Cougar Connect

Week of March 9, 2020

Spirit Week

The Student Council has planned a week of spirit days and competitions for this week. See below for more information.
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Coronavirus Updates

The District has been sending out new guidance related to the Coronavirus as it receives more information. Here is the link to the place on the RCSD website with updates and other resources: The County has its own updates on the following site and resources:

PE classes went over how to properly wash hands this week, paper towel dispensers and paper towels were put into the bathrooms, and I walked around with hand sanitizer at every break all week, which I will continue to do. All classrooms have had large containers of hand sanitizer since the beginning of school and we will replenish those as needed. As mentioned in the Superintendent’s update last week, please keep your student home if your student is sick.

Cancelled Events

The County Health Officer has strongly suggested non-essential events be cancelled. This means we will need to cancel this Friday’s dance with Roosevelt. We will reschedule it for later in the year if we can. The Honor Roll Breakfast will also be cancelled. Students will still receive their shirts, certificates, and medals, and some sort of treat or other reward.


As a reminder, this week you can drop in after school from 1:50-3:05 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to meet with your student’s teachers. No appointments are necessary. School is out each day at 1:30 pm this week and we are on a special rotating block schedule. A copy of the schedule can be found below.

Report Cards

Second trimester ended last Wednesday. Teachers still had this weekend to update grades. Tomorrow morning we will print report cards and then administrators will check them. Any mistakes or last minute changes can take place over the next few days. Students will receive their report cards to bring home on Friday during 7th period.

High School A-G Requirements

This week 8th graders attended a presentation about selecting courses for high school and began to learn about A-G requirements. Language Arts and AVID teacher, Ms. Cindy Wilson, provided the following to me, which are useful resources:

This page on the state-sponsored website is specifically geared toward middle school students and explains what the requirements are:

Follow the "Search Approved A - G Lists" link on the left side of this University of California webpage, and you can enter a specific high school name and see which classes offered at the school meet each of the A - G Requirements.

Color Run

Please save the date for the 2nd Annual Kennedy Color Run: Friday, May 8th during 7th period. The Color Run is a fun walk/jog-a-thon type event with color stations throughout the course. It is FREE for all students who would like to participate, so long as we have a signed waiver on file (look for those in early April and please note that we will NOT be able to accept permission by phone).

We are looking for sponsors to help offset the costs associated with this event and this is a great way for your business to reach our wonderful community! As a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Kennedy Color Run, your generosity will be shared with students, family, school faculty, and community members. Benefits of sponsorship are largely determined by level, but all sponsors receive visibility in event signage and on our dedicated event webpage. Please visit the PTO website for more information and to see a highlight video from last year’s event:

Kennedy Dine Out

Eat at Pizza My Heart on Wednesday, March 18, from 4-10 pm to help Kennedy earn some extra money. See the attached flyer for more details.

Summer Academic Opportunities

The Forest High School Center of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula will be offering four tracks over the 5-week period this summer from June 15 – July 17.

1. DOMA-prep

This track will focus on helping the students who fall just below the cut-off to test out of Algebra I support. (DOMA score equivalent to 6 – 9) They will be given an opportunity to reattempt the test at the end of summer session.

2. DORA-prep

This track will focus on helping the students who fall just below the cut-off to test out of English I support. They will be given an opportunity to reattempt the test at the end of summer session.

3. Foundations

This track will focus on building the students up in a holistic manner, especially focusing on building students interest and confidence in learning. The track will focus on discussion-based learning around finances, current events, career paths, and life skills. This may be best suited for students who currently fall into support classes and below and who would not benefit from the two test-prep class above. (i.e. DOMA test scores of 5 and below)

4. Summer Reading Book Club

This track focuses on guiding the students through their required summer reading. We will build in discussion and reflection to build up the students’ reading comprehension and vocabulary. We are working with staff at Sequoia and Woodside to make sure we are meeting freshman requirements. This track does not require a referral for students to join.

The Forest High School Center of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula wants to be very intentional with recruitment for these classes so they are seeking out referrals from the 8th grade teachers. Teachers can make recommendations for these courses and parents can also inquire about this with Mr. Camarena at

Summer Bridge

For those of you with incoming 6th graders our Summer Bridge week is Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. We had the District send some blasts with all the details, but it seems like people aren’t receiving them or perhaps not reading them because we keep getting the same questions. Attached below is the flier and paper application. Here is the digital application to sign up:


Don’t forget to buy your copy of the 2019-2020 yearbook. Some of the yearbook students have created another commercial for you, which can be seen below.

Second commercial for the kennedy yearbook

Academic Support

Breakfast Club (Breakfast Provided)

7:45-8:15 am, Library (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays)

After School Help (Snacks Provided)

3:10-4:10 pm, Room 531 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

1:40-2:40 pm, Room 531 (Thursdays)

News From The Community


Please see the attached flyer about eating out in February and March to help out RCEF, which helps to fund different RCSD programs.

Woodside High School Theatre Arts Department Presents The Addams Family a New Musical Comedy

Woodside High School presents the production of The Addams Family, a new musical comedy, with five performances March 13th/14th/15th and 20th/21st, 2020 at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside CA.

Tickets are available online (

Based off of the classic Addams’ cartoon characters and the vintage TV series, The Addams Family is every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that isn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. But then, what is normal? As Morticia says, “Normal is an illusion…What’s normal for the spider is a calamity for the fly.”

The Woodside High School production of The Addams Family is sure to have you laughing with a cast of 40 students, along with a full, live orchestra to highlight the excitement of the ghoulish score. The orchestra includes 9 student musicians and over a dozen students working behind the scenes on the tech crew.

Woodside High School musicals frequently sell out and this one is a surefire crowd pleaser so buy your tickets quickly at


• Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm

• Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm

• Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 pm (matinee)

• Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm

• Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 pm


Adults: $20 / Seniors (65+): $15 / Staff & Students (college and under): $10

Pictures From This Week

March Events

Monday, March 9: Pajama and/or Crazy Sock Spirit Day; 1:30 Dismissal; Conferences 1:50-3:05 pm

Tuesday, March 10: Hat and/or Sunglasses Spirit Day; 1:30 Dismissal; Conferences 1:50-3:05 pm

Wednesday, March 11: Disney Spirit Day; ELPAC Testing, ELD Classes; 1:30 Dismissal; Conferences 1:50-3:05 pm

Thursday, March 12: Blackout/Whiteout Spirit Day (wearing all black or all white); ELPAC Testing, ELD Classes; 1:30 Dismissal; Conferences 1:50-3:05 pm

Friday, March 13: Twin Spirit Day; ELPAC Testing, ELD Classes; 1:30 Dismissal; Conferences 1:50-3:05 pm

Tuesday, March 17: ELPAC Testing, ELD Classes; Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am, Gym; Student Store Open at Lunch, Room 531A

Wednesday, March 18: ELPAC Testing, ELD Classes; February Student of the Month Picture, 11:22 am, Gym

Thursday, March 19: ELPAC Testing, ELD Classes; High School Schedule Turn In Night, 5:00-7:00 pm, Kennedy Library

Friday, March 20: No School

Monday, March 23: March Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Student Store

Tuesday, March 24: Grad Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm, Library; PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library