affordable health insurance. To do so, Connect for Health Colorado has spent the last couple of months making necessary changes for a successful, mainly virtual, eighth Open Enrollment Period. This year’s Open Enrollment period begins November 1, 2020 and ends on January 15, 2021. Here are some helpful reminders and virtual tools for you:
    • Web and print versions of resources are available to you free of charge through our Open Enrollment Online Toolkit and our Online Store.
    • Free, virtual, and in-person help is available from our certified Connect for Health Colorado enrollment experts located throughout the state. Click here to find assistance in your area.
  • 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
  • Remote Learning Center: We know that the news of the extension of remote learning for the rest of the semester was not ideal for everyone. We understand that many of our students are struggling and are in need of in person support. This opportunity was shared with us and we are thrilled to offer this resource to our students! The Boys & Girls Club is starting up a learning lab at College View Rec Center. Program and enrollment details can be found here.

    Hours at College View will be from 8:000am – 4:00pm.

    They will have internet access and support for online classes. Breakfast, Lunch, and a snack will be served. Their staff will provide brain breaks and additional programming while out of classes and during breaks (art, athletics, STEM, social recreation, etc.) Enroll now!

    And please share this resource with anyone who might benefit.
     
  • New Schedule: We made one small schedule adjustment based off of some feedback we received from teachers and students. Schedule changes are reflected here

Same as last week:

  • 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

  • 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
  • 11/13 — JFK Horror Film Festival Virtual Screening
  • 11/23 - 11/27 — No School
  • 01/04 — Return to In Person (tentative)

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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