Cougar Connect

Week of September 27th 2021

Principal Message Week of September 27th

We hope you all had a great weekend! Below is the Cougar Connect for the week of 9/27.

First thank you to the over 200 hundred families that joined us for Back to School Night last Thursday night. Those of you who couldn’t make it please feel free to browse the website we made for that evening. BTSN Website

Clubs / Academic Supports

Kennedy clubs started last week. We’ve had a good number of students sign up. Students are reminded each day during morning announcements what clubs are being offered on that day.

* Students can still sign-up Kennedy Club / Academic Support

Outdoor Education

6th grade families, we will follow up with a phone call this week regarding Outdoor Education. 6th grade families if you are interested please complete the document below. We have 60 students registered as of 9/27.

Application in English, Aplicación en español

IReady Assessment

iReady completions, make-ups and retakes will begin on Tuesday and continue all week. Several students rushed through their assessments so those students will test again. A text message will be sent out to parents telling them to remind their student to finish the exam at home as well.

Birthday Celebrations

We will be celebrating our August September birthdays this week. Those students who had a birthday in those months will have short party announced by the office. Birthday celebrations will be celebrated the last week of every month for the month that past.

I am still out on paternity leave. I will be answering email but for onsite immediate assistance or questions, please refer to our awesome admin lead, Mr. Camarena and his admin support, Mr. Grasty and Mr. Griffin.

David Camarena;

Derek Grasty;

Josh Griffith;

Thank you,

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

COVID-19 Testing Update

BAYPLS is RCSD’s new provider for COVID testing.

Testing will occur onsite on Tuesdays from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm by appointment. Each Friday, through PrimaryHealth, RCSD will send out a sign-up student appointment link to all registered families to request an appointment. Parents who have registered their student on PrimaryHealth received a link this past Friday, Sept 24, 2021. Kennedy Administration will get a list of students who have an appointment on Monday 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).

If you want to participate in testing, families who have not registered can do so here.

Site Council -ELAC / PTO

Site Council- ELAC / PTO will both be Tuesday this week. Site Council will be from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm and PTO right after from 7:05 p, to 8:05 pm. Zoom links for these events will be sent on Tuesday.

See you then

Homework Tips: As we move into week 7 of Trimester 1, we thought it would be a good idea to include some homework tips.

  • Use class time wisely to reduce your workload. Focus, stop complaining, and get started on your homework. You might even finish your homework before class ends.

  • Ask questions while you have your teacher in front of you. Make sure you know how to do the homework before you go.

  • Note that homework often gets heavily scaffolded. At home if you get stuck, use the resources provided on Google Classroom and email your teachers.

  • Do homework without distractions. Find a quiet place to study. Turn off cell phones, music, movies, Netflix, television, YouTube, and video games.

  • Do not procrastinate! It only causes more stress. Also, do not take Friday off just because you feel like it. Check Google Classroom. Use your planner as a checklist. Get your work done, so you can enjoy life.

  • Email your teachers when you turn in late work. Know your teachers' late policies. Communicate. Your teachers understand that life happens, but do not allow late work to snowball.

  • Realize when you suffer from perfectionism. Learning means making mistakes! If you're not making mistakes, you know it already. If you really struggle with this, talk to your teachers. They probably already know.

  • Please--go to bed by no later than 10pm. Your growing brain needs 8-10 hours of sleep. Experts have linked not getting enough sleep to learning difficulties, depression, anxiety, and more. Turn off screens--yes, that means your cell phone--and read a book before bed. You'll feel better, learn more, and probably be a nicer person the next day.

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Students and Family Handbook

In our effort to make our student and family handbook more accessible we have digitized it. Please understand that information in the handbook will be updated continuously to ensure families are informed.

Family / Student Handbook

September Dates

  • Sept 23rd Thursday Back To School Night Zoom 5:45-7:15 pm
  • Sept 28th Tuesday 6:00-7:00 Site Council
  • Sept 28th Tuesday 7:05 pm-8:30 pm PTO Meeting Sep 28 Zoom 7:00-8:30 pm

2021-22 Calendar