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

Commander Communicator – 12/14/20

Dear Commander Community,

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, December 9th! We covered a lot of crucial information in regards to the potential return to in-person next semester. You can view the slides from the presentation here and the return to in person updates begin on slide 32. You can also look at our Q&A document to see what questions came up during the town hall.

We understand that this is a lot of information to share and much of it is confusing. This is a complicated situation but we want to do our best to explain possible options for the semester 2 schedule. 

Timeline: The timeline for the return to in person will take place between January 19th and February 1st. We will begin a gradual return between January 19 - 29 including time for health and safety orientation days. All students who chose in person will return by 2/1/20. In person return is dependent upon COVID conditions. 

Option 1 Overview: Students may have to remain in the same classroom all day with the possibility of only receiving in person instruction from only one of their scheduled teachers during a given time period. This option may result in an early release schedule for in person learning due to staffing issues.   

Option 2 Overview: This option would give us the opportunity to have smaller classes sizes and allow students to rotate to their classes during their in-person days. Students will not be able to leave for lunch

*Please see the slides for more details!

 No matter which option we decide upon we want you to know that we will keep these priorities and our students’ best interests at the forefront.  Our priorities include: 

  • We want to prioritize supporting our students in getting and staying on track so they can realize their postsecondary goals and dreams. 

  • We want to prioritize safety and consistency for our students. 

  • We also want to prioritize the importance of our in person students learning from their scheduled teacher in person.

  • We want to ensure that students who chose remote learning receive the same high quality instruction that our in person learners receive.

The biggest factor we must all take into consideration is that no matter which option we move forward with, the schedule can look very different depending on how many students we have returning in person. That is why it is crucial that our families make sure their Semester 2 Learning Preference is up to date. The deadline to  request a change to your current learning option is Sunday, December 13th and you can do so by: 

  • Completing a digital “Learning Option Change Form” for each student, now available on the Parent Portal’s homepage, in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic. Note: The digital form can only be used once per student. Subsequent requests for the same student(s) within the change window must be made directly to the school. 

  • Calling the front office at 720-423-4300 and requesting the change with a JFK staff member.

This information is crucial for us in making this decision. Although our families are expected to make a decision prior to the finalization of our schedule, we will be flexible and allow families to change their decision on their learning option at the end of quarter 3. Remember, whether you choose virtual or in person, JFK will remain one school and we will not be limiting options for students who choose to continue with remote learning. 

IIf you have any questions about this, please email me at tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org.

Have a great Finals week, Commanders, YOU GOT THIS!

With love and gratitude,

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

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UPDATES
  • Final Exams: Please click here for a simplified version of our finals schedule. 
  • Math Mastery Movement: If you are in a Math Mastery Movement class, you are required to complete 60% of your skills by December 17th. Reach out to your Math Mastery Movement teacher if you have any questions.
  • Virtual Winter Celebration: Student Council is sponsoring a Virtual Winter Celebration on December 17th from 11:15 AM to 2:20 PM. In an effort to relieve student stress, Student Council decided that a game day would take student’s minds off school and it would allow them to relax. Students have more time to chill with their fellow peers and get to play. Students may choose to do all, some, or no activities. The activities that are available are Kahoot, Among Us and a movie which students can choose. For more details, click here(must be logged into a DPS email to view).
  • Principal's Advisory Committee: STUDENTS, if you are interested in elevating student voice to make Kennedy the greatest high school in Denver, please apply to the Principal’s Advisory Committee here.  
  • Report Cards: We will be mailing out report cards from this semester along with a packet of important information and resources. Be on the lookout for these once grades have been Finalized.
  • Do You Know Someone Interested in Attending Kennedy? If so, please invite them to our Future Commanders Info Sessions on Tuesday, December 15th at 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Prospective families can choose the session that works best with their schedule. 
  • Quarter 3 Supply Pick up: Quarter 3 Supply Pick Up will be postponed until after winter break!
  • Winter Break: This semester is almost over! Remember, there will be no school from 12/21 to 01/04!
  • Free COVID Testing Available for All Community Members: Now through the end of December, free COVID-19 testing is available to all community members. Through a partnership with Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, COVIDCheck Colorado -- which has been providing free testing to all DPS employees -- is offering free tests for all employees, their families and members of the Denver community to help slow the spread of COVID.

