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

Commander Communicator – 11/09/20

Dear Commander Community,

"Education is the movement from darkness to light.” - Allen Bloom

I know that during these dark times, it is hard to find light; but, please know that at Kennedy we are working hard to figure out ways to bring joy and hope to our students and families despite decisions that have been made in regards to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Some examples of these attempts of illuminating and cultivating joy and hope occurring semester 1 are:

  1. We are planning a Kennedy Remote Learning Center for a small number of students who chose in person to return the week before Thanksgiving Break, the week of 11/16, and through the end of semester 1. We are identifying these students based on need, if they have a consistent attendance rate, and if they would truly benefit from coming to Kennedy each day to work and learn in a stable environment with consistent Internet and support from an educator. 

  2. The Election Watch Party and interview with Chalkbeat -- see JFK STUCO featured here

  3. The JFK Horror Film Festival live streaming on November 13th

  4. The Lift Every Voice and Sing Virtual Choir Performance

  5. Athletics Interest Night -- go here on Tuesday at 5pm

  6. The Commander P.R.I.D.E. Podcast, happening bi-monthly during Anchor Cohort

  7. Commander P.R.I.D.E. Celebrations, happening monthly during Anchor Cohort

  8. Morning Warm Welcomes during Anchor Cohort

  9. The NHS Induction Ceremony

In order to ensure all of our students have clear and reliable wireless Internet to access their learning and fun engagement events, we have been distributing T-Mobile Hotspots. However, we are now out of hotspots, and really need those of you who are not using the hotspot that was distributed to you to please return the hotspot to the main office. You can do so any weekday between 7 and 3 PM. Thank you so much for your help in getting hotspots in the hands of the students who need them and who will use them.

As always, Commanders, we are STRONGER TOGETHER, so send me your feedback, OR BETTER YET, attend the bi monthly Town Hall meeting occurring on Wednesday HERE. 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
  • Picture Days will take place on the week of November 16th! Each day will be one grade only, they are listed below.  Photos will be 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM in the Gym. We will excuse students from Study Hall if needed. Students will use the student parking lot to access the cameras. Masks are required and will only be removed to take the photo. 
     11/16: 9th Grade
    11/17: 10th Grade
    11/18: 11th Grade
    11/19: 12th Grade and Staff 
    Here is the information on ordering pictures from Lifetouch.
  • ELA PAC Meeting: We are hosting our first ELA PAC meeting of this school year next Thursday, November 12th at 5 PM! ELA PAC meetings are for the parents of our English Learners. We will provide information on how our school can support your student. We would also love to hear from you on how we can improve support for your family. Join the meeting here
  • We have more covid-19 cases to report within our community. These students or staff members have been working or learning remotely 100% of the time, and have not been at school. We report both remote and in-person cases so that we have a well-rounded look at what is occurring within our community. 
    Please click the link for more information. Stay safe Commanders!
  • JFK Virtual Town Hall: 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.

  • 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
  • Athletics Updates:
    • 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#
    • Field Update: Our synthetic field is being replaced starting Monday November 9th.  The project will take roughly four weeks with a virtual opening ceremony to follow upon completion of the project.

  • Commander Spotlights: 
    Check out this amazing water color by Yaire Guzman
    Check out this Marketing Functions Walkabout by Avril Maldonado who is in our Business CTE pathway.]
    The National Junior Honor Society Honor Society Induction took place this week. The program is available here and you can watch the ceremony here

  • Environmental Tip of the Week from the JFK Environmental Club:
    Did you know that Americans consume 1,500 plastic water bottles per second? Can you imagine the effect this waste has on the environment? Plastics are made out of polyethylene terephthalate that require lots of fossil fuel to create. In addition, they never truly go away and only 1 in 6 plastic bottles are recycled. You can help reduce this waste by reusing water bottles and avoiding throwing out bottles after one use. Join the Commander Environmental club every Thursday at 3:20-4:00pm to help take action in the fight against climate change, and make a difference!

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/RETURN TO IN-PERSON UPDATE
  • Chromebooks: If you are in need of a Chromebook please email ryan_aichele@dpsk12.org to request one. If there are any available, you can pick them up at the school any weekday between 7 AM and 3 PM.

    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.
  • Snow Days: In the event of inclement weather that would require closure of DPS buildings and offices, all K-12 students will have a remote learning day. Our students have already lost so much learning time due to the COVID-19 crisis. Our students lost two weeks around spring break last school year, when the crisis hit. We started this school year a week late, and there have been countless instructional hours lost in the transition from in-person to remote learning. We also know that for most of our students who are currently learning remotely, a snow day is no different than a normal remote learning day. With that in mind, DPS feels it’s critical to do whatever we can to maximize academic instruction and support for our students, even on days when students and staff can’t report to school for in-person learning. 
    • Same as last week:

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

    •  
    • Behavior Strategies for Parents: As we adapt to this new normal, we understand that parents are juggling a lot. In an effort to support parents, DPS has created this document to house resources that might be helpful during this time.
 
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 11/11 — JFK Virtual Town Hall
  • 11/12 — ELA PAC Meeting
  • 11/13 — JFK Horror Film Festival Virtual Screening
  • 11/16 - 11/19 — Picture Days
  • 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

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