Cougar Connect

Week of March 25, 2019

Support Kennedy!

Thank you in advance for your generosity in helping the Kennedy PTO raise up to $30K in support of our students and community! This will help fund next school year’s programs, including: The Kennedy Family Center, The Art Program, The Maker Space, and a new project based learning program called Project Lead The Way. Donate Now or put a check in the PTO box in the school office. No contribution is too small!

Site Council Meeting - Budget Allocations for Next Year

Our next Site Council meeting is this Wednesday, March 27, in the library at 3:15 pm. I have our budget allocations for next year, so we will work together to figure out how we want to spend that money for the 2019-2020 school year. Even if you haven’t been to a Site Council meeting before, you are welcome to come.

February Students of the Month

Congratulations to our February Students of the Month. Their names are below as well as a group picture.

Abbey Rudkin

Adriana González

Aidan Goodell

Aidan Pineda

Aislinn Daly

Alexa Alvarez Apolonio

Alexa Vargas

Amos Figueroa

Amy Jackson

Angel Soto

Anthony Woo

Arielle Lyon

Aryanna Duarte

Calliope Hogrefe

Camryn Carter

Cassandra Herrera

Cebelli Pfeifer

David Bonilla

Diego Comfort

Diego Navarro

Diego Sanchez

Dominic Puluc

Everest Franz

Gabriel Reyna

Gloria Chavaria Villasenor

Jackie Santos

Jadaleen Perez

Jafet Martínez

Janelle Jones

Jasmin Farias

Jemima Lake

Jeovanny Carlos

Johan Hernandez

Jonny Markovich

Jose Carranza

Jose Ulloa

Julia Fernández Giorgi

Julia Keleman

Karla Ventura

Katie Kubota

Kenia Rojas

Kiara Gaddis

Kimberly Hernandez

Lilly Lyssand

Lily Giacomoni

Lisa Torres

Lucerito Zapien

Luis Cuevas

Michael Robbins

Monica Salto

Owen Tienken

Pedro Vail

Priya Alo

Rafael Manzo

Ryan Eberhard

Sofia Bellver Eymann

Stephanie Garcia

Taylor Kepney

Yoeli Romero

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Accelerated Math For Next Year

After spring break I will need to know if your 6th or 7th grade student would like to try and test into accelerated math so that we can start creating student testing accounts. We will not be testing all students, since most students are placed correctly in grade level math and have no desire to accelerate. The testing will take place the last two weeks of May. There will be an online multiple choice test and a written part where students show their work.

After School Extra Math Sessions

I will be continuing to work with students after school when we return from break. Here are the dates of the April sessions:

6th Grade: Monday, April 8 & 22, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library

7th Grade: Wednesday, April 10 & 17, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library

8th graders are welcome to attend the 7th grade sessions to brush up on skills.

Teaching Tolerance and Proper Behavior

Social Studies teachers will spend some time over the next five to six weeks working with students on tolerance, name calling, bullying, and more. Here are some of the resources being used to inspire and guide discussions and activities.

How can you help support us? By having conversations with your students and correcting inappropriate behavior. If you hear your student using foul language, call them out on it, give them consequences if they continue. It is amazing how many of them think it is cool and okay to swear/cuss.

If you hear your student using inappropriate slang, have a conversation with your student. Help to educate your student about why it isn’t appropriate. You can even research together online how/why that term originated historically. It is amazing how many students for example use the “N” word to each other. And they think if it ends in an “a” versus an “er” that it is okay. This will be addressed in lessons with the teachers, including other inappropriate names students are calling one another.

No Gum On Campus

This past week I reminded students that gum in not permitted on campus unless for special medical reasons. Please remind them at home about this. The students are leaving gum all over the ground, under desks, etc., which is really gross.

8th Grade Graduation Festivities

8th grade graduation events are almost here. Your kids will participate in a day trip to Great America, the graduation dance, field day events and the graduation ceremony, including gowns for all kids. These wonderful events take money to produce and we are asking for donations of $75 per child to cover the costs. Without your donation we won’t be able to make all of these events happen. Please make a contribution today so we can make your child’s graduation from Kennedy a memorable one!

  • Make a $75 contribution by credit card or PayPal account using this link: Please include you child’s name in the comments.

  • Write a check or leave cash in the PTO lock box at the Kennedy Office, please note your child’s name on check or envelope.

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Save The Dates

There are several dates coming up in March, April, and May to mark on your calendar that you may or may not know about. There will be more details to come on all of the night events as we get closer to them.

Tuesday, March 26, 7:15 am: Trimester 2 Honor Roll Breakfast.

Thursday, March 28, 7 pm: We will be showing the movie Angst and have a panel discussion with high school students and experts after. We are finding that a lot of kids have anxiety and depression and feel that it is important to address this topic. Students will also see the movie that day during school and be able to ask questions to a panel.

Friday, March 29: Super Minimum Day. Dismissal at 12:06 pm.

Monday, April 1- Friday, April 5: Spring Break. No School.

Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30 pm: Open House/STEAM Fair.

Thursday, April 25, 7 pm: Spring Concert.

Thursday, May 2, 7 pm: Vaping/Juul Parent Information Night. Sequoia Union High School District is doing this same evening in April. I asked the organizer to bring this presentation to RCSD because there is a huge increasing trend nationwide of middle school and high school students vaping. Kennedy will host because I organized this, but we will open this up to all parents in the District. (Same thing with Angst in March).



ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

Documentary Film & Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

John F. Kennedy Middle School (Gym)

2521 Goodwin Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061

Info + Tickets:

What is causing the anxiety epidemic in our children and teens?

Join us for a special screening of the new IndieFlix documentary, ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, followed by a panel discussion with ANGST executive producer Karin Gornick.

ANGST features candid interviews with youth and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources, and tools.

Parents, students (ages 10+), educators, and community members welcome! Spanish subtitles will be available. Free admission and light refreshments.

ANGST is sponsored by Kennedy Middle School, Sequoia Healthcare District, and Sequoia Union High School District.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, M.A., Director, The Parent Education Series, at

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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 637

Clubs and 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, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 417

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

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

Pictures From This Week

March Events

Monday, March 25: March Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 535

Tuesday, March 26: Honor Roll Breakfast, 7:15 am, Gym; 6th Grade Field Trip to Asian Art Museum (Ms. Dueñas’ classes), All Day

Thursday, March 28: Angst Anxiety Assemblies (throughout day), Angst Parent Showing & Panel Discussion (including the movie’s producer), 7-9 pm, Gym

Friday, March 29: Sports Assemblies (8th Grade: 9:05-9:45, 7th Grade:10:20-11:00, 6th Grade: 11:20-12:00); Super Minimum Day Dismissal, 12:06 pm; Shrek Jr., 7 pm, MIT Theater

Saturday, March 30: Shrek Jr., 1 & 7 pm, MIT Theater