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Principal Message December 12th, 2022

Dear Kennedy Families,

Thank you for another good week. We are in the midst of flu season that is affecting our students and staff so please make sure you are reporting your absence with our front office. We have a busy week this week with students finishing up i-ready, our Winter Concert and a few other evening events / meetings.

We have one week till a well deserved break for staff and students! We are almost there.

Below is the Cougar Connect for the week of (December 12th - December 16th)

Minimum Day Friday 12/16 (Link)

Dismissal is at 2:10 this Friday. Students will still go to all 7 periods.

I-Ready Make-ups

Kennedy students that have not completed their i-Ready assessments in either math or reading will be pulled from either PE or elective this week in order to finish these assessments.

COVID Tests (Link)

  • Kennedy will distribute test kits to all students in their 6th period on Thursday.

  • Everyone is asked to administer a test at home one or two days prior to their scheduled return to school on January 4th. Individuals who test positives please use the link in the district message or on this newsletter to report it.


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.

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

Three evening meetings / activities this Week

Math Information Night December 13th

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)

Winter Concert December 14th

The Winter concert is this week.

See link for event information (Link)

Screenagers December 15th

Kennedy school will be offering some information meetings for students and families in the next few months. The Films and student follow-up lessons focus on growing up in the digital age and coping with being a teenager.

Students viewing in 6th Grade

  • Dec 14-15th in Social Studies classes


Family viewing for families (Link)

  • Dec 15th 6:00-8:00 pm

More information

Student Council Update

Student Council has several things happening right now and coming up.

Gingerbread Decorating Contest

Pajama Day

Super Mario Kart Tournament

Check out the Student Council website at:

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,

MATILDA- Musical

Matilda Jr.l Newsletter #2 sent Sunday 12/11 (Link)


Tech Crew is for students who would like to help create the sets, costumes, props as well as painting, helping the show run smoothly backstage, stage managing, and running the lighting and sound systems for our Spring musical, Matilda Jr. Students interested in participating in Tech Crew must attend a Tech Meeting in room 417, the drama room during brunch this Tuesday. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the Kennedy community!

If you have not signed up for the Matilda Tech-Crew please use this link to sign-up.

Please email Mrs. Sara Rosenbloom with 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 - December (2nd one)

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

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 13th-15th.

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 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

Music Performance at Hillsdale Shopping Center

Intermediate and Advanced Orchestra performed at the Hillsdale Shopping Center at 6:30 pm last Friday. Thank you to all the families and students that came to support our students. The students all did a great job!

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8th grade English Language Arts

8th grade students in Ms. Trangmar's class are completing their poetry projects entitled "Just Because Doesn't Mean" The purpose of the lesson was for students to disprove common misconceptions, stereotypes or assumptions in order to celebrate their individuality. Students did some great work! Families reading should also know that each of these students have to feel comfortable enough to express these personal stories in the classroom which is a testament to the strong welcoming environment created by the teacher.Below are some examples.

6th Grade Science

6th Grade students are learning about body systems. As part of that learning students had the opportunity to build a body!!!

Students of the Month November

Kennedy staff recognizes students for their work and accomplishments each month. For the month of November in lieu of an assembly students were able to watch a short video recognizing all the students of the month. Take a look!
Kennedy MS November SOTM