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

Commander Communicator Week of 4/12/21


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Happy Sunday Commander Community!! 

We are on the heels of Super Test Week and I know that standardized testing brings mixed emotions of anxiety, stress, and sometimes excitement to show what you know and potentially earn a scholarship. Check out this deck for details about Super Test Week, and don’t forget to join us for Class Meetings after you check in for Anchor Cohort on Monday morning. 

Even though we just had Spring Break, I know that many of you are participating in athletics, clubs, CTSOs, JROTC, and holding down a job outside of school. Therefore, you may not be taking the time you need to rest your mind and body. Commanders, please check out Dr. Sandra Dalton-Smith’s TedTalk on REST, the article that summarizes her talk on the 7 types of rest, and this quick quiz that tells you what type of rest you as an individual benefit from the most. Take time for yourself to recharge and unplug. You must take care of your basic needs before you truly thrive as an individual. 

It is with a heavy heart that we share Manual Cortez, the brother of our very own Marily Hernandez, passed away earlier this week. Manual transferred to RESPECT academy but was also a Commander. His family is asking for your support in these harsh times so please consider donating to the GoFundMe link.

Please check out the latest DPS Weekly for updates on vaccination sites for DPS students 16 and older and their families, health and safety protocols, and mental health supports for our community. Also check out the latest issue of Kennedy’s own Newspaper, The Statesman here

Huge shout out to our students who placed at the TSA Competition over break: Alan Cardona, Hannah Coble, Michael Kazimour took 2nd place for their Silent Film, Richard Le won 1st place and Carlos Serrano won 2nd place for the CAD Architecture competition. Kudos to our Commander Football team who took the W over Centaurus this week, to the ladies Volleyball team who took the W over the FNE, and to our Boys’ Soccer team for fighting hard against the Cowboys on Saturday. 

Have a Commander Kind of Week!

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



  • Free College Courses: JFK Students – Are you interested in taking free college courses this summer? DPS will pay the cost of the class and you can earn college credit. Please see the attached flyer for more details and contact your counselor if you would like to sign up.

    Shea Caballero [ ] [ (720) 588-3262‬ ]
    Joe Naughton [ ] [ ‬(719)398-1584 ]
    Meghan Martiniere [ ] [ ‬‪(720) 588-2796 ]

  • Updates for Seniors:
    • Senior Commitment Celebration: JFK is partnering with the Future Center to host this Senior Commitment Celebration on April 29th from 8:45 AM - 10:45 AM. This event is meant to celebrate all of our seniors, to highlight their postsecondary plans and to inspire them to take the steps necessary to achieve their dreams. We will be distributing one of our senior gifts (custom yard signs) during this event as well..  Please sign up for a 30 minute time slot to attend here: We will send more details about this event soon, as we are waiting for our plan to be approved by the district. 
    • Graduation Update: Last week, District leadership met to make the decision to host outdoor, in-person graduation ceremonies for the class of 2021. These ceremonies will allow a limited number of guests (2) to attend, capacity permitting. More details coming soon surrounding the date and venue!
    • Free Cap and Gowns: JFK received a very limited amount of funding to cover the costs of a graduation cap & gown. If you are interested in receiving a free graduation cap & gown, please RSVP via email at ASAP - you must include your height (feet/inches) to be confirmed.

      Please Note: This funding is available first come, first serve so do not delay if you are interested. Unfortunately, this funding is very limited, so once we have exhausted our funds we will be unable to cover any future costs.

      Additionally, this funding is only available for those who have not yet purchased their cap & gown. If you already purchased through Balfour, this funding cannot reimburse you.

      Again, if interested, please email Ms. Annie back ASAP with your height (how tall are you in feet/inches). 

  • Choice of Studies: Choice of Studies for the 21-22 school year has started and the deadline is April 16th! For those of you who don't know, Choice of Studies is the time of year where students select their classes for the upcoming school year. Talk to your students about selecting their classes for next year and make sure they are set up for success.

    JFK offers many unique programs and opportunities for every type of student. Check out the Choice of Studies website as it has all the information you will need:

    COS PPT Slide Deck

    COS Website

    The Anchor - Course Catalog

    JFK Academic Planning Guide

    COS Handouts

    You can also reach out to your counselor with any questions:

    Shea Caballero [ ] [ (720) 588-3262‬ ]

    Joe Naughton [ ] [ ‬(719)398-1584 ]

    Meghan Martiniere [ ] [ ‬‪(720) 588-2796 ]

  • JFK Town Hall Reminder: Going forward, town halls will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month until the end of the school year.

    If you have any immediate questions or feedback please email them to and! 

    You can join us at this link:

    The next two dates for JFK Virtual Town Halls are as follows: 

    • Wednesday, April 14th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    • Wednesday, May 12th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • JFK is Hiring: We wanted to let you know that JFK is currently hiring. Here is our flyer that includes brief job descriptions as well as the link to the full job descriptions and applications.

    We would love to hire members from our community to support our neighborhood and continue to grow our school into a flourishing community hub. Please share with anyone who you think might be interested! 


School Newspaper

  • Take a moment to read Volume II of the Statesmen here.


  • Registration for Season D is now open!

    If you would like to join Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis, Baseball or Track please complete the registration steps below. Practice will begin on 4/26 for all Season D Sports!

    Please make sure to register here before practice begins on 4/26.




  • Clothes to Kids: With so many families continuing to struggle in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to remind you that Clothes To Kids of Denver is here to help! In case you aren’t familiar with us, we provide every shopper with 5 outfits, 1 coat, 1 pair of shoes, 1 bra (optional) and 5 pairs each of new underwear and new socks, all for FREE. Students ages 3-21 (enrolled in preschool-12th grade or pursuing a GED) can visit twice per year as long as they qualify.
    Curbside & In-Person Service Available
    We are very excited to have in person shoppers in our store and are taking extra precautions to protect everyone’s health and safety. For families who would prefer a contactless option, we are offering wardrobes via Curbside Service. This option enables parents and caregivers to request a wardrobe for any student in need, and our staff will shop on their behalf.
    How to Make an Appointment
    Families wishing to shop in person or request a wardrobe for pick-up should call us at 720-379-4630 or email us at for an appointment. Up-to-date phone hours are on the Shop With Us page of our website.
    No Referral Required
    No matter how families choose to shop, we have temporarily loosened our referral requirements and are providing wardrobes to anyone who says the young people in their households are in need of our services, no questions asked.
    Please email, or visit:
  • 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.


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. We have notified those people who were in close contact to the individuals.


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.

Same as previous weeks:

Denver Health Vaccinations for Students: Denver Health can now order covid vaccines for students 16 years old and older if they work in a restaurant, fast food or grocery store. They are also available for students 16 and over with moderate persistent asthma.  

The vaccines will be given at the downtown Denver Health location. Call 303-602-8958 to talk to a provider for more information!

Covid-19 Testing at JFK: JFK is 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.

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.

  • 4/16 — Choice of Studies Deadline
  • 4/29 — Senior Commitment Celebration
  • 5/6 - 5/11 — Senior Finals
  • 05/12 — Last school day for Seniors 
  • 5/24-5/27 — Finals for 9th-11th Grade
  • 5/28 — Last Day for 9th-11th Grade
  • For more information on any of these events check





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