Dear Commander Community,
This week was filled with so many celebrations as we wrap up the 20-21 school year and begin to feel just a twinge of normalcy at the end-of-year events! Thank you to all the students who performed and spoke to rising Freshmen at the Future Commanders Welcoming Event on Wednesday evening. Even though we are still battling COVID, we had a significant amount of incoming Freshmen come to our blacktop to learn more about all of the incredible experiences Kennedy has to offer. The Senior Awards Night was another huge success! We celebrated students for their academic, athletic, and post-secondary achievements. Our Senior class has earned over 2.5 million dollars in scholarships! Seniors, don’t forget to sign up HERE for the Class of 2021 Graduation Parade occurring at 11 am on Saturday, May 22nd.
Class of 2022, 2023, and 2024, we have not forgotten about you and are extremely excited to end the school year strong and welcome you back IN PERSON next Fall! Please take advantage of the time you have in asynchronous learning to make up and revise your assignments, attend office hours with your teachers, and utilize the paper.co app (log in using your DPS credentials) to get support outside of school hours. Please read below for important information regarding the next school year.
Check out this opportunity for FREE SAT Prep all year for rising Juniors:
Students will have an 8-period schedule, with on-track Juniors given the option of having one off period and on-track Seniors given the option of having two off periods. We are also excited to announce a FREE year-long SAT Preparation Course offered to all interested rising Juniors. This is a unique opportunity for our Kennedy Class of 2023 that will increase confidence, decrease test anxiety, increase college readiness, and increase scholarship opportunities for our students. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity and are a rising Junior click here and sign up here.
Important Updates about the 21-22 School Year:
Please note, students are not required to get vaccinated to return in person. However, we highly encourage our students to get vaccinated. If we can continue to increase the number of people aged 12 and older who get the vaccine, we can get closer to herd immunity, and resume the fun activities that make life as a high school student so memorable. Check out this information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and the sites located all-around Denver.
Information from last week’s communicator about the 20-21 school year:
As we plan for the 2021-22 school year, we’re optimistic that classrooms will look a lot more like they did prior to the pandemic. We anticipate that all students who choose Kennedy in-person learning will attend school from 7:30 – 2:30 pm each day on a traditional block schedule with Monday being a Commander day and Tuesday through Friday being a Green/Blue rotation.
Here at Kennedy, we are excited to have a more consistent and predictable school year in 2021-22. We know that there is no substitute for in-person learning experiences and interpersonal interactions. Below are just a few of the offerings and benefits that students will have at Kennedy next year.
Although we do not have all of the answers about all the details of next school year, we can ensure that DPS and Kennedy will continue working closely with our community health partners in our preparation for the return to school in the fall and realize some of the health protocols we have become accustomed to — wearing a mask, not gathering in large groups — may still be in place, at least to start the year.
We also know a segment of our families may want to continue with remote learning next year. To best support these students, DPS is offering an option to enroll in full-time remote learning for students in grades K-12.
Families who would like to enroll their student in the remote-learning program for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year should complete the Learning Option Selection form on the Parent Portal, or call the school’s front office, between May 10 and June 4. Instructions for enrolling your student into Denver Online School are found HERE.
DPS will offer full-time remote learning next year through a more centralized, consistent approach.
Families whose students will be returning to full-time, in-person learning next year do not need to take any action, and their students will automatically be enrolled in in-person learning at their assigned school.
Families looking for more information can review a detailed FAQ about what next year will look like for both in-person and remote learning. For additional assistance, call the Family And Community Engagement (FACE) Helpline at 720-423-3054, or email FACEHelpline@dpsk12.org.
See HERE for a video featuring DPS students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Again, we look forward to continuing to serve your student(s) and seeing everyone back in person for the 2021-22 school year.
Have a Commander Kind of Week!
She, her, hers and why they matter
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