Cougar Connect

Week of February 3, 2020

Superintendent's Coffee

Join us for coffee, donuts, and a presentation from Dr. Baker this Tuesday, February 4, from 8:30-9:30 am in the library. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and share feedback as well.

Square Bowl

This Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30 pm in the Kennedy Gym, 6th-grade Kennedy families and friends are invited to the Square Bowl! The Square Bowl is a celebration of what 6th-grade students have learned during the month of January--square dancing.

Wednesday and Thursday Schedule

Due to the early 11:45 am dismissal this Thursday we will not have block days this week. Wednesday we will use the regular seven-period day schedule we use Mondays/Tuesdays/Fridays. On Thursday, students will report to their second period like usual, but will remain there for special activities.

Here is the schedule:

8:25-10:40: Special activities by grade level

10:40-11:10: Lunch

11:13-11:45: Wrap up activities


8th grade students who placed into English Intensive I or Intervention ELA will take the DORA (Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment) this week. This is a second chance to see if these students can place into English 1. The Sequoia Union High School District will use seventh grade SBAC scores if they are better than their placement test(s).

Similarly, 8th grade students who placed into Algebra Readiness instead of Algebra I will take the DOMA (Diagnostic Online Math Assessment) this week. Again, a qualifying SBAC score can place students into Algebra I.

Both the DORA and DOMA are untimed and online, unlike the first placement tests. Below are the criteria charts for incoming 9th graders for Language Arts and Math placements for the Sequoia Union High School District.

Aladdin Jr.

Congratulations and great job to the cast, crew, directors, and parents of Aladdin Jr. The show, sets, and costumes were wonderful. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Staff and families were very proud and impressed. Below are some of the pictures. (Thank you, Ginny Curtin). If you want to see more you can join the private Shutterfly site:

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ELPAC - English Language Proficiency Assessment for California

Students who have not been reclassified as English proficient will begin testing this week. District testers will come out to complete the speaking piece with students. The remainder of the testing will take place in March to give students a little more time to prepare. Students will complete this testing in their ELD classes.

Space Camp

Fish and Richardson offers three scholarships to 7th graders to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The scholarships include full tuition for the six-day program, roundtrip airfare between SFO and Huntsville, and a Space Camp flight suit. The program is offered to those who are interested in math, science, and technology. The Space Camp program takes place July 19-24, 2020. Space campers will have the opportunity to train for a simulated space shuttle mission, train in astronaut space simulators, conduct experiments in physics, atmospheric and environmental sciences, and build rockets. During the lunch time meetings, the application process will be explained and applications will be passed out.

The first lunch meetings will be this Tuesday and Friday in Mr. Baquero’s room, 315. Below is a flier with more information.

Kennedy Yearbooks

Don’t forget to order your copy of the Kennedy yearbook. The deadline is coming up soon. See the flier below for more details.

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)


Anime Club - Thursdays, Lunch, Room 417

Book Club - Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10, Room 531

Dungeons & Dragons Club - Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, Room 528

Earth Club - Wednesdays, Lunch, Library

Gamers' Club - Mondays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 637

Maker Space Club - Mondays, Lunch, Room 531

Photograph Club - Tuesdays, Lunch, and Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 314

Sci-Fi Club - Tuesday, Lunch, Room B-5 (Every Other Week)

Yoga Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays, Lunch, Room A1 (Locker Room)

Students can show up to the club and do not need to sign up ahead of time.

Pictures From This Week

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February Events

Tuesday, February 4: Superintendent’s Coffee – 8:30 am, Library; 7th Grade Space Camp Info Meeting, Lunch, Room 315; Square Bowl – 6:30 pm, Gym

Thursday, February 6: Student Store Open –Lunch, Room 531A; Early Dismissal – 11:45 am; Disneyland Music Trip Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library

Friday, February 7: Green Spirit Day; Valentine’s Day Grams On Sale, Lunch, Outside Room 535; 7th Grade Space Camp Info Meeting, Lunch, Room 315

Monday, February 10: Valentine’s Day Grams On Sale, Lunch, Outside Room 535

Tuesday, February 11: Valentine’s Day Grams On Sale, Lunch, Outside Room 535

Thursday, February 13: Heart A-Stack Lunchtime Competition, Outside Room 535

Friday, February 14: Valentine’s Day Grams Pick Up, Lunch, Outside Room 535

Monday, February 17: No School – President’s Day

Tuesday, February 18: Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am, Gym

Wednesday, February 19: Student Store Open –Lunch, Room 531A

Thursday, February 20: January Student of the Month Picture, 11:22 am, Gym

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