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

Commander Communicator – Week of 12/6/21

Dear Commander Community,

I’d like to begin this week’s communicator by asking that all Commanders take a moment of silence for one of our students who lost their life this past week. Our condolences and prayers go out to all members of our community that are grieving, especially the family who wishes to maintain privacy. 

Students and parents, please look for an email from Gayla Power that includes your on track to graduate status. In this email, you will find your data attendance, grades, and if you’ve met competency in math and literacy. If you have questions about this data, please ask your advisement teacher, your counselor, or me. Take advantage of the many opportunities we are providing this week to get on track or stay on track with your coursework including: office hours with teachers by appointment, Cocoa and Cram on Wednesday from 2;50 – 4 PM, and after school tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 – 4 PM.  Read below for important COVID updates and the communication sent on Friday afternoon regarding why we closed lunch on Friday. 

COVID UPDATE:

It is our priority to keep you informed of incidents related to safety. We want to make you aware that this week, we have 9 students or staff members that 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 people’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.

CLOSED LUNCH on Friday 12/3: 

We received a tip right before lunch on 12/3 and took an extra layer of precaution during lunch due to this information received. We were informed that residual activity from the physical altercation that occurred on 12/2 may occur on the exterior perimeter of the school during lunch. Our utmost priority is always student safety; therefore, we made a decision to secure our perimeter. All students were instructed to stay on campus during the lunch hour and had access to the black top for fresh air and a place to eat socially distanced. 

Our cafeteria was prepared to serve an increased number of students and we increased staff and DPS Safety and Security supervision during the lunch hour. 

Physical altercation is never the appropriate method to solve problems. Students, if you are experiencing bullying or feel unsafe for any reason, please reach out to a trusted adult.  We have counselors, student advisors, restorative approach coordinators, school psychologists and social workers who are ever-present, well trained and highly responsive with any concern that arises for our students. We are here to ensure you have a positive and productive high school experience, and this begins by attending to your basic need to feel safe. Please see our Counseling site for all the resources we have available to our students.

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
  • Spectators for Games: Basketball, Cheer & Wrestling

    • Tickets will not be sold for Winter Sports, you must be placed on a Gate List to gain entrance to games.

    • Spectators are limited to two guests per student participant, please reach out to your athletes coach to be placed on a Gate List.

    • Any event that has more than 3 different schools participating will not be allowed spectators at this time.

    • Masks will be required at all times. All household groups must be seated at least six fee apart from other groups.

  • Future Commanders Night: Do you know someone who is interested in attending Kennedy high school next year? At Kennedy, we know that choosing the right high school is an exciting process, but we also understand that the options and process can be overwhelming. We would love to invite anyone interested to our school to see if our programs are the perfect fit for them. Join us for a night of exploration through our CTE, Art, IB, Post Secondary, and Athletic programs. This event will take place on Tuesday, December 7th from 5 to 7 PM. 

    This event will take place at John F. Kennedy High School (JFK). You can park in the student parking lot off of Brown Pl and enter through the student lot doors.

  • Activities Newsletter: Here’s what you need to know about the latest and greatest in activities going on at JFK! Check out this week's edition of Brew's News here.

  • Winter Break: There are only two weeks left until Winter Break. Winter Break will take place from 12/20/21-01/04/22. Please take advantage of the next two weeks to turn in any missing assignments or resubmit work in an effort to better your grades. Let's end this semester strong!

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 12/6:

  • Future Center: 
    • Please read this week's newsletter from the Future Center here.
  • Counseling Updates:
    • ICAP Day #4 will be Tuesday, December 7th. We will be sending a student list with ICAP On/Off track status organized by advisor. Counselors will be floating around during Advisory to offer support with the lessons. We are currently at 56% of students that have an up-to-date ICAP.
    • Link Crew Cocoa and Cram: December 8th, 2:50pm-4pm, in individual classrooms. Who doesn’t love a good cram session?! Cocoa and Cram is an opportunity for students to visit with their teachers to create a plan to improve their grades before finals. Teachers will give students raffle tickets in exchange for participation, which can be redeemed for hot cocoa.

·         Students can request an appointment with their counselor here: School Counselor Appointment Form.

 

 
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
  • 12/8 — Winter Choir Concert at 6 pm 

  • 12/9 —  Winter Instrumental Concert at 6 pm

  • 12/10 Unified Theatre Performance at 6:30 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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