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

Commander Communicator

Dear Commander Community,

November is Native American Heritage Month, and this is a time to truly reflect on how we can be more inclusive and celebratory of our beautiful differences and to dedicate ourselves to thinking deeply about the positive impact and effects our Native American community members have had on our Nation.  Check out these resources from PBS and from The Library of Congress to learn more about the remarkable contributions of the Native American People. 

Huge shout out to our Student Board of Education for hosting the Denver School Board Candidates for a debate on Wednesday, these students facilitated a professional and informative debate and question/answer session that illuminated SBOE’s drive and passion for taking command of their civic responsibilities. The live stream is posted on our JFK Facebook page and SBOE is featured in this Chalkbeat article.

WE NEED YOUR INPUT!! Please read this letter and provide feedback HERE on whether you believe we should shift our 22-23 School Year START TIMES in preparation for the mandated bell time shift during the 23-24 School Year: all DPS middle and high schools will begin after 8:20 am during the 23-24 School Year. 

Finally, JFK has been scheduled for the next phase of 2020 General Obligation Bond’s Quality Learning Environment – School Determined Funds program. “This school-determined, highly visible and student-focused program will provide pre-approved dollars to support transformational facility improvements to support the energizing of your school environment.  Scope development will occur this fall, with construction and/or new furniture orders scheduled to complete by the end of summer 2022.” Our Design Advisory Group is looking for student input on the project and at least 3 students to join our group to make critical decisions about the space that will  be transformed. Please email me immediately if you are a student  interested in participating in the Design Advisory Group.

Have a Commander Kind of Week!

Tiffany Almon, Proud Principal

She, her, hers and why they matter

tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org

If you would like to donate to our COVID Relief Fund Venmo @JFKCommanders

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UPDATES
  • Commander Conversations Reschedule: We have rescheduled last week's Commander Conversation session to this Wednesday, November 3rd at 5 PM. 

    This session is very important as we will be surveying the group on specific feedback that will impact the future state of our school. If you are interested in being part of this focus group and giving concrete feedback on the information we present, please join us using the following information:

    Link: meet.google.com/eph-ixyy-dvs
    Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 650-817-8449‬ PIN: ‪990 578 846‬#

    We will be asking about how to improve our school culture, how we can improve classroom instruction, as well as how we can improve our systems for grading and helping students in advanced math classes.

    This week the English and Spanish sessions will meet together and we may incorporate breakout rooms so everyone gets a chance to share their insight.

    We hope to see you there. Your students are our future and we want to ensure we are making this school the best it can be for them!

  • Senior Class Photo: We have received approval to host our Senior Class of Photo in our gym! We will be hosting this event for ALL seniors on Tuesday, November 2nd at 8:45 AM. Students will need to wear their masks until it is time to take the photo. They will be permitted to remove their masks for a few seconds at the time of the photo.

    Students must wear their Senior Shirts for the photo and can still purchase these with the treasurer this week (Tuesday – Friday). Shirts are $15.00 a piece!
    After the photo is taken, you can purchase the group photo at fullfield.com.

  • Code2College: This program equips students with both professional and technical skills, and prepares them for a variety of in-demand, high paying technical careers. Their application is currently open and will close on December 1, 2021. Check out their program flyers: English and Spanish.

  • Alumni Meeting: Our next alumni meeting is this Thursday, November 4th at 6 PM.
    Link: meet.google.com/szp-qehu-cmm
    Join by phone: (US) +1 904-580-9595‬ PIN: ‪127 699 770‬#

  • ELA PAC Meeting: Our first ELA PAC Meeting of the year will take place on November 9th at 5 PM. ELA PAC meetings are for parents of our English Learners. We will provide information on how our school can support your student. We would also love to hear from you on how we can improve support for your family.
    Link: meet.google.com/evh-nitn-mtn
    Join by phone: (US) +1 775-387-4708‬ PIN: ‪639 704 771‬#

  • JFK is Hiring: Please visit careers.dpsk12.org to read full job descriptions.

    • TEACHER, SECONDARY SPECIAL EDUCATION MODERATE NEEDS, 9TH-12TH GRADE (JOB ID: 50372): The Secondary Special Education Moderate Needs Teacher instructs special education students in settings that provide a continuum of services from self-contained instruction to full inclusion in the regular classroom. Helps all students develop competence and confidence simultaneously through a balance of acquiring basic skills and developing conceptual understanding.

