Cougar Connect

Week of December 16, 2019

Welcome To Elisa Cooper

Elisa Cooper, former librarian at MIT & North Star, starts at Kennedy tomorrow, Monday, December 16. She is excited to go through all of the books to see what we have, order new books for the library, give books talks when the students come in, and more. Elisa and I worked together when I was the Assistant Principal at MIT, so this will help to make the transition easier. You can learn more about Elisa in one of our upcoming issues of the Cougar Connect.

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).

School Tours

Our next school tour is this Tuesday, December 17, at 8:30 am in the library. Please encourage incoming families to attend. They do not need to RSVP. The other tour dates are below.

Thursday, January 16, 8:30 am, Library

Friday, January 24, 8:30 am, 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.

Principal's Coffee

Thank you to Officers Castro and Longoria who came out to our Principal’s Coffee last Thursday to answer parent questions about vaping, bullying, and other topics. They reiterated that when schools and parents call for their assistance they treat this seriously and always come out to help. They strongly encouraged families to be involved with their students. Know where your student is at all times, meet and get the phone numbers of your student’s friends and their families, take away their cell phone as a consequence and know what they are doing on their cell phone in terms of the social media, etc.

As mentioned in the past, you see them out a lot at Kennedy supporting us. Many times it is to help assess a student’s mental health. The officers encouraged families to dialogue with their student, especially when you notice something is off. Ask how they are doing. Actually express that you notice when your student seems sad or something seems off and try to talk to your student about it.

Thank you to the RCSD police department for their continued partnership at Kennedy and all of the Redwood City schools.

Attached below are the presentation slides from the Principal’s Coffee. Included in these slides you will see some recent IAB (Interim Assessment Block) data. (The IAB is practice for the real test, the SBAC - Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which takes place in late April and early May). As I explained at the Principal's Coffee, when I look at this data from a broad perspective, I am looking for most of the data to fall in the yellow and green areas to see if we are on track with where we need to be. The majority of our students fell in this range, which means they are near, at, or above standard. The teachers then break out this data further looking at each question and what their next instructional steps need to be.

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Kennedy Choir Performs at Hillsdale Mall

Many of our Kennedy Choir members performed at Hillsdale Mall this past Saturday. Great job, students and teacher, Julia Federico-Youngs. Thank you to the families for their support as well. Many shoppers stopped to listen to the performance and had big smiles on their faces.

Thank You, PCC!

Thank you to Peninsula Covenant Church for supporting some of our families with a festive holiday celebration this past Saturday. We appreciate the generosity and efforts of the PCC community!

Student Store

We would like to be able to consistently open our student store one day each week and not pull an administrator from the yard to supervise. We are looking for a parent or two who can come regularly on the same day and volunteer. We are flexible on the day. You will have students who will help run the store. If it is a Monday, Tuesday, or Friday, it would be from 11:45-12:35. If it is a Wednesday or Thursday, it would be from 11:15-12:05. Please email me if you are able to help,

No School Reminder

A reminder that next week on Friday, December 20, we have no school and begin our winter break which goes through Tuesday, January 7. Thursday, December 19, is a regular minimum day with dismissal at 1:30 pm. Students return from break on Wednesday, January 8. The new Office/Family Center is set to open that first day back on January 8.

Honey Bear Holiday Tree Fundraiser

Don’t forget to mention Kennedy Middle School to the cashier when you buy your holiday tree, wreath, and holiday greens at three locations of Honey Bear Trees. 15% goes to Kennedy PTO!

Extra Shirts

We are looking for gently used long and short sleeve shirts that you don’t want anymore to use for dress code issues. (No red shirts please). It’s okay if they are a bit big. They are not meant to be stylish. Please wash them and donate them to the office.

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

December Events

Monday, December 16: December Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 531A

Monday, December 16 - Thursday, December 19: Math IAB Testing

Tuesday, December 17: School Tour, 8:30-10 am, Library; Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am, Gym; Face the Cookie Lunchtime Competition, Outside Room 535

Friday, December 20 - January 7: No School