Cougar Connect

Week of October 1, 2018

The Middle Years

For those who were with us at Kennedy last year, we shared monthly tips for middle school parents through a professional newsletter called, The Middle Years, that was part of our newsletter. We have purchased it again this year and will now include a link to open/download the PDF as part of this online newsletter. See below.

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.

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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.

Book Fair

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:

Reading Bookmarks

At Back To School Night one of the handouts in front of the gym was a page with reading book marks. These are designed to help families support their student with reading even if families haven’t read the book/article. The bookmark has been included below if you want to print it out. If you weren’t at Back To School Night and don’t have a printer to print this out we can send one home with your student if you let us know. It is really important for you to encourage your student to read and talk to your student about the reading.

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

Monday 10/1


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

Wednesday 10/3


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: for game results and schedules.

Bus Passes

Bus passes will be sold in the school office for $22 before school, during lunch, and after school this week.

Academic Support

All Academic Subjects:

Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:45-8:15 am, Library

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, YELL Room, (Old REACH Office)

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


Mondays-Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room B4 or 637

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

Join us for our annual High School Fair on Thursday, October 4, from 6-7 pm in the gym. Representatives from local public, private, and charter high schools will have a booth. You can come and get information, ask questions, etc. There will be a presentation about the new Tide Academy in the library at 7 pm.

Parent Volunteers Needed

We are looking for parents who can come and volunteer at least once a week for:

  • 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!

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.
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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.

Team 100

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.

For more information about the robotics clubs, contact Woodside faculty advisors, Arlene Kolber, and David Shannon, or check the team's website

See further info at:

Questions? email:

October Events

Thursday, October 4: September Student of the Month Picture, 11:20 am, Gym; High School Fair, 6:00-7:00 pm, Gym, Tide Academy Presentation, 7:00 pm, Library

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