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Principal Message November 14th, 2022

Kennedy Families,

We have just finished the 1st trimester! Great job, students and families. Report cards will be printed this week and mailed before the holidays. You can always check grades on PowerSchool if you want real-time grade updates. Please spend some time going through this bulletin as there is important conference sign-up info and 8th-grade information.

Below is the Cougar Connect for the week of (November 14th - November 18th)

Minimum Day Friday, November 18th, Dismissal at 2:10 pm (Link)

Honor Roll

Students who earned Honor Roll will be recognized during Homeroom on November 17th

Honor Roll Students

  • 3.75-3.99 GPA

Principal Honor Roll

  • 4.0 and up GPA

Pride Group

Kennedy partners with San Mateo County "Pride Center" which provides counseling support for Kennedy students. If you are interested contact Mariela Lopez in the Family center. or 650-4822409-3482

English (Link)

Spanish (Link)

COVID/ FLU Vaccines Redwood City

Redwood City School District (RCSD) invites its community to vaccination clinic events the District will host this fall. The COVID vaccine or booster as well as the flu shot will be available for RCSD students and their families and for RCSD employees and their families. Either or both vaccines are available for children (5-11-year-olds), youth (12+) as well as adults (RCSD employees and RCSD families).

The event details are as follows:

  • Date(s) of Clinic: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022

  • Location: Hoover School, 701 Charter St., Redwood City

  • Clinic Hours: 4-7 pm

Individuals interested can sign-up in advance via MyTurn using the following links:

Tardies - Students Late to classes 2-7th periods

Kennedy has "Academic Lunch" during lunch weekly for students who are late to class. Families are notified via text message if their student is late. If you have a student who is late to class, please follow up with him/her and encourage timely arrival to classes. We appreciate your efforts in this matter.


COVID-19 is still a concern for our staff, students, and families. We continue to recommend, but do not require, students to wear masks. Parents should complete the district’s self-reporting form and inform the Kennedy office if a student tests positive. This form is available on the “Quick Links” section of the RCSD website and all 12 school websites.

Also, if your student is sick or showing COVID-19 symptoms, please keep the student home and get tested.

Let’s have a great week, everyone!

Go, Cougars!

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

Parent Teacher Conferences / Click on Icon to Sign-up

Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for November 21-22

Some Conference specifics:

  • Families will have the choice of in-person or virtual conferences
  • Each teacher will be sending a conference sign-up form for families to sign-up

*Some staff have already sent their communications out

Sing-up link

Musical 2022-23 School Year

Thank you to the many families who joined us Thursday night for a short presentation on the Kennedy musical. Remember anyone can sign-up. Below is the information shared with families.

Please contact Ms. Rosenbloom if you have any questions:

Below are the some important information shared during the meeting:

Meeting Presentation

Below are Links embedded in the Presentation

  • Matilda Sign-up form (Link)

  • Auditions are:

- Tuesday November 15th 3:15-5:30pm

- Wednesday November 16th 3:15pm-5:30pm

Tech Crew Sign-up (Link)

Book Fair November 14-18th

  • Book Fair Nov 14-18th in the Kennedy library

  • Students will be visiting with their ELA teachers and during some recesses and lunches.

  • Students enrolled in the after school program can also visit after school.

  • Parents can use the link to set up e-wallets or shop.


8th Grade Families

8th Grade Families - PLEASE READ the update below. You will find important information on graduation, high school enrollment and end-of-year activities.

Below is a link that was sent to each of you on Sunday, 11/13 and was shared with students on

Monday, 11/14

8th Grade update English

8th Grade update Spanish

Student Store

Pickups will be Nov 15-18. Our student aides will prepare student purchases on Monday and Tuesday.

Cougar Cash is awarded by staff via the Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) app found in on students Clever Dashboard.

