Kennedale Wildcat Newsletter

Kennedale High School - September 2022-23 Edition

Freshman Overcomes Obstacles and finds success on the KHS Archery Team

This is Emma Easley, KHS Freshman.

Emma is one of the 62 student-athletes on the KHS Archery Team, but Emma shoots one-handed. Emma was born with one arm, but this has not stopped her from making the KHS Archery team, which has consistently ranked in the Top 5 or 10 programs in Texas for the past few years.

With the help of a prosthetic, a stand, and a custom base built by former KISD Board Member and longtime KISD volunteer Joe Taylor, Emma has been hitting the bulls-eye in recent weeks. At KHS, there is a place for every student to succeed.

The Head Coach and founder of the KHS Archery Team is Danny Wilcox, KHS Science Teacher.

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KHS Counselors to Visit Classrooms September 19-22, 2022

KHS Counselors Bethany Long (A-L) and Kim Hunt (M-Z) will visit classrooms to deliver transcripts, ensure students have Ascender Student Portal access, and provide KHS updates from September 19-22, 2022.

Mrs. Kim Hunt (Last names M - Z)

Phone: 817-536-8123


Ms. Bethany Long (Last names A - L)

Phone 817-563-8611


KHS Daily Video Announcements

KHS CTE Audio/Visual Practicum students are now producing daily video announcements. You can see all of the Wildcat Network (WCN) productions, including video announcements, using the following link:

If you would like content or announcements to be added to the daily announcements, please email Mr. Rosser at

WCN 9/16/22

Robotics Team is Ready to Take on the Competition

The KHS CTE Robotics program is in its third year. This year, KHS CTE Robotics 1 and 2 courses feature have over 25 students enrolled. KHS also students a chance to participate in Robotics with the Robotics Club, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the KHS Multipurpose Room (MPR).

The KHS Robotics Team will compete in both the UIL BEST and FIRST Robotics competitions this year. Some members of the KHS Robotics team attend the FIRST Robotics Kick-Off in Aledo, where team members were given this year's challenge and a preview of the course.

KHS will host its first Robotics home contest ever on Saturday, October 8, 2022, in the KHS Gymnasium.

The KHS Robotic Team is led by Coach Charles Arnspiger, KHS Math Teacher. Andrew Hoskins, KHS CTE Computer Science Teacher, and Robert Franklin, KHS Math Teacher, assist.

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Student Progress Reports - 1st Nine Weeks (Six Weeks Mark)

The six-week mark of the 1st Nine Weeks is on Friday, September 23, 2022. Progress Reports for the 1st Nine Weeks will be available to parents and students on the Ascender Parent Portal and Ascender Student Portal, respectively, on Friday, September 30, 2022.

If you or your student has problems accessing the Ascender Portals, please email Candi Allstot, KHS PEIMS Clerk, at


During its August 25 meeting, the Kennedale ISD Board of Trustees approved the following revision to the 2022-2023 Instructional Calendar:

  • Tuesday, November 8 is now a student holiday/teacher work day.

To view the revised calendar, please see the attachment or visit

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KISD 2022-23 Grade Reporting Calendar

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UIL 2022-23 Eligibility Calendar

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KHS 2022 Homecoming Court - FINALISTS ANNOUNCED


Finalists for the KHS 2022 Homecoming Court have been announced and posted to the Kennedale High School Facebook page. Voting for the winners is now open until Wednesday, September 21, 2022. The KHS 2022 Homecoming Queen and King will be announced at the halftime ceremony on Friday, September 30, 2022.


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KHS Homecoming Hallway Decorating Contest

The KHS Student Council will host the KHS 2022 Homecoming Hall Decorating Contest. See flier below for decorating days and more information. All grade-levels must have staff sponsors present during weekend decorating days.
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KHS 2022 Homecoming Dress Up Days Announced

This year, the KHS Student Council had the student body vote on Homecoming dress-up days. See the flier below for details.

***Students may not wear revealing, inappropriate, or offensive dress on these days.

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KHS All Class Alumni Event Announced

The KHS Alumni Association will host the Kennedale Alumni All Class Reunion on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the KHS Cafeteria.
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KHS 2022-23 Master Calendar of Events for the Week of September 19, 2022

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Five KHS Seniors Earn National Recognition by The College Board

Congratulations to Adetola Awe, Briesnah Gomez, Megan Cerda, Nevyn Johnson, and Valeria Castro, who were five of 62,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs!

