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Principal Message Nov 27th

Principal Message November 28th, 2022

Kennedy Families,

Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break. The next three weeks will go by quickly, so make sure you’re up to date with everything happening in Cougar Country!

First, I would like to thank all the families who attended parent-teacher conferences. We appreciate you finding the time to come on site or join virtually, and we hope these conferences were able to provide information to better support your students.

I would also like to thank the many parents that volunteered to manage our Scholastic Book Fair. We wouldn't have been able to provide the access to our students without your help. THANK YOU!

Covid and Other Illnesses

Please administer the COVID test that was given to your student on Nov 17 & Nov 18 before returning to school on Nov 28, 2022. If a student is sick with COVID, flu or cold, please keep him/her at home.

1st Trimester Grade Highlights:

Over 60% of our students scored a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 30% earned honor roll or principal's honor roll which means they scored 3.75 and above. This is great and shows that our students are engaged and want to do well!

Principal's Coffee December 1st (Link)

Principals Coffee will be from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom this week. The reason for the change is Kennedy is offering school tours in the morning the next two weeks Tuesday-Thursday.

Site Council - ELAC - PTO Tuesday November 29th (Link)

Site Council - ELAC goes from 6:00-7:00 pm and PTO starts at 7:00 pm.

Pride Group

Kennedy partners with San Mateo County "Pride Center" which provides counseling support for Kennedy students. If you are interested contact Mariela Lopez in the Family center. or 650-4822409-3482

English (Link)

Spanish (Link)

COVID/ FLU Vaccines Redwood City

Redwood City School District (RCSD) invites its community to vaccination clinic events the District will host this fall. The COVID vaccine or booster as well as the flu shot will be available for RCSD students and their families and for RCSD employees and their families. Either or both vaccines are available for children (5-11-year-olds), youth (12+) as well as adults (RCSD employees and RCSD families).

The event details are as follows:

  • Date(s) of Clinic: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022

  • Location: Hoover School, 701 Charter St., Redwood City

  • Clinic Hours: 4-7 pm

Individuals interested can sign-up in advance via MyTurn using the following links:

Let’s have a great week, everyone!

Go, Cougars!

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

I-Ready Assessments

Kennedy begins their 2nd round of diagnostic I-Ready assessment this week. This assessment is used by staff to guide their instruction and to gauge student growth. This assessment is especially important for our 8th grade students as it is used as a metric for High School Placement assessment.

Below is the schedule:

  • Reading Assessment Nov 30th- Dec 2nd

  • Math Assessment Dec 7th-9th

  • Make-ups Dec 12th -16th

Academic Supports

Kennedy school provides a variety you academic supports for students. Some of the academic supports are provided in person but here are also any that are online. Attached is a document that provides details n some of this supports. If you have questions please contact me or our family center director Elizabeth Calderon.

Elizabeth Calderon,

Nick Fanourgiakis,

Musical 2022-23 School Year

Thank you to the many families and students that signed up to join and support our musical. We had over 60 students auditioning for parts!!!

See message from Ms. Rosenbloom sent on 11/23 (Link)

Rehearsals schedule:

Rehearsals will be every Tuesday in the drama room from 3:15 to 5:30. Families of students participating please try to be on time for pick-up.

Meeting Presentation

Please contact Ms. Rosenbloom if you have any questions:

Winter Concert December 14th

The Winter concert is just around the corner our music director and students have all been working hard and are excited to perform for all of us.

To make the evening as organized, safe and enjoyable for everyone please review the following information.

  • Dress Rehearsal Dec 13th during school

Wednesday December 14th Performance:

  • Performers - Need to be at school at 5:45 pm and they will meet in their designated classrooms.

  • Attendees/Guests - Gym doors open for seating at 6:30 pm.

  • There will be a designated area for parking and for lining up before the gym doors open

  • Performance - The concert will be from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm


  • To accommodate the 180 students performing, Kennedy will be distributing three admission* tickets per performer (young children who will be seated on your lap are exempt). Tickets will be distributed to students during music class on Monday 12/11 and Tuesday 12/12.

  • For those looking to bring more than three guests, please complete this survey to inform the school of how many people they would like to attend. We will let you know if we can accommodate your requests by Tuesday afternoon.

8th Grade Families

8th Grade Families - PLEASE READ the update below. You will find important information on graduation, high school enrollment and end-of-year activities.

SUHSD 8th Grade Parent Letter - November 2022

Below is a link that was sent to each of you on Sunday, 11/13 and was shared with students on

Monday, 11/14

8th Grade update English

8th Grade update Spanish

Grand Canyon Trip Update

Students were informed of the Grand Canyon to-go list and wait-list during the week of November 14th. If you have questions regarding the trip please feel free to contact trip director Maestro Alfredo.

Practice Hike

  • Saturday January 21st, start at Kennedy at 8:30 am

Maestro Alfredo Oropeza (

Trip Website (Link)

Winter Sports (Redwood City Parks and Recreation)

It is basketball season!. Kennedy gym will be used for games and practice from now through February. Below i the schedule for practices and games. If there are any changes we will announce it during morning announcements.

Practice Schedule (Link)

Game Schedule (Link)

Student Store

Student store has shown itself to be really popular! Store will open up again the week of December 12th.

Cougar Cash is awarded by staff via the Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) app found in on students Clever Dashboard.

Yearbook 2022-23

Kennedy Yearbooks are available for purchase. Families please use the information below if you are interested.

Step #1 School (Link)

Step #2 School Passcode 1015926081674110

Price $35

Deadline April 5th

Official Flyer with information (Link)

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The Kennedy Counseling team is here to support our students! We offer crisis support, short term individual counseling and one time check-ins.

Here is the link to the Kennedy counseling referral. You can also email our Mental Health Counselor, Mariela Lopez for any questions or concerns (

Student Family Handbook / 2022-23 Calendar

November - December Calendar

  • November 29th, Tuesday- Site Council / ELAC / PTO 6:00- 8:00
  • December 1st, Principal's Coffee 5:00-6:00 pm via zoom
  • December 13th Dress Rehearsal Gym
  • December 13th Math Information Meeting 6:00-8:00
  • December 14th Winter Concert 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Gym
  • December 15th Video Showing Screenagers: Digital World 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm (Zoom)
  • December 16th Minimum Day dismissal at 2:10 pm
  • Dec 17- Jan 3rd Winter Break ~ No School

Pictures / Music

All music students are getting ready for the winter concert; after the show, the Int\Adv. After that, the band and Orchestra will focus on preparing for the spring music festivals (Sequoia and Music in the Park\Great America Festival).

Song title: Dark Ride

Composer: Randall D. Standridge

Musicians: Int.\Adv. Band

Kennedy Middle School Program

Dark Ride (1) by Kennedy Middle School Program

Volleyball Champs

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Honor Roll

Kennedy was happy to recognize over 216 students who earned Honor Roll during the 1st trimester.

  • Honor Roll - 3.75 and up
  • Principal's Honor Roll 4.0 and up
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6th Grade Field Trip to Stulsaft Park

As part of Kennedy partnership with the Marine Science Institute our 6th graders walked to Stulsaft Park and work with look scientists to study the local environment.