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

Commander Communicator – 1/25/21

Dear Commander Community,

This week we welcome all of our students who chose to return in person back to our brick and mortar school. Although we have in person and remote learners and teachers, we continue to strive to create and maintain excellent and engaging learning experiences for all of our Commanders; therefore, it is critical that we elevate STUDENT voices to ensure we are doing our best to serve all of our Commanders. If you are a student who is interested in giving feedback on your experience so far this year, please sign up to be join the Principal’s Advisory Committee here. I will be sending out an invite to meet virtually later this week. Please read the information below for details about returning in person next week. 

Here is the schedule for return for students who chose in person*, THE BELL SCHEDULE IS NOT CHANGING:

    1. ALL STUDENTS WHO CHOSE IN PERSON RETURN THIS WEEK:
  • If you are in the A group, you come to school on 1/25 and 1/26 and stay home 1/27 – 1/29
  • If you are in the B group, you stay home on 1/25 – 1/27 and come to school on 1/28 and 1/29
  • If you are in the C group, you come to school on 1/25 and 1/26, STAY HOME on 1/27, come to school on 1/28 and 1/29

Where do I go when I arrive? If you do not yet know which entrance to line up between 7:30 and 7:50, contact your anchor cohort teachers.

Attendance: 

Whether you are remote or in person, if you log into your Meet links and participate in class, you will be marked present. If you log in but do not participate, you will be marked absent. If you are an in person student and do not want to come to school or cannot come to school, you will be marked present if you log in and participate in your classes.

What to bring:

  • Charged device (Chromebook, laptop, iPad, etc.)
  • Charger (just in case your device loses charge)
  • Water bottle
  • Headphones (if you don’t have any, we have some for you to borrow)
  • Any other class materials your teacher requires
  • A bag to carry your stuff (we won’t have lockers)

What if I have an off period? If you have an off period 7 or 8, leave campus after period 5 or 6 if possible. If you have an off period 5 or 6, you may choose to come to school only for your 7 or 8 at 12:45 OR you can go to room 103b by my office for your off period. You may not leave and come back during the same day.

What if I have a CU SUCCEED class? You go to 219 for this class.

What if I arrive late? All late students must check in at the main office and enter through the main entrance.

What if I arrive early? You can stay warm in the cafeteria and enter through the south doors from 7:00 to 7:25, then line up at 7:30 with your anchor cohort.

Return to in person safety rules (if these rules are not followed, you will be asked to leave campus immediately and log in for remote learning at your home for the rest of the day):

  1. All students must take and pass the HEALTH SCREENER before arriving at school, if you fail the health screener STAY HOME and participate in remote learning 
  2. All students will line up at their ANCHOR COHORT entrance (location to be communicated to you this week) and wait for your Anchor Cohort teachers to take your temperature and lead you up to class
  3. Students will stay in their Anchor  Cohort classrooms for Asynchronous learning
  4. Students will transition to their live synchronous classes for IN PERSON instruction (when teachers are in person, if the teacher is remote there will be a proctor supporting the students in person while the teacher is remotely teaching)
  5. Students will be able to transition to lunch 
  6. All students must wear a mask over your nose and mask throughout the day 
  7. All students and staff must stay at least 3 feet away from one another
  8. Students must be at least 6 feet away from one another during lunch
  9. We will have assigned seats during classes in order to be able to effectively contact trace
  10. We will have a CLOSED lunch with assigned seats in order to be able to effectively contact trace
  11. BRING A WATER BOTTLE! Students may use the water fountains to refill water bottles, but may not use them to drink from
  12. No more than 17 students per class
  13. No more than 50% of our student body may attend on any given day
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UPDATES
  • IB Fundraiser: Support our JFK IB students by getting some new Kennedy gear! If you want to support a specific student, enter their name at checkout. Now that we're beginning to return to in-person learning, you'll want something other than pajamas to wear to class! All purchases made will be delivered to you directly. Reach out to Ms. Warren at alissa_warren@dpsk12.org with any questions.
    Store link: fancloth.shop/ZNRRK 
  • ACCESS Testing: The rest of this month and the start of February is the window for Access testing, the test where we determine how you are growing in your acquisition of the English language.  In order to plan for this testing for remote learners, you will need to complete the Remote family Survey by Monday.  The survey is available in 10 different languages and lets us know your intention for Access testing for this school year. All students who are learning in person will be pulled for testing during asynchronous learning time starting next week.
  • College Readiness Info Night: Our Future Center will be hosting a college readiness info night on Tuesday, February 9th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Here is the link to join!
  • Free Tutoring Reminder: JFK has a partnership with Paper.Co in order to offer free online tutoring to all of our students. Students can log in and access free 24/7 tutoring by logging in with their DPS credentials (the same credentials they use to log into Schoology). Please reach out to your anchor cohort teacher if you have additional questions!
  • 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.
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Athletics:

