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

Commander Communicator – 02/22/21

Dear Commander Community,

As we close out the week, I am continuously reminded of how powerful making connections with each other can be, and how impactful it is when we work together. On Wednesday, we hosted around 50 people on the Senior Parent Night call and parents gave great suggestions for moving forward with Senior events. Another 20+ people jumped on the Town Hall meeting to learn about what is happening at Kennedy and provide suggestions for how we can provide a better experience for our Commanders. Thank you to everyone who participated. Students who signed up for the Principal’s Advisory Committee will receive an invitation to join me to provide input on the student experience, whether or not we are providing opportunities for students to embody the Kennedy vision, and how we can improve as a school.  On Friday, our Seniors took their Senior Picture on Friday, and WOW it was really cool to see most of the Class of 2021 together and and connecting again. Additionally, I want to remind you that all students who chose in person are now welcome to come and learn in person all four days that we offer in person learning. Please continue to take advantage of the opportunities to connect and grow stronger together. If you would like to provide input on our Bell Schedule for next year, take this survey asap.

REMINDERS about next week’s schedule: 

Our staff will be vaccinated on Monday 2/22/21; therefore we will have a fully remote and asynchronous day on 2/22/21. Your teacher has provided you with information regarding expectations for your independent learning on 2/22/21. To preempt staff experiencing side effects from the vaccine, we will have a fully remote day on 2/23/21 and we will follow the regular schedule. See the image below for a visual of this schedule:

We are also proud to announce that we are one of six schools in DPS that are partnering with COVIDCheck CO to provide FREE saliva test COVID testing to our JFK students twice a week. There were complications with the registration system, but it is up and running now. Please register your student, as testing begins this Thursday from 11am – 2pm in the JFK Room. Read the information below to learn more about how to sign up to receive a free COVID test here at Kennedy.

 

With love and gratitude,

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

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UPDATES
  • ARISS Contact Watch Party: We have received our official date for our ARISS Contact. Students from John F. Kennedy High School (JFK) and Bear Valley International Middle School (BVIS) will talk with astronauts on the International Space Station via Amateur Radio on Wednesday, February 24th at 11:20 AM.

    To honor this once in a lifetime opportunity, we will be hosting a virtual watch party where staff and family members can tune into the live stream of the event. Here is the watch party information:

    To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/xht-qebe-fvv

    Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 209-553-0390 and enter this PIN: 265 556 458#

    To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/xht-qebe-fvv?hs=5

    ARISS Live Stream Direct Link: https://youtu.be/1RgszX0npbQ

    Link to News Article: https://jfk.dpsk12.org/2021/02/17/jfk-bvis-ariss-contact/

    We hope you will join us for this moment that will surely go down in JFK history!

  • Parent Teacher Conferences: Parent teacher conferences will be held on March 3rd and 4th from 4 to 7 pm each day. Parents/Guardians will sign up for a 10 minute time slot with their child’s teachers/staff using each teacher's signup.com link. Teachers will post their Signup.com AND their conference MEET LINK to their Schoology page
  • ELA PAC Meeting: We will be hosting our virtual ELA PAC meeting on February 24th at 5:30 PM. We will be discussing ACCESS Test scores and offering resources around immigration and DACA. Here is the link to join!
  • JFK Virtual Town Hall: Our next town hall meeting is Wednesday, February 17th at 5 PM. Here is the link to join.
  • Senior Update: Please read this senior parent meeting recap as it includes additional updates we received about senior cap and gown photos.
  • Yearbook and Prom Update: In order to capture all of the events throughout the rest of the year, yearbooks will not be ready for distribution until mid June. We want to make sure we are able to capture prom and celebrate seniors appropriately in the yearbook. There are no venues in the area currently booking shared dance floors therefore prom planning has been delayed but details are coming soon!
  • Utility Assistance: Please review this document if you need utility assistance! UtilityAssistance.pdf 
  • 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. 

    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.

GET INVOLVED

Fundraiser:

  • Support JFK's IB students and get yourself some new Kennedy swag in the process. Go to fancloth.shop/ZNRRK to purchase your items before March 7th!

 

 
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.
  • 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.
 
 
COVID TESTING AT JFK

Same as last week:

Denver Public Schools has been working tirelessly toward the safe and continuous reopening of in-person learning at our schools. As we begin to return to in-person learning, we are working to monitor and screen for COVID-19 across students, faculty, and staff. 

We are partnering with COVIDCheck Colorado to provide free, fast and convenient COVID-19 testing to all faculty, staff and students, not just those who may be experiencing symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 40% of people who are infected with the coronavirus show no symptoms. Regular testing is a critical step toward the safe and continued re-opening of our schools. Through our partnership with COVIDCheck, we are piloting in-person student testing at 6 DPS High Schools: East, John F. Kennedy High School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College, Northfield, TJ, West Early College/West Leadership Academy.

Each week, a segment of our population of students (who have opted in to the program) will be tested by DPS nursing staff. The in-school tests are done using saliva and results will be available within 24-36 hours. 

The saliva protocol that COVIDCheck Colorado uses is SalivaDirect™, which is an FDA Emergency Use Authorization-approved PCR testing protocol. The Yale School of Public Health developed the protocol; the NBA used SalivaDirect™ in “the bubble” to test its players, and the protocol is being rolled out to other organizations, institutions, and populations around the country. Yale’s studies have shown that SalivaDirect™ PCR is as sensitive as a nasal PCR test and is both more convenient and comfortable for participants than a nasal swab.  

If you would like to sign your student up for this ongoing testing program, please do so now. It’s free, fast, and convenient: https://www.primarybio.com/l/dpsosscreening. If you’d like to see the registration process, here’s a video that goes through each step.  If your student has been exposed to COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms, they must be tested at a COVIDCheck Colorado drive-up testing site.  Please register for that one-time test here: https://www.primarybio.com/a/denverps.

Thank you for helping us keep our students, staff, and the broader community 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.
  • Troubleshooting: Please contact laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org if you are having issues attending your courses in Schoology.

 
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 02/24 — ARISS Contact Watch Party
  • 02/24 — ELA PAC Meeting
  • 02/20 — Girls Wrestling Senior Event @JFK High Schoo
  • 02/24 — Boys Basketball Senior Event @JFK High School
  • 02/26 — Boys Wrestling Senior Event @ East High School
  • 03/03 — Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 03/04 — Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 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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