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

Commander Communicator – Week of 10/11

Dear Commander Community,

Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day for us to recognize and celebrate the impact and influence Indigenous Peoples have had on our country throughout history. See President Biden’s Presidential Proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day HERE.

Parents, we need your help with teaching our students to create healthy habits when using technology. Encourage your student to unplug from their cell phones and their Chromebooks at night; and, store their devices in an area away from where they sleep. Additionally, refrain from calling and texting your child during the school day. Our teachers are working hard to engage our students in relevant and rigorous learning experiences; and, it causes a significant disruption when students are on their phones and express that they must talk to their parent/guardian. If there is an emergency and you need to contact your child right away, call our main office and we will get you connected asap.

Sign up for Virtual Parent/Guardian-teacher Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday night from 4 – 7 PM HERE. You can find a video with directions for signing up by following the link

Wednesday is Super Test Day! All students will have an opportunity to get on track or stay on track. Students will receive an email from Gayla Power with their testing location. All students should arrive by 7:20 am and head to their testing location by 7:25 am. See below for details: 

  • 9th  — Work Keys Competency Assessment
  • 10th – PSAT NMSQT  Assessment and scholarship opportunity
  • 11th – PSAT NMSQT Assessment and scholarship opportunity
  • 12th who have NOT met competency and missed Accuplacer – take an Accuplacer makeup session 
  • 12th who have NOT met competency and took Accuplacer – Will take the Work Keys with a plan to still take Accuplacer in the Spring as I already mentioned to them
  • 12th graders who have NOT met competency AND are OFF TRACK on credits will work with Sanders and Engleman to make up work and continue making progress with Edgenuity courses
  • 12th who have met competency – Future Center in the JFK Room 

Congratulations to 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.

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. 



  • New Food Trucks: Starting on Tuesday, October 12th, we will have new food trucks joining us during our lunch period. Students will have a variety of options that you can view here

  • New Mural: JFK was selected to receive a mural through the Urban Art Fund. We were grateful to have been chosen to receive a magnificent art piece for the exterior of our school. Rodrick Smith and Marina Pauda were chosen by staff to be featured in our mural that was painted by Thomas “Detour” Evans on the retaining wall on Dartmouth and Lamar. We are so proud to have been part of this project and are thrilled with the result of the mural. 

  • Student Job Opportunity: Lakewood Senior Living has several part-time positions open in our community and are actively seeking to fill them with local high school students. The shifts would be 4-7 pm Monday-Friday and 11a-6 pm or 4-7pm on Saturdays. If you have any students that might be interested in working with seniors professionally when they graduate, this would be a good opportunity to get an idea of what that would look like. They are a 100% independent living community. Apply here.
  • 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 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. 

  • 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


Do you want safer communities for youth in our communities? Youth, Parents, Community Members we want to hear from you! Join the SW Denver Youth Violence Prevention Forum and Resource Fair. 

Through the Resource Fair youth, families, and community members will get to learn about resources available to them. The forum is an opportunity for discussion on violence in the SW Denver community and how we as a community can come together.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Grace & Life Church 
4201 W. Kentucky Ave. Denver 80219
Dinner & Resource Fair 5:00 pm -6:00 pm
Forum & Discussion 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner will be provided, translators and childcare will be available. Youth & Families that participate in the entire event will receive a Gift Card!

Register Here:

Click here for Flyer in English and Spanish


  • Please read this week's newsletter from the Future Center here.



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.

  • 10/13 — Parent Teacher Conferences (4-7 PM)
  • 10/14 — Parent Teacher Conferences (4-7 PM)
  • 10/15 — No School
  • 10/18 — No School 
  • 10/29 — Trick or Treat Street
  • 10/29 — Hocus Pocus Drive In Movie

    For more information on any of these events check




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