Commander Communicator 3/19/2023

Posted March 19, 2023

Commander Communicator

Commander Communicator

A Message From The Principal

Dear Commander Families,

In a world obsessed with data and numbers, it can be hard to feel like you matter if your numbers —  your zip code, your weight, your SAT score, and so on — are somehow wrong. And worse, it can be hard to feel like anything matters when the systems that crunch your numbers are unfair.

So why participate in these systems at all? Because some numbers, like your SAT/PSAT score, are both within your control to change and capable of changing systemic control.
At JFK, if you boost your SAT score, you lift up the entire school body, which means more funding, resources, and access for future generations of students. Additionally, the Colorado Department of education will drop our school a whole proficiency band on the school performance framework, our school’s report card, if we don’t have 95% students participation in the PSAT and SAT the week of 4/10/23.

Let me be clear: your worth is not a set of numbers. And also: your scores AND participation send a message to the Colorado Department of Education.

Unfortunate news to report: one of our employee’s cars was stolen from the teachers’ parking lot on Friday and one of our students reported suspicious behavior on Lamar street when a man tried to break into her vehicle. This type of activity is extremely unsettling and we encourage all students and staff to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

See below for important information about:

  • The P/SAT testing schedule — 9th and 10th graders please take note of when you need to come to school to test and when you should stay home. 

  • Collaborative School Committee Minutes — updates and next steps regarding our Theater Program

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 4pm to 7pm on April 12th DROP IN FORMAT in the gym, snacks and drinks will be provided

    Shout out to the Boys Volleyball team for winning their first match against TJ!

Have a Commander Kind of Day!

Tiffany Almon, Proud and Grateful Principal

She, her, hers, and why they matter

Upcoming Events

March 20th – 

  • Spring Athletics team photos 

    • 2:45 – 4:15 pm

  • Boys Volleyball vs. Mullen Pack The House – Whiteout! Giveaways, consessions & fun!

    • JV – 5:00 pm 

    • Varsity – 6:30 pm

March 22nd –

  • 9th Grade College Expo

    • Auraria Campus

    • 7:45am-11:20am

March 21st – 

  • Food Pantry 2:45 – 4:00 pm

  • Cheer Banquet 

    • Commander Café 5:30 – 7:00 pm

March 23rd – 

  • Choice of Studies Make-ups

April 8th 

  • Prom

  • The Establishment at Bradburn Village 7 – 11 pm

April 12th 

  • Parent – Teacher Conferences

    • 4:00 – 7:00 pm 

    • JFK Gym

    • Drop – in style, snacks and drinks provided.

See more >


The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a standardized test administered by the College Board. It prepares you for the SAT and serves as your entrance exam for the prestigious National Merit Scholarships

  • Grades 9th and 11th will test on April 12, 2023

  • Grades 10th and 11th will test on April 13, 2023

On these days students will be released early. Please have conversations your student on if they are allowed to walk home. For students who do not have the option to leave early we will be playing an movie in the auditorium.

9th Grade College Expo

On Wednesday, March 22nd, All JFK Freshmen will be attending the DPS 9th Grade College Expo on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver.

WHAT: A field trip the Community College of Denver, Metro State University Denver, and CU Denver to encourage DPS 9th grade students to begin planning for their future and thinking about college fit.

WHO: ALL Class of 2026 (Freshmen) students

WHEN: Wednesday, March 22nd @ 7:45am-11:20am (lunch and transportation are provided). All 9th graders will report to the JFK Auditorium promptly at 7:30am. Students that are late will not be able to attend the field trip and be in a study hall for periods 2, advisory, and 4.. Parents and/or Guardians who do not want their student(s) to attend can choose to opt out. Here is a link to the Opt Out Form. The form was sent home with students on Tuesday, March 14th.

Did You Know??

Did you know that JFK students have the opportunity to get work experience while in high school? Here is an awesome article about one of our Kennedy alum and former apprentice, as well as her testimony about her experience given to the Senate!
Mrs. Anne Aragon is JFK’s Career Navigator and works to connect students with internships and apprenticeships that support their long-term career goals. If you have specific questions or just want to learn more, visit Mrs. Aragon in room 230.

Senior News

Class of 2023 will have a MANDATORY class meeting onApril 5th in the auditorium. This meeting will begin at the start of advisory and end around 10:30 am. 

Class of 2023 MANDATORY parent meeting is on April 12th from 5 to 7 pm. This meeting will cover important information such as 

  • What to expect for the last 5 weeks of school

  • How many tickets each student will get for graduation 

  • Senior checkout

  • Graduation rehearsals and more. 

                                       Click Here for more senior information!

*Class of 2023* Ms. Katie  Denver Scholarship Foundation

  • The Class of 2023 has earned $1.78 million in scholarships already! That is not counting the money they will also receive from DSF.

  • We have a Gates finalist, Daniel Hoang! Wish him luck as he prepares for the final round, where he will be interviewed. That is scheduled for tomorrow, March 16, after school.

  • We also have a recipient of a full-ride scholarship to Bellevue University, Xiolani Vargas-Esquivel! Make sure to congratulate her if you see her.

  • Our financial aid application submission rate is also 12% higher than what it was last year around this time!

  • For now, I am focusing on helping seniors open their student portals so they may begin to access their financial aid offers. Hopefully, reviewing this will get us over the $2 million scholarship mark!

  • We are also amidst planning for the Senior Signing Day celebration that will be held on April 28!

*9-11th GradeCollege Access Program*Mr. Miguel – Denver Scholarship Foundation

Important dates:

  • April 27th – College Tour to CU Boulder (SKO Buffs)

  • May 9th – College Access Program Ceremony

Travel Opportunity: Thailand, Cambodia, & Vietnam!

We are so excited for our next international travel adventure for select JFK students which will take place during the summer of 2024: Thailand, Cambodia, & Vietnam! We are hosting an IN-PERSON Travel Night in April so families can learn more. Please use the highlighted link at the bottom to register for the meeting, even if you can’t make it.

Why this opportunity now?

  • Something for students to look forward to -A chance for students to reconnect with the world

  • Access to a $200 enrollment scholarship & Risk-Free Enrollment (we’ll talk more about these at the meeting)

  • Spread payments over a longer period of time, making the opportunity much more affordable

  • Allow students to step out of their comfort zones, grow their social skills, make connections to their studies, bridge cultural gaps, and take part in an experience that will set them apart when applying to college and their future careers.

        There has been a ton of interest among the students, but unfortunately, we can only offer a limited number of spots. These spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and have traditionally filled up quickly. We’ve been talking about this experience with students if you would like to ask your child for more details, as well.

Meeting Details & Registration: We look forward to seeing you there and filling you in!

Logann Epley Radigan & the JFK SE Asia ‘24 Team


In order to protect our students, staff, and visitors, all visitors MUST check-in at the main office with a valid government issued ID. Thank you for helping to keep our students safe!