These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service.

These Wildcats earned this recognition by excelling on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classrooms. Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year, and are awarded at the beginning of the next school year.

  • Adetola Awe: NAARA
  • Brieanah Gomez: NHRA
  • Megan Cerda: NHRA
  • Nevyn Johnson: NAARA
  • Valeria Castro: NHRA
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To promote consistent and clear student expectations, KHS has launched a new, campus-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) system. Students will find 6 PBIS posters around campus and in classrooms.

KHS teachers have also implemented CHAMPS classroom management strategies in classrooms, as part of district-wide efforts to promote improved classroom learning environments and to reduce discipline issues.

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KHS 2022-23 Faculty and Staff

The best faculty and staff in Texas!
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Cross Country Off to a Fast Start

The KHS Cross Country teams are off to a hot start. The Boys Varsity team has already taken two, 1st Place team finishes and two, 2nd Place team finishes in the first four meets. The Lady Kats have also done well with top team and individual performances.

The Cross Country teams are coached by Philip Irby, KJHS PE Teacher, and Gabby Ndluvo (Coach G), KHS CTE Professional Communications Teacher.

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Fall Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2022


The last day to register to vote for the November 8, 20212 elections is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Students who are 18 years old by November 2nd may register to vote:


Michael Cagle, Principal

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Lady Kats Open District Play With A Win

The Lady Kats Volleyball team opened District 10-4A play on Friday, September 16, 2022, with a sweep over Venus.

The Head Coach of the Lady Kats is Mary Hayes, KHS Social Studies Teacher. Assistant Coaches are Allison Mantell, KHS Math Teacher, and Sarah Krueger, KHS English Teacher.

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KHS Campus Advisory Team (CAT) Seeking New Members for 2022-23

The KHS Campus Advisory Team (CAT) is Kennedale High School's site-based decision-making committee. The next CAT meeting is on Wednesday, September 20, 2022, at 4:30 pm in the KHS Library. The CAT is seeking new members for 2021-22 and needs teacher, campus, district, parent, community, and business representatives. Please see the nomination link below.

CAT Representatives:

Campus-based professional staff, district-level professional staff, community members, business representatives, and parents may serve on the Kennedale High School Campus Advisory Team (CAT). At least two-thirds of the District and campus professional staff shall be classroom teachers. The remaining one-third shall be professional nonteaching District- and campus-level staff. District-level professional staff shall be defined as professionals who have responsibilities at more than one campus, including, but not limited to, central office staff.

District-level personnel shall be nominated and elected by campus professional staff. Campus-based professional staff must be nominated and elected by their peers:

• Classroom teachers shall be nominated and elected by classroom teachers assigned to that campus.

• Other campus-based nonteaching professionals shall be nominated and elected by nonteaching professionals assigned to that campus.

The committee shall include at least two parents of students currently enrolled within the District, at least two community members who live in and who represent the diversity of the district, and at least two business representatives. Business member representatives need not reside in nor operate businesses in the District.

Parents, community members, and business representatives may volunteer to serve on the committee and will be selected in accordance with administrative procedures. All parents, business representatives, and community members interested in joining the Campus Advisory Team should contact Michael Cagle, Principal, at or 817-563-8101.

College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Assessment Opportunities


I have attached information regarding KHS 2022-23 College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Assessments at Kennedale High School. KHS provides every students with an opportunity to take either the SAT or ACT and TSIA for free (no cost). Students must adhere to all registration and payment deadlines.

***See PDF version below for clickable links.

Please email Ms. Middleton, KHS CCMR Testing Coordinator, if you have questions at


Michael Cagle

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KHS 2022 Financial Aid Night (FAFSA/Scholarships/Grants)

KHS Counselors and representatives from inspirED will host a FAFSA (Student Financial Aid) General Information Meeting and Workshop for 12th grade students (seniors) and their parents on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, in the KHS Media Center. KHS will also host a Financial Aid Night for Spanish-speaking parents (en Espanol) on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

  • inspirED was established in 2014 by Higher Education Servicing Corporation (HESC), a private, non- profit student loan servicing agency that has worked persistently over the past 35 years to ensure that students across Texas have access to higher education by providing federal and private education loans, scholarship funds and outreach services and programs.
  • Today, inspirED provides high school and community-based GO Centers (college & career centers), college prep and financial aid presentations, high school counselor trainings, and special higher education events including our annual Destination Success college forum. In addition, the staff of inspirED has also increased their involvement in various community groups and committees to expand its network of partners and find new opportunities for collaboration.
  • For more information about inspirED and GO Centers, please visit

Representatives from inspirED will begin the evening by hosting a general information meeting regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm in the KHS Media Center.

