Cougar Connect

Week of October 12th 2021

Principal Message Week of October 12th

We hope you all had a great weekend! Below is the Cougar Connect for the week of 10/12.

It was nice to finally be back as we are starting to get busy. I would like to thank the families that joined me for principal's coffee last week and remind everyone that principals' coffee is on zoom once a month.

Below is some quick info for next week:

Progress Reports

Progress Reports were mailed to you late last week. Progress reports are can also be found digitally through the parent portal using powerschool. If anyone still needs assistance gaining access to the parent portal please call our office and we can assist. Also included with your progress report is results for your students I-Ready diagnostic. I have made a short video explaining some of the details within the I-Ready Report you will receive. I-Ready Report.

Student Council

Thank you Ms. Virnich for organizing and sponsoring Student Council. On Thursday we had 545 Kennedy students vote for their student council representatives and the winners were announced on Friday. Results

The first meeting will be this Thursday 10/14. Students will be reminded during morning announcements.

WEB (Where Everyone Belongs)

This Thursday during Homeroom all 6th graders will meet with the me and 8th grade WEB leaders for some fun activities.


Yearbook Club has begun.

You can order your yearbook now. Books are $35 and the link is provided below.

code: 1015926081674110

Thank you everyone let have a good safe week,

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

Outdoor Education Update

We have 130 students and families interested in Outdoor education as of 10/12. If you are one of those families please complete the county application below. The digital application must be completed for the student to attend.

Application in English
, Aplicación en español

This week we have two meeting for Outdoor Education

The first meeting is for students during school on Wednesday at 11:00 am and the second is an evening meeting for parents Wednesday 10/13 at 5:30 pm Link

UpStream Project

Our school is implementing an important program called the Upstream Project. The Upstream Project understands that many students in our school have strengths while also facing challenges to success in school and in life. These challenges might include access to housing, food, school, or other difficulties. By implementing the Upstream Project, we’re working to better connect students and their families with the support they need.

As a key part of the Upstream Project, we are asking all students who are willing to please complete a short survey. This survey is part of our school’s partnership with a local social service agency, LifeMoves, and a nonprofit research institute called Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Student participation in the survey is very important.

The survey is voluntary, so students don’t have to take it, and they don’t have to answer any questions that they are not comfortable answering. They can skip questions or stop taking the survey at any time. However, we really hope that students will complete the survey. The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to finish. There are no right or wrong answers.

Parents will receive information in the Cougar Connect next week explaining the survey and giving them the chance to opt their student out of the survey if they did not want their student to take it.

8th Grade High School Information

This information was sent early last week to 8th grade families

Below is a link to one-page document that RCSD created for 8th-grade families that has details regarding the Sequoia Union High School District. Please keep it as a reference. It is also posted on our school website under the "For Students" Channel and this information was also shared with 8th-grade students.

HS Info

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Kennedy COVID-19 Testing Reminders

  • BAYPLS is RCSD’s new provider for COVID testing.

  • Kennedy will be testing students Tuesdays from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm and Thursday between 1:30-2:00

  • Also Thursday from 1:30-4:30 Kennedy will open up testing to all RCSD staff and students

  • Each week on Friday RCSD will send out a sign-up student appointment link to all registered families to request an appointment

  • Administration will get a list of students who have an appointment and these students will be tested once on Tuesday or Thursday. Students will be pulled from class for this and we estimate it will take 5-10 minutes for each student to get tested (walking to and fro).

*Students must be registered via PrimaryHealth in order to be tested.

October Dates

- 11th Indigenous People’s Day~ No School

- 13th Outdoor Education Meeting 5:30 pm

- 26th Site Council 6:00 pm -7:00 pm

- 26th PTO Meeting Oct 26 Zoom 7:05-8:30pm

- November 1st Picture Day Make-up (Moved)

2021-22 Calendar