Cougar Connect

Week of September 10, 2018

Kennedy's New Newsletter

The District has introduced this new online newsletter template for schools to utilize. Originally we were planning to use a different format and send the newsletter out once per month via paper and email. Instead we will use this template and email it out. Because this format is easier to use and parents have been excited about the newsletters, we will send one out each week. This edition will be a lot longer than normal since this is our first newsletter of the year.

Welcome To Mrs. Bonfiglio

Welcome to Mrs. Beth Bonfiglio, our new Assistant Principal. Unfortunately, Ms. Lupe Guzman was moved over to Hoover to help provide leadership there and due to budget cuts, Mr. Paul Chun, is not with us this year. Mrs. Bonfiglio was a Principal at a small private school in Foster City. She is excited to be joining us at Kennedy and has started to get to know the students.
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Chromebooks & Login Information

Students who have turned in their Chromebook form will receive their Chromebook and charger on Tuesday, September 4. (Returning students do not need to fill out a new form). If your family does not have internet at home please contact the Family Center and we can provide a hot spot to go with the Chromebook. All chargers and hot spots need to remain at home. Students need to charge their Chromebook each night and bring it to school the next day. I recommend that parents have possession or lock up Chromebooks at night so that students don't play on their computer all night.

Next week PowerSchool will go live for parents and students. The District has changed login information for PowerSchool and Google. Students will receive a paper with the new login information. We will send home a message on the day that those go out so that you can ask your student for the paper.

Academic Support Before and After School

New This Year! Tuesday-Friday from 7:45-8:15 am the library will be open for students to come and get homework help. We will have two teachers each morning in the library to help students with their work. Students may also come in and silent read. Students need to sign in when they enter the library. Once they have entered they need to stay until 8:15 am. We may expand to Monday as well. This starts Wednesday, September 5.

We will also offer after school math help Monday-Wednesday from 3:10-4:10 pm. Students can get help from Mr. Michael Herrera in Room B4 or Mr. Alonso Duenas in Room 637. This starts Monday, September, 10.

After school reading support for students who are reading below grade level will start in mid-September. We are working to identify students who should be a part of these groups and will reach out to parents.

In the next newsletter there will be details about all of the clubs/groups we will be offering this year. We have expanded our offerings this year and more may be offered as the year goes on. Some clubs will take place before school, some during the day, and some after school. Stay tuned!

WEB - Where Everybody Belongs

Our 6th grade WEB Orientation Day on August 14 and our WEB Lunch on August 24 were a big hit with most of our 6th graders attending. At the orientation the students participated in games, ice breakers, and a campus tour. They concluded their time with lunch and socializing.

During the WEB Lunch the kids ate lunch in the B-Quad with their group. WEB Leaders checked in to see how the first week of middle school was going, the group members worked on learning each others' names, they played a game, and had a treat.

The next event is on Friday, September 14, which is a scavenger hunt for objects around campus with their group. Save the date for the WEB Carnival on Friday, October 19 from 3:10-4:10 pm. The WEB Leaders will plan and run booths for the sixth graders.

General Reminders

PE Attire:

To better prepare students for High School Physical Education classes , so they don't smell, and to build a healthy state of mind for fitness and daily activities, all students are REQUIRED to dress in P.E. attire for classes. Students must wear the Kennedy PE shirt and black or Kennedy logo shorts/sweats. Students must change into their PE clothes at Kennedy unless they have first period PE. Students must change out of their PE clothes after PE unless they have last period PE. Students may not wear their P.E. clothes over or under regular school clothes. Locker rooms will be locked during class to provide protection for students’ possessions. The Family Center can help students who need a PE shirt.

Cell Phone Policy:

Cell phones must remain off on the school grounds and in backpacks (not pockets). After a warning, any cell phones visible during the school day must be retrieved by a parent in the office. If there is a third occurrence, it will remain in the office for longer and longer periods of time or will need to be checked in each morning at the office.

Red Clothes Policy:

As stated in the Maze Day packet and reminded to students at the kickoff assembly the first week, students may not wear predominantly red clothing including shoes. Thanks for your cooperation.

Principal's Coffee

Join us each month from 8:30-9:30 am in the library, generally the first Thursday of each month, for Principal's Coffee. Enjoy coffee and pastries while I present on academic topics, data, and other topics parents should know about. This is also a chance for open forum and to see classrooms.

At the first Principal's Coffee I will be presenting my goals for Kennedy this year, the programs we will be offering (lots of new ones), as well as Kennedy data from the 2017-2018 school year. We will look at CAASPP scores, climate survey data, and more. There will be a chance for questions/open forum, and then we will tour 6th grade and electives.

