Cougar Connect

Week of February 24, 2020

End of the Trimester

The end of the trimester is less than two weeks away, Wednesday, March 4. Please encourage your student to finish strongly by completing all in-class and homework assignments. Many teachers will take late work, but they need time to grade it, which means it really needs to be in this week. Teachers have a limited amount of time after the trimester is over to submit grades.


Conference Week is coming up the week of March 9. Everyday that week we have early dismissal at 1:30 pm. We will be running a special rotating block schedule each day using the timing of our normal Thursday schedule. Teachers will be available to meet for conferences Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday of that week from 1:50-3:05 pm on a drop-in basis (no appointments needed). If you really need/want a conference and you are unable to meet during this time, please reach out to teachers individually to see if you can agree on a different date/time to meet. Below is an attachment with the bell schedule for that week.

STAR Reading and IABs

Last week students took the STAR Reading test. Below is the chart, so you can see your student’s grade level equivalent for reading. Scores will be posted in the next week or two in PowerSchool as a non-counting item so that you can see the score. (We have some make ups to do this week). 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. Many students received their score from their teacher already, so you can ask your student as well.

This week students will take another practice assessment for the SBAC test for ELA called an IAB (Interim Assessment Block). To make it more manageable like we do for the actual test, we will take it in two parts. Students will start taking it tomorrow or Tuesday and finish on block day. The Math IABs will take place the week of March 2-6.

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ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California)

For our students who have not been re-designated as English proficient, they are taking the ELPAC test again. In February, the District came out and assessed students on the speaking part. Schools are responsible for administering the remaining three parts. Students will take this test in their ELD class. The week of March 2, they will take part one of the reading test on Tuesday and complete the second part on block day. The week of March 9, they will take the listening part, which will only take one of the block periods that week. (As a reminder from above, we are on a special schedule that week that only has rotating block periods). The week of March 16, they will take the writing part, which again will take place on Tuesday and the block day.

We waited as long as we could to administer this test within the required testing window to give teachers and students as much time prep time as we could. We also chose to split it up over three weeks to make it more manageable for students instead of administering it all in one week. EL students will be excused from IAB testing because we don’t want them to be too burnt out from being over-tested. They will get exposure to the IAB material and can take it later for practice.

Student of the Month

Congratulations to our January Student of the Month students. Each teacher may select one student from each period they teach per month. Students can be recognized for: Academic Excellence, Respect & Responsibility, or Outstanding Citizenship. If you didn’t see your student’s certificate(s), you should ask where it is.

Below are the students selected for January Student of the Month. Students with a star(s) by their name indicates a second or third teacher also selected them as Student of the Month.

