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

Commander Communicator – 11/29/21

Dear Commander Community,

I am so excited to welcome you back after the Thanksgiving Break! I hope that you were able to find time to relax, rejuvenate, and spend time with friends and loved ones. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this genuine, strong, and prideful community. Thank you for giving me the unique and life-changing opportunity to lead and grow beside you, as you take command of your future!

We understand that many of you may not have had a restful break; therefore, I want to remind you that there are so many ways to get support at Kennedy. Please check in with your advisor or a trusted adult if you are feeling overwhelmed or need someone to talk to. We also contact information and details about other supports offered at Kennedy HERE and HERE.

Just a reminder, we will be continuing with in person learning at Kennedy as long as it is safe to do so. Help us in keeping each other safe by following the protocols below and checking out health and safety guidance here.

Huge thanks to all the parents and students who participated in our Commander Conversation Focus Groups to work towards continuously improving our school. See slides 17-30 of this Commander Conversation deck to see the questions that we asked during these focus groups. Our Team will review all the data collected and identify concrete next steps for improving school culture and instructional practices through the lens of equity and inclusion. If you were unable to attend and would like to give feedback on any of the questions shown on these slides, please email me at tiffany_almon@dpsk12.net.

Have a Commander kind of Week!

Tiffany Almon
Proud Principal
She, her, hers and why they matter
tiffany_almon@dpsk12.org

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UPDATES
  • Finals Week Schedule:

    SLT Approved - Fall Midterms Week Schedule
      Monday 12/13 Tuesday 12/14 Wednesday 12/15 Thursday 12/16 and Friday 12/17
    7:30-9:00 Period 1 Midterm Period 2 Midterm Period 7 Midterm

    Teacher Grading

    Make-ups by Appointment Only

    9:10-10:40 Period 3 Midterm Period 4 Midterm Period 8 Midterm
    10:45 - 11:45 LUNCH LUNCH Grab n' Go Lunch
    11:50 - 1:20 Period 5 Midterm Period 6 Midterm

    Grading/Make-Ups*

    *Movie in Aud.

    1:25 - 2:30 Study Hall Study Hall
    2:30-3:00 Grading Grading
  • Job Opportunities: Did you know there are job opportunities for students 14 and older within DPS starting at $15 per hour? If you have eligible students who are interested in working at your school or at a neighboring school, please share these available opportunities: 

    Student Sweeper Application (open to students 14+)
    - Recruiter: Email Kristi Waters or call 720-423-4294.
    Part-time Custodian Application (open to students 18+)
     - Recruiter: Email Kristi Waters or call 720-423-4294.
    Staff Aide (open to students 16+)
     - Recruiter: Email Brita Langeteig or call 720-423-1959.
    Program Leader (open to students 18+)
     - Recruiter: Email Brita Langeteig or call 720-423-1959.

  • CSC Meeting: Here is the presentation from the most recent CSC Meeting.

  • Commander Conversation Meeting: There will be no Commander Conversation this week, and our next meeting will take place on December 15th at 5 PM. 

  • 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#

GET INVOLVED
  • 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. 
 
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

Future Center: 

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

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Vaccinations:

JFK's Denver Health Clinic has begun offering pediatric covid vaccines for ages 5-12.

Additionally, they are holding mass vaccination clinics in several schools.

HOW TO REGISTER:
Online (the quickest option!):
To register for a vaccine, please click the link below and follow instructions for scheduling an appointment. DenverHealth.org/patients-visitors/coronavirus/covid- 19-vaccination.
If you do not have a MyChart account, you will need to create one. Please use your personal email to create your mychart account. Once in MyChart you will be able to schedule your vaccine appointment.
Note: If you need login or support help, call MyChart support at 303-602-4380
By Phone:
If you don’t have access to MyChart, you can schedule an appointment by calling 303-602-8958. Please listen to all options. Phone wait times may be long, but we want to help get your vaccine appointment scheduled as soon as possible. You can also call your local SBHC to schedule your vaccine appointment.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 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

   EVENT CALENDAR

 

HELPFUL LINKS

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL

2855 S. LAMAR ST. DENVER, CO 80227

  

 

 

 

 

   
 
 
 

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