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

Weekly Commander Communicators

Dear Commander Community,

“If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We did it! We made it through the school year that forced us to adapt, endure, and change course continuously. I know that the members of this community went through the ringer and kept on “moving”. Please take a moment to reflect on all of the positive things that you accomplished individually and as a strong Commander Community!

Huge thanks go out to each and every one of you for your tenacity, your input, and for making me Proud and extremely Grateful to be the Principal of the best High School in Denver.

Take a break, recharge, and do the things that fill your cup and soul this summer. Some IB classes will have summer prep work, and your teachers will email you individually if you have work to do to prepare for classes; otherwise, there will be no summer homework…enjoy your summer!

Read below for important information about the 21-22 school year. This is information that we know now and as we learn more, I will update you asap, so please keep a close eye on your emails from us. 

Important Updates about the 21-22 School Year:

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. 

As we plan for the 2021-22 school year, we’re optimistic that classrooms will look a lot more like they did prior to the pandemic. We anticipate that all students who choose Kennedy in-person learning will attend school from 7:30 – 2:30 pm each day on a traditional block schedule with Monday being a Commander day and Tuesday through Friday being a Green/Blue rotation. 

Here at Kennedy, we are excited to have a more consistent and predictable school year in 2021-22.  We know that there is no substitute for in-person learning experiences and interpersonal interactions. Below are just a few of the offerings and benefits that students will have at Kennedy next year. 

  • Opportunities to build strong relationships with peers and staff through our Anchor Cohort Advisory programming, and the Asset Program for building stress and anxiety management skills through their classes
  • A whole child approach to social and emotional support, with a robust Counseling and Mental Health Team
  • A strong variety of course offerings in all content areas with an emphasis on supporting our students in identifying their career and/or college pathways and achieving their goals
  • A dynamic comprehensive high school experience including the revival of our amazing Kennedy traditions like the homecoming parade, school plays, community events; as well as, in-person participation in clubs, organizations, and athletics

Although we do not have all of the answers about all the details of next school year, we can ensure that DPS and Kennedy will continue working closely with our community health partners in our preparation for the return to school in the fall and realize some of the health protocols we have become accustomed to — wearing a mask, not gathering in large groups — may still be in place, at least to start the year. 

We also know a segment of our families may want to continue with remote learning next year. To best support these students,  DPS is offering an option to enroll in full-time remote learning for students in grades K-12. 

Families who would like to enroll their student in the remote-learning program for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year should complete the Learning Option Selection form on the Parent Portal, or call the school’s front office, between May 10 and June 4. Instructions for enrolling your student into Denver Online School are found HERE.

DPS will offer full-time remote learning next year through a more centralized, consistent approach. 

  • For grades 6-12, remote learning will be offered through Denver Online High School, a long-time DPS school with a track record of success in remote instruction. 
  • Remote learning for both elementary and secondary grades will be a combination of live remote instruction and self-paced assignments.

Families whose students will be returning to full-time, in-person learning next year do not need to take any action, and their students will automatically be enrolled in in-person learning at their assigned school.

Families looking for more information can review a detailed FAQ about what next year will look like for both in-person and remote learning. For additional assistance, call the Family And Community Engagement (FACE) Helpline at 720-423-3054, or email FACEHelpline@dpsk12.org. 

Again, we look forward to continuing to serve your student(s) and seeing everyone back in person for the 2021-22 school year.

Have a Commander Kind of Summer!

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

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UPDATES
  • Food Distribution Schedule for Summer 2021
    Breakfast and lunch meals will once again be available for pick-up at school sites across DPS. Please note that dates and times are subject to change.

        •    Free meals are available Monday-Friday for kids 18 and younger unless otherwise noted.
        •    Students do not need to be present for meal pick up.
        •    No documentation is required to receive meals.
        •    Meals must be consumed off-site.

    See the full list of summer food distribution sites and schedules here.

  • Yearbook Pick Up Event: Our yearbooks will be available for pick up on June 22nd! If you haven't purchased a yearbook yet and would like to, there is still time. All orders can be placed at yearbookforever.com. Use code May at checkout and save $10.

    We will be hosting a "Sign and Dine" event from 11 AM to 1 PM. Join us to pick up your yearbook, enjoy light refreshments, give out your autograph, and spend time with friends over the summer. If students do not purchase a yearbook, they may bring other items (ex. Class t-shirt) to have friends sign. 
  • DPS Summer Resources Guide

    Looking for opportunities to learn, volunteer, or create this summer? Do you need support with basic needs, such as food, housing, mental health supports, COVID-19 or internet access? This Summer Resource Guide was developed for the 2021 summer based on what DPS has heard that community members need. It is compiled by DPS Family and Community Engagement in collaboration with community partners. Find this guide (which will be available in other languages) and a one-pager of 2021 summer website resources on the Equity and Engagement website.

  • Ready for 2025 and Ninth Grade Academy: To assist in the transition from middle school to a successful high school experience, JFK, along with the other DPS high schools, will be hosting a Ready for 2025 program as well as a Ninth Grade Academy.

    The Ready for 2025 program will take place from Monday, July 19th - Friday, August 6th from 8 am to 12 pm and Ninth Grade Academy will take place the following week from Monday, August 9th to Thursday, August 12th from 8 am to 12 pm.

    The purpose of the Ready for 2025 program is to give students an advantage in learning what it will be like to be a high school student. During Ninth Grade Academy students will dive deeper into learning more about the school culture as well as continuing to engage in daily learning activities. Students will also understand graduation requirements and earn an additional 2.5 credits. To enroll in one of both of these programs, please fill out this form. Please feel free to reach out to Sarah Walters at sarah_walters@dpsk12.org with any additional questions you may have prior to that. 

GET INVOLVED

Please read the latest edition of our school newspaper, the Statesmen, here.

 
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
 
 
COVID TESTS & VACCINATION RESOURCES

Watch the video below for the latest health update from our expert partners at Denver Health (watch the video in English and Spanish):

Same as last week:

Vaccines: The covid vaccine has been officially approved for 12-15 year olds.  JFK students can call our clinic at 7204234355 or the SBHC line at 303 602 8958 to make an appointment to get the vaccine as soon as this weekend!

Please check out the latest DPS Weekly for updates on vaccination sites for DPS students 16 and older and their families, health and safety protocols, and mental health supports for our communitySee HERE for a video featuring DPS students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines are offered at NO COST to all DPS students. The more students that get vaccinated against COVID-19 means safer schools for all DPS students. Please click here for more information on how to register. 

Here other alternatives for 16 and 17 year olds to get vaccinated.

Testing: If you would like to sign your student up for a covid-19 test, please do so now. It’s free, fast, and convenient: https://www.primarybio.com/l/dpsosscreening. If you’d like to see the registration process, here’s a video that goes through each step.  If your student has been exposed to COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms, they must be tested at a COVIDCheck Colorado drive-up testing site.  Please register for that one-time test here: https://www.primarybio.com/a/denverps.

Thank you for helping us keep our students, staff, and the broader community safe. 

 
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
  • 5/22 — Class of 2021 Graduate Parade
  • 5/24 — Graduation
  • 5/28 — Last Day for all other Students

    For more information on any of these events check jfk.dpsk12.org
   EVENT CALENDAR

 

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