8th Grade Students & Families

Dear 8th Grade Families,

Your students have just finished the first trimester and now have two trimesters left as Kennedy and RCSD students! 8th graders are off to a great start! This message is to update you on some important information that admin shared with 8th grade students on Thursday 11/10 as well as update you on 8th grade graduation, High School Course Placement and Enrollment and End-of-Year Events.

Let’s have a great rest of the year,

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


(650) 482-2409 Ex 3111


8th grade expectations

Attached to this section is a letter to 8th grade families that reminds students and families of the academic expectations students must meet in order to participate in Kennedy’s June Promotion Ceremony and End-of-Year activities. If a student is not meeting those academic and behavioral expectations, administration will be scheduling meetings with each student and family throughout December and January to discuss how we can support your student.

High School - Placement Assessment Information

8th grade students are assessed throughout their 8th grade year and these assessments are shared with Sequoia Union High School District for class placements. Several important assessments are coming up in December and January. Please remind your students to do the best that they can on these assessments.


  • Reading Assessment Nov 30th- Dec 2nd

  • Math Assessment Dec 7th-9th

  • Make-ups Dec 12th -16th


  • Math MIRA Assessment (SUHSD)

Below is Sequoia Union High School District’s placement charts that explain how they determine course placement

SUHSD Placement Chart ELA (link)

SUHSD Placement Chart Math (link)

High School Registration - Transfer Requests

Enrollment opens on Tuesday, November 15th!! (This Tuesday) Website

Online Registration

Online Registration must be completed and submitted as a mandatory requirement for the following reasons:

  • Verify you reside within Sequoia Union High School District attendance boundaries

  • Update your current home address and contact information for communication/emergency purposes

  • Identify your assigned high school based on your home address

  • Submit required information to allow your assigned school to best serve your student

*Your student will not be allowed to select courses if this is not completed!

Open Enrollment / Transfer Requests (Link)

If you do not want to attend your home/assigned school and would like to transfer to another high school, you must complete an application between Nov 15 and Feb 1st. We urge you to do it early because every year we have families that miss the deadline. Please note that Kennedy Administration and RCSD do NOT have any control or influence on SUHSD’s enrollment process or decisions.

Boundary Search

Please enter your home address here to see your assigned school (Link)

Private School / Charter School

If you are planning to attend a charter school or private school, please consider completing this process as well. It’s important to have your options ready for the fall.

8th Grade Activities

8th grade activities each year cost the school and our PTO between $10,000 and $15,000. Please consider a small donation of $75 to support the continuation of these activities. Below is a donation link to our PTO as well as a list of items students have to look forward to.

  • January - 8th Grade Sweaters

  • May 26th - Great America (Includes tickets and buses)

  • June 1st- Field Day

  • Staff vs 8th Grade Competitions

  • Promotion Ceremony June 8th

  • Graduation Dance June 8th

Donation (Link)

*We will be hosting an 8th grade family meeting in January. See January Cougar Connect for more detail

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