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process. You use the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid, such as grants, work-study, and loans. In addition, most states and colleges use information from the FAFSA to award nonfederal aid.
  • Students and parents may file the FAFSA electronically ( or using a paper application.

KHS Counselors and representatives from inspirED will then host a FAFSA Workshop from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm (or later) in the KHS Media Center to guide and assist parents and students begin the FAFSA process.

Parents are encouraged to bring the following to the KHS FAFSA Workshop:

  • Social Security Numbers (of parents and students)
  • W-2s and/or most recent Federal Tax Returns
  • Laptops (for those wishing to use their own laptop)

***KHS will provide laptops/Chromebooks, if needed.

KHS Financial Aid Night for Seniors and Parents

Sunday, Sep. 18th, 6pm

Kennedale High School Media Center, 901 Wildcat Way, Kennedale, TX, USA

KHS Financial Aid Night For Seniors and Parents - SPANISH VERSION

Sunday, Sep. 18th, 6pm

Kennedale High School Media Center, 901 Wildcat Way, Kennedale, TX, USA

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KHS Shows Support of Uvalde’s Return to School

Uvalde ISD students returned to school on Monday, September 6, 2022, for the first time since the Robb Elementary shooting last spring. KHS students joined students from across the State in support by wearing maroon.


The KHS GoCenter is now open to students. The KHS GoCenter representative is UTA student, Fernando.

GO Centers are college-and-career-focused sites located within schools that help create and promote a college-going culture. inspirED administers 19 GO Centers throughout Tarrant County. Our centers are located at high schools in the Arlington, Mansfield, Kennedale, and HEB ISDs as well as Uplift Charter System.

Students at all grade levels can learn about careers and college preparation from trained inspirED mentors. Our mentors work one-on-one with students to help them plan for every step leading up to college – from searching for the right college, to degree exploration, to testing, to admissions, even financial aid and scholarships, and much more. We also help students discover and explore multiple career paths that best fit their capabilities and interests.

inspirED was established in 2014 by the Higher Education Servicing Corporation with the mission to inspire students to achieve a higher education by promoting a college-going and career-focused culture through educational outreach activities, services and community partnerships.

To learn more about inspireED and GoCenters, visit

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Wildcat Band Boosters Seeking Vendors for Annual Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Market Event

Attention Vendors:

You are invited to participate in the Kennedale Wildcat Band's 19th Annual Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Market on Saturday, December 10th, 2022, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the KHS Cafeteria and Gymnasiums.

To find out more, click the link:

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Perimeter Behavioral Hospital Gives Suicide Awareness and Prevention Presentation

September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. Thank you to Ms. Hamilton and Mr. Rhine of Perimeter Behavioral Hospital for sitting down with approximately 1,000 Wildcats to provide to provide suicide awareness, support, prevention tips, and more.

Wildcats Wear Blue and Purple for Suicide Awareness Month

On Friday, September 16, 2022, Wildcats wore blue and purple to promote suicide awareness and prevention.

Help Yourself or a Friend with the Campus Crime Stoppers/Friends for Life App (CCS FFL)

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Hello Class of 2023 and Parents!

It is time to begin scheduling your Senior photos! Our new school photography company is CADY. Seniors may choose to have their photos taken at the studio OR on campus. CADY will be on campus September 15th and October 19th. Students have to sign up for a time at I have attached a short video walking through the process as it is a little bit different than what we have done in the past.


If you have any questions about scheduling please contact CADY directly or you may contact myself at

***Seniors have to have their Yearbook photo taken by February 19, 2023, in order to be in the Yearbook.

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Hispanic Heritage Month - Celebrating our Students

This is Samuel Medrano, KHS Sophomore.

Besides being a great student, Samuel participates in the Charreada or Charrería, which is a Mexican tradition that includes celebrations of culture, rodeo, equestrian activities, and traditional forms of livestock.

Samuel’s specialty is Coleadero, or arena bull tailing.

This challenge consists of catching a bull by its tail and pulling it to the ground. The bull is released from the gate and the charro rides alongside at full gallop. He must grab the bull’s tail and use it to cause the bull to fall to the ground all within a distance of 60 meters in order to score points.

