Week of October 1, 2018
The Middle Years
Star Reading Scores
One of the reading assessments that we use in the Redwood City School District to determine student reading levels is the Renaissance Star Reading assessment. The Assessment is given on the computer four times per year (September, November, February, and May). It tests reading comprehension and vocabulary. I have asked teachers to input students’ September (baseline) scaled score into PowerSchool so that you have an idea of your student’s reading level according to this specific assessment. The score does not count towards their grade. This is being input in PowerSchool so you can easily access the score. (The November score is printed on the report card). The scaled score is calculated based on the difficulty of questions in a student’s test and the number of correct responses. Scaled scores range from 0-1400 and can be used to compare student performance over time and across grade levels.
Keep in mind that this is just one type of assessment we will be giving this year. So you will get other data and reading information this year. We need your help to encourage students to try their best and take their time. We know many of the students can do a lot better.
Below is the a chart of scores. For the September score you need to use the “Beginning” column. For example, a sixth grader who is reading at grade level should score at least a 691 on the first assessment.
Parent Technology Classes
We are excited to offer Parent Technology Classes once per month that will teach technology tools to help you and your student be more successful at Kennedy. The topic of the first class will be School Communication Tools. This includes, but is not limited to: PowerSchool, The RCSD App, Google Classroom, Google Translate, Gmail, and Tips For Emailing With Your Student’s Teacher.
*The first class is Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:30-9:30 am in Room 531.
The day of the week, time, and location will remain the same throughout the year. Other class dates for the year are: November 14, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15.
If you are unable to attend the classes, we are working on creating a Google Classroom to post resources that you can view from home.
Help make the Kennedy Book Fair a success!
The annual Book Fair opens soon and enables us to stock our teachers’ in-class libraries and our school library with new books from Scholastic. Click on the link below to volunteer in a variety or areas: set up, student and teacher previews, along with book sales.
Shopping Dates: Tuesday, October 9 - Friday, October 12
Shopping Hours: Lunch Break (Tuesday, Friday, 12:02-12:32 pm and Wednesday/Thursday 11:32 am -12:02 pm) & After School (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, 3:05-4:05 pm, Thursday: 1:30-2:30 pm) in the school library.
If you’re not able to attend the book fair, you can shop online 24 hours a day from October 1 - October 20 at: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/kennedyrwc
Kennedy Sports Update
Team Records Week 1
Crockett 6th - 2 and 0
Landes 7th Green - 2 and 0
Montoya 7th White - 0 and 2
Tuifua 8th Green - 2 and 0
Meek 8th White - 0 and 2
Oropeza Football - 1 and 1
This Week’s Games
Kennedy 6th vs Kennedy 7th White at 4:00 @ Kennedy
Kennedy 7th Green vs Hoover at 6:15 @ Kennedy
North Star vs Kennedy 8th Green at 5:30 @ McKinley
Kennedy 8th White vs Garfield at 6:15 @ McKinley
Roy Cloud vs Kennedy at 4:00 @ Hawes
Clifford vs Kennedy 6th at 4:00 @ Red Morton
Redwood vs Kennedy 7th White at 4:45 @ Red Morton
Kennedy 7th Green vs Clifford at 6:15 @ Red Morton
Kennedy 8th Green vs. Clifford at 4:00 @ Kennedy
Kennedy 8th White vs North Star at 4:45 @ Kennedy
Garfield vs Kennedy at 5:00 @ Hawes
Go to: http://www.teamsideline.com/Redwoodcity for game results and schedules.
Clubs & Groups
Art Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-8:20 am, Room 526
Book Club: Thursdays, Lunch, Room 534
Dungeons & Dragons, Fridays, Room 528
Jazz Band (Audition Only): Mondays, 3:30-5:30 pm, Room 312
Photography & Writing Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Lunch, Room 314
Robotics Club: Tuesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 530
Shakespeare & Improv Club: Mondays & Fridays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 417
Walker Library Club: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Lunch, Room 417
High School Fair
Parent Volunteers Needed
- 48 or 85 minutes (one period) reading and having conversations with our long-term English Language Learners
- 30 minutes to help yard duty at lunch
Please email Mrs. Adler if you can help! firstname.lastname@example.org
Flyers From The Community
TIDE Academy (Technology, Innovation, Design and Engineering)
We invite you to learn about Sequoia Union High School District's new school, T.I.D.E (Technology, Innovation, Design, Engineering) Academy. This is the first public high school, within the Peninsula, to focus on training students to be the future of Silicon Valley. Teachers at T.I.D.E Academy will develop the critical skills and aspirations of each student through the intimate attention of a small school setting. All curriculum will be STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math) with project-based learning as a focal point. T.I.D.E Academy is projected to open in August 2019 and will start with the founding class of 100 ninth graders. If you would like more information about this new school, please join us at the Kennedy High School Fair on October 4, 2018 from 6-7 pm.
