Cougar Connect

Week of April 15, 2019

The Middle Years

Attached below is the April edition of the Middle Years.

Chromebook Charging

Please make sure that your student’s Chromebook is charged each night. Students need their Chromebook to complete classwork, and many of the textbooks are digital, so this is how they access them in class. This will also be really important for State testing in a couple of weeks since they will use their Chromebook for this each day. I would suggest that you have your student’s charger in your room so that the Chromebook charges all night and your student isn’t on the Chromebook while you are sleeping. I also suggest you do the same thing with your student’s cell phone, if applicable.

Save the Dates

Thursday, May 2, 7 to 8 pm: Vape/JUUL workshop to learn more about what these are, the dangers, and how to help your student. These are becoming a huge epidemic nationwide for middle school and high school students. More information to come.

Saturday, May 4, 9 am to 12 pm: Math SBAC preparation. Like last year we will do a “cram session” right before math SBAC testing. Last year we had around 150 students participate. Students will get some last minute tips and do a bunch of practice problems similar to the test. State math testing starts that Monday, May 6. Next week I will send out a link to sign up. The reason we do this on a Saturday versus after school is the students are much fresher and can focus. We will have snacks.

Student Council Fundraiser

Student Council is doing a mini-fundraiser the next couple of weeks to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Students can make a $1 donation to support cancer and fill out a paper footprint that we will display around campus.

Color Run

Please save the date for the 1st Annual Kennedy Color Run, Friday, May 10, during 7th period. For more information on this exciting fundraising event:

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Accelerated Math Testing

As mentioned in a prior newsletter, I need to know which 6th and 7th grade families would like their student tested for accelerated math so we can setup accounts in the month of April. The actual testing won’t occur until the last two weeks of May. Almost all of our students appear to be correctly placed, so I don’t encourage this testing for most of our students. If you do want your child to be tested, please fill out the link below this week or next week. Those already in accelerated math will continue with accelerated math next year and don’t need to be tested.

WEB - Save the Dates

On Friday, April 26, we will hold an informational meeting and pass out applications at lunch for 7th graders who want to be WEB Leaders next year. WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) is a year-long program to help sixth graders feel more comfortable, as well as help them to be successful and social during their first year of middle school.

Since many of you are already planning your summer, here are the dates WEB Leaders must be available for training and for orientations. Most of the other events will occur during the school day next year, with the exception of one or two events that will take place for after school.

Thursday, August 8, 2019: 9 am to 12 pm (Training)

Friday, August 9, 2019: 8 am to 12 pm (Training)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019: 8 am to 12:30 pm (6th Grade WEB Orientation & Lunch)

Friday, August 16, 2019: 9:30-12 pm (New 7th/8th Grade Orientation & Lunch)

Redwood City STEAM Fest

Thank you to new local Redwood City company, Community Best, Inc. for sponsoring a booth for Kennedy at this year’s Redwood City STEAM Fest taking placing on Saturday, April 27, from 11 am to 3 pm. We are looking for some students and parents to come and help out for an hour or two to lead STEAM activities for kids that Kennedy staff are planning. If you are able to help, please contact Mrs. Marinos,

8th Grade Spanish Immersion Placement Testing

Students in our 8th grade Spanish Immersion program will now be able to take the high school Spanish placement test at Kennedy rather than having to wait until August at Woodside/Sequoia, which could potentially mess up their schedule. Now that we have this partnership in place, next year 8th graders will complete the test prior to when they have to sign up for classes so that when they come to turn in their high school registration forms in March they will know which Spanish class to sign up for. For this year, since 8th graders have already turned in their course selection materials, they will take the test in April and the high school will make any changes needed. We will let parents know the placement outcomes.

Incoming Kennedy Student Informational Night

This Thursday, April 18, from 6-7 pm, we will be hosting an informational night at Kennedy for incoming Kennedy students. The bulk of the meeting will provide information on math pathways and math acceleration, but we will also take questions on Summer Bridge, electives, and more. Students can also turn any forms they received when we visited the feeder schools or pick up a packet with all of the forms if they don’t currently attend one of Kennedy’s feeder schools.

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!

After School Extra Math Sessions

Here are the dates of the remaining April sessions:

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

7th Grade: Wednesday, April 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.

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.

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

Pictures From Open House

April Events

Tuesday, April 16: Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am, Gym; 7th Grade VIP Lounge, Lunch, Library; PTO Meeting, 7 pm, Library

Wednesday, April 17: March Student of the Month Picture, 11:22 am, Gym

Thursday, April 18: Math Pathways & Kennedy Informational Night for Incoming Students, 6-7 pm, Gym

Friday, April 19: No School

Monday, April 22: April Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 535

Tuesday, April 23: 8th Grade VIP Lounge, Lunch, Library

Wednesday, April 24: 6th Grade VIP Lounge, Lunch, Library

Thursday, April 25: Spring Concert, 7 pm, Gym

Friday, April 26: 7th Grade WEB Informational Meeting, Lunch, Library

Monday, April 27: CAASPP Testing – Language Arts, Special Schedule

Tuesday, April 28: CAASPP Testing – Language Arts, Special Schedule; WEB Ice Cream Sundaes & Bingo, Lunch, Library