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Wildcat 2022 Football Schedule - UPDATED

Below is the updated KHS 2022 Wildcat Football Schedule.

NOTE: Eastern Hills forfeited the game scheduled for September 23, 2022.

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KHS 2022 Boys Basketball Schedule

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KISD ONLINE Athletic Ticket Link

KISD Athletic Venue Reminders

The following rules are in effect at all KISD Athletic Venues:

  • KISD athletic venues enforce a clear bag policy.
  • Patrons who leave the venue will be required to purchase a ticket to re-enter.
  • Persons who violate venue rules may be ejected without a refund.
  • No loitering inside or outside.
  • All children - eighth grade and below - must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Signs must be positive, appropriate, promote the participants and not be unduly distracting or block the view of others.


  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Outside food or drink
  • Tobacco Products
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Animals, other than service animals
  • Coolers, ice chests, picnic baskets, glass containers
  • Gang clothing or symbols
  • Air Horns


  • Spectators may not enter the stadium with any bag that does not comply with the KISD clear bag policy.
  • Staff and security personnel, at their sole discretion, may determine what constitutes a prohibited bag.
  • All bags are subject to inspection.
  • Persons who possess prohibited items or refuse to inspect bags and packages will not be permitted to enter the stadium.

Scenes from KHS Classrooms

Stay Connected in 2022-23

Want to see more student photos?

Check out the Kennedale High School Facebook page.

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KHS 2022-23 Registration Quick Guide

Once parents have completed the KISD 2022-23 Online Registration Process, we recommend following the steps in the KHS 2022-23 Registration Quick Guide to help you navigate the registration and enrollment process. We may have missed some steps, but we hope this will help our families knock out the important items.

***We suggest downloading the PDF file below for access to clickable links.

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KHS 2022-23 School Meals

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students. Those funds are not authorized to continue for the 2022-2023 school year and as a result, Kennedale ISD must return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-price meals based on student eligibility. Families are encouraged to complete the Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals at

The application will determine a child’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals and may assist in the determination of eligibility for other state or federal benefits. Only one application needs to be completed per household. Schools will notify the household of the child’s eligibility. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers school nutrition programs in Texas and offers an eligibility calculator, available at

Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility. Applications may also be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.

For more information regarding the free and reduced meals application, please visit or email

If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into student accounts at any time through MySchoolBucks to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year.

2022-2023 Meal Prices


  • Breakfast | $1.65
  • Lunch | $2.75

Junior High

  • Breakfast | $1.65
  • Lunch | $3.00

High School

  • Breakfast | $1.65
  • Lunch | $3.25

Goldstar Bus Transportation Request Forms

Goldstar Transportation is proud to partner with the Kennedale ISD to provide bus transportation for eligible students. To register your child(ren) for transportation, complete the Goldstar Transit Bus Transportation Request Form and return it to

For questions, contact Goldstar at 817-572-1812.

KHS Student Parking Permit Application

If your student is at least 16 years old, has a valid Texas Drivers License, has liability insurance on one or more vehicle, and plans to drive to campus, you and your student must complete and sign the KHS 2022-23 Student Parking Permit Application (see link below).

  • Student Parking Permits are $30, and payment may be made by cash/check to KHS. Payments may be made at any time in the KHS Front Office.
  • Students are encouraged to complete applications and bring payment to their in-person registration day the week of August 8-12, 2022; however, any student driving to campus at the beginning of the year must have permit applications completed and approved and fee paid by Friday, September 2, 2022.
  • Students and parents should be together at the time the online application is completed, as both signatures are required.
  • You will also need to upload photos of the STUDENT DRIVER LICENSE and LIABILITY INSURANCE ID CARD when completing the online application. Please have these documents available before competing the application.
  • NOTE: Students who drive to school do not automatically qualify for off-campus lunch privileges. Students must be Seniors (at least 18 credits) or be Juniors enrolled in a CTE Practicum to qualify for off-campus lunch, which requires an additional permission form.


If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jacques Robinson, Associate Principal, at

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KHS Off-Campus Lunch Application and Permission Form

Seniors (students with at least 18 credits) and Juniors with CTE Practicums (at least 12 credits) qualify for off-campus lunch privileges. The number of course credits may be found on the student's transcript and, for the purposes of the off-campus lunch eligibility, are determined at the start of the 2022-23 school year. Students must complete online off-campus lunch applications with both student and parent signatures by Friday, August 19, 2022.

