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

Commander Communicator – Week of 4/19/21

Dear Commander Community,

Wow, what a week! Super Test Week ending with a power outage! Thank you to all students and families who showed great flexibility through this atypical week. We look forward to a “normal” week next week, with a regular schedule beginning with a Green Day on Monday. Be sure to log into Anchor Cohort each day this week to engage in lessons on developing PRIDE by digging deep into your identity and to learn more about Earth Day events. 

Congratulations to those students who got back on track by utilizing their asynchronous time wisely, turned in missed assignments, revised work, and caught up on credit recovery courses. Huge shout out to those students who tried their very best on assessments this week and went the extra mile by meeting with Counselors, the Future Center, and teachers. When you utilize the tools that are provided to you, recognize your own talents and skills, and persevere, you are all capable of greatness!

If you did not opt out of the assessment and were unable to make the testing dates this past week, you will be sent an email to your DPS email this week with instructions on when and where you will be able to make up the PSAT and SAT from Gayla Power. PSAT makeups will be during the morning of 4/28 and SAT makeups will be during the morning of 4/27. There is another opportunity for Juniors to meet the competency graduation requirement (beginning for the class of 2022 and beyond) by taking the Accuplacer during the week of 5/3, details coming soon!

Thank you to all Seniors and Senior Families for your patience as we anxiously await our confirmed graduation date and venue. The district informed us that we will have confirmation on our Graduation venue and date on Monday the 19th by the end of the day. We know that our students will only be able to invite 2 guests, the event will be livestreamed for all other friends and family members, and the venue will be either Coors Field or Dick’s Sporting Goods field.

If you haven’t already, please take the surveys below:

  1. Give your opinion on High School later start times for the 22-23 school year HERE
  2. Watch this video and take this survey to give insight on the Superintendent search by 4/19

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

Shout to Latinos in Action for organizing an incredible virtual TALENT SHOW shown here, and to Eric Torres Mejia who, through the Art Street @YEA program will create an animation that will be exhibited at Redline Art Center as well as projected on the Clocktower on the 16th street mall. The projections will take place on May 28th and 29th at 9:00 PM and the exhibit will be up at Redline throughout the month of June. 

With gratitude,
Tiffany Almon
Proud Principal
tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org

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UPDATES
  • Class Meetings: This week we held class meetings. If you missed your class meeting, then please review your respective class' deck here:
  • JFK Town Hall:  If you missed the town hall last week, you can review the updates here. We have one remaining town hall this school year which will take place on Wednesday, May 12th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. You can join us at this link: https://meet.google.com/tcf-ypxx-zdf
  • End of Year Events:
    • Senior Commitment Celebration - 4/29 from 8:45 - 10:45 am.  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
    • Mean Girls Movie Drive-In - The student council will be holding a drive in move on April 30th at 6:30 pm! By popular vote “Mean Girls” will start playing at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased for $20 per car or for $5 per “camp chair” spot. Tickets will be first come, first served purchased the night of the event payable with cash or venmo. We must follow district guidelines and as such, everyone in the car must be from the same household, everyone needs to be wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing while they are outside their cars.
    • Senior Awards -- 5/13/21 from 5 - 7PM. Senior Awards is a night where we honor our Seniors who have received cords, stoles, athletic awards and so much more! If you haven't already please fill out this interest form to let us know if you would be interested in attending this event. 

    • Senior Brunch -- 5/14/21 from 11am to 12pm. More details coming soon!

    • Senior Check Out -- 5/19/21 from 8 - 11am and 1pm - 3pm; Celebratory BBQ during lunch time AT KENNEDY on BLACKTOP. 

    • Tentative Graduation Date -- 5/17/21 at 5pm (either Coors Field or Dick’s Sporting Goods)

    • Graduation Parade -- 5/22/21 at 11:30 am. Join us in celebrating the Class of 2021 through this socially distanced parade through the Bear Valley Neighborhood!

  • Senior Updates: 

    • Graduation Speeches: We are now accepting speech submissions for graduation! To see the rubric we will be using to choose speeches go to this link. Be sure to time yourself reading your written speeches as they cannot last more than 2 minutes! We will be emailing chosen speeches with next steps. The deadline to submit a written speech is May 1st. Please submit your speeches by emailing them to Ms. Laurentz.

    • Class of 2021 Graduate Parade: This event is taking place on May 22nd at 11:30 AM in the Bear Valley Neighborhood. If you are interested in participating in the Class of 2021 Graduate Parade, please fill out this form here. ALL JFK SENIORS are welcome to participate, even if you need to complete Summer School to obtain your diploma.

GET INVOLVED

Clubs: Celebrate with the Environmental Club and make our community GREENER!

When: The week of April 19th - 23rd 

Where: Virtually AND In Person after school

What: Various events culminating in a Tree Planting Party on April 22nd

Who: You! Come for prizes, fun, and community service hours!

