Cougar Connect

Week of April 29, 2019

CAASPP Testing

We are in the middle of our first week of State testing. Most students are taking their time and trying hard, which we really appreciate. The first part of the test is longer this year than in the past and more writing is required. We shared with the students today that we will add an extra testing period tomorrow, Wednesday, because a lot of students need more time. This means we had to adjust the schedule slightly starting tomorrow. (There was going to be an extra period on Friday at the end of the day, but now there won't be because we shifted everything by a period) The schedule is below.

Last After School Extra Math Session

7th Grade: Wednesday, May 1, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library

Principal's Coffee

Unfortunately, I am going to have to cancel the last Principal’s Coffee of this year, which is supposed to be this Thursday. We have State testing this week and I am needed to test some of our students. Thanks for understanding.

Clothing For Hot Weather

It was hot this past week and we started to see some inappropriate clothing such as very short shorts and shirts. We also had a lot of tube tops (that don’t stay up) and spaghetti strap tops. Please help us to make sure your student is dressed appropriately for school.

Extra Math Prep For State Testing This Saturday

A reminder that we are doing some extra math prep this Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9 am to 12 pm. Don’t forget to fill out the link below to sign your student up. This helps us to plan the snacks and make sure we are using big enough classrooms/spaces to accommodate students. 6th graders will meet with Mrs. Adler in the library. 7th graders will be in Room 211 with Mrs. Comfort. 8th graders will be in Room 527 with Mr. Haynes.

Elective Forms

Elective forms for next year were handed out to students last week. This form needs to be signed by a parent/guardian and is due back to your student’s first period teacher this Wednesday.

Welcome To Kennedy

As many of you know, Gaby Lozano, one of our Office Assistants, in out on leave through the end of the school year. Welcome to, Ninoschka Baca, who is filling in for the remainder of the year.

Vape/Juul Parent Education Night

A reminder that we have our vape/Juul parent education night this Thursday night. Please see the flyer below for more detail.

Color Run

You should have received an email with your child’s personalized fundraising link through 99Pledges. Please share that link with friends and family via text, email and social media to ask them to support your child in this event. If you did not receive it, you can visit the main fundraising page and search for your child’s name:

For every $25 earned in pledges, your child will receive a raffle ticket that s/he can enter into a raffle for a chance to win some great prizes, including:

  • $50 Hillsdale mall gift card

  • Horse trail ride for 4 at Webb Ranch

  • 4 person all day SUP or kayak rental from 101 Surf Sports

  • Pier 39 Family Fun Pack

  • 2 tickets to a San Jose Earthquakes home game

  • Cal Academy of Sciences admission tickets

  • Laser Quest tickets

  • Bel Mateo Bowl bowling package

  • + more!

The more tickets you earn, the higher your chances of winning so collect those pledges! Please visit our website for more information:

A reminder that all students must have completed permission forms in order to participate in the Color Run. If we don’t receive the permission forms, we cannot allow your child to participate, even if you have collected pledges. There are two forms for parents to complete: and Please email with any questions.

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Graduation this year is on Friday, June 7, from 6-7 pm on the Kennedy field. There are no assigned seats, but we put out over 1,000 chairs, which is usually plenty. It is first come first served. Students who are participating in graduation will need to check in at 5 pm to their designated check in area (more details to come). Gates will remain locked until 5 pm so no one can reserve seating ahead of time. As we get closer to this date, I will give out specifics about exactly which gates will and will not be opened at 5 pm since families get very excited about getting to the graduation seating. The blacktop will be open to help with the parking situation.

Students will be loaned a forest green gown for graduation. We will hand that out the week of graduation. (The students were each measured earlier in the year so that we could make sure we had the right gown length for each student). The gown needs to be returned after the ceremony by around 7:30 pm, which is when the graduation party starts in the gym. When students return their gown they will receive their wristband for the party.

A reminder, which we have been communicating since January to parents and students, students must have a cumulative 2.0 gpa to walk through graduation. We held to that last year and plan to do so again.Those in danger of not walking have been meeting with administrators during second and third trimester and are aware of the gpa needed this trimester to achieve the cumulative 2.0.

Summer Music

We are offering some free summer music lessons again this summer for our students. Instead of Saturdays though, Mrs. Federico-Youngs would like to try something different. Please see the attached schedule. If you have any questions, please reach out to her directly.

Chromebook Charging

Please make sure that your student’s Chromebook is charged each night. Students need their Chromebook to complete classwork, and many of the textbooks are digital, so this is how they access them in class. This is really important for State testing since they will use their Chromebook for this each day. I would suggest that you have your student’s charger in your room so that the Chromebook charges all night and your student isn’t on the Chromebook while you are sleeping. I also suggest you do the same thing with your student’s cell phone, if applicable.

Support Kennedy!

Thank you in advance for your generosity in helping the Kennedy PTO raise up to $30K in support of our students and community! This will help fund next school year’s programs, including: The Kennedy Family Center, The Art Program, The Maker Space, and a new project based learning program called Project Lead The Way. Donate Now or put a check in the PTO box in the school office. No contribution is too small!

8th Grade Graduation Festivities

8th grade graduation events are almost here. Your kids will participate in a day trip to Great America, the graduation dance, field day events and the graduation ceremony, including gowns for all kids. These wonderful events take money to produce and we are asking for donations of $75 per child to cover the costs. Without your donation we won’t be able to make all of these events happen. Please make a contribution today so we can make your child’s graduation from Kennedy a memorable one!

  • Make a $75 contribution by credit card or PayPal account using this link: Please include you child’s name in the comments.

  • Write a check or leave cash in the PTO lock box at the Kennedy Office, please note your child’s name on check or envelope.

Academic Support

All Academic Subjects:

Tuesday-Friday, 7:45-8:15 am, Library

Monday-Wednesday, 3:10-4:10 pm, YELL Room, (Old REACH Office)

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


Monday-Wednesday, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 637

Announcements From The Community

Stand Up For Schools

See the flier below for information about how to support public education.

Pictures From Last Week