Cougar Connect

Week of October 8, 2018

Get Excited! Walk to School Day is Coming!: When? Wednesday, October 10th

Walk to School Day is an international event that is celebrated every year. On Wednesday, October 10th, Kennedy is participating in Walk to School Day!

Your student will receive a small gift for participation in walking to school. The 1st period teacher will take a tally of those who participated! Please wear any shade of green, so we can identify and thank all of those that participated! Please look out for a flier sent home with more information.


We have confirmed with the District that PowerSchool should be working properly now for everyone. The login and password you received are not the actual login and password. These are used to create and link an account to your student. If you need help, please call or come into the office.

Graphic Design Help Needed

We are looking for a parent who has graphic design skills and software to design a shirt in the next week or two for our first trimester honor roll students. Please contact Mrs. Adler if you can help.

WEB Carnival

The 6th graders received permission slips in 7th period on Friday for the WEB Carnival. This is a free social event for the 6th graders on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 3:10-4:10 pm. The permission slip is due back Friday, October 12, 2018. 8th grade WEB Leaders will be running the booths and also received permission slips as well.

Principal's Coffee

Our next Principal’s Coffee is this Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:30 am in the library. This is a special coffee. Dr. Baker will present to parents about changes happening in the District and take questions. Dr. Baker shared that his presentation and question session has been lasting 1-1.5 hours at other schools. Feel free to stay as long as you can.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank is open to our community again on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. This will take place in the Kennedy gym at 9:30 am.

September Student of the Month

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month. Every month each teacher can choose one student from each period he/she teaches as Student of the Month. Students can be selected for: Academic Excellence, Respect & Responsibility, or Outstanding Citizenship. Students receive a certificate, treat, and take a group picture. Below are the students chosen for September Student of the Month.

Alejandra Pelkowski

Araluis Nishanian

Cebelli Pfeifer

Abigail Rudkin

Alejandro Tapia

Alex Nuñez

Alondra Garcia

Alyssa Aboytes

Amy Estrella

Anahi Rueda Perez

Angela Sajuan

Angeni Garcia

Anthony Woo

Arkin Bundalian

Audrey Witzel

Axel Larson

Benny Bogyo

Briseis Velasquez

Bryan De Leon

Camryn Carter

Cassidy Lamantia

Cassie Herrera

Celeste Sanchez

Cesar Aca

Charles Douglas

Chris Francer

Christian Aguilar

Clarisa Robles

Cole Forrest

Daniela Vasquez-Chavez

Diego Sosa

Edgar Guzman Barrios

Elisabeth Caballero

Emiliano Lombera

Everett Fletcher

Gabriel O'Hare

Gervin Aguirre

Guadalupe Abarca

Hailey Ponce

Jafet Martínez

Jafet Sanchez

Jas Rodriguez

Jasmin Farias

Jenelle Jones

Jenrick Velbis

Jimena Corona

Jocelyn Ramirez

Jonathan Esparza

Josh Press

Josue Montoya

Juan Flores Jr

Julia Keleman

Julianna Robles

Juliette Guevara

Kailey Mitchel

Kara Melosh

Karen Valdez

Karla Ventura

Katie Kubota

Leo Ramirez

Leon Chavez

Lilliana Magana

Lilliana Magana

Lilyanna Giaconomi

Lisa Torres

Lisa Torres

Lisa Weickert

Lucas Puebla

Luis Cuevas

Luis Perez

Lydia-Rose Cannon

Marlene De la Luz

Maxwell Tienken

Mya Gutierrez

Naiema Jacobo

Natalia Roden

Priya Alo

Raquel Luna

Remy Guzman Guerra

Ronin Arocha

Ruby Marlow

Ryan Guaspari

Salvadore (Chava) Escalera

Shainna Sia

Sian Leafa

Sierra Campbell

Sofia Bellver

Sophia Sanchez Sevilla

Sophia Wells

Spencer Bergland

Stephanie Dorsett

Stephanie González

Stephanie Torres

Tabitha Oliver

Tessa Barnitt

Thomas Pacheco

Xinxin Cui

Zoe Sandoval

Zoey Argenal

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Congratulations 7th Grade!

The Kennedy 7th grade was selected to receive a full-paid STEAM field trip to Levi’s Stadium. Students will travel by charter bus paid for by the 49ers Education Foundation to Levi’s Stadium on Friday, January 18, 2019. Students will will tour and learn about how the stadium is a showcase for technology innovation and environmental sustainability, work on a STEAM project, experience the 49ers history and the game of football through an interactive experience built on innovative technology, and more.

Maker Space Household Supplies Needed

  • Binder Clips

  • Fabric Sewing Supplies (thread, needles, etc)

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Aluminum Foil

  • Iron and Ironing Board

  • Christmas lights (don't need to all work)

  • Zipties

  • Toothpicks

  • Paper towel rolls

  • Corks

  • Ziplock bags (all sizes)

  • PVC pipe

  • Mint tins and plastic containers

  • Straws

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Packing materials - Styrofoam

  • Tongue depressors

  • Plastic/paper cups

  • Paper plates

  • Rubber bands

  • Legos

  • String/yarn

  • Coin batteries

  • AAA batteries and AA batteries

  • Painters tape

  • Duck tape

  • Superglue

  • Glue guns and glue sticks

  • Plastic bottles (all sizes)



Volleyball Week 2 - (Wednesday 10/3 results not finalized by the time of this posting)