Abigail Noguez

Abigail Rudkin

Adam Sanchez

Aiden Modien

Aixa Noguez

Amit Ventura

Angel Ake

Angel Aparicio

Angel Martinez Zarate

Angela Sajuan

Annika Lindquist

Annyella Mills

Anya Lynch

Apollo Balagtas

Cailin Lee

Carrie Meak

Christopher Gibbons

Citlali Tinajero

Daevy Sanchez

Darien Ramirez

Elisabeth Caballero

Ellery Barnitt

Emely Pereira

Emily Coller

Ethan Leonard

Fernando Bejar

Gabriel Sandoval

Gael Arriaza-Tuel

Gael Castellanos Rubio

Giuliana Perez

Gloria Chavaria *

Izabella Garcia

Jackson Gray

James Rudkin

Jamie Elkington

Jaylene Guzman

Jeremiah Arias

Jocelyn Quintana

Josue Montoya

Juan Maldonado

Julia Fernandez

Kaitlyn Jackson

Karla Ventura

Katie Hernandez

Kaylani Tangatailoa

Kyle Cortes

Linzy Mendoza

Lisa Weickert

Lizeth Avilez

Lucas Ruoss

Luis Perez Ortiz

Mariana Barraza

Marissa Howard

Max Artale

Maya Felix

Maynor Acip Blanco

Mikala Gould

Nadine Wells

Natalie Ciraulo

Olivia Fuelling

Osman Cruz

Oscar Druker

Paulo Martinez

Rebecca Franco

Samantha Vasquez

Selinda LeVoir

Shainna Sia

Tabitha Smith

Tiffany Sanez

Tolo Laulea

Vivianna Verdusco

Will Washington

Wilson Ocampo *

Xinxin Cui

Yalithza Perez

Yesha Dela Cruz

Zachary Ramsey

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Water Bottles

We are running low on water bottles for the student store and dance. If you are able to donate some, that would be great. Please send them to the office. As I mentioned earlier in the year, these are challenging to get reimbursed. Thank you for your support!

Summer Bridge

For those of you with incoming 6th graders our Summer Bridge week is Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. We had the District send some blasts with all the details, but it seems like people aren’t receiving them or perhaps not reading them because we keep getting the same questions. Attached below is the flier and paper application. Here is the digital application to sign up:


Don’t forget to buy your copy of this year’s yearbook. Some students from the Digital Storytelling elective put together a video for you to watch.
Kennedy 2020 Yearbook Commercial

Upcoming High School Course Selection Events

8th graders! It's that time of the year! High school is right around the corner and the following important events will be taking place in March. Do not miss out!

  • Representatives from the Sequoia Union High School District will be at Kennedy on March 3rd, 2020, presenting information on their respective high schools in your social studies classes. Do not be absent on this day!

  • On March 16th, 2020, you will receive a Course Selection Sheet in your Language Arts classes. Make sure you come to school on this day! Fill this out and get a parent's signature! Do not forget! You will need to turn it in on the evening of Thursday, March 19th, 2020.

  • MANDATORY! High School Schedule Drop-off and Parent Night will take place on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 from 5-7 pm in the Kennedy library. You and your parents must attend this event to drop off your course schedule for your respective high school. You will also have a chance to ask the high school counselors any questions you may have about your classes. More details coming soon.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

School Dance

Our next dance is scheduled for Friday, March 13, from 6-8 pm in the gym. Originally the dance was scheduled for the last Friday in February, but we had to move it.

Academic Support

Breakfast Club (Breakfast Provided)

7:45-8:15 am, Library (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays)

After School Help (Snacks Provided)

3:10-4:10 pm, Room 531 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

1:40-2:40 pm, Room 531 (Thursdays)

News From The Community


Please see the attached flyer about eating out in February and March to help out RCEF, which helps to fund different RCSD programs.

Executive Functioning Skills

"My child forgot their lunch, again."

"This student is constantly late to their next class."

"Why is my child's report card filled with missed homework and incomplete classwork?"

"I sent in my child's signed permission slip; what do you mean you didn't get it?"

If you often hear these questions and statements from your staff and parents, you may have a student lacking executive functioning skills.

Planning, managing time, staying focused, controlling emotions, problem solving, and getting tasks done are known as Executive Functioning skills. Trouble with executive functioning skills is common in kids who think and learn differently, and for those who have incurred trauma in their lives.

Join us for a practical discussion on how to help kids learn to manage their executive functioning skills in school. Hear from Liz Latham, the Inclusion Specialist at North Star Academy, as she shares tips and strategies that can help students stay organized and focused at school and with school work.

Date: Thursday, February 27th

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Redwood City School District Board Room

Address: 750 Bradford Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

Childcare and Spanish translation available by RSVP


by Wednesday, February 26th

Pictures From This Week

February Events

Monday, February 24: February Birthday Celebration – Lunch, Room 531A (Student Store)

Tuesday, February 25: Let’s Eat Pie Lunchtime Competition – Outside Room 535; Graduation Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm, Library; PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library

Wednesday, February 26: Site Council Meeting, 3:15 pm, Library

Friday, February 28 & Saturday, February 29: Advanced Band/Orchestra Trip To Disneyland