Your Weekly Update from Kennedy Middle School
Week 24 of the school year and we finally have some snow...
Dear Kennedy Families and Caregivers,
Today at school we kicked off our Read Across America month with an all school read in the middle of the day. As I strolled the hallways peering into classrooms I was struck by the engagement of our students and staff all engrossed in a variety of books. I snapped a few pics that can be seen below. I hope you all get a feel for the day. It was truly magical!
We will be doing more reading challenges as the month continues. Here's a link to all the great activities we have planned to support Read Across America. Check it out and share with your students. It's going to be GREAT FUN!
UNICEF Coin Drive for Ukraine
Thank you to everyone who has helped during our coin drive. It looks as though our Kennedy community raised $4,300 for UNICEF/Ukraine. A big thank you to everyone who helped out! The students had a blast contributing to this cause.
New from Spark Kindness:
Stopping the Cycle of Anger: How to Navigate Anxiety and Big Feelings with Calm and Compassion
Thursday, March 23 at 7pm via Zoom -- For parents, caregivers, educators, and community members of all ages (see photo below)
In this talk, author Renee Jain, MA, will offer practical, supportive techniques to address anger and other intense emotions in ourselves, our children and our teens with more understanding and less screaming. She will discuss how to uncover what's underneath these big feelings and how to empower individuals, parents, and children to shift to more positive response patterns. ASL interpretation will be provided at this event. Register and learn more about this FREE online program and more upcoming events at www.SPARKKindness.org
Upcoming MCAS schedule
A picture of the upcoming MCAS schedule can be found below.
The Spongebob Musical:
Our Kennedy Spring musical is almost here! Check out the poster (pic) below for more details.
Positivity Project News
This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Curiosity. Curiosity means you like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.
Curiosity is a crucial component of one’s character. Our innate urge for discovery and exploration is a key element of our human desire for wisdom and knowledge. It’s what keeps us intrigued in the plotlines of movies and books. It’s what pushes us to try new activities or travel to different places. All individuals experience curiosity but differ in their willingness to experience it -- behaviorally, intellectually, and emotionally.
To practice and encourage the character strength of curiosity with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.
Here is the curiosity letter for families for this week's character strength.
Kennedy Middle School Spring Athletic Teams
Track & Field (Boys & Girls) and Boys Volleyball Registration
Registration for Track & Field (Boys & Girls) and Boys Volleyball are now open on FamilyID.com. The following will need to be completed in order to participate:
1. Register student-athlete on FamilyID.com. Here are instructions if you haven't created an account on FamilyID (Online Registration Instruction Sheet). Choose "Natick Public School Athletic" and the correct Program (Kennedy Spring Track & Boys Volleyball 2022-2023 Registration for 7th & 8th graders or Kennedy Track & Field Spring 2023 Registration for 6th graders).
2. Upload your child's medical physical on FamilyID. The medical physical date must be within 13 months of the start of the season (after 3/4/2022) in order to participate. If you need a new physical and cannot get an appointment with your child's physician, you may want to consider going to an Urgent Care or Minute Clinic or have your doctor write a note stating the date of your child's upcoming physical and that your child is "healthy and able to participate in sports."
3. The preferred payment method for Athletics at Natick is online at UniPay (Natick Public Schools - Kennedy Middle School). The athletic fee is $225*. You can also pay by check if you prefer with the check made out to "NHS Athletics" and left at Kennedy's office.
4. 7th & 8th grade student-athletes will need to complete three free NFHS courses (Implicit Bias course, Hazing Prevention for Students & Concussion for Students) 1X a calendar year (courses completed spring of 2022 are acceptable). 5th & 6th grade student-athletes will need to complete the NFHS Concussion for Students course 1X a calendar year (courses completed spring of 2022 are acceptable). These are required by MIAA schools and NPS student-athletes at the MS & HS levels. After completing a course, the student-athlete will earn a "completion course certificate." This should be uploaded in the appropriate and designated area during registration on FamilyID. The courses are linked in the registration on FamilyID but here are the links for the courses also: NFHS Implicit Bias Course, NFHS Hazing Prevention for Students & NFHS Concussion for Students. FYI...after visiting the page for the course you will need to order the free courses. You will also need to create an NFHS account (under student-athletes name) if you don't already have one setup.
