September 30, 2021

Our Mission Statement

All students at JFK will acquire the academic, social and emotional skills needed to become empowered lifelong learners who thrive in a diverse and evolving world.

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Message from Mr. Pedersen

We've been in school for roughly a month now and we're grateful to have our kids in our building, in-person, every day. It seems we have settled into a bit of a routine and we're rolling right along.

Things begin to ramp up in October with FAFSA submissions opening up for our senior students, homecoming activities and SAT/PSAT day. Our students have begun meeting in their clubs/organizations during one of their advisory periods each week and we are using other weekly advisory periods to ensure our students are getting college and career readiness skills through Naviance and Social Emotional support through our Character Strong curriculum.

Our cross country, football, soccer and volleyball seasons are in full swing and are competing at high levels. Our FFA students are preparing for the District soils competition to be held on October 5th and the annual FFA Alumni Action to be held on November 13th.

Things are getting busy at JFK!


All of our students at JFK will be taking College Board exams on Wednesday, October 13th. Our 9th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9 which prepares them for the PSAT exam they take as both sophomores and junioirs. Our 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT which prepares them for the SAT or ACT and our 12th grade students will be taking the SAT.

The SAT has traditionally been a requirement for admission into most, if not all colleges and universities. Although recently some schools have dropped that requirement.

Testing takes roughly 3.5 hours to complete, which is a long time. We ask that your student gets a good nights sleep on the Tuesday prior to testing, a good breakfast the morning of the test and do their best on whichever exam they are taking. These exams provide us with a lot of good information on how well our students are doing compared to their peers throughout the country.


  • All students must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth during the school day except when eating or drinking.
  • We have set up all classrooms to ensure students are staying at least 3 feet apart.
  • All students will sanitize their hands as they enter the building and all of their classrooms.
  • After entering their classrooms, students will sanitize their assigned table/desk
  • Prior to picking up their lunch, students must either wash or sanitize their hands.
  • Students will have access to lockers in the PE areas, but will not have access to hall lockers.


Our counselor, Mr. Oropeza, or Mr. O as he's know by our students, is leaving JFK for a new opportunity in another district. We are sad to see him go, but know he is leaving for all the right reasons and wish him nothing but the best as he begins this new chapter. Mr. O's last day at JFK will be October 5th.

Due to Mr. O leaving and some of the needs our students and staff have, we are super excited to announce that we have created a health and wellness team that includes our District nurse Amy Harding, our District social and emotional learning coordinator Kristi Woolner, our School Psychologist Emily Usher and our secondary behavior specialist Cameron Thompson. I'm certain these four outstanding people will be able to take care of any needs that arise.

Daily Bell Schedules

Click on the button to access all of the daily bell schedules we will use this year.


  • Friday, October 1: FAFSA Submission can begin

  • Monday, October 4: Homecoming Week begins

  • Friday, October 8: NO SCHOOL - In-service day

  • Monday, October 11:

    • JFK Picture Retakes

    • Regular School Board meeting

  • Wednesday, October 13: SAT/PSAT day


All students should feel safe at school and in their communities. Mt. Angel School District and John F. Kennedy High School are committed to building a strong, positive, supportive culture for students to learn and grow. If you have a specific concern or incident to report that threatens student safety and security, you may report it directly to our principal, Dale Pedersen, or use the anonymous tip line, Safe Oregon, at All concerns and tips are confidential and will be investigated and addressed according to district policy and procedures.