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

Commander Communicator – 9/13/21

Dear Commander Community,

I would like to take a moment to recognize the 2,977 lives lost from over 90 nations during the 9/11/01 attacks on the World Trade Center and the first responders and armed forces that sacrificed so much during the aftermath and rescue efforts. Although our world has been changed forever, we can find solace and strength in uniting together as a community and continuing to honor, celebrate, and be inclusive of each others’ beautiful differences.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Wednesday, September 15th, and a team of teachers and staff are working to create advisory experiences and community events to celebrate our Hispanic Community Members who have contributed so much to our society.

Additionally, our Native students will be receiving personal invitations to the Native HOPE program that takes place at Kennedy on 9/16 and 9/17. On 9/16, we are proud to announce the No Hate BMX tour is coming to our Blacktop at 1:30 pm. This tour promotes anti-bullying and brings our students together for an exciting BMX presentation. We will have a modified schedule on this day as follows:

Please mark your calendar for the Homecoming events shown below that are upcoming throughout the week of 9/20, including an in-person community conversation with our Superintendent, Dr. Marrero, on September 22 at 5 PM in our auditorium. 

Have a Commander Kind of Week!

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UPDATES
  • Homecoming Week: The theme for Homecoming week is Hollywood movies. See the schedule below. Please note, the events are tentative as the final details are still being planned. 

    • Monday: 
      -Spirit Theme: Universal Studios Characters
      -Game: Boys soccer vs GW  

    • Tuesday: 
      -Theme: Decades (by class) Freshman: 60s, Sophomores:80s, Juniors:70s, Seniors: 90s, Staff: 2000s
      -Game: Softball game at north, and volleyball game at hinkley

    • Wednesday:
      -Theme: Musical artist day
      -Event: Bonfire and Powder Puff Game

    • Thursday: 
      -Theme: Inside out day (by class)
      Freshman: Red, Sophomores: Purple, Juniors:Green, Seniors: Blue, Staff: Yellow

    • Friday: 
      -Theme: Homecoming shirts OR Black
      -Event: Parade and Pep Rally

    • Saturday:
      -Event: Homecoming Dance (7-9 pm)

  • Attendance Line: JFK has a new email address where you can report absences to be excused! Please email jfkattendance@dpsk12.org if you would like to report an excused absence. Please allow up to 24 hours for your requests to be reported. You should receive a confirmation reply once your request has been reflected in our system. For the most up to date information on your student's attendance, please check your parent portal account. 

  • JFK's Commander Conversations (Formally known as Town Hall): We held our 2nd Commander Conversation of the year on 9/8/21 and covered topics such as Signs of Suicide and our Title I presentation.

    Families can access the information from the meeting below:

GET INVOLVED

Our staff were thrilled to host some of our John F. Kennedy High School  Alumni in celebrating their 50th reunion this weekend! We took them on a tour and reminisced on their days as fourth graduating class from our school. 

It’s always such a pleasure meeting our alumni. If you know any alumni, we would love to reconnect! Please send an email to Laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org to get involved in our alumni association.

 
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
 
 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES TO GET INVOLVED
  • Listening and Learning Session: Do you want your voice heard by our superintendent? Please click here to take his feedback survey and then attend our Listening and learning Session!

    The goal of the Listening and Learning Tour with Superintendent Dr. Alex Marerro is to allow him the opportunity to connect with students, families and communities - especially those who have been unheard in the past. Dr. Marrero is joining the Commander Community to listen and learn from YOU during our Commander Conversation on September 22nd at 5PM on the JFK Blacktop. We hope you will join us for this amazing opportunity to have your voice heard by our Superintendent!
  • Are you interested in joining the Collaborative School Committee to give input on school budget, personnel, school goals and the unified improvement plan, and increasing enrollment? Email me at tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org.
  • Want to join our Parent Teacher Student Association, the Commander Connection? Email our Communications Specialist, Laurentz Gilmore at laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org.
  • Want to be involved in making decisions in regard to our English Language Acquisition programming? Join our ELA - Parent Advisory Committee by emailing laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org. See HERE for more information regarding the ELA - Parent Advisory Committee. 

 

 
HEALTH AND SAFETY

If students are masked and vaccinated while at school, students only need to quarantine if they start experiencing symptoms. Staff and students should monitor who they are in close contact with when masks are off, especially during lunch time. Eat outside whenever possible. See COVID-19 Exposure decision tree here for more information.

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
  • 9/16 — No Hate School Tour
  • 9/20 — Homecoming Week
  • 9/22 — Powder Puff Game & Homecoming Bonfire
  • 9/22 — Listening and Learning Session with Dr. Alex Marrero
  • 9/24 — Homecoming Parade
  • 9/25 — Homecoming Dance

    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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