Mark your calendar for all of the Principal's Coffee dates for the 2018-2019 school year:

September 6

October 11 (Second Thursday, Dr. Baker will present)

November 1

December 6

January 10 (Second Thursday, no school January 3)

February 7

March 7

April 11 (Second Thursday, no school April 4)

May 2

Interested in School Site Council?

What is School Site Council?


The School Site Council works to develop and recommend goals for the SPSA (the Single Plan for Student Achievement), oversee the SIP (Site Improvement Plan) budget, and assess progress in meeting the goals outlined in the plan. It is a leadership organization that is crucial to our school's success for our future. The general focus of the Site Council is to ensure that the school is continually engaged in identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practices that result in both strengthening the core academic program and ensuring that the students have access to and success in that program. School Site Council members agree to a 2 year commitment.

Site Council Purpose

A. To develop and recommend goals for the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

B. To assess progress meeting the goals outlined in the plan

C. To oversee the SIP budget

D. To review the goals of the plan and data related to student learning/student achievement to prepare the annual report of progress for the Board of Education, Superintendent, community and Kennedy parents and provide future direction in rewriting the plan

E. To perform other duties as directed by the RCSD Board of Education, Superintendent, and/or California State Department of Education as related to the School Improvement Program

*** There will be a ballot on Back to School Night to vote. Interested in being a candidate for School Site Council? We need 6 parents!

Email: Principal Adler at

Yearbook Cover Art Contest

Submit your design to Mrs. Marinos, Room 531 by September 14, 2018.

All submissions need to be:

  1. on 8.5 x11 white paper

  2. bright and colorful

  3. include “Kennedy Middle School”

  4. include “2018-2019”

Back To School Night - Thursday, September 20, 2018

5:15-6:00 pm: Food for purchase outside of the gym

6:00-6:25 pm: Principal's Welcome, Learn To Use Google Classroom To Check Your Student's

Assignments, Budget Update

Classroom Visits

6:30-6:38 pm: Period 1

6:41-6:49 pm: Period 2

6:52-7:00 pm: Period 3

7:03-7:11 pm: Period 4

7:14-7:22 pm: Period 5

7:25-7:33 pm: Period 6

7:36-7:44 pm: Period 7

High School Informational Night & Shadowing


8th Grade Info Night

When: November 14, 2018

Where: Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

OPEN HOUSE: March 28, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Prospective Sequoia families are invited to attend our annual Open House. Visit classrooms, visit the IB Art Show, and celebrate Sequoia with friends and family.

8th Grade Shadowing

Signups for Shadowing for 2018-2019 begin September 12


7th/8th grade Parent Night -

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7 - 8:30 pm, PAC

Hear from school leadership, department chairs, and students about WHS academics, athletics, and activities.

Prospective Family Open House

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9 am - 12 noon, begin in PAC

Take a student-led campus tour, talk with current parents about their campus experience, talk with school staff about programs and supports.

Parent Tours

Are offered 8:30 am - 10:00 am. They are on-going from September 13, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Please sign up for the date you want. link:

8th Grade Shadowing will take place between September 10, 2018 and February 8, 2019 and will occur on A-days (dates below). This 8th grade shadow program is designed for 8th grade students, including transfer students, who are interested in attending Woodside High School. The 8th grade shadow program is run through the leadership class and the students in leadership are the shadow leaders. Woodside no longer takes individual requests for specific shadow leaders.

Link to request shadow date:

Bus Passes

Bus passes will be sold during lunch and after school in the main office at the end of the month for a week. Monthly bus passes are $22 dollars.

Second Harvest Distribution

Join us for our food distribution every third Tuesday of the month in the Kennedy Gym at 9:30 am. The food distribution is open to the community. Please make sure to brings bags. If you have any questions, please call the Kennedy Family Center at 650-482-2110.

September Events

  • Monday, September 3: No School - Labor Day
  • Wednesday, September 5: Picture Day (During PE Class); Student Council, 8:15 am, Room 535; 8th Grade Yosemite Meeting, 7:00 pm, Gym
  • Thursday, September 6: Principal's Coffee, 8:30 am, Library; 6th Grade Yosemite Meeting, 7:00 pm, Gym
  • Friday, September 7: Green Spirit Day, "Separation Anxiety" Lunchtime Competition
  • Friday, September 14: Sports Apparel Spirit Day; WEB Scavenger Hunt, Lunch
  • Tuesday, September 18: Second Harvest Food Distribution at 9:30 am in gym
  • Tuesday, September 18: 6th Grade Author Visit, Daniel Jose Older, New Book: Dactyl Hill
  • Thursday, September 20: Back To School Night, 6:00-7:44 pm
  • Friday, September 21: 8th Grade Author Visit, Margarita Engle, New Book: Jazz Owls
  • Tuesday, September 25: PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library
  • Wednesday, September 26: Site Council, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library
  • Friday, September 28: "This Blows" Lunchtime Competition