Cougar Connect

Week of January 7, 2019

Welcome Back!

We hope that you had a wonderful winter break. School resumes this Wednesday, January 9. It is a normal Wednesday block schedule. We are almost half way through trimester two, which is hard to believe. This school year is flying by! Next week on Friday, January 18, we will be sending home a printout of your student's grades as a progress report. Please ask your student for this printout. As always, please continue to monitor your student's grades in PowerSchool.

Construction Update

The following are updates and photos from Bond Program Director, Don Dias. Since we have been gone for a couple of weeks this is a lengthier update than in prior weeks.

The Washington Avenue drop-off, pick-up, bus pick-up and sidewalk will be open again when we return on January 9th. There will still be construction going on right near there on the bio-retention basins on the blacktop near the fence, but this should not impact the above mentioned areas. Below are some pictures of the progress on Washington.

Below are photos of the grading being done for the new drop off and parking lot off the 100 wing on the Connecticut Avenue side.

Picture 1: Shows the rough grade of the drop off lane.

Picture 2: Shows the excavator and soil being removed to get down to sub-grade.

Picture 3: Looking east from Goodwin sidewalk. The rock is required to remove soils from the tires of vehicles.

Picture 4: Looking east at the new staff parking lot area. The higher soil are the islands that are part of the design.

Below are pictures of the bio-retention basins project. These pictures were taken prior to the concrete being placed and finishing the sidewalk.

Picture 1: This is the lower field basin just getting started. The google map (below) shows that sidewalk portions have been removed so this sidewalk route is closed.

Picture 2: This is the basin closest to the gym lot looking North.

Picture 3: This is the same basin looking South towards the gym lot.

Picture 4: This is the storm drain connection for overflow water only. (The concrete has now been placed on the sidewalk).

Picture 5: This is the basin closest to the annex showing another overflow drain that looks out into the curb. (Sidewalk now done).

Given all of the construction, below is a map of the safe routes to access campus where sidewalk access does not currently exist. Also, please do not drop students off on the non-school side of the streets unless near a crosswalk. Right now when students are dropped off on the non-school street sides this is causing students to cross in non-controlled or marked areas, which is dangerous.
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Principal's Coffee

This Thursday, January 10, is the next Principal's Coffee. I apologize that I had to cancel the last one due to having no voice. We will review first trimester data (STAR scores, grades, discipline, etc.) and discuss the upcoming RCSD changes that the Board approved and how they will affect Kennedy as well as the rest of the District. (The presentation will be added in English and Spanish to the Google Classroom). We will conclude by touring 8th grade classrooms.

8th Grade - Important Announcements

This Friday, January 11, your student will receive a letter from me in his/her science class that details expectations and events related to graduation. There are behavior and grade point average requirements. This letter must be signed and returned to your student's science teacher by Friday, January 18. We will be meeting individually with all students who did not meet the 2.0 (cumulative) g.p.a. requirement at the end of first trimester.

On Tuesday, January 15, (even math periods) and Wednesday, January 16, (odd math periods), students will take the math placement test for high school during math class. This is a 45 minute test that is multiple choice. Students began preparing for this after Thanksgiving Break. This test is scored by UC Berkeley (unlike the Language Arts placement test, which is scored by the Sequoia Union High School District), so we have a really strict deadline to get these tests turned in. Please make sure your student is at school for this test unless he/she is really, really sick. We have to turn over the tests to the SUHSD by that Friday.

We should be getting the scores for the Language Arts assessment soon and will share these with you. If your student took that assessment late then those assessments won't be graded until some time after Friday, January 18.

Box Tops

Please continue to send in your unexpired box tops with your student or to the office. We get $.10 for each box top. This helps pay for activities and supplies.

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Applications and details about this year's musical are in the office or can be found at:

Rehearsals take place after school starting the week of January 21. Performance dates are Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30. There are also opportunities for students to be involved by being a part of the stage crew.

