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

Commander Communicator – Week of 3/15/21


Dear Commander Community,

Happy Pi Day Commanders! Today brings attention to the irrational number, Pi or 3.14…, that represents the constant ratio of the circumference of a circle to  its diameter; additionally, today is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Click here for a brief explanation of the history of Pi and Pi Day.  

As you may have read in the email sent out by DPS Communications, tomorrow is officially a snow day, which means no in person or remote learning. Because many of our teachers and staff still have their second COVID 19 Vaccination scheduled tomorrow, we will move forward with the remote, asynchronous day on Tuesday 3/16/21, please attend your teachers’  office hours to get support with any independent learning you have been assigned to kick off Quarter 4.

Commanders, we want you to succeed in all of your classes; therefore, you will have opportunities to revise and resubmit a selection of work from quarter 3 during quarter 4. Your teachers will let you know which assignments will still be available for submission or resubmission. Please note that not all quarter 3 assignments will be accepted; but, the high priority assignments will be.  If you would like to begin attending school in person, please email me, and we will provide you with the information that you need to begin coming in person. It is important to note that formal report cards are not being mailed out for this quarter. 

We continue to strive to find ways to elevate student voice and to work towards becoming an anti-racist school. If you are interested in collaborating with the JFK Equity Task Force or giving your input on how we can truly become Challengers of Inequity, please complete this form

With love and gratitude,

Tiffany Almon
Proud Principal
She, her, hers and why they matter



  • Snow Day on 3/15:  Due to severe weather, all DPS schools and offices are closed Monday, March 15, and all DPS activities and programs are canceled for the safety of our students and staff members. 

    As a reminder, per our 2020-21 snow day policy, Monday will be a traditional snow day without remote learning or work. If we need to call multiple inclement weather days, we will transition to remote learning and work on the second day. We'll share more information as we continue to monitor the weather and forecast.

  • Senior Cap and Gown Photos: Senior Cap and Gown Photos were postponed due to weather. Senior Cap and Gown Photos will now take place on March 22nd and 23rd. If you had already made an appointment your appointment time will be honored on the new dates. Appointments can still be made at seniorcapandgown.comMore communication on this is coming soon!
  • Choice of Studies: We are in the midst of Choice of Studies where our students have the opportunity to pick their classes for next year. Encourage your students to reach out to their counselor if they have any questions about their options:

    Shea Caballero (Last Names A-Go):

    Joe Naughton: (Last Names Gr-N):

    Meghan Martiniere (Last Names O-Z):
  • CMAS/SAT/PSAT Assessment Options: State Assessments have been scheduled!

    • SAT for 11th grade is Tuesday, April 13th 

    • PSAT for 9th grade is Wednesday, April 14th 

    • PSAT for 10th grade is Thursday, April 15th

    • CMAS for 11th grade Thursday, April 15th

      *Assessment times are to be determined

      If you DO NOT want your student to take their assessment (opt out of the test) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please review the attached document to determine how to do so. If you do not opt your student out of testing, they will be automatically scheduled for their respective test and will be expected to come into the building to take it.  More communications will follow closer to the test date.

      If a student opts out of these assessments, they will not receive scores. If they opt out of SAT, they lose the chance for the state to pay for this assessment and to have the scores for college applications. They will also potentially miss qualifying scores on the Colorado SAT that may be applied toward fulfilling the DPS graduation requirements. 

      If you choose to opt your student out of any of these assessments, please log into your Parent Portal account and follow the directions here by the end of the day on Friday, February 26th. 



  • Futures Football: Do you know any 7th or 8th graders interested in playing Futures Football at Kennedy? Futures Football tryouts start April 26th. Please have parents sign up via this form if they are interested and we will reach back out with further details!


  • 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 or call 303-602-8958 or the JFK Clinic direct number: 720-423-4355
      For more information on resources click here.

Same as previous week:

It is our priority to keep you informed of incidents related to safety. We want to make you aware that 2 students or staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19. These individuals are remote; therefore, there was not a need to contract trace within our school building.

Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by public health. As part of this public health investigation:

  • The person diagnosed is being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious. 

  • The person’s activities when they could have spread COVID-19 were assessed. 

  • The people who were close contacts of the person with COVID-19 are instructed to stay home from school for 10 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.

If you have any concerns about your health, we encourage you to contact the Denver Health School Based Health Center at 303-602-8958 (or your primary care provider) for further evaluation and possible testing.

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: 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:

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.

  • 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
  • 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 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 if you are having issues attending your courses in Schoology.

  • 03/27 - 04/05 — Spring Break
  • 05/12 — Last school day for our Seniors 
  • 05/14 — Senior Check Out
  • 5/14 — Senior Brunch
  • 5/28 — Last Day for all other Students

    For more information on any of these events check





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