Cougar Connect

Week of November 15th 2021

Principal Message Week of November 15th

Kennedy families we have finished the 1st trimester! Great job everyone. I feel it has been a great start and I think the students feel the same way.

Quick highlight for this week we were able to send 120 6th graders to Outdoor Education and they returned tired but very happy. Take a look at the pictures at the bottom of the newsletter.

Below are some updates for next week. Pay special attention to conference signups in the second section.

Report Cards

Report Cards will be mailed next Wednesday so families you should be receiving them late next week. Remember final grades are also present digitally in powerschool.

COVID-19 Testing

Reminder we are returning to regular COVID-19 testing schedule next week for all families that have sign-up. It might be a good idea to test this week especially before the holidays.

Testing Schedule:

- Tuesdays from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm and Thursday between 1:30-4:30 pm

On Friday 11/12 RCSD will send out an appointment link to all registered families to request an testing

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

Minimum Day Friday November 19th

School will be dismissed at 2:05pm next Friday. Students will still have all 7 of their classes.

The bell schedule for that day has been added to the school bell schedule. (Link)

Winter Concert December 16th

Kennedy Orchestra will begin planning a virtual winter concert. Students involved will get specific info from Mr. Balogh We plan on broadcasting the showcase at the scheduled time of 7 pm on the 16th of December. More info to come.

Powerschool Training Wednesday evening

Kennedy will be supporting families who need access to powerschool parent portal. We will be send a targeted notification to families that currently do not have access and try to support. As shared during Principal's Coffee currently 53% of families have access.

Incoming 5th Grade Students

It is that time of year. Kennedy will be hosting an information night at 6 pm on Thursday for student interested in joining Kennedy next year. Information has been posted on our website (Link)


The Yearbook Club has begun. You can order your yearbook now. Books are $35 and the link is provided below.

code: 1015926081674110

Thank you, everyone!

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Fall Parent teacher conferences will be November 22-23. These conferences will be virtual and on google meet. Administration and office staff will be on site on those days but staff will not

Below are two links:

  • The first link is the links for families to sign-up for conferences. Click on the link and find your students teacher and sign-up. Remember you have to sign-up for conferences with each teacher you want to conference with. Conference Sign-ups

  • The second link is a short video that will walk you through scheduling conferences. (Link)

*For families that do not have separate devices students will also be emailed this Cougar Connect and can sign-up for conferences using their devices.

If you have question around scheduling a conference please reach-out to Kennedy office or email administration.

8th Grade Information

Kennedy 8th grade students and families some important info for you and your students.

First Monday and Tuesday this week Kennedy admin will be meeting with your 8th graders to go over expectations for the rest of the year. We will be presenting in their PE classes either Monday or Tuesday. We will be sharing that slide deck with 8th grade families next week.

Second High School placement testing begins soon for Language Arts

- The High School will be using students I-Ready Reading test results for class placement next year. Our 8th graders will begin taking this test on December 1st. (Math is in January). Families please remind students to stay focused and complete all reading and writing assignment as we want students to do the very best that they can.

-Third Sequoia unified school district transfer window opens this week

November 15 - February 1 .

So if you are interested in transferring to a different school you must make that request with Sequoia unified.

If you are not sure what school you are assigned you can check here (Link)

Information on all schools in Sequoia Unified here (Link)

Online Tutoring

Our District just purchased and has made it available for all students in grades 6-8 who would like to benefit for online homework help.

Students can access the homework help by clicking on the "Waffle" menu on their Chrome browser. They will scroll down and click on the icon . (Note that they need to be signed in to Chrome using their RCSD accounts.) They are also working on having a link in students Clever accounts in the future.

Once students are logged in, they can follow the steps in this video to sign up for help. Online tutors are available in English and in Spanish. has also provided these resources for families.

Top 10 Facts for Families (English pdf)

Top 10 Facts for Families (Spanish pdf)

Teachers, will be reviewing this with you students this Thursday during Homeroom.

Marine Science Institute 6th Grade Field Trips

Round two of 6th grade Marine Science Institute Field Trips this week.

The trip will not be for the entire school day as groups of students will be gone for only half of the day.

Students will walk from Kennedy to Stulsaft Park (15 to 20 minutes walk) where they will continue their work from their Marine Science Trip last month. The schedule of classes going is below.


PTO NEWS - 11/14/21

November Birthday Celebration Cupcakes this Thursday 11/18/21!

The Kennedy teacher Wish List is not too long right now...every classroom needs Kleenex! Please drop off tissue donations in the front office. Thanks!

Want to get involved in the PTO at Kennedy? Everyone is welcome! Email Stacie Ciraulo (PTO Pres) at for more info.

Open PTO Leadership Roles-

  • Communications Rep - help with parent/school communication

  • Music Dept Liaison - help with Music teachers, events & fundraising

  • Drama Dept Liaison - help with Drama productions

  • Safe Routes Rep - work with community to ensure safety to and from school

  • Student Activities Liaison - work with KMS staff & students to plan activities

  • Fundraising Coordinator - plan and facilitate fundraising efforts for PTO

  • Grade Level Parent Leaders - communicate with parents at your student's grade level, plan parent connections

Parent Education Series

The Parent Venture puts on great events for parents -

Counseling Request form / Please click on image Below

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An Evening with New Principal Karen van Putten of Woodside High

Please join us on Monday, November 15th, from 7:00PM - 8:30 PM at Katie and Dan Comfort's home to get to know Woodside High School's fantastic new principal! This is a great opportunity to meet Principal Karen van Putten, selected staff members, and parents of current Woodside High students from Kennedy Middle School. Principal van Putten will share her vision and priorities for Woodside High School over the next few years, including programs and expanded course offerings. All 8th grade parents are invited to attend. Please rsvp here or to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

6th Grade Outdoor Education Pictures

November Dates

- November 17th Parent Powerschool access meeting 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

- November 18th Recruiting for incoming 6h graders 6pm-8pm

- November 22nd and 23rd Parent Teacher Conferences

- November 30th Site Council / PTO 6:00-8:30 pm

2021-22 Calendar