Commander Communicator 4/14/2023

Posted May 14, 2023

Commander Communicator

Commander Communicator

A Message From The Principal

Dear Commander Families and Students,

Wishing all of the mothers out there a relaxing and stress-free weekend in which you are celebrated for the superhero you truly are. In the words of one of our students, Viv,“be grateful for yo momma or you wouldn’t be here!”

Congratulations to Symphonic and City Lights vocal music groups who both received the gold medal award with a score of 92/100 at the Elitch’s Festival on Friday. This is an amazing accomplishment! Shout out to all of our students shown on this deck who earned their Seal of Biliteracy. Multilingualism is not only an extremely difficult feat, people who can speak multiple languages are more likely to be chosen for most positions in most careers. We are so proud of these students!


Monday 5/15 – Green Day, Tuesday 5/16 – Blue Day, Wednesday 5/17 – Commander Day, Thursday 5/18 – Green Day, Friday 5/19 – Blue Day, Monday 5/22 – Asynchronous Day REMOTE DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS DUE TO GRADUATION


  • 5/16 – Last day for all seniors to attend school

  • 5/16 @ 3:00 PM – Deadline to have senior grades posted

  • 5/18 @ 7:30-11:30 AM – Senior Checkout in the Gym 

  • 5/18 @ 5 pm in the auditorium – Senior Awards — invite only

  • 5/19 @ 2 PM – Senior Lunch 

  • TENTATIVE5/20 @ 11am – Senior Parade. As of today, only 4 Seniors have shown interest in participating. We will not host a parade for only 4 cars. Please sign up here if you want to participate. We will make a final decision on Tuesday as to whether we will move forward with the parade.

  • 5/22 @ 11 AM – Graduation Ceremony (Bellco Theatre), Arrive @ 10 AM

PLEASE NOTE: Seniors finals must be completed by 2:30 on 5/16. Students will know if they have met their grad requirements at senior checkout. If a student has not met their grad requirements (ICAP, Competency, Credits) by checkout, they do not walk at graduation. There are no exceptions to this rule. Students who have not met the graduation requirement will have the opportunity to begin credit recovery during bridge week, the last week of school.

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 15th- 

  • Senior Finals

    • p. 1,3,5, & 7 

Tuesday, May 16th 

  • Senior Finals 

    • p. 2,4,6, & 8

  • Food Pantry

    • 2:45-4:00 pm

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

Wednesday, May 17th – 

  • Commander Day – No School for Seniors!

Thursday, May 18th – 

  • Senior Check-out 

    • 7:30 am

  • Senior Awards 

    • 5 – 7pm JFK Auditorium (Formal Event)

Monday, May 22nd – 

  • Graduation Ceremony

    • 11:00 am Bellco Theatre 

See more >

Take Command of Your Future

***PLEASE NOTE: Early Bird ONLINE Registration is 

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.

Check – Out Your Chromebook over the Summer!

Over the summer of 2023, students in DPS-managed schools (non-charters) have an opportunity to check out a Chromebook and a Chromebook charger for use over the summer.  This includes DPS students in K-11th grade returning to a DPS school for the 2022-23 school year.

If you are interested in this option for your student, the parent/guardian must complete this Chromebook Check Out surveybefore Friday, May 19. Students who check out a Chromebook for the summer will bring the same Chromebook to their DPS school at the start of next school year.

If you do not want your student to check out a Chromebook and charger for the summer, please ensure they return the Chromebook and charger to their DPS-managed school by the end of the school year, otherwise a MySchoolBucks fee will be added to their account for replacement costs.

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.

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.

DPS “Your Voice/Tu Voz” Survey

The DPS “Your Voice/Tu Voz” Family survey is being extended to Sunday, May 21. This is your chance to have your voice heard and assist in meeting the goals of our Strategic Roadmap. 
We need all families to participate in the DPS Your Voice/Tu Voz Family Survey. This is your opportunity to share your experiences in DPS. Your input is valuable to how we shape our system, adult and student experiences, so take the survey today!

We are looking forward to receiving DPS Your Voice/Tu Voz survey results and using them to better our schools. Your voice does matter! Thank you for helping to improve our district.

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.

Attention students:

Check out this job list of internship opportunities Here. Virtual interviews are happening next week, May 15th-May 19th.  

Summer Internship Start and End Date:

  • Monday, June 12, 2023 to Friday, July 21, 2023.


  • Earn a $1,500 financial award! Plus 5-elective credits. Receive guidance and mentoring.
  • Step one: Students sign up here!
  • After signing up, wait for an email from JFK’s Career Navigator Mrs. Aragon to set up an appointment. Interviews are next week so hurry! There’s only a few internships left!  Check out the Business opportunities (no experience required) Just a willingness to learn, a good attitude, attention to detail, good attendance and punctuality!

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!

Kennedy’s Key Club would like to send a huge thank you to our librarian, Nichole Garrard, for encouraging the joy of reading for students of all ages. Last Friday our Key Club visited Traylor’s kindergarten classes to read and color with the kids. Through a grant, all 43 kindergarteners received a reading buddy bear and the book “Change Sings” by Amanda Gorman.

All books need to be returned to the library by5/30from 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

A message from Dr. Marrero:

At each of the four town halls, I will share highlights from the plan, ask specific questions of participants for feedback and hear thoughts and ideas directly from participants. Our DPS community is invited and encouraged to join the following town halls:
  • Town Hall #1: Wednesday, May 10, 5-6 p.m. 
    • Parents/guardians whose last names start with A-L
  • Town Hall #2: Wednesday, May 10, 7-8 p.m. 
    • Parents/guardians whose last names start with M-Z
  • Town Hall #3: Wednesday, May 17, 10-11 a.m.
    • DPS employees whose last names start with A-L
  • Town Hall #4: Wednesday, May 17, 6-7 p.m. 
    • DPS employees whose last names start with M-Z

These hour-long events will be held over the phone. Based on the town hall you are scheduled to attend, you will receive a phone call from 855-962-1494 to the phone number you have listed in Infor (employees) or Parent Portal (families). Spanish interpretations will be available for each town hall. If you cannot attend the town hall you are scheduled for or don’t receive a call, you may call in to another scheduled town hall by dialing 855-962-1494. A summary of the town halls will be available in all Consent Decree languages at a later date.
In addition to the town halls, we are also seeking feedback via this interactive survey, open now through Sunday, May 21. The survey is open to all members of the DPS community and available in all languages. Please note that this survey is unlike other surveys DPS has administered this year. Watch this video to learn more about how this interactive survey works.
The feedback we receive on version 1.0 of the Long-term Safety Plan will be used to create a second draft, which will be released by Friday, May 26. We will then conduct another round of community feedback, which will inform the final version of the plan that will be shared Friday, June 30.

Commander Families, 

Please take a few moments to fill out this survey about having Student Resource Officers (SRO’s) in the school. This survey is critical in determining the role Student Resource Officers will have in Denver Public Schools next school year.

English Survey 

Encuesta Española