Cougar Connect

Week of December 10, 2018

Construction Update

Thank you for your patience again this week. The City’s Safe Routes project threw us some surprises. We were not notified that the project was officially starting and then the project went beyond scope and they took out most of the sidewalk on Washington, which caused a variety of safety issues. We know there is a lot of congestion back there and are working to temporarily put some solutions in place.

Students are able to enter onto campus at the corner of Connecticut and Washington that originally Rocketship designated as only their entrance earlier in the week. We do not want students walking in the street to enter campus near the gym parking lot. I am allowing Rocketship to park their vans right now in the gym parking lot. They were parked on Connecticut creating huge visibility issues near the corner of Washington and taking up prime, safe drop off spaces for our students and theirs. We have created a coned off walking path with signage for students through the gym parking lot and opened up the gate that is usually only open when we allow families to park on the block top for events. In addition, someone from District Facilities has started to stand out in the gym parking lot to help with safety.

We have also opened two additional gates at both drop off and pick up times. Those gates are the single gate at Maddux and Goodwin leading to the field and the double gate by the trailer next to the gym and the trash enclosure leading to the lunch shelter.

As far as Bond construction, I now have a weekly meeting on Thursdays to get important updates so we can avoid as many surprises as possible and I can communicate what will be happening to you each week. This coming week you can expect to see the Family Center demolished starting on Wednesday, December 12. The music students will vacate their room while the Family Center is demolished. There is also a portable that Rocketship was using that is on the Connecticut side near Goodwin that will be demolished this week as well.

Attached below, you can see the design of the new Office/Family Center that will be constructed in the front of the school and hopefully be completed by August. Not all of the colors shown are accurate, so don’t worry about those.

School Tours

Please help us get the word out about Kennedy School Tours for prospective students.

Tuesday, December 11, 8:30-9:30 am, Library

Tuesday, December 18, 8:30-9:30 am, Library

Tuesday, January 15, 8:30-9:30 am, Library

Friday, January 25, 8:30-9:30 am, Library

WEB - Where Everyone Belongs

Our WEB Leaders had lunch on Friday with our 6th graders to check in and see how things are going. Students enjoyed free pizza and participated in a winter trivia competition. Prizes for the winning groups will be awarded next week. Below are some pictures.

Screenagers Movie & Parent Education


SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age (Film)

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

John F. Kennedy Middle School (Gym)

2521 Goodwin Avenue, Redwood City


Are you watching your kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?

Join us for a showing of SCREENAGERS, the powerful new documentary that reveals how tech time impacts kids’ mental, physical, and social-emotional development.

Physician and filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston offers solutions on how adults can help kids navigate the digital world and find balance. This award-winning film depicts the messy family struggles over cell phones, social media, video games, and academics.

Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome! Free admission and light refreshments. Spanish interpretation will be available.

Redwood City School District Parent Education Series events are sponsored by Unidos PTO, Adelante School, Kennedy Middle School, Sequoia Healthcare District, and Sequoia Union High School District.

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

Sports Update

6th Grade Boys Basketball Standings:

Kennedy Green (Crockett) - 2 and 1

Kennedy White (Vallejo) - 0 and 2

6th Grade Girls Basketball Standings:

Kennedy (Lee) - 3 and 0

This Week's Games:

Kennedy Girls Competitive (Haynes)

Monday, December 10

5:00 pm vs. Hillview

@ Woodside Elementary

Kennedy Boys 6th White (Vallejo)

Wednesday, December 12

4:00 pm vs. North Star

@ Armory

Kennedy Boys 6th Green (Crockett)

Wednesday, December 12

5:00 pm vs. Roy Cloud

@ Armory

Kennedy Girls 6th (Lee)

Bye Week - No Games

Exiting Campus After School

A reminder that once the final school bell rings that students need to efficiently exit the campus or get to the After School Program, clubs, tutoring, or sports practices within about five minutes. We only have staff supervision for about ten minutes.

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 B4 or 637

Clubs & 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, 3:30-5:30 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, Lunch, Room 417

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

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

Ugly Sweater Competition

Please enjoy some pictures of staff in their ugly sweaters from our staff holiday party on Thursday.

Flyers From The Community


Is your 8th grader attending Sequoia High School next year? Do you want to learn more about Sequoia's honors IB Program? Please attend Sequoia's 8th Grade IB Info Meeting on January 15th from 6:00 pm at Sequoia High School in Carrington Hall. This meeting will be held in English. Thank you.

Woodside High School Open House

Woodside High School will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9 am to 12 noon. Student led one-hour tours will showcase our fabulous campus and answer many prospective students’ questions about attending Woodside High School. Tours leave every 10 minutes from the PAC (Performing Arts Center) and end at the MUR (Multi-use Room) to speak informally with academic and athletic program staff. You must pre-register to guarantee your tour spot.

Pictures From This Week