Commander Communicator 5/7/2023

Posted May 7, 2023

Commander Communicator

Commander Communicator

A Message From The Principal

Dear Commander Families and Students,

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.”– Carl Jung

This week is Teacher/Staff appreciation week! Please consider sending your teachers and paraprofessionals kind notes, emails, short videos, or small gifts of your choice to express your gratitude for them. Commander Staff is truly the most dedicated and caring individuals that I’ve had the pleasure of working with!

Congratulations to our Latinos in Action student leadership group for planning and executing a fun filled afternoon to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! This was such an incredible way to bring our community together and celebrate our talented students. 

Huge congratulations to our Unified Sports Department for hosting the Special Olympics Soccer Tournament. We had representation from 9 DPS high schools, several DPS middle schools, and a host of other guests from Aurora Public Schools. We would also love to thank our volunteers from the National Honor Society and Charles Schwab. Last but certainly not least congratulations to our very own Unified Soccer Team for taking 1st Place in the tournament. 

Finally, I would love to take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander community members. The month of May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Students, if you would like to join me in forming a committee to determine ways we can intentionally celebrate May in honor of our students from Asian and Pacific Islander descent, please email me at

Have a Commander Kind of Week!

Tiffany Almon, Proud and Grateful Principal

She, her, hers, and why they matter

During the month of May, we recognize Asian and Pacific American heritage. AAPI month was first commemorated in 1979 as a week and later expanded to the full month in 1992. Asian and Pacific American is a broad term that refers to the entirety of the Asian continent, the pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.It is crucial that we acknowledge and celebrate AAPI Heritage Month to honor the journeys of AAPI immigrants, the sacrifices made in the transition, and the accomplishments that AAPI people have achieved. Many facets of American culture and society have been developed by AAPI perspectives, including science and medicine, literature and art, sports, government development, and politics.

The 2023 theme for AAPI Heritage Month has been dubbed “Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity” by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council. As an organization that works to support AAPI leaders in Federal and DC governments, the FAPAC chose this theme to help elevate more AAPI civil servants to find success and growth in their careers.

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 8th- 

  • Bear Valley Clean- Up Organized by the JFK Environmental Club

    • 2:35 pm meet in room 113

Tuesday, May 9th 

  • College Access Program Ceremony

    • 1:00 – 2:30pm in the JFK Auditorium

  • Food Pantry

    • 2:45-4:00pm

    • ***Last Day of the Food Pantry will be May 23rd. Visit our Resources page on our website to find food pantries over the Summer.

  • Baseball vs Denver East

    • 4:00 pm @ JFK

Wednesday, May 10th – 

  • PTSA Meeting 

    • 5:00 – 6:00 pm in Room 103b

  • Spring Choir Concert

    • 6:00 – 8:00pm in the JFK Auditorium 

Thursday, May 11th – 

Friday, May 5th – 

  • Advisory – College Real Talk

    • 9:00 – 9:30am

    • During advisory seniors attending college will be invited to a “Real Talk” about college. Future Center advisors will host a Q&A for students to gather what being in college is really like.

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Take Command of Your Future

***PLEASE NOTE: Early Bird ONLINE Registration is coming up on

May 8th through May 19th. Parents and guardians must have access to or create a Parent Portal account in order to complete the online registration. If you have issues with your Parent Portal Account you can contact Parent Portal at 720-423-3163. Completing online registration during the Early Bird window automatically enters you into a raffle for fun prizes.

2023-2024 Bell Schedule

Please check out our 23-24 School Year Bell Schedule here. To find out more information regarding the DPS School Board Healthy Start Times resolution starting next year.

Environmental Club Has Organized a Clean Up of the Bear Valley Creek Green Belt. Grab Your Trash Bags and Gloves and Meet in Room 113 at 2:35 pm on 5/8!

Class of 2023

Seniors, mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Senior Car Parade on 5/20/23 from 11:00 am to noon. Sign up HERE if you wish to participate.

Senior Check-Out Appointments with Denver Health

Seniors! Make sure to book your Senior Check-Out
Appointment with the Denver Health School-Based Clinic. This is a senior specific appointment where you will receive a
pamphlet filled with helpful health information, different resources, and be able to speak with
your provider about accessing care after graduation. You will also be able to discuss any health
questions or concerns you may have.

