Weekly Family Newsletter: 11/8/21

Posted November 8, 2021


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Dear Commander Community,

We continue to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and lift up our P.R.I.D.E. value of Dedication as we honor and recognize the accomplishments and achievements of our Native American Community. Check out these cool events in and around Denver that highlight Indigenous People. 

Wth COVID cases on the rise in Denver and across the country, I would like to remind all Commanders of the protocols and safety we have in place at Kennedy:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

    1. Masks will be required for all students, visitors, and staff while in all DPS schools and buildings, regardless of vaccination status. This mask requirement includes times when staff are meeting without students, regardless of vaccination status. 

    2. Masks will not be required outside, since the risk of COVID transmission is significantly lower outdoors. 

    3. Monitor who you eat lunch with and eat lunch outdoors when possible.

  • Monitor your symptoms, stay home, and get a COVID test if you are feeling sick

  • If a student is in close contact with someone who has contracted the COVID-19 Virus, Nurse Shirley (shirley_sorensen@dpsk12.org) will contact the student and their family.  See COVID-19 Exposure decision tree here for more information.

  • Staff and students are exempt from quarantine if you are: 

    • Fully vaccinated without symptoms. It needs to be 2 weeks since the last recommended vaccine dose. 

    • Previously positive in the past 90 days and are without symptoms.

    • Both parties were wearing a mask properly over the mouth and nose at the time of exposure and without symptoms and maintained 3 foot distance between individuals for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period.

  • Denver Health School-Based Clinic is proud to offer the Pfizer COVID vaccine right here on campus.  This vaccine is available to students, families of students, and DPS staff (including 3rd dose if immunocompromised).  To get a vaccine or for more information, make an appointment at 720-423-4355 or walk-in to the clinic.  Protecting our community is our priority.

We’ve recently added to the technologies we use at John F Kennedy High School, click this link to familiarize yourself with the different tools used in our building! Please check out our technology menu HERE. Take a moment to look at the website above to view the online tools we will be using. Visit any of the websites to see what personal information the site collects. When an email address is needed, we will have your student use his or her District-provided email account when using these sites. If you do not consent to your child using any of these technology platforms, please email SEAN-MICHAEL_JONESZ@dpsk12.org.

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. 

Have a Commander Kind of Week!

Tiffany Almon
Proud Principal
She, her, hers and why they matter

Commanders show P.R.I.D.E (Professionalism, Respect, Inclusion, Dedication, and Excellence)



  • Commander Connection Meeting: We are hosting an in person Commander Connection PTSA Meeting on Thursday, November 11th at 5 PM. For our first meeting, we would love to meet with our parents face to face and provide them with a free Commander free Connection T-Shirt to kick off our meetings going forward. Please join us if you would like to get involved in fundraising and bettering our school

  • Senior Class Photo: Senior photos can be ordered online at fullfield.com. If you purchase online, you can pick your photos up in the main office.

  • 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.

  • 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#

  • Hispanic Heritage month T-Shirt: We had two winners in our Hispanic Heritage Month T-Shirt Design Contest. Those two designs can now be purchased in the treasurer’s office for $10 a piece. 

  • Library Newsletter: Here is the link for the November Library News with active hyperlinks to the books.

  • PRIDE Award Recipients: Last Friday we celebrated this month’s PRIDE Award recipients during our Commander PRIDE assembly. You can view our award recipient list here

  • Are you interested in joining the Collaborative School Committee to give input on school budget, personnel, school goals, the unified improvement plan, and increasing enrollment? Email tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org to join.
  • Want to join our Parent Teacher Student Association, the Commander Connection? Email our Dean of Operations at laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org to join.
  • Want to be involved in making decisions in regards to our English Language Acquisition programming? Join our ELA – Parent Advisory Committee by sending an email to our Dean of Operations at laurentz_gilmore@dpsk12.org.  See HERE for more information regarding the ELA – Parent Advisory Committee. 
  • Free Furniture for At Home Learning: 

    On Nov. 20 from 8 a.m.-noon, families with students attending school remotely are invited to the School Furniture Open Houses. During the open houses, families will be able to “shop” DPS furniture that is currently stored in the Johnson & Wales library and may select furniture to take home for free to be used for remote learning or other student needs. This opportunity is made possible through the CARES Act, bond funds and the surplus of DPS furniture that’s no longer being used. Desks, small tables, chairs, and other items are available. Remote learning families will be prioritized, but this opportunity is open to the entire DPS community. Please share this opportunity with your families.

    While schools have had the opportunity to select furniture for their classrooms, school leaders and staff are still welcome to take anything else that may still be needed. Assistance with delivery is available if needed. Questions and requests for visiting outside open house dates can be directed to Kalaha Trebilcock.

  • 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


  • Schedule Change Policy: We will not be allowing student initiated schedule changes for semester two.If students have questions, they are able to request a meeting with their counselor via the School Counselor Appointment Form.
  • Students and families can register for a 4-day FREE Virtual College Fair. See the flyer for more information HERE.
  • The Annual JFK College Fair was a HUGE success! All juniors and seniors were invited to attend, and 34 colleges were represented from all over the nation. 
  • As a reminder, Ms. Martiniere is out on FMLA until November 28th. See how the Counselors are supporting our students while they are out: 
    • A-Go: Caballero

    • Gr-N: Naughton

    • O-Z: Martiniere

      • O-R: Naughton

      • S-Z: Caballero

      • O-Z 9th Graders: Pineda

    • 9th Grade Transitions Counselor: Pineda

  • – ICAP Celebration: JFK Commanders are leading the way with ICAP completion for Q1 compared to our high school competitors! While we have a ways to go, we are excited to celebrate the progress our students are making towards Taking Command of their Futures! 

    • JFK: 49.5%

    • Lincoln: 18.1%

    • South: 33.4%

    • North: 35.1%

    • East: 1.6%



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



Covid Cases: 11/5/21

Dear Commander Community,

It is our priority to keep you informed of incidents related to safety. We want to make you aware that 2 students or staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 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 people diagnosed are being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious. 

  • The peoples’ 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.

JFK High School

  • 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

  • 12/10 — Unified Theatre Performance

    For more information on any of these events check jfk.dpsk12.org





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