Dear Commander Community,
I will start this message with a quote from Maya Angelou about all the Magnificent Mamas: “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”
Wishing all the mothers out there in our Commander Community so much love and respect this weekend. I hope that you all recognize that they are a force of nature, a beacon of wisdom, an endless source of strength, and you deserve to be showered with all the good stuff all day!
Important Updates about the 21-22 School Year:
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. Students will have an 8 period schedule, with on track Juniors given the option of having one off period and on track Seniors given the option of having two off periods. We are also excited to announce a FREE year-long SAT Preparation Course offered to all interested rising Juniors. This is a unique opportunity for our Kennedy Class of 2023 that will increase confidence, decrease test-anxiety, increase college readiness, and increase scholarship opportunities for our students. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity and are a rising Junior click here and sign up here.
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.
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.
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.
See HERE for a video featuring DPS students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Again, we look forward to continuing to serve your student(s) and seeing everyone back in-person for the 2021-22 school year.
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 community.