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

Commander Communicator – Week of 02/01/21

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Dear Commander Community,

Next week marks the beginning of two extremely important events: Black History Month and our Commander Contribution Week. Black History Month is 28 days in which we draw our focus and intention towards honoring our Black community for the tremendous achievements and contributions they have made throughout history and continue to make every day. Although we dedicate February to Black History, we must remind ourselves continuously that inclusion is one of our core values and that diversity in culture, skin color, ethnicity, ideology, etc. is a gift and is what makes our society and community thrive. Additionally, as a Challenger of Inequity, we must strive to do more than honor the diversity of our members, we must seek justice and equity for all people all year. 

Commander Contribution Week, kicking off on Monday, is a week-long series of fundraisers and events “…dedicated to raising money for the JFK Covid Relief Fund.” “The Covid Relief fund was created by several JFK adult leaders to help JFK students, families, and community members with essentials during these unprecedented times.” Please show your school spirit and pride by participating in the week’s events shown here. Huge shout out to the Student Council for planning this event. 

For those of you returning in person, please remember to stick to your A, B, or C group, wear a mask over your mouth and nose everyday, take the health screener prior to arrival, wash your hands and use sanitizer at least 3 times a day and bring everything you need to be successful (device, headphones, charger, water bottle, class specific materials). We recommend that you take a COVID test weekly. Information on scheduling your free test here. Please read below for important updates for the week.

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UPDATES
  • Transportation Update: Students who are eligible for district transportation will now be picked up at 2:40 PM from the school. We will have students in the atrium supervised while they wait for the bus
  • Library Information: I am sure that some of you have been wanting to check out books either for pleasure reading or for projects. We are now able to begin checking out and delivering books to students from the John F. Kennedy library.  The first step is for you to place a hold on a maximum of five books that you want to check out.  I have created these step by step instructions on How to put books on hold in Destiny Discover.  After you have placed holds on the books you want, I will get a message from Destiny, the DPS library system.  The messages will provide me with your name and the books you have put on hold.  I will do my best to get the requested books checked out and delivered to your Anchor Cohort class as quickly as I can.

    Students who are continuing to learn remotely will follow the same procedure to put books on hold.  I will email your school gmail when your books are ready and we can arrange how you will get your books.

    If any student still has library books checked out from last school year or you need to return books that you check out this year, return them to your Anchor Cohort teacher.  Remote students will need to return their library books from last year or this year to the main office.  You will need to ring the bell at the main entrance in the visitors lot and someone will direct you to the window where you will turn in your books.

    Also, don’t forget to use the online databases and the SORA ebooks that DPS provides to you. If you have any questions please reach out to adrian_banks@dpsk12.org.

  • 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! This is a chance for parents to hear about the next steps after acceptance letters come in. We will cover: cost of attendance, loans, immunizations, housing, award letters and so much more. See this flyer for more information
  • Winning Wednesdays: Portal Activation and scholarship support

    For students who have already applied for college and want to know the next steps, Ms. Emily is hosting weekly sessions with college reps from the major  4 year universities for students to get personalized help applying for scholarships, logging into portals and setting up their email. Here are the details:

    Wednesdays from 2:30 -3:30 at https://meet.google.com/uyg-yhqe-rwm

    Feb 3rd CSU
    Feb 10th UNC
    Feb 17th UCD
    March 10th CU Boulder
    More to come!

  • HOSA Fundraiser: JFK HOSA is currently raising money to help our student members compete in the 2021 Spring Leadership Conference. You can show your support by linking your King Soopers card to JFK HOSA. This is a great and easy way to help our club raise funds at no extra cost to you. All you have to do is follow the instructions in the attached flyer and King Soopers will donate a percentage of their earnings to John F. Kennedy HOSA.

    Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

  • Interested in getting some Commander Basketball gear?

    Please come out and help support your Boys Basketball Team by visiting our Fan Cloth Site:https://fancloth.shop/KFJFX

GET INVOLVED

PRIDE Celebration: If you missed this month's PRIDE celebration, you can watch it here.

Upward Bound: The TRIO Upward Bound (UB) program at Colorado State University is a federally funded grant sponsored by the Department of Education. UB Participants receive one-on-one mentoring from professional staff advisors to guide them through post-secondary admission and financial aid processes. Upward Bound focuses on identifying qualified youth who are low-income and potential first-generation college students in order to support and encourage them in pursuit of post-secondary enrollment.  Staff assist high school students in developing academic, social, and leadership skills in order to prepare them for post-secondary rigors, success, and graduation. This competitive program is FREE for students who apply and get admitted.

If you are interested in connecting with the Upward Bound Program, please email Susana.Ruvalcaba@colostate.edu or complete this interest form: https://forms.gle/KTfURiMU1YK37cCR8.

 
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.
 
 
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

JFK has partnered with a local organization called Bondadosa Foods who has plugged our school into the Colorado Food Cluster. All of our families we will be contacted by Bondadosa in order to send an updated address where they can deliver weekly meals to any children in the household between the ages of 6-18. If you do not wish to participate in this program, you can opt out here under cancel.

Fresh Meal Delivery

The Colorado Food Cluster will deliver free meals directly to your home. These meals will be provided in boxes with enough dinners and snacks for seven days.

How To Sign Up

Our families will be pre-enrolled but families must provide current address once they receive a request via email or text from the Colorado Food Cluster. You can expect this sometime next week!

What to Expect from Deliveries

Each enrolled student will receive a weekly delivery of seven dinners and seven snacks. Delivery agents will follow public health guidelines to provide safe, contactless deliveries. You will be notified by text when the box arrives! Standard meals for students contain meat. Vegetarian meals can be provided upon request. Please visit www.coloradofoodcluster.com for more information, or to change or cancel your order. Questions? Text Bondadosa’s Customer Support line (720-699-9978) or email cfc@bondadosa.org.

Same as last week:

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!

Same as last week:

  • 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
  • 02/03 — Winning Wednesday with CSU Rep
  • 02/05 — Socially Distanced Movie Night
  • 02/09 — College Readiness Info Night
  • 02/10 — Winning Wednesday with UNC Rep
  • 02/17 — Winning Wednesday with UCD Rep
  • 03/10 —  Winning Wednesday with CU Boulder Rep

    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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