We are excited to begin our Season B sports. Our Cheer, Dance, Basketball, and Wrestling teams have been preparing to shock the district and state. After a long wait we have dusted off the equipment and laced up our shoes to play.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions spectators are not allowed to attend in person, however we will have live streaming options for you to enjoy the games and matches from home. We also encourage our teachers to lookout for finalized rosters next week. Teachers can utilize the rosters to identify student-athletes that are displaying leadership in the classroom as well as the field.

Class Meetings: Class meetings will be taking place next Wednesday, January 27th in your      anchor cohort class.Class meetings will occur quarterly throughout the rest of your high school experience here at Kennedy.ass meetings will occur quarterly throughout the rest of your high school experience here at Kennedy. Class meetings are critical to ensuring that you receive information specific to your class so that you have what you need to take command of your future. Class meetings are also a chance for you to hear from your Student Council representatives, our JFK administrative team, your Counselors, and many other members of our staff and student body that have important details to share with you.Class meetings will occur quarterly throughout the rest of your high school experience here at Kennedy. Class meetings are critical to ensuring that you receive information specific to your class so that you have what you need to take command of your future. Class meetings are also a chance for you to hear from your Student Council representatives, our JFK administrative team, your Counselors, and many other members of our staff and student body that have important details to share with you.Class meetings will occur quarterly throughout the rest of your high school experience here at Kennedy. Class meetings are critical to ensuring that you receive information specific to your class so that you have what you need to take command of your future. Class meetings are also a chance for you to hear from your Student Council representatives, our JFK administrative team, your Counselors, and many other members of our staff and student body that have important details to share with you.Class meetings will occur quarterly throughout the rest of your high school experience here at Kennedy. Class meetings are critical to ensuring that you receive information specific to your class so that you have what you need to take command of your future. Class meetings are also a chance for you to hear from your Student Council representatives, our JFK administrative team, your Counselors, and many other members of our staff and student body that have important details to share with

PRIDE Celebration: Our PRIDE Celebration will be shown during anchor cohort classes on Thursday, January 28th. 

Same as last week:

Message for Seniors: We have received a lot of questions regarding seniors and graduation. Please click here for the latest update. 

Wish Week: This year, instead of Wish Week, we are having Commander Contributions week from February 1-5. We will be fundraising for JFK's own Covid Relief Fund. We have planned to do events such as pie in the face, hair dying/shaving, and pennystalls. With the Covid-19 restrictions we have the safety of our students and staff in mind, while also trying to still put on events.

 
RESOURCES
  • Caring for Grieving Kids: Our neighboring middle school BVIS, has invited us to take part in this workshop! We know this past year has been hard for all of our kids so please take advantage of this resource. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, January 26th at 6 PM. 

    Please log into Google Meets and use the below join codes to access this workshop!

    English = Bvisparents

    Español = Bvispadres

  • 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

Same as last week:

Health and Safety Reminders for Returning Middle and High Schoolers

We are excited to welcome our middle and high school students back to in-person learning for the first time since last school year! (And as a reminder, the Virtual Program will continue throughout the second semester for families who chose that option. Families whose students attend a charter school should check with their school for updates on their plans.)

Here are some important reminders and resources so you know what to expect and how to stay safe:

It’s important to be aware that all middle and high school classes will be required to have assigned seats for students, as a safety precaution that can help minimize the need for quarantining in the event of a positive case in the class. This may be a shift from what students are accustomed to, but using consistent seating charts will help us keep everyone safe.

All students coming into the school building must take and pass the health screener here.

Please read the above message from our principal for more details. 

You can refer to this simplified bell schedule so you know which classes you need to be in as you continue with remote learning. 

Having trouble finding your anchor cohort class? Here is a resource that can help!

  • Chromebooks/Hotspots: 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.
  • 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
  • 01/25 — Class of 23, 22, & 21 Returns in Person
  • 01/26 — Caring for Grieving Kids Workshop
  • 01/27 — Class Meetings in Anchor Cohort Class
  • 01/28 — PRIDE Celebration in Anchor Cohort Class
  • 02/09 — College Readiness Info Night

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

   EVENT CALENDAR

 

HELPFUL LINKS

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