    • TEACHER, LONG TERM SUBSTITUTE, ESL SPANISH RESOURCE, ELA-E (JOB ID: 50267): The Long Term Substitute Teacher teaches a diverse school student population grade level standards based curriculum in Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies and Personal Development. Monitors, supervises, coordinates and enforces rules of conduct and behavior of assigned students, and reinforces positive student behaviors in accordance with school and District policy. Observes, evaluates, reports and records students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health. Communicates with parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.

    • CHEERLEADING DIRECTOR (JOB ID: 50225): The Head Cheerleading Coach teaches fundamental and advanced cheerleading skills and works with athletes to prepare them for competition. The Coach is an expert on the rules, strategies, and techniques required for the sport and is responsible for the coordination and recruitment of student participants among other duties.

    • HEAD DANCE COACH - JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL (JOB ID: 50114): The Head Dance Coach teaches fundamental and advanced cheerleading skills and works with athletes to prepare them for competition. The Coach is an expert on the rules, strategies, and techniques required for the sport and is responsible for the coordination and recruitment of student participants among other duties.

    • PARAPROFESSIONAL, SECONDARY SPECIAL EDUCATION, MODERATE NEEDS (JOB ID: 50179): 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. Assists in conducting testing and assessment, multi-media activities, record-keeping, computer operation, discipline, and other activities. May assist with lifting and transporting of students, as well as daily living activities such as toileting, diapering, feeding, and personal hygiene as trained and directed.

GET INVOLVED
 
RESOURCES
  • Our school nurse created a virtual health office containing links to lots of different information. Click on this LINK for helpful resources.
  • Here is a link to a list of various food assistance resources around Denver!
  • Here is the Southwest Denver Free Activities Calendar
 
 
COUNSELING & FUTURE CENTER UPDATES

Counseling:

  • ICAP Day #2 is on 11/2 for all 9th-11th graders - Counselors will be floating around during Advisory to offer support with the lessons

    • Seniors will complete their ICAP on 11/3 since they have their Class Photo on 11/2

  • Students can sign up to see their School Counselor by completing this form. We are no longer using Setmore for students to make appointments.

    • A-Go: Caballero

    • Gr-N: Naughton

    • O-Z: Martiniere

    • 9th Grade Transitions Counselor: Pineda

      • Martiniere is out on FMLA from October 25th - November 28th

        • O-R: Naughton

        • S-Z: Caballero

        • O-Z 9th Graders: Pineda

  • The Annual College Fair is happening in the JFK gym on 11/4 @9:30-10:30am for all Juniors and Seniors. We will have 37 colleges represented from all over the nation! 

  • Voz y Corazon art group takes place every Tuesday after school. We are in need of student participants! If you know any students who love art and could benefit from building connections, please encourage them to attend, or reach out to Shea Caballero for more information. 

  • STARS Mentoring is officially kicking off! We have a wonderful group of students who have volunteered to work with a select group of Grant Ranch and BVIS middle school students as peer mentors for the rest of the school year!

  • Letter of recommendation season is upon us! If you have any questions about submitting your letters, reach out to Emily Weiss in the Future Center (Room 305) or email her at: eweiss@denverscholarship.org.

    • DU early action deadline is 11/1

    • CU Boulder early action deadline is 11/15

Future Center:

 

On November 4th, there will be a college fair here at Kennedy! You will get the chance to start your college search if you haven’t already! Here’s how to register ---> Registration
To Do’s
• Visit Future Center!
• Sign up for an appointment to complete the FAFSA/CASFA
• Create FSA ID (watch this video to learn how)
• Look at your “FAFSA Planner”
• Apply to college! Review the “How to Apply to College List

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

 

 
HEALTH AND SAFETY

Covid Cases: It is our priority to keep you informed of incidents related to safety. We want to make you aware that 4 students or staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at JFK this week. We have notified those people who were in close contact with these individuals.

Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by public health. As part of this public health investigation:

  • The person diagnosed is being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious. 

  • The person’s activities when they could have spread COVID-19 were assessed. 

If you have any concerns about your health, we encourage you to contact the Denver Health School Based Health Center at 303-602-8958 (or your primary care provider) for further evaluation and possible testing.

Sincerely, 
JFK High School

Protocols: 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
  • 11/2 — Senior Class Photo at 8:45 am in Gym

  • 11/3 — Commander Conversations at 5 pm

  • 11/4 — Alumni Meeting at 6 pm

  • 11/5 — Horror Film Festival Screening at 6:30 pm

  • 11/9 — ELA PAC Meeting at 5 pm

  • 11/10 — Club, Activities, and Sports Fair Round 2 at 11:00 am

  • 12/8 — Winter Choir Concert at 6 pm 

  • 12/9 —  Winter Instrumental Concert at 6 pm

    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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