November-December Edition

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

Dear JFK families:

What great kids we have at JFK. So many of our students are involved in extra-curricular activities such as athletics, music, drama, and or clubs and organizations. Research has shown that when students are involved in school activities, they attend school more regularly, they learn at high levels, and have positive connections with both their peers and adults in the building. Something we are focusing on this year is to identify students who aren't involved in extra-curricular activities and ask them what we can do to get them involved.

Next week our 11th grade students will be participating in the Student Health Survey, a survey sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education. This survey will gather information about health risk behaviors of 6th, 8th and 11th grade students throughout the state. The survey includes questions about Student Health and Safety, Student Mental and Behavioral Health, and School Climate and Culture. A ParentSquare notification will be coming out later this week that provides you with a bit more information.

Thank you for all of your support and have a great month!

With appreciation,



Congratulations to the young men and coaches of our football program. They found themselves in very familiar territory, the OSAA State Football Championships. We couldn't be prouder of this team. They challenged themselves by moving up a classification to 3A and doing something that is very rare after moving up a classification by making it to the 3A State Championship game. While the game didn't end up with us bringing home a championship trophy, it did highlight the grit and determination this team has shown all year. Congratulations on a great year.

Winter sports of boys and girls basketball, cheer, swimming and wrestling have been in full swing for a couple of weeks now. If you have a free evening, please consider coming out to support our students-athletes who participate in these sports. They would love to see and hear you.

It's always a great day to be a Trojan. Go Trojans!!.

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Holiday Food and Toy Drive

JFK is once again hosting a Food and Toy Drive from November 21st to December 9th which benefits our local Mission Benedict. Please bring canned or non-perishable food and/or new or gently used toys to Kennedy High School.

Food Boxes

Mt. Angel School District has food boxes available every other Monday from 4-6pm at JFK. Watch ParentSquare for messages about upcoming dates.

Breakfast/Lunch Menu for December (Subject to Changes)

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  • December 5: 1/2 Day Schedule for Students
  • December 9: Holiday Food and Toy Drive ends
  • December 12: Regular School Board meeting @ St. Mary's Library 6:30
  • December 16: JFK Holiday Assembly during Advisory, Holiday Concert @ 7:00
  • December 19 - 30: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


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.