Cougar Connect

Week of January 13, 2020

Address Verification Night

The Sequoia Union High School District is making address verification easier for 8th graders this year by coming to Kennedy on Thursday, January 23, from 5-7:30 pm, in the library. For more information on what to bring and other address verification questions, see the following website:

Construction Update

Below are pictures from last week’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building. There are still some items that need to be finished inside and around the building that will continue this week. We did decide that we will keep the 300-wing gate closed in the morning and afternoon and have students use the 100-wing this week and see how that goes. This will be a change students will need to get used to this week.

SEL - Social Emotional Learning

Our Psychologist, Courtney Meiers, spent time this week in 8th grade Social Studies classes embarking on some SEL work that will continue throughout the rest of the year. Acknowledge Alliance will start their SEL Project Resilience program soon in 7th grade followed by 6th grade. If we like Project Resilience then the plan is for all three grade levels to have this program next year and start the work earlier in the year. There is a different curriculum for each grade level.

MDTP - Math Diagnostics Testing Project

Our 8th graders will take their math placement test on Tuesday, January 14. While we wanted to do it on the block day it wasn’t ideal to give it the first two days back from break and we couldn’t wait until the following block days because the tests are due to the Sequoia Union High School District on Friday, January 17, which would have left us no time for make ups. So we had to go with a slightly modified schedule just for 8th graders. Students will report to an assigned testing classroom after brunch on that day. The test will be administered during third and fourth period that day. They will then go to lunch and go back to a normal schedule for the rest of the day.

Students will have 45 minutes to answer 45 questions. They can write in the test booklet and will bubble answers on a scantron. Students in 8th grade math will take the Algebra Readiness test, while the students in Algebra will take the Geometry Readiness test.

School Tours

Our next school tour is Thursday, January 16, at 8:30 am in the library. Please encourage incoming families to attend. They do not need to RSVP. Our last formal tour date is Friday, January 24, at 8:30 am in the library.

*For families who can’t make any of these dates/times and want more information about the school can contact the office to setup a meeting time with me.

February 6

A very advanced reminder that Thursday, February 6, is the other really early dismissal day that the District designated this year for staff professional development. Pick up District-wide is at 11:45 am.

8th Grade Graduation and Events Committee Needs Your Help!

Graduation may seem like a long way away, but the 8th Grade Graduation Committee is already starting to plan events for May and June 2020 that will create lifelong memories for our students that will be saying goodbye and moving onto high school! Please help out by visiting to donate and sign up to volunteer for various events. The next Graduation Committee Meeting will be Tuesday, January 21st at 6 pm in the Library (immediately before the PTO meeting).

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)


Anime Club - Thursdays, Lunch, Room 417

Book Club - Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10, Room 531

Dungeons & Dragons Club - Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, Room 528

Earth Club - Wednesdays, Lunch, Library

Gamers' Club - Mondays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 637

Maker Space Club - Mondays, Lunch, Room 531

Photograph Club - Tuesdays, Lunch, and Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 314

Sci-Fi Club - Tuesday, Lunch, Room B-5 (Every Other Week)

Yoga Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays, Lunch, Room A1 (Locker Room)

Students can show up to the club and do not need to sign up ahead of time.

News From The Community

Sequoia High School IB Info Meeting

Is your 8th grader attending Sequoia High School next year? Do you want to learn more about Sequoia's honors IB Program? Please attend Sequoia's 8th Grade IB Info Meeting on January 14th from 6:00 pm at Sequoia High School in Carrington Hall. This meeting will be held in English. Thank you. See link:

January 2020 Saturday Open House at Woodside High School

Principal Diane Burbank would like to invite prospective students and parents for another opportunity to see Woodside High School.

The link below is to register if interested.

WHS Open House Registration for Sat., Jan. 25

Woodside High School will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9 am to 12 noon. Student led one-hour tours will showcase our fabulous campus and answer many prospective students’ questions about attending Woodside High School. Tours leave every 10 minutes from the PAC (Performing Arts Center) and end at the MUR (Multi-use Room) to speak informally with academic and athletic program staff. Please pre-register to guarantee your tour spot.

Pictures From This Week

January Events

Monday, January 13: WEB Leader Meeting, Brunch, Girls Locker Room; Meet RCSD Night at Kennedy – Jazz Band/Choir Perform from 5:30-5:45 pm, Gym

Tuesday, January 14: MDTP 8th Grade, 3rd & 4th Period in Assigned Classroom; Meet RCSD Night at Hoover – Jazz Band/Choir Perform from 5:30-5:45 pm, MUB

Wednesday, January 15: Student Council Meeting, 8:00 am, Room 531; Taft & Henry Ford 5th Graders Visit (3rd Period, Lunch, 5th Period); WEB Leaders Eat Lunch with 5th Graders, B-Quad; Site Council Meeting, 3:15 pm, Library

Thursday, January 16: School Tour, 8:30 am, Library; Student of the Month Picture, 11:22 am, Gym

Friday, January 17: 6th Grade WEB Pizza & Winter Trivia Event, Lunch, B-Quad

Monday, January 20: No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 21: Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am, Gym; Face the Cookie Lunchtime Competition, Outside Room 534/535; Grad Committee Meeting, 6 pm, Library; PTO Meeting, 7 pm, Library

Thursday, January 23: Principal’s Coffee, 8:30 am, Library; Student Store Open, Lunch, Room 531A; 8th Grade High School Address Verification Night, 5:00-7:30 pm, Library

Friday, January 24: School Tour, 8:30 am, Library

Monday, January 27: January Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 531A

Tuesday, January 28: Moving Up Lunchtime Competition, Outside Room 534/535

Friday, January 31: Aladdin Jr. Performance, 7:00 pm, MIT Theater