6th Grade (Crockett) 2 and 1

7th Grade (Landes) 3 and 0

7th Grade (Montoya) 1 and 2

8th Grade (Tuifua) 2 and 1

8th Grade (Meek) 1 and 2

Football Week 2

(Oropeza & Lee) 2 and 2

Next Week's Games

Volleyball Monday, 10/8

6th Grade (Crockett) Kennedy vs Hoover at 5:30pm @ McKinley

7th Grade (Landes) Kennedy vs Redwood City at 4:45pm @ McKinley

7th Grade (Montoya) Kennedy vs Roy Cloud at 4:00pm @ Kennedy

8th Grade (Tuifua) Kennedy vs Garfield at 4:45pm @ Kennedy

8th Grade (Meek) BYE - No Game

Volleyball Wednesday, 10/10

6th Grade (Crockett) Kennedy vs Kennedy at 5:30pm @ Kennedy

7th Grade (Landes) Kennedy vs Clifford at 4:45pm @ Kennedy

7th Grade (Montoya) Kennedy vs Kennedy at 5:30pm @ Kennedy

8th Grade (Tuifua) Kennedy vs Connect at 5:30pm @ Red Morton

8th Grade (Meek) Kennedy vs Redwood City at 4:45pm @ Red Morton

Football Monday, 10/8

(Oropeza & Lee) Kennedy vs North Star at 5:00pm @ Hawes

Football Wednesday, 10/10

(Oropeza & Lee) Kennedy vs Connect at 5:00pm @ Hawes

For Scores, Schedules, Standings, and more go to:

Parent Technology Classes

We are excited to offer Parent Technology Classes once per month that will teach technology tools to help you and your student be more successful at Kennedy. The topic of the first class will be School Communication Tools. This includes, but is not limited to: PowerSchool, The RCSD App, Google Classroom, Google Translate, Gmail, and Tips For Emailing With Your Student’s Teacher.

*The first class is Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:30-9:30 am in Room 531.

The day of the week, time, and location will remain the same throughout the year. Other class dates for the year are: November 14, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15.

If you are unable to attend the classes, we are working on creating a Google Classroom to post resources that you can view from home.

Star Reading Scores

One of the reading assessments that we use in the Redwood City School District to determine student reading levels is the Renaissance Star Reading assessment. The Assessment is given on the computer four times per year (September, November, February, and May). It tests reading comprehension and vocabulary. I have asked teachers to input students’ September (baseline) scaled score into PowerSchool so that you have an idea of your student’s reading level according to this specific assessment. The score does not count towards their grade. This is being input in PowerSchool so you can easily access the score. (The November score is printed on the report card). The scaled score is calculated based on the difficulty of questions in a student’s test and the number of correct responses. Scaled scores range from 0-1400 and can be used to compare student performance over time and across grade levels.

Keep in mind that this is just one type of assessment we will be giving this year. So you will get other data and reading information this year. We need your help to encourage students to try their best and take their time. We know many of the students can do a lot better.

Below is the a chart of scores. For the September score you need to use the “Beginning” column. For example, a sixth grader who is reading at grade level should score at least a 691 on the first assessment.

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Book Fair

Help make the Kennedy Book Fair a success!

The annual Book Fair opens soon and enables us to stock our teachers’ in-class libraries and our school library with new books from Scholastic. Click on the link below to volunteer in a variety or areas: set up, student and teacher previews, along with book sales.

Shopping Dates: Tuesday, October 9 - Friday, October 12

Shopping Hours: Lunch Break (Tuesday, Friday, 12:02-12:32 pm and Wednesday/Thursday 11:32 am -12:02 pm) & After School (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, 3:05-4:05 pm, Thursday: 1:30-2:30 pm) in the school library.

If you’re not able to attend the book fair, you can shop online 24 hours a day from October 1 - October 20 at:

Academic Support

All Academic Subjects:

Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:45-8:15 am, Library

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, YELL Room, (Old REACH Office)

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


Mondays-Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room B4 or 637

Clubs & 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, 3:30-5:30 pm, Room 312

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

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

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

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

October Events

Monday, October 8: No School

Tuesday, October 9 - Friday, October 12: Book Fair, Lunch & After School, Library

Wednesday, October 10: Walk To School Day

Thursday, October 11: Principal's Coffee, 8:30 am, Library (Special presentation from Dr. Baker)

Friday, October 12: Funky Friday Spirit Day; Eyeball Relay Lunchtime Competition

Monday, October 15: October Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 535

Tuesday, October 16: Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am, Gym; Kennedy Dine-Out Fundraiser at Crouching Tiger, 4:00-9:00 pm

Wednesday, October 17: Student Council Meeting, 8:15 am, Room 535

Thursday, October 18: Great Shake Out Drill, 10:18 am (Countywide Drill)

Friday, October 19: Picture Make Up Day; Box Top Turn In, 4th Period; 6th Grade WEB Carnival, 3:10-4:10, Gym & Lunch Shelter

Tuesday, October 23: Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin Lunchtime Competition, Outside Room 535; PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library

Wednesday, October 24: Dance Tickets on Sale $5 and Halloween Grams $1, Lunch, Room 535; Site Council, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library

Thursday, October 25: Pumpkin Decorating, Lunch, Outside Room 529/530; Dance Tickets on Sale $5 and Halloween Grams $1, Lunch, Room 535

Friday, October 26: Pumpkin Decorating, Lunch, Outside Room 529/530; Dance Tickets on Sale $5 and Halloween Grams $1, Lunch, Room 535; Halloween Dance, 6:00-8:00 pm, Gym

Monday, October 29: Halloween Grams on Sale $1, Lunch Outside Room 535; Pumpkin Decorating, Outside Room 529/530

Tuesday, October 30: Pumpkin Decorating, Outside Room 529/530

Wednesday, October 31: Happy Halloween! Appropriate Costumes Okay; Pumpkin Judging & Winners Announced 3rd Period