Cougar Connect

Week of February 25, 2019

February Middle Years

Attached below is the February edition of the Middle Years.

Dance This Friday! Chaperones Needed!

We have a dance this Friday, March 1, from 6-8 pm in the gym. Tickets will be on sale at lunch starting Tuesday. Tickets are $5. We will have pizza, a photo booth, glow necklaces, and a DJ, which are all included in the price of the ticket. Any parents who can chaperone, please contact the office.

Reading, Language Arts, and Math Assessments

This past week students took the STAR reading test for the third time this year. Teachers will enter scores as a non-weighted grade in PowerSchool in the next week or two. Next weekend I will include the scoring chart so you can understand your student’s score. We still have a few make up tests to do this week.

This week the students will prepare for the April/May CAASPP tests by taking an interim assessment in math and language arts (required by the District). We will share these scores once we have them. This will take a couple of weeks.

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the January Students of the Month. Below are the names of the students selected.

Adara Sanchez

Agustin Suarez

Ailani Guzman

Ailor Gray

Alexa Vargas

Alexei Desrochers

Alexis Ortiz

Amy Estrella

Anahi Rueda

Andrés Orozco

Angel Rodriguez Flores

Angela Sajuan

Bianka Zelaya

Byron Rojas

Carlo Pineda

Carlo Pineda

Carlos Jaurez

Cassidy Lamantia

Charlie Kanaday

Chloe Mascarina

Christian Rowlette

Christopher Gibbons

Christopher James

Clare Curtin

Clarisa Robles

Daniel Lepulu

Daniel Rubio

David Pacas

Debbie Tavake

Diego Navarro

Diego Sosa

Dominic Quintana Puluc

Ella Webster

Ellen Washington

Erin Meak

Fernando Lopez

Franklin Coreas Coreas

Gabriel Marquez

Gael Cuevas

Greta Kasle

Guzel Desrochers

Hailey Ponce

Herberth Ayala

Jack Tyndall

Jackie Santos Gomez

Jada Crockett

Jake McDonald

Jakeline Reyes

Jamie Leland

Jas Hernandez Rodrigues

Jayce Enochs

Jesse Naranjo

Jessica Chavez Ortiz

Jimena Corona

Jocelyn Ramirez

Jose Carranza

Jose Godinez

Joseph Gomez

Josue Montoya

Kara Melosh

Kendra Gonzalez

Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Ramirez

Kobi Chacon

Lacey Barstad

Lilliana Magana

Lisa Torres

Luis Perez

Luis Sandoval

Maria Celeste Sanchez

Miguel Anguiano

Miguel Higuera

Miguel Zacarias

Montserrat Aviles

Nathalia Efigenio Aldama

Nathan Andrew

Nayeli Lopez Toscano

Nick Carrubba

Nicki Weppner

Oscar Donato

Oscar Ortega Ramirez

Pearl Bloom

Pedro Granados

Raquel Luna

Remy Guzman

Rosa Damian

Ruby Marlow

Ryan Eberhard

Salma Ahumada

Salvadore Escalera Perez

Sandy Yousef

Sebastian Lopez

Sebastian Vergil

Selinda LeVoir

Sashenka Vigil

Shayla Bravo

Sierra Campbell

Sofia Yglesias

Sophia Contreras

Sophia Ortiz

Sophia Wells

Stephanie Gonzalez

Thomas Pacheco

Tristyn Scott

Yesenia Aguilar

Zachary McCarten

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Math Challenge

As mentioned in prior newsletters, I am offering some extra math sessions for 6th and 7th graders who are in grade level math classes who want more of a challenge in math and may want to accelerate next year. A group of sixth graders and I had a fun first session on Wednesday. Below are some of the upcoming sessions. I will add more soon.

