Cougar Connect

Week of October 18th 2021

Principal Message Week of October 18th

We hope you all had a great weekend! Below is the Cougar Connect for the week of 10/18.

Great week last week.

Positive COVID-19 Case last Thursday:

You should have all received a notification regarding a positive COVID-19 case on Friday morning. Anytime there is a positive case on campus our whole school community will be informed via email and text and close contacts will be informed by phone, email and text.

Thank you families for continuing to support the safety of your students and your school.

1st Trimester Update:

You should all have received Progress reports this week via mail. Remember students grades are constantly changing and the best way to get up to date grade information is by logging into the parent portal through powerschool or contacting their teacher directly.

1st trimester is over November 12th so students still have time to earn the best grade they can.

WEB (Where Everyone Belongs)

Thank you WEB leaders for meeting with me Tuesday and Wednesday and for trying to meet with all 6th grade students on Thursday. We will be organizing a meeting again next Thursday during homeroom.


Yearbook Club has begun.

You can order your yearbook now. Books are $35 and the link is provided below.

code: 1015926081674110

Thank you everyone let have another good week

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

Outdoor Education Update

Outdoor Education Presentation from Wednesday

As of 10/15 we have 110 students with completed applications out of 140 that were interested.

Some Salient points from the meeting were:

  • -KMS office will begin taking payments this Monday 10/18. please provide the payment in an envelope with student full name on the outside.
  1. Costs: $300 per student and $285 for Free and Reduced Lunch
  2. Families with financial concern pay what you can. (We will be reaching to the people that have already informed us)
  • Students will be grouped in groups of 12 to 16. If families want to make a group request please complete this form Group Request form
  • Packing list please indicate on that same group request form above if you need a sleeping bag or have one that can be loaned to another student
  • Families must complete the application for OutDoor Education by Friday the 22nd. Application in English, Aplicación en español

*Groupings will be made the week of October 22nd

I-Ready My Path Lessons

The I-Ready assessments provides students lessons aligned to their performance to help student growth. Students must complete 30 to 45 minutes each week of I-Ready My-Path lessons. Students will be given time during class each week to meet those minutes but they also can be completed at home. Below is a short video of students I-Ready My Path lessons.

My-Path Video

6th Grade Field Trip Next Week (MSI) Marine Science Institute

The 6th grade science team will be continuing MSI field trips this year. The Marine Science Institute will give students the opportunity to learn about the watershed they live in and how to take care of it. This includes learning how to canoe and water quality collection.

Below is the schedule of classes going the next two weeks:

- Mon. 10/18 Mr. Schemkes 7th period and Ms. Ruiz 5th period

- Tues 10/19 Mr. Schemkes 1st period and Mr. Martinez 5th period

- Wed 10/20 Mr. Schemkes 5th period and Ms. Ruiz 7th period

- Thurs.10/21 Mr. Schemkes 6th period and Ms. Ruiz 6th period

- Fri. 10/22 Mr. Schemkes 2nd period and Mr. Martinez 6th period

- Mon.10/25 Mr. Schemkes 4th period

*If you have any-questions check in with your science teachers,,

Halloween Spirit Day

Spirit Week will be the week of October 25-29th more info to be provided next week. Below is some information about Halloweens spirt day on the 29th.

In honor of Halloween, students can show their spirit by wearing their Halloween costumes Friday, October 29. Costumes need to be school appropriate. Here are some guidelines/rules, many of which are our normal dress code items that still apply:

  • No costume masks just normal COVID-19 masks

  • No fake blood or props and accessories (Ex: things you hold or carry like a wand a weapon etc).

  • Costumes may not have obscene language, hate speech or themes/references to drugs, alcohol, the occult, death/suicide, or violence.

  • No gang-related clothing or items

  • Hair coloring must be applied at home and not at school

  • Candy please try to save candy for after-school!!!

* Students will be shared this information in. our daily announcements


We know that many 8th graders will need recommendations from teachers and administrators for private high schools. While these generally aren’t due until January, please give us as much time as possible to complete them.

UpStream Project

Continuation from last weeks Cougar Connect:

The link below provides additional information about a new program called The Upstream Project. Kennedy Middle School is implementing the Upstream Project with community partners and participating in a study and evaluation of it. The Upstream Project aims to provide better and earlier supports and service connections to students and their families in areas like community services, housing, and school engagement, when needed.

Upstream includes a couple of research and evaluation activities: (1) your child participating in a confidential screening survey on students’ strengths and needs and (2) the school sharing some of your child’s school records with the research team so they can be linked with students’ survey data. The Upstream Project and research activities only apply to students in grades 6 and 8.

Click the link below to learn more about the Upstream Project and access the opt-out form. If you do not want us to send the survey to your child or share their school records, you may opt them out of either or both by opening this link and completing the opt-out form. If you are okay with your child participating in these activities, you do NOT need to complete the form. Although we will share this form every year, once a student is opted out of these activities, they remain opted out every year, so you do not need to opt them out again.

The form includes contact information in case you have any questions. You may access and complete the opt-out form at this link until October 29, 2021.

-- Link to Further Information and Opt-Out Form --

Counseling Request form / Please click on link Below

Kennedy COVID-19 Testing Reminders

  • BAYPLS is RCSD’s new provider for COVID testing.

  • Kennedy will be testing students Tuesdays from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm and Thursday between 1:30-2:00

  • Also Thursday from 1:30-4:30 Kennedy will open up testing to all RCSD staff and students

  • Each week on Friday RCSD will send out a sign-up student appointment link to all registered families to request an appointment

  • Administration will get a list of students who have an appointment and these students will be tested once on Tuesday or Thursday. Students will be pulled from class for this and we estimate it will take 5-10 minutes for each student to get tested (walking to and fro).

*Students must be registered via PrimaryHealth in order to be tested.

Pictures week of October 12 (Arts and PE)

October Dates

- 26th Site Council 6:00 pm -7:00 pm

- 26th PTO Meeting Oct 26 Zoom 7:05-8:30pm

- November 1st Picture Day Make-up (Moved)

2021-22 Calendar