Cougar Connect

Week of February 18, 2019

Google Teachers of the Year Visit Kennedy

Kennedy, along with John Gill, was selected to host some of the Google Teachers of the Year last Friday. Google flew out the “best” teacher from each state to the Bay Area for training and to visit classrooms to see innovative technology and teaching, along with how equity is addressed. It was exciting that Kennedy was one of the featured schools that RCSD chose to showcase.

Here is the link to the article in last week’s Superintendent newsletter:

Coffee With The Superintendent

Please join us this Friday at 8:30 am in the library for a presentation from Superintendent, Dr. John Baker. It will also be an opportunity to ask him any questions you like or bring issues to his attention.

Math Challenge

As mentioned in prior newsletters, I will offer some extra math sessions for 6th and 7th graders who are in grade level math classes who want more of a challenge in math and may want to accelerate next year. We will meet in the library for these sessions. Here are some of the upcoming dates and times:

Wednesday, February 20, 3:15 -4:15 pm, 6th Grade

Monday, February 25, 3:15-4:15 pm, 7th Grade

Monday, March 4, 3:15-4:15 pm, 6th Grade

Wednesday, March 6, 3:15-4:15 pm, 7th Grade

Spring Conferences

The week of March 11 we have spring conferences, which means we are on a Minimum Day schedule all week. Dismissal is at 1:30 pm. You can drop in and meet with teachers any day after school that week from 1:50-3 pm. No appointments are necessary.

Grand Canyon Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 18th: Permission Slip due for the Mandatory Hike. THIS MUST BE TURNED INTO THE OFFICE by 3:00 PM.

Saturday, February 23rd, 8:00 am - 11:30 am: MANDATORY PRACTICE HIKE. Check-in in front of the Kennedy Gym at 8:00 am. We are back by 11:30 am. You must be prompt for drop off and pick up.

Thursday, February 28th 6:30pm: MANDATORY STUDENT & PARENT MEETING. We collect the full payment and all the forms required for participation on the trip. Students are issued a backpack, bedroll and sleeping bag.

Saturday, March 2nd, 7:00 am - 11:00 am: PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER. All families must participate in running this event. Sign ups will be at the Mandatory Meeting.

Help Your Child Use Technology At Home

See the attached resource from District staff development technology teachers to help you know how to help your child access apps they are using at school.

Kennedy Hall of Fame

Save the date, March 21, 7 pm, for the Kennedy Hall of Fame night!!!

Come see our new inductees to the Hall of Fame, meet Hall of Fame members, and see some of the exciting things our kids are doing at Kennedy. The Hall of Fame is a great way to honor Kennedy alumni who are inspirational role models for our Kennedy students!

Get to know one of our Hall of Fame members:

This Hall of Fame member has something in common with Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota, Tim Tebow, Bo Jackson and O.J. Simpson... they are all winners of the Heisman Trophy! In 1967, as UCLA quarterback, Gary Beban won the Heisman Trophy, given to the nation’s best college football player. Mr. Beban played in the NFL and then went on to a successful career in commercial real estate where he became the President of CB Richard Ellis, a global leader in commercial real estate services. See Mr. Beban’s Heisman Trophy in the Hall of Fame in the Kennedy Gymnasium, which is named after Mr. Beban!

Zero Period Elective Next Year

As mentioned last week, we are considering offering an optional zero period elective next year twice a week from 7:30-8:18 am. If you are a sixth or seventh grade parent, please take the time to complete the survey so that we can do some planning for next year. Here is the link:

Construction Update

Due to rain again, there was not a lot of construction action. The pad grading and utilities work will continue again this week.

Morning Safety Reminders

Please do not drop students off on the opposite side of the streets unless they are going to use the crosswalks. We don’t want students to get hit by a car. Also, please do not park your cars in the white zone on Goodwin.


Save the date for our next dance, which is Friday, March 1, from 6-8 pm. As a heads up, and this will be communicated to students next week, students with any referrals in the month of February will not be eligible to attend.