Monday, February 25, 3:15-4:15 pm, 7th Grade (Library)

Monday, March 4, 3:15-4:15 pm, 6th Grade (Library)

Wednesday, March 6, 3:15-4:15 pm, 7th Grade (Library)

Spring Conferences

The week of March 11 we have spring conferences, which means we are on a Minimum Day schedule all week. Dismissal is at 1:30 pm. You can drop in and meet with teachers any day after school that week from 1:50-3 pm. No appointments are necessary.

Grand Canyon Upcoming Dates

Thursday, February 28th 6:30 pm: MANDATORY STUDENT & PARENT MEETING. We collect the full payment and all the forms required for participation on the trip. Students are issued a backpack, bedroll and sleeping bag.

Saturday, March 2nd, 7:00 am - 11:00 am: PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER. All families must participate in running this event. Sign ups will be at the Mandatory Meeting.

Help Your Child Use Technology At Home

See the attached resource from District staff development technology teachers to help you know how to help your child access apps they are using at school.

Kennedy Hall of Fame

Save the date, March 21, 7 pm, for the Kennedy Hall of Fame night!!!

Come see our new inductees to the Hall of Fame, meet Hall of Fame members, and see some of the exciting things our kids are doing at Kennedy. The Hall of Fame is a great way to honor Kennedy alumni who are inspirational role models for our Kennedy students!

Get to know one of our Hall of Fame members:

This Hall of Fame member has something in common with Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota, Tim Tebow, Bo Jackson and O.J. Simpson... they are all winners of the Heisman Trophy! In 1967, as UCLA quarterback, Gary Beban won the Heisman Trophy, given to the nation’s best college football player. Mr. Beban played in the NFL and then went on to a successful career in commercial real estate where he became the President of CB Richard Ellis, a global leader in commercial real estate services. See Mr. Beban’s Heisman Trophy in the Hall of Fame in the Kennedy Gymnasium, which is named after Mr. Beban!

Zero Period Elective Next Year

As mentioned last week, we are considering offering an optional zero period elective next year twice a week from 7:30-8:18 am. If you are a sixth or seventh grade parent, please take the time to complete the survey so that we can do some planning for next year. Here is the link:

Morning Safety Reminders

Please do not drop students off on the opposite side of the streets unless they are going to use the crosswalks. We don’t want students to get hit by a car. Also, please do not park your cars in the white zone on Goodwin.

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

Announcements From The Community

Expanding Your Horizons Conferences

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference for 6th through 12th grade young women to learn about career opportunities in math, science, and technology. STEM careers are fun, exciting, and rewarding, and so is EYH! Conference participants conduct lab experiments, wire high-tech network systems, examine microscopic creatures, and design their own computer software. Each girl attends three hands-on workshops during the all-day conference. Also during the day, the girls participate in a Problems and Puzzles Contest, where winners receive A Day With a Scientist.

Here is the link for more information:

Sequoia High School Dance Auditions

2019-20 Sequoia High School Advanced Dance CLASS Auditions

When: Friday, March 1st, 4:00 pm

Where: Check in at gym 3:00 pm. Auditions will be held in the dance studio.

Please learn the three dance combinations on YouTube (Jazz, Hip-hop and Lyrical) In addition, be prepared to demonstrate battements, pirouettes and jetes. Please wear athletic/dance wear. Jeans are not permitted. Dance shoes are optional.

An optional workshop will be held on Weds. 2/27 from 4-5:30 pm in the dance studio.

Video submissions are accepted. Please submit to by Friday, March 1st.

Please direct any questions to Taylor White (

Pictures From This Week

February Events

Tuesday, February 26: AVID Field Trip to UC Berkeley; Dance Tickets on Sale, Lunch, Outside Room 535

Wednesday, February 27: Dance Tickets on Sale, Lunch, Outside Room 535; Site Council, 3:15 pm, Library

Thursday, February 28: Dance Tickets on Sale, Lunch, Outside Room 535; Grand Canyon Meeting, 6:30 pm, Gym

Friday, March 1: End of Second Trimester; Dance, 6-8 pm, Gym