WHY: TIDE was established to provide students in SUHSD an opportunity to learn in a small and personalized learning environment with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) curriculum, that is both interdisciplinary and project-based. TIDE was set in Menlo Park to help offset the enrollment of Menlo-Atherton High School and other oversubscribed high schools in the district.
WHAT: TIDE is designed to afford students a smaller learning environment where the curriculum is focused on integrating Career Technical Education (CTE) with Humanities and the Arts. To this end, TIDE will offer a Product Innovation and Design Pathway and a Computer Science Pathway. Students will elect which pathway they will take in 10th grade and then take those dual-enrolled college elective courses. All students will have the option starting in Junior year to take dual-enrolled community college classes in English, History, and Science. Math courses will be assigned based on their previous courses. Every student will take 4 years of Math, with the option of community college courses junior and senior year. Students will study an interdisciplinary curriculum and show understanding through hands-on projects and students will also complete social action projects. Long-term, students will have industry mentors and industry internships prior to graduation. To promote well-rounded individuals, TIDE students will participate in our Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum grades 9-11 and a senior seminar during 12th grade. See our website for additional FAQ.
WHEN: TIDE is set to open August 2019, with approx. 100 9th graders. A grade level will be added each year.
WHERE: Located at 150 Jefferson Dr. Menlo Park
WHO: Open to all SUSHD students, with priority given to students who live in Menlo Atherton High School boundaries (via lottery process).
Timeline: The Fall and early Spring is dedicated to outreach and recruitment. The priority window for enrollment for all SUHSD schools is November 1, 2018 and concludes February 1, 2019.
Come Check Out Woodside High School Robotics!
Woodside Wildhats are hosting WRRF CalGames!
October 5th (5pm-8pm) and
Saturday, October 6th (8 am – 6 pm)
in the New Gym
Come cheer on the Wildhats and 35 other high school teams of student-designed and -built robots as they Power Up.
These powerhouses are under 120 lbs and can toss power cubes on the scale, tip switches, and partner-climb. They even run on their own (sometimes). It’s exciting “cooperation” with sets of 3 teams working together through changing alliances! Robots get stuck, they tip over, they run in circles and even into each other.
Find any Wildhat (the ones in orange…) and get a tour of the “pits” and a team button. Wear orange to support WHS’s team and look for the Hat, for Carlmont’s Shark and other mascots. Learn about the FIRST STEAM program. You can see the team “brag books”, banners, posters and ask questions about building, programming and driving robots.
Woodside is the home of Team 100 Wildhats: FIRST Robotics team. FIRST Robotics provides a fascinating real-world engineering experience for students and opens the door to education and careers in science, technology, and engineering. Students learn mechanics, electronics, fabrication, teamwork, animation, programming, website design, and recovering from failures. All high school students are welcome. We meet on Thursday evenings in room H-8 at 7:00 p.m. and have work sessions on Saturdays 9am-3pm in our J-wing shop.
See further info at: http://wrrf.org/
Questions? email: email@example.com
Friday, October 5: Green Spirit Day; Box Top Collection, 4th Period
Monday, October 8: No School
Tuesday, October 9 - Friday, October 12: Book Fair, Lunch & After School, Library
Thursday, October 11: Principal's Coffee, 8:30 am, Library (Special presentation from Dr. Baker)
Friday, October 12: Funky Friday Spirit Day; Eyeball Relay Lunchtime Competition
Monday, October 15: October Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 535
Tuesday, October 16: Kennedy Dine-Out Fundraiser at Crouching Tiger, 4:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17: Student Council Meeting, 8:15 am, Room 535
Thursday, October 18: Great Shake Out Drill, 10:18 am (Countywide Drill)
Friday, October 19: Picture Make Up Day; Box Top Turn In, 4th Period; 6th Grade WEB Carnival, 3:10-4:10, Gym & Lunch Shelter
Tuesday, October 23: Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin Lunchtime Competition, Outside Room 535; PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library
Wednesday, October 24: Dance Tickets on Sale $5 and Halloween Grams $1, Lunch, Room 535; Site Council, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library
Thursday, October 25: Pumpkin Decorating, Lunch, Outside Room 529/530; Dance Tickets on Sale $5 and Halloween Grams $1, Lunch, Room 535
Friday, October 26: Pumpkin Decorating, Lunch, Outside Room 529/530; Dance Tickets on Sale $5 and Halloween Grams $1, Lunch, Room 535; Halloween Dance, 6:00-8:00 pm, Gym
Monday, October 29: Halloween Grams on Sale $1, Lunch Outside Room 535; Pumpkin Decorating, Outside Room 529/530
Tuesday, October 30: Pumpkin Decorating, Outside Room 529/530
Wednesday, October 31: Happy Halloween! Appropriate Costumes Okay; Pumpkin Judging & Winners Announced 3rd Period