School Tours

Please help us get the word out about Kennedy School Tours for prospective students.

Tuesday, January 15, 8:30-9:30 am, Library

Friday, January 25, 8:30-9:30 am, Library

Academic Support

All Academic Subjects:

Tuesday-Friday, 7:45-8:15 am, Library

Monday-Wednesday, 3:10-4:10 pm, YELL Room, (Old REACH Office)

Thursday, 1:35-2:35 pm, YELL Room (Old REACH Office)


Monday-Wednesday, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room B4 or 637

Clubs & Groups

Art Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-8:20 am, Room 526

Book Club: Thursdays, Lunch, Room 534

Dungeons & Dragons: Fridays, Room 528

Jazz Band (Audition Only): Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, Room 312

Maker Space: Mondays, Lunch, Room 531

Photography & Writing Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Lunch, Room 314

Robotics Club: Tuesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 530

Total Drama Club: Tuesdays, Lunch, Room 417

Shakespeare & Improv Club: Mondays & Fridays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 417

Walker Library Club: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Lunch, Room 417

Flyers From The Community

Woodside High School Open House

Woodside High School will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9 am to 12 noon. Student led one-hour tours will showcase our fabulous campus and answer many prospective students’ questions about attending Woodside High School. Tours leave every 10 minutes from the PAC (Performing Arts Center) and end at the MUR (Multi-use Room) to speak informally with academic and athletic program staff. You must pre-register to guarantee your tour spot.

Palo Alto Babe Ruth Baseball Prep Season Registration Open!

Palo Alto Babe Ruth Baseball invites you to register for our upcoming 2019 Prep Season. There are no tryouts or cuts, so every player who registers is guaranteed a spot to play in this season which runs from March to May. Our Prep Season is a developmental league designed to help younger players develop their skills on the full-sized diamond and prepare players for our 15U Season. It includes two weeks of preseason clinic-style practices, a player draft, and an eight week season featuring one practice and two games per week for each team culminating in a fun City Championship Tournament. The league features minimum playing time rules to allow all players a chance to play in each game.

The Prep League is open to all 7th and 8th graders, as well as any high school student not on a high school baseball roster. Full refunds are issued if a player makes his/her high school team and is unable to play Prep, so there is no risk in registering. Registration closes Feb 15, but $400 early-bird pricing ends Jan 15!

For more information, visit our website at or contact Chris Lillios at

Pictures From The Week Before Break

January Events

Wednesday, January 9: School Resumes

Thursday, January 10: Principal’s Coffee, 8:30 am, Library; Meet RCSD Night at MIT, 5:30 pm, Jazz Band/String Quartet Perform

Friday, January 11: Pajama Spirit Day; Unwrap It Competition, Lunch, Outside Room 535

Tuesday, January 15: School Tours, 8:30 am, Library; 8th Grade High School Math Placement Testing – Even Periods; Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am, Gym

Wednesday, January 16: 8th Grade High School Math Placement Testing – Odd Periods; VIP Lounge, Lunch, Library

Thursday, January 17: Student Council Meeting, 8:15 am, Room 535; November/December Student of the Month Picture, 11:22 am, Gym

Friday, January 18: Signed 8th Grade Graduation Letter Due To Science Teacher; Box Top Turn In Day – 4th Period; Needle in a Haystack Competition, Lunch, Outside Room 535

Monday, January 21: No School – Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 22: January Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 535

Wednesday, January 23: VIP Lounge, Lunch, Library; Site Council Meeting, 3:15 pm, Library

Friday, January 25: School Tours, 8:30 am, Library; Character Puzzle Competition, Lunch, Outside Room 535

Saturday, January 26: Woodside High School Open House, 9 am – 12 pm

Tuesday, January 29: Pizza My Heart Dine Out Fundraiser, 4-9 pm; Graduation Committee Meeting, 6 pm, Library; PTO Meeting, 7 pm, Library