Homework Help

Students wanting Homework assistance have a couple of options:

Monday and Wednesday

- After school 3:15-4:15 pm in the Kennedy library

Two of our teacher are there to help students in whatever work they need - Ms. Morales, Maestro Sergio

Health Cities Tutoring

We also partner with Healthy Cities which pairs students with tutors. If you are interested-in this support please contact our Family Center coordinator.

Liz Calderon-Garcia

Office 650.482.2110 - Google Voice 650. 241. 8915

Math Support

Two options for Math Support for Students

First: Ms. Le is beginning after school math support this week. All students needing support can pop - in when needed.


  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday till 4:30 pm in room 534

Students can go directly to her classroom after dismissal

2nd: Families can still sign their students up for an extra math class. Currently around 70 students are registered. If you are a parent that wants your student to be part of this extra class or wants more information please email me directly.

Some specifics:

  • This is a graded class with students having to commit for the year.

  • The classes are 4 days a week M-Th

  • The classes are not specific for homework help; the staff will be working on the diverse math needs of these students.


6th and 7th Grade

7:45 am -8:25 M-Th

8th Grade

3:15-4:00 M-W

2:15-3:00 Th.

Marine Science Field Trips 6th Grade

Students will be going on a walking field trip to Stulsaft park. Below is the schedule for this week.

Tuesday, November 15th,

9:30 am – 11:30 am, Maestro Sergio’s periods 1, 2, 3,

12:50 pm – 2:45 pm, Ms. Virnich’s periods 1 & 6

Wednesday, November 16th,

9:00 am to 11:00 am, Maestra Adriana’s periods 4, 5, 6

12:30 pm to 2:45 pm, Ms. Virnich’s periods 5, 7

Friday, November 18th,

9:30 am – 11:30 am, Ms. Virnich’s periods 2 & 4

Grand Canyon Trip Update

We have collected more than 70 applications and, even though we set a deadline, will accept more if there are still families interested. We want to make sure that any student that wants to participate has the opportunity to do so.

We are currently working on collecting student information which includes feedback from admin and teachers, mile times from P.E. teachers, and GPAs for the 1st trimester.

We aim to post our "Go List" before Thanksgiving break.

Please email Maestro Alfredo Oropeza ( if you have any questions.

Trip Website (Link)

Student Council

Student Council has a lot coming of upcoming events.

  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate Intramural
  • Gingerbread decorating contest (virtual and real)
  • General Assembly Meeting - Dec. 8th.
  • Pajama Spirit Day

Please check the Student Council Website for more details:

Yearbook 2022-23

Kennedy Yearbooks are available for purchase. Families please use the information below if you are interested.

Step #1 School (Link)

Step #2 School Passcode 1015926081674110

Price $35

Deadline April 5th

Official Flyer with information (Link)

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The Kennedy Counseling team is here to support our students! We offer crisis support, short term individual counseling and one time check-ins.

Here is the link to the Kennedy counseling referral. You can also email our Mental Health Counselor, Mariela Lopez for any questions or concerns (

November Calendar

  • November 14th - 18th Kennedy Book Fair
  • November 17th, Thursday Honor Roll Recognition during Homeroom
  • November 17th, Kennedy Information Night for our Feeder Schools, 6:00pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 18th, Friday - Minimum day
  • November 21-22, Monday and Tuesday - No School
  • November 23-25, Thanksgiving Break No School
  • November 29th, Tuesday- Site Council / ELAC / PTO 6:00- 8:00

Student Family Handbook / 2022-23 Calendar

Pictures / Music

This week, I'm sending you a master class conducted by Kayo Miki.

Music video:

Title: Gargoyles by Doug Spata

Performers: Kennedy Middle School Int.\Adv. Orchestra


Monthly Assemblies

Admin hold monthly assemblies and announce Students of the Month. Students of the Month are chosen by their teachers. Below are the students of the month for October.

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8th Students of the month

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7th Grade Students of the Month

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6th Grade Student of the Month

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