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

Commander Communicator

Dear Commander Community,

“The moments that define us, and test us to our core, are blessings in disguise.”–Jennifer Vera”

Next week marks the final week of probably the most difficult school year you’ve faced, and you did it! Know that no matter what the outcome of your school year, we are here to support you and to help you stay on track, get on track, elevate your voice, and help you Take Command of Your Future! We have just added another leadership class called YESS Mentoring to our Course Offerings and are looking for Juniors and Seniors that are interested in developing leadership capacity while mentoring incoming Freshmen. This class is an academic elective for credit, email your counselor if interested. We will also offer extensive credit recovery options next year in addition to our expansive and diverse course offerings. If you are interested in recovering credits over the summer, CLICK HERE, as we are offering hybrid and remote Summer School courses at Kennedy in June and July. Additionally, we want to encourage you to take the Student End of Year Survey sent to you by Denver Public Schools through your DPS email…your feedback matters greatly to us and helps us to improve your school experience.

Read the Finals Schedule for next week carefully and note that Monday is an asynchronous REMOTE study day for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors and graduation will be livestreamed starting at 12:00 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday are both IN PERSON finals days and Thursday is a make up day. You begin your Summer Break on Friday. 

5/24

Graduation at noon — will be livestreamed

Asynchronous Study Day for all classes

5/25

Period 5/7 Exam

Final period 5 — 8:00 – 9:45

Break — 9:45 – 10:00 

Final periods 7 — 10 – 11:45

Grab and go lunch 11:45 – 12

12:00-3:50 Grading / Office Hours / Make-ups / Extended Time

5/26

Period 6/8 Exam

Final period 6 — 8:00 – 9:45

Break — 9:45 – 10:00 

Final periods 8  — 10 – 11:45

Grab and go lunch 11:45 – 12

12:00-3:50 Grading / Office Hours / Make-ups / Extended Time

5/27

Full Day Make-Ups

(No set schedule; appt. based)

5/28 

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Last day for teachers

All grades due by 11 AM

 

Please join us in celebrating our Seniors at the Senior Graduation Parade tomorrow from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, we will be following the route shown below and you can post up at any point along the route to cheer on the Seniors as they drive by in their cars:

INFORMATION  FROM LAST WEEK’S COMMUNICATOR, BUT STILL VERY RELEVANT 

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. 

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. 

  • 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

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. 

  • For grades 6-12, remote learning will be offered through Denver Online High School, a long-time DPS school with a track record of success in remote instruction. 
  • Remote learning for both elementary and secondary grades will be a combination of live remote instruction and self-paced assignments.

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.

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UPDATES
  • Graduation: Graduation is on Monday, May 24th at 12 PM at Infinity Park: Infinity Park: 950 S. Birch Street, Glendale, CO 80246. 
  • Yearbook Pick Up Event: Our yearbooks will be available for pick up on June 22nd! If you haven't purchased a yearbook yet and would like to, there is still time. All orders can be placed at yearbookforever.com. Use code May at checkout and save $10.

    We will be hosting a "Sign and Dine" event from 11 AM to 1 PM. Join us to pick up your yearbook, enjoy light refreshments, give out your autograph, and spend time with friends over the summer. If students do not purchase a yearbook, they may bring other items (ex. Class t-shirt) to have friends sign. 
  • Ready for 2025 and Ninth Grade Academy: To assist in the transition from middle school to a successful high school experience, JFK, along with the other DPS high schools, will be hosting a Ready for 2025 program as well as a Ninth Grade Academy.

    The Ready for 2025 program will take place from Monday, July 19th - Friday, August 6th from 8 am to 12 pm and Ninth Grade Academy will take place the following week from Monday, August 9th to Thursday, August 12th from 8 am to 12 pm.

    The purpose of the Ready for 2025 program is to give students an advantage in learning what it will be like to be a high school student. During Ninth Grade Academy students will dive deeper into learning more about the school culture as well as continuing to engage in daily learning activities. Students will also understand graduation requirements and earn an additional 2.5 credits. To enroll in one of both of these programs, please fill out this form. Please feel free to reach out to Sarah Walters at sarah_walters@dpsk12.org with any additional questions you may have prior to that. 

  • Register for 21-22 School Year: 

    Early Bird Registration (formally known as Annual Family Update) has officially closed. Registration will reopen on July 26th.

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

  • Senior Update: The latest senior update can be found here.

GET INVOLVED

Please read the latest edition of our school newspaper, the Statesmen, 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.
 
 
COVID TESTS & VACCINATION RESOURCES

Same as last week:

Vaccines: The covid vaccine has been officially approved for 12-15 year olds.  JFK students can call our clinic at 7204234355 or the SBHC line at 303 602 8958 to make an appointment to get the vaccine as soon as this weekend!

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 communitySee HERE for a video featuring DPS students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

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.

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. 

 
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 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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