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

Commander Communicator – 01/04/21

Dear Commander Community,

Happy New Year! Winter Break began with the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. Many say that the Solstice is a time for reflection and contemplation, a time to withdraw into the darkness to find the light that we will bring into the New Year. This year, the ceremonious time of the Winter Solstice was compounded with the rare occurrence of Jupiter and Saturn appearing so close they seem to almost collide. What a powerful way to end such a tumultuous, unprecedented year! I am hopeful that you were able to rest, recharge, let go of hardships that 2020 may have brought you and your loved ones, and make space to let in hope, gratitude, and positivity for 2021.

We will begin the second semester strong on January 5th remotely for all students and the bell schedule will not change; therefore, you will not have to learn a new routine or schedule. Check your Student Portal for your schedule, since you will have 4 new classes, and log on for your Anchor Cohort at 8 am sharp. Tuesday the 5th is a GREEN day.

Your grades for semester 1 are final and you will receive a packet in the mail that includes your report card and important semester 2 information. Counselors worked over the break to ensure that you had correctly scheduled semester two courses. The counselors will post information on how to request a schedule change if necessary; but, as in the past, schedule changes will only be made for a limited amount of time and for necessary reasons. 

Click here for the breakdown of what a day in the life of an in person student looks like should we return to in person learning on 1/19/20. In person hours at school are from 8am - 2:20pm. We prioritized safety, getting students back on track, excellence in academic and social emotional learning, and equitable learning experiences for all. Please note that most students will return for 2 days of full day in person learning, while many of our most vulnerable students will return for 4 days of full day in person learning. This will be the model we utilize as long as we are restricted by state COVID-19 health and safety  guardrails. Thank you for all of the parents and students who gave us feedback and ideas as we developed this plan. We are so much stronger together!

Starting in January, Denver Public Library will be offering Chromebooks/Hotspots for 3-month checkout periods and it is open to anyone! Those interested will need to contact them at 720-865-2362 and leave a message or email nap@denverlibrary.org. They can also call with an interpreter for people who need more language support.

These devices will hopefully be available in January, but I do not have an exact timeline yet. Denver Public Library is starting to spread the word so they can have a list of who is interested and they can help them get library cards and understand the checkout process with language support. These devices will be in limited supply and high demand, so they can't guarantee a device right away for everyone but it may be a good resource for those who have been on our hotspot waitlist for a while! This program is sponsored by the Denver Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. 

I am looking forward to beginning the new year with all of you, and hopefully welcoming many of you back into our school on January 19th.  Stay safe, strong, and joyful.

With love and gratitude,

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

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UPDATES
  • Quarter 3 Supply Drop Off and Pick Up: We will be hosting our supply drop off and pick up days the week we return from winter break. Students must return the supplies they used in semester 1 and then return to the school later in the week to pick up their new supplies for quarter 3.

    Tables will be set up in the student parking lot much like our semester 1 supply pick up and we will have families drive through to pick up their supplies. Families will enter in the gate closest to the North entrance and exit through the farthest gate in the student parking lot. The dates are as follows:
    • Supple Drop Off: January 6th from 8-2 PM

    • Supply Pick Up Day 1: January 7th from 12 - 6 PM

    • Supply Pick Up Day 2: January 8th from 8 - 2 PM 

  • 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.
  • Winter Break: There will be no school from 12/21 to 01/04! We will kick off quarter 3 on 01/05 with remote learning.
  • 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

Please enjoy this send off video from our leadership team!

 
RESOURCES
  • Our school nurse created a virtual health office containing links to lots of different information. Click on LINK for helpful 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

 

  • 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
  • 12/21 - 01/04 — No School
  • 01/05 — Quarter 3 Begins (remote learning)
  • 01/06 — Supply Drop Off
  • 01/07— Supply Pick Up
  • 01/08 — Supply Pick Up
  • 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

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL

2855 S. LAMAR ST. DENVER, CO 80227

  

 

 

 

 

   
 
 
 

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