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

Commander Communicator – 8/9/21

Dear Commander Community,

I am so excited to welcome you back for the 21-22 school year! Kennedy has already been abuzz with incoming Freshmen for the Ready for 2025 program, Registration, and Athletics; and, I cannot wait to see the entire student body all of you IRL on 8/24/21! I sincerely hope that you all had a chance to engage in some serious SELF CARE and are re-energized to begin the 21-22 Commander Strong! Check out this article for some helpful tips for taking care of yourself as your get ready to start the school year.  

This year we will continue to move towards becoming a more inclusive and anti-racist school community while keeping trauma-informed care for all Commanders and P.R.I.D.E. values at the forefront of what we do. Students, it is our priority to ensure that all of you are prepared socially, emotionally, and academically to be successful in the college and career of your choice! 

Read below for important information about the 21-22 school year and have a Commander kind of Week!

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UPDATES
  • Registration: In Person registration days were last week; BUT, our amazing Front Office Staff is available from 7 am to 3 pm every weekday to continue to help families register. You must register each year to be scheduled into classes. See this site for more information about registration.

  • Schedules: Our 21-22 Bell Schedule is found here. Maintaining the 7:30 am start is a result of feedback from students and families given that so many of our students have after school commitments. 

    Schedules will be available for students through Student and Parent Portal on the first day of school. 

    Students can access their class schedule through the Student Portal starting on the first day of school*. Official schedules will be distributed when students arrive on the first day of school. It is the student’s responsibility to look at the schedule to verify everything is correct. With the exception of gaps in your schedule or missing core courses, no student-initiated changes will be made to schedules after the first week of class. Students had the opportunity to complete a course request up until the first day of school.

    Students will not be allowed to start classes without their official schedule.

  • Change or Drop Requests: Students can submit an online schedule change request form through the counseling section of the JFK website up until the day before the first day of classes. Changes will be made on a space-available basis.  If a class is full, it will not be overloaded without written approval from the teacher and admin in charge, Ms. Warren.

    Students should see or email their counselor if they are in a class that they have already passed, are missing a core subject, have an empty class period, or did not pass the prerequisite for a class.

    To drop ELD, IB, CE classes you need to set up a meeting with Ms. Warren first; for the request to be granted to drop, Ms. Warren, a parent and a teacher have to sign off on it. For ELD, as it is a legal requirement, parents will have to be present.

  • First Day of School: BRING YOUR DPS ISSUED CHROMEBOOK TO SCHOOL ON YOUR FIRST DAY. WE WILL BE ISSUING 100% OF STUDENTS A NEW DPS-ISSUED CHROMEBOOK ON YOUR FIRST DAY. 

    Ninth Grade Academy for ALL Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2025) begins today, 8/9/21 - 8/12/21 from 8 - noon each day. Contact Sarah Walters (sarah_walters@dpsk12.org) for more information. 

    Freshmen Orientation hosted by Link Crew is on 8/23/21 and is required for ALL Class of 2025 students. We will follow the regular Monday bell schedule, so please arrive at 7:15 am to begin 1st period by 7:30 am.

    Class of 2024, 2023, and 2022 will begin on 8/24/21 promptly at 7:30 am, please arrive by 7:15 am. We have fun events planned to ensure that all students are reacquainted with Kennedy, our values, and each other.

  • Student Handbook found here.

GET INVOLVED

Athletics: If you are planning to play any Fall Sports, please register here.

 
HEALTH AND SAFETY

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. 

Please read this information from our Superintendent, Dr. Marrero, for details about vaccinations, mask guidance, and safety measures.

 
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 8/9-8/21 — Ninth Grade Academy
  • 8/23 — First day of school for Freshmen
  • 8/23 — New to Kennedy Upper Classmen Orientation
  • 8/24 — First Day of School for Upper Classmen

    For more information on any of these events check jfk.dpsk12.org
   EVENT CALENDAR
 
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 the link to access DPS Coronavirus Resources
  • Here is the Southwest Denver Free Activities Calendar
 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL

2855 S. LAMAR ST. DENVER, CO 80227

  

 

 

 

 

   
 
 
 

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