  • When?: The week of April 19-23

Athletics: Are you interested in joining our Dance Team? You will meet new friends, learn how to dance, and perform at Varsity Football and Basketball games- as well as Dance at other community events and competitions!! Please join us for ur information meeting where you can learn about what it takes to become a JFK Varsity Dancer and ask Coach questions!

When: Monday, April 19th at 3pm.

Where: Via Google meet @ meet.google.com/mgz-kmka-ioq

Alumni Meeting:

Are you a JFK Alumni? Are you interested in joining our JFK Alumni Association? 

Our next alumni meeting date is Monday, April 26th at 6 PM. Please share this with any alumni members you know. We are always looking to connect with more of our alumni!

  • RECONNECT WITH OUR NEW ALUMNI COMMITTEE MEMBERS
  • END OF YEAR EVENTS

You can join using this meeting information:

To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/yjb-srsd-agq
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 209-734-0045 and enter this PIN: 408 061 127#

Please share this link with any alumni members you are connected with. We welcome ALL alumni to join! Any questions or concerns can be directed to laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org.

  • ONGOING JFK FUNDRAISING PROJECTS
  • JFK DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT

 

 
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 VACCINES

Denver Health School-based Health Centers (SBHCs) are excited to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to all DPS students ages 16 and older! Vaccines are offered at NO COST to all DPS students. The more students that get vaccinated against COVID-19 means safer schools for all DPS students.

WHERE:

  • Evie Garrett Dennis Campus
  • Abraham Lincoln Campus
  • South High School
  • Manual Campus
  • North Campus
  • East High School

TIME: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TENTATIVE DATES:

  • Saturday, April 17 (second dose on May 8)
  • Sunday, April 18 (second dose on May 9)
  • Saturday, April 24 (second dose on May 15)
  • Sunday, April 25 (second dose on May 16)
  • Saturday, May 1 (second dose on May 22)
  • Sunday, May 2 (second dose on May 23)

HOW TO REGISTER:

Online (the quickest option!):

Step 1: Each student 16 and older will receive an email to their DPS email account, including a unique one-time code. Note: do not share this unique code with others.

Step 2: Click the link to login into MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account, you will need to create one. Please use your DPS student email to create your MyChart account. Once in MyChart you will be able to schedule your vaccine appointment.

Note: If you need login or support help, call MyChart support at 303-602-4380

By Phone:

If you don’t have access to MyChart, you can schedule an appointment by calling 303-602-8958. Please listen to all options. Phone wait times may be long,
but we want to help get your vaccine appointment scheduled as soon as possible. You can also call your local SBHC to schedule your vaccine appointment.

REMEMBER: If you are 16 or 17, you need to get parental consent to get vaccinated. Please make sure your parent fills out a consent form and you bring it with you to the vaccine appointment. Click here to download the consent for treatment form.

What we want you to know about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for youth ages 16+
  • The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be very good at preventing people from getting COVID disease
  • People may have some side effects after the vaccine. These are normal signs that your body is building protection and only lasts a few days.

For more information, please call 303-602-8958.

Denver Health School-based Health Centers (SBHCs) are excited to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to all DPS students ages 16 and older!

Vaccines are offered at NO COST to all DPS students. The more students that get vaccinated against COVID-19 means safer schools for all DPS students.

WHERE:

  • Evie Garrett Dennis Campus
  • Abraham Lincoln Campus
  • South High School
  • Manual Campus
  • North Campus
  • East High School

TIME: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TENTATIVE DATES:

  • Saturday, April 17 (second dose on May 8)
  • Sunday, April 18 (second dose on May 9)
  • Saturday, April 24 (second dose on May 15)
  • Sunday, April 25 (second dose on May 16)
  • Saturday, May 1 (second dose on May 22)
  • Sunday, May 2 (second dose on May 23)

HOW TO REGISTER:

Online (the quickest option!):

Step 1: Each student 16 and older will receive an email to their DPS email account, including a unique one-time code. Note: do not share this unique code with others.

Step 2: Click the link to login into MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account, you will need to create one. Please use your DPS student email to create your MyChart account. Once in MyChart you will be able to schedule your vaccine appointment.

Note: If you need login or support help, call MyChart support at 303-602-4380

By Phone:

If you don’t have access to MyChart, you can schedule an appointment by calling 303-602-8958. Please listen to all options. Phone wait times may be long,
but we want to help get your vaccine appointment scheduled as soon as possible. You can also call your local SBHC to schedule your vaccine appointment.

REMEMBER: If you are 16 or 17, you need to get parental consent to get vaccinated. Please make sure your parent fills out a consent form and you bring it with you to the vaccine appointment. Click here to download the consent for treatment form.

What we want you to know about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for youth ages 16+
  • The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be very good at preventing people from getting

    COVID disease

  • People may have some side effects after the vaccine. These are normal signs that your body is building protection and only lasts a few days.

For more information, please call 303-602-8958.

 
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 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 jfk.dpsk12.org

   EVENT CALENDAR

 

HELPFUL LINKS

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL

2855 S. LAMAR ST. DENVER, CO 80227

  

 

 

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