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

Commander Communicator – 10/4/21

Dear Commander Community,

We are officially 6 weeks into the 21-22 school year. It is more critical than ever that we unite and remember that we are STronger Together as we work towards becoming the best high school in Denver Metro and living our PRIDE Values and Vision. Listed below are important ways for parents, students, and Kennedy staff to ensure that all students are on track and exhibiting P.R.I.D.E.:

  • Parents and guardians, please read attend our virtual conferences by signing up for teacher and staff meetings from 4 – 7 pm on October 13th and 14th
  • The quarter ends on 10/15, students can revise and resubmit all work on an ongoing basis up until a week prior to the end of the Semester. Get ahead of your course work and submit your assignments on time!
  • Students, attend teach office hours every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday after school from 2:30 – 3
  • Students, attend College and Career Study Block to complete homework assignments and Edgenuity every Monday through Thursday in 306 from 2:45 – 3:30
  • Kennedy has been selected to receive another round of Bond funding to upgrade our learning environments. If you would like to be on our Design Advisory Group, the group who decides how these funds will be spent, please email tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to join.
  • Take Command of Your Future Month kicks off October 1st! Check out the AMAZING events taking place throughout the month of October at this link!
  • October 13th is Super Test Day! All students will report to school and will be emailed information about the specific assessments they will take or on track opportunities they will attend. 
  • Give us feedback at the upcoming Commander Conversation Town Hall. Log in HERE at 5PM on Wednesday. 
  • Mr. Clymers’ advisory students raised concerns about the charge for Parking Permits. They truly embodied our tenet of “challenging inequities” when they fought to dismantle our policy. All students who paid for a permit but did not paint their spot will receive a refund for their $20.

Please congratulate Kimberly Quiroga and Melanie Barba-Favela as the winners of our T-shirt contest, we will submit these designs to our clothing vendor and t-shirts will be available soon for sale in the main hall.

Rodrick Smith and Marina Pauda were chosen by staff to be featured in our mural that will be painted by Thomas “Detour” Evans on the retaining wall on Dartmouth. Congrats to these two amazing students!

A note on Vandalism: Due to the dramatic uptick in vandalism mostly due to the “Devious Licks” Tik Tok Challenges, from this point forward, if any student is caught vandalizing, they will be charged for the destroyed items, be assigned community service, and at least ½ day  in school suspension. We are also privy to the upcoming challenges, which have consequences that may include felony charges. Be smart, Commanders, and respect yourself, our staff, each other, and our school. We are not taking how we respond to these challenges lightly. 

REMINDER: There is no school for students on Friday 10/15 for a Teacher Conference Exchange Day and no school for students on Monday 10/18 for Teacher Professional Learning. 

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UPDATES
  • Parent Teacher Conferences:  Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually this year on October 13th and 14th from 4-7 PM. These are a great opportunity to get to know your teacher's expectations for what success looks like in their class. It is also an opportunity to empower students to share and own their school experiences, goals, and accomplishments  All of our teachers will have their own links to make appointments. You can find those links here

  • Fall Break: There will be no school for students on October 15th and 18th. This is considered Fall Break for students as Teachers spend those two days taking part in professional learning. We highly encourage Commanders to use Fall Break as an opportunity to get caught up in their classes.

  • Super Test Day: October 13th is a mandatory state assessment day. ALL students should attend school on this day and busses will run business as usual on this day. Students will be emailed information about the specific assessments they will take or on track opportunities they will attend.

  • JFK is Hiring: JFK has two positions currently open. Please visit careers.dpsk12.org to read full job descriptions.

    • Paraprofessional - Job ID: 49613: The Secondary Special Education paraprofessional supports the educational, behavioral, social-emotional, physical and daily living needs of middle and high school level students with disabilities in integrated, resource, self-contained and community settings. 

    • Lead Liaison for Student Support - Job ID: 49910: The Student Support Liaison collaborates with schools, parents and community organizations to identify and provide the support, direct services and advocacy needed for students and families in the Denver Public Schools. 

  • Senior Shirts: Senior Class of Shirts are still on sale and can be purchased with the school treasurer. Shirts are $15.

GET INVOLVED
 
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
 
 
COUNSELING & FUTURE CENTER UPDATES

Week of 10/4:

  • Tuesday – The first ICAP lesson of the year will be delivered in all Advisory Classes
  • Wednesday 
    • The Dare to Dream small group kicks off
    • There will be an ASCENT Info Session during Lunch in the JFK Room (all 11th and 12th
      grade students are invited). ASCENT provides a FREE YEAR OF COLLEGE for all students who earn 12 college credits in high school and graduate college ready in English and Math!

  • Thursday/Friday – Counselors will assist with Signs of Suicide, a district-required prevention curriculum delivered to all 9th graders
  • Please read this week's newsletter from the Future Center here.

 

 
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
  • 10/13 — Parent Teacher Conferences (4-7 PM)
  • 10/14 — Parent Teacher Conferences (4-7 PM)
  • 10/15 — No School
  • 10/18 — No School 

    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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