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Principal Message December 5th, 2022

Dear Kennedy Families,

I cannot believe how fast this school year has gone by. We only have two weeks until winter break! Students began their second round of i-Ready assessment last week. Families, please remind students to charge their devices and remind them to do the best that they can.

We should experience some rain this week, so please remind students to prepare for it. Remember: the gates open at 8:00 a.m. every morning. If it’s raining, please try to make sure you drop your students off as close to 8:00 as possible. We do not want them waiting in the rain.

Below is the Cougar Connect for the week of (December 5th - December 9th)


Attendance is very important, no matter what time of year, as every instructional minute counts. If students are sick, please keep them home. However, when possible, please schedule vacations and appointments when school is not in session. Parents and guardians should be notifying our office staff when students are absent. Truancy and attendance letters will be sent home to students who have excessive absences. Doctor’s notes are required for three or more consecutive absences.

Winter Concert Preview

Intermediate and Advanced Orchestra will be performing at the Hillsdale Shopping Center at 6:30 pm this Friday December 9th. Show your Cougar support and come by.

Principal's Coffee (Link)

Thank you to those that were able to attend Principal's Coffee via Zoom. We will return to our regular time and in person meeting next month.

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 link (Link)

Hang tight! There are only two weeks until winter break, everyone!

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

I-Ready Assessments

Kennedy begins their 2nd round of diagnostic I-Ready assessment this week. This assessment is used by staff to guide their instruction and to gauge student growth. This assessment is especially important for our 8th grade students as it is used as a metric for High School Placement assessment.

Below is the schedule:

  • Reading Assessment Nov 30th- Dec 2nd

  • Math Assessment Dec 7th-9th

  • Make-ups Dec 12th -16th

National Computer Science Week

December 5-11, 2022 is Computer Science Education Week. Computer Science is not just coding, it's everywhere among us. CSEdWeek gives us an opportunity to create career awareness for our students in various STEAM fields.

Students can engage in these STEM activities using the link below!

Have fun coding! (Link)

Academic Supports

Kennedy school provides a variety of academic support for students. Some of the academic support are provided in person but there are also many that are online. Attached is a document that provides details of some of these supports. If you have questions please contact me or our family center director Elizabeth Calderon.

Elizabeth Calderon,

Nick Fanourgiakis,

Winter Concert December 14th

The Winter concert is just around the corner our music director and students have all been working hard and are excited to perform for all of us. Families of performers please see link below.

Winter Concert Message from 12/4 (Link)

Math Information Night

Kennedy will be hosting a math information night at Tuesday December 13th 6:00 pm (in-person) in the Kennedy library.

Goal of Meeting:

  • To provide families resources in order to support math at home

  • To give some general grade level math expectations for families

If you are interested in attending please complete this short ticket. (Link)

Musical 2022-23 School Year

See message from Ms. Rosenbloom sent on 11/23 (Link)

Rehearsals schedule:

Rehearsals will be every Tuesday in the drama room from 3:15 to 5:30. Families of students participating please try to be on time for pick-up.

Meeting Presentation

Please contact Ms. Rosenbloom if you have any questions:

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.

SUHSD 8th Grade Parent Letter - November 2022

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

Grand Canyon Trip Update

Students were informed of the Grand Canyon to-go list and wait-list during the week of November 14th. If you have questions regarding the trip please feel free to contact trip director Maestro Alfredo.

Practice Hike

  • Saturday January 21st, start at Kennedy at 8:30 am

Maestro Alfredo Oropeza (

Trip Website (Link)

Winter Sports (Redwood City Parks and Recreation)

It is basketball season!. Kennedy gym will be used for games and practice from now through February. Below i the schedule for practices and games. If there are any changes we will announce it during morning announcements.

Practice Schedule (Link)

Game Schedule (Link)

Student Store

Store will open up again the week of December 12th.

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

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 (

Student Family Handbook / 2022-23 Calendar

December Calendar

  • December 9th The Int./Adv. Orchestra will perform at the Hillsdale Shopping Center at 6:30 pm
  • December 13th Dress Rehearsal Gym
  • December 13th Math Information Meeting 6:00-8:00
  • December 14th Winter Concert 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Gym
  • December 15th Video Showing Screenagers: Digital World 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm (Zoom)
  • December 16th Minimum Day dismissal at 2:10 pm
  • Dec 17- Jan 3rd Winter Break ~ No School

Pictures / Music

STEM Elective

Students in Ms. Marti's Computer Science STEM Elective Class learn the basics of computer programming using JavaScript, a programming language used for many of the graphics and animations found on the internet. Students are working on their design challenges of creating an emoji, redesigning a logo for a non-profit organization and creating a poster of a computer science hero who inspires them.

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8th grade Science

Maestro Alfredo's Spanish immersion science class got to experience launching rockets with magnets. The pictures below are of their write ups where they each had to make a claim and find evidence to support that claim.

7th Grade Math

Ms. Le's math class is working on projects around water conservation. Students had to answer these questions.

1. About how much water does an average person drink in a life time? Explain.

2. What size container would you need to hold this amount of water? (Lake, River. etc)

3. In a life time, could a person drink all of the water in a lake, such as Crater Lake pictured below?

If you click on the three pictures below, it will take you to students responses.

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8th grade Math

Ms. Kerri's class reviews their HW each morning using their white boards!

7th Grade Science

Cow eye dissection in Ms. Strangman's 7th grade science class. Class was supported by Kennedy's partnership with Science for Scientists who work with our students and teachers on Fridays. Looks like fun!