    Community members can use this link to schedule a free test at one of several locations throughout the Denver-metro area. (DPS team members should continue registering for testing using this link to support our internal case tracking efforts.) Please register for a test in advance to help manage testing flow and reduce wait times.
GET INVOLVED

Athletics: Check out new turf field:

                                      

Commander Shoutout:

  • Ms. Count wanted to shout out Jazmin Espinoza-Garcia, Jospeh Gonzales, and Hannah Coble. Here is A brief description of the project: Working individually, students will develop a business “superhero” representing one of the seven different Business activities.  The superhero's powers, garb, and equipment will reflect the corresponding business activity’s role and responsibilities within the organization.  
    • Click here to see Jazmin's rendition
    • Click here to Joseph's rendition
    • Click here to see Hannah's rendition
  • Ms. Smith wanted to shout out Andrew Vong and Trish Le!
    • Click here to view the final project by Andrew Vong
    • Click here to view final project by Trish Le
  • Ms. Emily wanted to Shout out Brooklyn Horn, Emily Borbon, and Diego Quintana for being named Daniels Semi-Finalists they will learn if they become finalists in January. But this is definitely something to celebrate!
  • Mr. Boyles wanted to shout out Micheal Kazimour and Alan Cardona for having created amazing online portfolios! View them here and here.
  • Ms. Walters would like to shout out Arturo Salas work below for Ms. Ingui's  Art class. 

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  • PRIDE Celebration: Click here to watch this month's PRIDE Celebration.

  • PRIDE Podcast: Check out the latest episode of our PRIDE Podcast here.  

 
RESOURCES
  • Here is a link to a list of various food assistance resources around Denver!
  • 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
  • Free COVID Tests 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

Same as last week:

Updating Your Learning Option for Next Semester 

As we begin planning for the rest of the year, we wanted to share information for families who would like to change their learning option (either in-person or virtual) for next semester. 

Families with students in grades 6-12 can request a change to their current learning option between Monday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 13. Families that don’t take action will remain enrolled in their current learning option through the end of the school year. 

Much like this semester, we are hoping to be able to offer in-person learning for all secondary students next semester, along with a 100% virtual option, but it will depend on current health conditions at the time. Therefore, families enrolled in the in-person option are choosing that they want their student to attend school in-person as much as possible as soon as the health conditions allow through the end of the school year. Families that don’t feel comfortable having their student participate in in-person learning for the spring (through May 2021) should be enrolled in the 100% virtual option. 

How families can request a change to their learning option for Spring 2021:

  • By completing an editable PDF or a regular PDF. All documents are available to download and distribute to families on the Office Professional Portal here.
  • By completing a digital “Learning Option Change Form” for each student, now available on the Parent Portal’s homepage, in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic. Note: The digital form can only be used once per student. Subsequent requests for the same student(s) within the change window must be made directly to the school. 
  • By calling the front office at the student’s school and speaking with a staff member.

We will make every effort to accommodate change requests for families who need it. Families who put in a request for a change to their student’s learning option can expect to receive confirmation from us after Dec. 13.

  • Chromebooks: If you are in need of a Chromebook you can pick them up at the school any weekday between 7 AM and 3 PM.
  • Hotspots: If you are in need of a hotspot please email laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org. We do not have many available but we are working on adding more to our inventory so for now, you will be put on a waitlist until we have more.
  • 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
  • 12/17  — Virtual Winter Celebration
  • 12/21 - 01/04 — No School
  • 01/19 - 01/29 — Return to In Person (gradual phase in)

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

   EVENT CALENDAR

 

HELPFUL LINKS

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