Senior Meeting Slide Deck

       Click Here for more senior information and important dates!

DPS “Your Voice/Tu Voz” Survey

The DPS “Your Voice/Tu Voz” Survey opens on Monday, May 1! The survey will be sent to your DPS email address, so please keep an eye out for this important email from Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero and use the unique link to complete the survey by May 14. All members of Team DPS are encouraged to take this confidential survey, as your responses will help inform decisions on how we can better support all members of DPS. Surveys are also one of the strongest tools you can use to help shape the future of your team and DPS as a whole. Thank you for sharing your voice!

Summer School Opportunities 

Parents/Guardians – Registration for Summer School is now open. Summer school is an opportunity for students to make up a previously failed course(s) that is required for graduation. Please use this link to register – Space is limited, please sign up as soon as possible. Counselors will be visiting middle schools (Grant Ranch and Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy) to collect choice of studies for incoming 9th graders.

Denver International Airport Aviation Program

Commanders, are you interested in a career in Aviation?

John F. Kennedy High School has the opportunity to partner with Denver International Airport. This is a year long mentorship program that can lead to internship and apprenticeship opportunities. This program will start in the

2023 – 2024 school year. Please take this survey to help us identify interested students.

Parent Advisory Committee

Congratulations Honor Platoon!!!!!

Our JFK Honor Platoon competed at Nationals in Florida this week and out of 1700 Army JROTC programs, only the top 50 qualified/were represented. Our cadets finished 15th overall in this very competitive event! We are so proud of you! A huge Thank you to MSG Kinder, Kelly Brick, and all of the chaperones who attended with our young ladies!

Congratulations to our Unified Soccer Team for taking 1st Place in the Special Olympics Soccer tournament!

Thank you to Dr. Brewer and our Volunteers Who  Made This Event Possible!

Help Kathleen and Sophie attend TSA Nationals!!!

Kathleen and Sophie won 2nd place with this dress at the Colorado State competition for fashion design within technology and were invited to nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, between the dates of June 28th – July 2nd. Help them reach their goal of $3,500 so they can continue this journey! Donate Here!

All books need to be returned to the library by 5/30 from students and teachers. Seniors will need to return books by 5/18 or during senior checkout. You can renew or check out a book for summer if you are returning to JFK next year. Remember everyone will have access to Sora all summer long. 

Take Command of Your Health & Safety

Hello Commander Community!
As you have seen on the news, DPS Superintendent Alex Marrero has released a Draft Safety Plan to improve safety in our DPS schools. We need YOUR help in providing Dr. Marrero and district staff feedback on what YOU would like to see included!
Below is a copy of the full Draft Safety Plan, as well as information regarding opportunities to have your voice heard! If you have any questions, please contact JFK Social Worker Annie Walden-Newman at

Website for School Safety

Copy of Denver Public Schools Draft Safety Plan(

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities Community Town Halls There will be a number of virtual feedback sessions during which Dr. Marrero will share highlights from the plan, ask specific questions of participants for feedback and hear thoughts and ideas directly from participants. 

  • Wednesday, May 17th from 10-11am 
  • Wednesday, May 17th from 6-7pm 

Feedback Survey A qualitative survey using Thought Exchange will be open to gather feedback from Monday, May 8th through Friday, May 19th. This tool will allow students, families, staff and community members to share their detailed thoughts on the DRAFT Version 1.0 Plan. 

Superintendent Advisory Council Feedback Sessions The Superintendent will be hosting three conversations with a representative from the district’s existing advisory councils, Denver School Leader Association, Denver Classroom Teacher Association, Students Demand Action, the charter collaborative council, Parent Safety Advisory Group and the Transition Team that supported the creation of the Strategic Roadmap. The representatives will receive resources and training to gather feedback from their members. 

  • Monday, May 1st, 2023 
  • Thursday, May 11th, 2023 
  • Thursday, June 15th, 2023 

FACE Help Line/FCS The Family and Community Support (FCS) help line is available to take questions and concerns in regards to any matters.720-423-3054 |