Week of December 16, 2019
Welcome To Elisa Cooper
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 https://kennedycougarspto.org/8th-grade-graduation-events 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).
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.
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.
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!
No School Reminder
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!
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
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.
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
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 535Friday, December 20 - January 7: No School