*The deadline to complete registration is 3/27/2023. Any registrations after 3/27/2023 will have a $25 late fee. Student-athletes cannot participate in spring athletics until this registration process is completed!
Email Mr. Lyth with any questions, email@example.com.
Have a curious weekend. Don't forget to move your clocks forward!!!
Jodie Cohen, Principal
“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size."
~ Albert Einstein
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Kennedy MCAS Schedule provided below:
Read Across America at Kennedy Middle School
Awesomeness from Ms. Pini's health class...thank you KMS ALUM!!!
Pictures of high schoolers (KMS alum) from the Natick High School Club, NATI (Natick Above the Influence) in my health class discussing substance abuse prevention.
Kennedy BIPOC Affinity Club started hanging the flags up!
This is only the beginning. The BIPOC club will be putting together a google form for students to add in more flags to represent their culture. Students should stay tuned for that google form soon. We are excited to represent every culture here at Kennedy in our cafeteria!
Students practiced with chalk pastels after studying artist Heather Hansen
Day 1 of Grade 6 students exploring CUE robotics in Instructional Tech
FIVE Things You Need to Know
1 - UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS for your calendar
- Professional Development 1/2 day - Wednesday, March 15th - school dismisses at 11:30am
- Trimester 2 ends - Friday, March 17th
- Trimester 3 begins - Monday, March 20th
- Trimester 3 ends - TBD (depends on last day of school based on snow days)
Thursday, April 6: No After School Activities or Late Buses
- Friday, April 7 - Good Friday, No School
- Wednesday, April 12 - Professional Development Day, Early Release 11:30 am
- Monday, April 17-Friday, April 21 - No School (April break)
2 - Grade 8 to 9 Transition to Natick High School Timeline
Here is the link to the Grade 8 to 9 Transition Timeline.
3 - From the Nurses Health Clinic:
If your student tests positive for Covid-19, they must stay home for 5 days. The day they started symptoms is Day 0, the next day is Day 1, then Day 2, etc. They may return to school on Day 6 and must wear a mask for an additional 5 days. A headache, scratchy throat, congestion/runny nose, cough, and/or fever are some of the more common symptoms of Covid-19.
Siblings and close contacts do not need to quarantine and can come to school as long as they are not having symptoms of illness. However, they must wear a mask for 10 days when around others following exposure.
Click for more information from the Massachusetts DPH: Covid-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance
4 - Information notification letters about math placement
For information about the math placement process, please see the letters below.
22-23 6th to 7th opening placement letter
22-23 7th to 8th opening placement letter
5 - Kennedy Report Card:
Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. A link to our school’s report card is available here.
The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.
The full parent letter sent home can be found here.
Paper - On-Demand Tutoring
Natick Public Schools is excited to announce our partnership with Paper for on-demand tutoring for NHS students. Paper is a secure, online tutoring service that provides students with unlimited, 24/7 academic support. Whether they’re stuck on homework, studying for a test, or need someone to read and make suggestions to their essays, there will always be experts available online to assist students in over 200 subjects and more than 4 languages.
Paper tutors have been specially trained to conduct expert, academic support in a secure, chat-based platform. With a commitment to helping students learn, they’ll never give students answers, but rather interact with them in an encouraging tone to lead them forward.
This is a free service that we’re providing, so students are encouraged to use it as much as they need, whenever they need. Our teachers also have accounts and will be able to review all student activity to see what they’re working on and provide more targeted instruction as needed.
If you’d like to learn more about Paper you can sign up for a Paper hosted Parent Info Session, available in both English and Spanish.
To see Paper and the help it offers firsthand, we encourage you to login with your students. To get started, simply visit PAPER’s student login page, type your school’s name, and log in via Google using your school credentials
We’re thrilled to offer our students the unlimited, 24/7 support that Paper provides and we can’t wait to see what we’re able to accomplish together.
Our Kennedy Middle School PTO works hard behind the scenes to support our school in a variety of ways. They are working diligently to bring great activities to our school community. Please check out their website for more information.
Speak Up, Natick!
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Bullying Incident Report
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View the latest COVID-19 updates from NPS.
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5