Cougar Connect

Week of March 11, 2019

Spring Conferences

This week 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 this week from 1:50-3 pm. No appointments are necessary.

Special Schedule

Due to the minimum day schedule for conferences, we will be on a rotating block schedule. Please see the attachment below for the schedule.

REACH Program

There will be no REACH afterschool program this Friday due to an in-service day.

6th Grade Field Trip

Ms. Dueñas has a field trip coming up on Tuesday, March 26, to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum and City Hall! Please consider signing up as a chaperone on your student’s blue permission slip form that she sent out this week. She will can contact you to confirm with further details. Spots are limited. We hope to see you there! (Maestra Adriana’s class will take the same field trip in April. Due to the construction at the museum this year we weren’t able to take the whole sixth grade on one day).

Sequoia Music Festival

Advanced music students will be attending the Sequoia Music Festival this Friday. The students are leaving before school starts around 7:45 am, so please make sure your student arrives by 7:30 am and reports to the music room. A bus will transport students and they will return around lunchtime.

Report Cards

Report cards will go home with students on Monday. Please ask your student for this on Monday afternoon/evening.


7th grade students are reading a novel in Language Arts class called Summer of the Mariposas. Some of the 8th grade students are reading the book in their Expository Reading & Writing class. The title of each chapter is a card on a Lotería board (like Bingo), and the game is referenced in the book. This week we will play the game Lotería so that students who are unfamiliar with the game gain some background knowledge. I also thought it would be something fun to do as well.

I wanted to give parents a heads up because two of the squares on the board might bring up so discussion: El Negrito and El Borracho (The Drunk). We will turn these into an educational lesson about what the 1930’s were like when this game was created and this will be a good segue to some upcoming lessons I will tell you more about next week that we are planning to complete in Social Studies classes about inappropriate slang words the students use casually, tolerance, etc.

STAR Reading

As mentioned last week, students took the STAR reading assessment for the third time this year. Below is the chart, so you can see your student’s grade level equivalent for reading. Scores will be posted this week if they haven’t been already in PowerSchool as a non-counting item so that you can see the score. The score will also appear on your student’s report card. Since we are now mid-year, you should be looking at the middle column on the chart below.
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Save The Dates

There are several dates coming up in March, April, and May to mark on your calendar that you may or may not know about. There will be more details to come on all of the night events as we get closer to them.

March 11-15, 1:30 pm: Minimum Day Dismissal. Conferences all week. See details below.

Tuesday, March 26, 7:15 am: Trimester 2 Honor Roll Breakfast.

Thursday, March 28, 7 pm: We will be showing the movie Angst and have a panel discussion with high school students and experts after. We are finding that a lot of kids have anxiety and depression and feel that it is important to address this topic. Students will also see the movie that day during school and be able to ask questions to a panel.

Friday, March 29: Super Minimum Day. Dismissal at 12:06 pm.

Monday, April 1- Friday, April 5: Spring Break. No School.

Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30 pm: Open House/STEAM Fair.

Thursday, April 25, 7 pm: Spring Concert.

Thursday, May 2, 7 pm: Vaping/Juul Parent Information Night. Sequoia Union High School District is doing this same evening in April. I asked the organizer to bring this presentation to RCSD because there is a huge increasing trend nationwide of middle school and high school students vaping. Kennedy will host because I organized this, but we will open this up to all parents in the District. (Same thing with Angst in March).

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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.

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

Announcements From The Community

Mamma Mia!

Woodside High School proudly presents MAMMA MIA!

Many Kennedy Alumni are part of this show!

Show dates and times are:

Friday and Saturday, March, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd at 7:30pm

Sunday, March 17th, at 2:00pm

All shows are at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make MAMMA MIA! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

Tickets are available at

Woodside Cheer

See the attached announcement below.

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