Parents and students must read the off-campus lunch guidelines, as students can lose off-campus lunch privileges for excessive absences, excessive tardies, violence on campus (fighting/assault), excessive disciplinary referrals, general violations to the off-campus lunch program, and more.


If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jacques Robinson, Associate Principal, at

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KHS Athletics Program - Required Forms

All KHS student-athletes must complete the following forms:

  1. UIL participation and eligibility forms in the Rank One online system.
  2. Medical History and Pre-Physical Evaluation Forms

For more information, visit the KISD Athletic Department webpage at

If you have questions, please contact Shannon Johnson, KISD Head Athletic Trainer, at or 817-563-8198.


Lockers will be available to students during 2022-23, unless KISD COVID-safety restrictions tighten during the year. Lockers are not required; however, students have the option to claim a locker during student registration.

Lockers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at registration. Lockers may be shared; however, both students sharing a locker must register the locker with the main office. We encourage students to keep locker combinations confidential and to not share their combinations with other students. Lockers are optional; however, all students are encouraged to keep valuables such as cell phones and personal items secure at all times. Lockers that have been selected by students and are not available will be marked with colored tape.

KISD 2022-23 Student Dress Code

As you do your back-to-school shopping, please purchase school clothes that meet the guidelines of the KISD 2022-23 Student Dress Code.
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School Supplies

Kennedale High School does not have a comprehensive list of school supplies for students. We recommend purchasing some necessary items such as clear backpacks, a binder, folders, pens/pencils, etc.; however, student school supply needs will be determined by the courses in which they are enrolled. For example, students in advanced art classes may have different needs than those who are not in art.

We recommend waiting for the first week of school to see what additional supplies are needed for students. Teachers will provide students with individual course needs when school starts. Because each student is issued a Chromebook and KHS has many online textbooks and instructional resources, many assignments are completed digitally. Our goal is to keep school supply needs to a minimum.

New KISD Clear Backpack Policy

KISD will improve the safety measures currently in place by requiring all students in grades 6-12 to use clear backpacks beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. Students participating in extracurricular activities will be permitted to carry non-transparent bags to store items related to their particular activity (i.e. band, athletics, etc.). All extracurricular activity bags must be stored in lockers or designated areas upon entry into school. While we understand that clear bags are not going to prevent all safety threats; they may be a deterrent for students bringing any inappropriate items to school and will further enhance our multi-measured approach to increasing school safety.

Clear bags and backpacks are just another safety measure in our comprehensive plan to increase safety and security in our schools as well as athletic and fine arts venues. KISD is also installing safety vestibules in schools, giving school personnel the ability to control who can access the building. We are also upgrading and increasing the number of surveillance cameras across the district.

Although we are living in a difficult time requiring difficult decisions from school districts we must continue to be vigilant to protect the safety of our students and staff. We ask for everyone’s patience, understanding, and support as we look at ways to modify our practices and procedures to enhance our campuses and keep our students and staff safe.

For more detailed information regarding clear backpacks, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit

KHS 2022-23 Bell Schedule

Normal School Hours: 8:30 am - 4:10 pm

  • Morning Bus Drop-Off - 7:45 to 8:10 am
  • Doors Open - 8:00 am
  • Breakfast - 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  • Study Hall/Accelerated Learning Period (Zero) Period - Between 3rd and 4th Period
  • Lunches (A, B, and C) - During 5th Period (12:05 pm - 1:43 pm)
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KHS 2022 Pep Rally Seating Chart

KHS will host Pep Rallies throughout the year. Please see the following reminders:

  • Parents and visitors are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  • All visitors are expected to enter through the KHS front doors (near the Main Office) and pick up VISITOR STICKERS.

I have attached the Pep Rally seating chart diagram and teacher/staff duty schedule.

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Scenes from Pep Rally #1

KHS Lady Kats Basketball Fundraiser

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Kennedale High School

Kennedale High School is a Class 4A high school in the Kennedale Independent School District, serving students in grades 9-12 from Kennedale, Arlington, and Fort Worth.

Michael Cagle, Principal

Dr. Jacques Robinson, Associate Principal

Angela Bruce, Academic Dean

Nanette Tate, Dean of Students

Bethany Long, Counselor (A-L)

Kim Hunt, Counselor (M-Z)