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

Commander Communicator – 5/3/21

Dear Commander Community,

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”― Malala Yousafzai 

As we roll into Asian and Pacific Islander month, let’s collectively be reminded of the powerful and profound impact so many of our Asian and Pacific Islander community members have had and continue to have on our nation and, especially our very own Commanders. Most recently Jennifer Phan Ho and Michelle Hoong represented Kennedy at the FBLA State Leadership conference in the  testing competitions. Check out these resources to learn more about the accomplishments of AAPIs and see HERE for information on how to stand up against hate against our AAPI community members.

Seniors! We loved seeing many of you at the Senior Signing Day on Thursday, and are extremely excited that we have finally been able to announce the final details for graduation. Thank you, immensely for your patience, grace, and collaboration through this process. We cannot wait to make this a memorable graduation for Seniors!

Important Update about the 21-22 School Year:

Here at Kennedy, we are excited to have a more consistent and predictable school year in 2021-22.  Below are just a few of the offerings that students will have at Kennedy next year.

  • Opportunities to build strong relationships with peers and staff through our Anchor Cohort Advisory programming, and the Asset Program for building stress and anxiety management skills through their classes
  • A whole child approach to social and emotional support, with a robust Counseling and Mental Health Team
  • A strong variety of course offerings in all content areas with an emphasis on supporting our students in identifying their career and/or college pathways and achieving their goals
  • A dynamic comprehensive high school experience including the revival of our amazing Kennedy traditions like the homecoming parade, school plays, community events; as well as, in-person participation in clubs, organizations, and athletics

We will continue to follow all health procedures necessary to keep our students safe. We know that being back in person for a consistent and supportive school day is positive for the social, emotional, mental and academic development of all students.  We look forward to welcoming back all Kennedy Commanders for in-person learning during the 2021-22 school year.

If your child has an extenuating circumstance due to a health condition or concern, Denver Public Schools will provide a one-year virtual school option in 2021-22.  Students who enroll in this option will be bound to that choice for the entire school year and will not be tied to their home school for 2021-22.  They will return in person to their home school for the 2022-23 school year.  DPS will share more information in the coming weeks.

Again, we look forward to continuing to serve your student(s) and seeing everyone back in-person for the 2021-22 school year.

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. 

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UPDATES
  • Register for 21-22 School Year: 

    Early Bird Registration (formally known as Annual Family Update) has officially opened and will run through May 21st!

    All new and returning students must complete registration in order to be enrolled at Kennedy next year. 

    You can start registering here. This link will outline the specific process you need to take as a returning Kennedy student.

    Remember, it is very important to also complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application even if you believe you do not qualify. Registration should prompt you to complete this but if it doesn't, you can apply or opt out here

    If you have questions please contact Gloria Diaz at 720-423-4332 or email gloria_diaz@dpsk12.org to schedule an appointment.  

  • IB Testing: We are now in the season for IB exams! You should've already been notified if you are enrolled to take an IB exam this year. If you are unaware if you are taking an exam, please email alissa_warren@dpsk12.org in order to verify. You can find the IB exam schedule here.

  • Teacher Appreciation Week: The week of May 3rd is teacher appreciation week! All of our teachers work so hard at Kennedy to ensure our students are receiving the high quality education they deserve. When you see your teachers this week, please be sure to let them know how appreciated they are!

  • Summer School: The Regional Summer School Program is an opportunity for students to recover credits using the Edgenuity virtual learning system. Students will work with their school counselors to identify the courses they need to recover over the summer. Learning will be supported by content-specific teachers and tutors in both Remote and In-Person settings. If you believe your student may need to enroll in summer school, please contact your school counselor by May 5th to register.

  • Technology for Summer: Students will need internet access to facilitate learning, along with access to educational resources over the summer. DPS will continue to support Internet access for students and families who need it through the start of the school year. Please ensure your students have safe internet access options over the summer. Students may keep the DPS hotspots checked out to them if needed.

  • Online School Store Launch: Our Sideline Store has officially launched. Enjoy this Grand Opening promotion of 25% off all purchases. This is the deepest discount offered throughout the year! This will be valid until 5/21/21. You can shop here!
GET INVOLVED

P.R.I.D.E. Awards: If you missed the virtual P.R.I.D.E. celebration in anchor cohort on Thursday, you can watch the video here

 

 
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.
 
 
TESTING & VACCINATION RESOURCES

Same as last week:

Testing: If you would like to sign your student up for a covid-19 test, 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. 

Vaccines: 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. Please click here for more information on how to register. 

Here other alternatives for 16 and 17 year olds to get vaccinated.

 
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 5/6 — Spring Concert
  • 5/12 — Last school day for our Seniors 
  • 5/13 — Senior Brunch at 11 am
  • 5/13 — Senior Awards at 5 pm
  • 5/19 — Senior Check Out
  • 5/22 — Class of 2021 Graduate Parade
  • 5/24 — Graduation
  • 5/28 — Last Day for all other Students

    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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