Academic Support

All Academic Subjects:

Tuesday-Friday, 7:45-8:15 am, Library

Monday-Wednesday, 3:10-4:10 pm, YELL Room, (Old REACH Office)

Thursday, 1:35-2:35 pm, YELL Room (Old REACH Office)


Monday-Wednesday, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 637

Clubs and Groups

Art Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-8:20 am, Room 526

Book Club: Thursdays, Lunch, Room 534

Dungeons & Dragons: Fridays, Room 528

Jazz Band (Audition Only): Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, Room 312

Maker Space: Mondays, Lunch, Room 531

Photography & Writing Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Lunch, Room 314

Robotics Club: Tuesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 530

Total Drama Club: Tuesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 417

Shakespeare & Improv Club: Mondays & Fridays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 417

Walker Library Club: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Lunch, Room 417

Sports Update

Fundraising Reminder - Turn in your fundraising money as soon as possible.

Strength & Agility Training (for ALL athletes) with Coach Corrales - Every Saturday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am


7th Grade Boys Basketball Standings:

Kennedy White (Lee) - 2 and 1

Kennedy Green (Landes) - 2 and 2

7th Grade Girls Basketball Standings:

Kennedy White (Lynch) - 1 and 2

Kennedy Green (Sonnenburg) - 1 and 1

8th Grade Boys Basketball Standings:

Kennedy (Montoya) - 2 and 1

8th Grade Girls Basketball Standings:

Kennedy (Haynes) - 2 and 2

Kennedy Competitive Girls Standings:

Kennedy (Haynes) - 4 and 3

This Week's Games:

Kennedy Girls Competitive (Haynes)

No games this week

Kennedy Boys 7th White (Lee)

Wednesday, February 20

5:00 pm vs. Kennedy Green

@ Kennedy

Kennedy Boys 7th Green (Landes)

Wednesday, February 20

5:00 pm vs. Kennedy White

@ Kennedy

Kennedy Boys 8th (Montoya)

No Games this Week

Kennedy Girls 7th White (Lynch)

Tuesday, February 19

5:00 pm vs. North Star (8th)

@ Armory

Wednesday, February 21

5:00 pm vs. Roy Cloud (7th)

@ Red Morton

Kennedy Girls 7th Green (Sonnenburg)

Monday, February 19

6:00 pm vs. McKinley (8th)

@ Armory

Wednesday, February 21

5:00 pm vs. Garfield (8th)

@ Red Morton

Kennedy Girls 8th (Haynes)

No Games this Week


End-of Season BBQ/Party

Sunday, March 24th

End-of Season Awards


Announcements From The Community

Expanding Your Horizons Conferences

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference for 6th through 12th grade young women to learn about career opportunities in math, science, and technology. STEM careers are fun, exciting, and rewarding, and so is EYH! Conference participants conduct lab experiments, wire high-tech network systems, examine microscopic creatures, and design their own computer software. Each girl attends three hands-on workshops during the all-day conference. Also during the day, the girls participate in a Problems and Puzzles Contest, where winners receive A Day With a Scientist.

Here is the link for more information:

Sequoia High School Dance Auditions

2019-20 Sequoia High School Advanced Dance CLASS Auditions

When: Friday, March 1st, 4:00

Where: Check in at gym 3 pm. Auditions will be held in the dance studio.

Please learn the three dance combinations on YouTube (Jazz, Hip-hop and Lyrical) In addition, be prepared to demonstrate battements, pirouettes and jetes. Please wear athletic/dance wear. Jeans are not permitted. Dance shoes are optional.

An optional workshop will be held on Weds. 2/27 from 4-5:30 pm in the dance studio.

Video submissions are accepted. Please submit to by Friday, March 1st.

Please direct any questions to Taylor White (

Pictures From This Week

February Events

Monday, February 18: No School

Tuesday, February 19: February Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 535; PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library

Wednesday, February 20: January Student of the Month Picture, 11:22 am, Gym

Friday, February 22: Dr. Baker Visits Kennedy, 8:30-10:00 am, Library; Nut Stacker Competition, Lunch, Outside Room 535

Saturday, February 23: Grand Canyon Practice Hike, 8:00 am, Meet at Kennedy Parking Lot

Tuesday, February 26: AVID Field Trip to UC Berkeley; Dance Tickets on Sale, Lunch, Outside Room 535

Wednesday, February 27: Dance Tickets on Sale, Lunch, Outside Room 535; Site Council, 3:15 pm, Library

Thursday, February 28: Dance Tickets on Sale, Lunch, Outside Room 535; Grand Canyon Meeting, 6:30 pm, Gym