Cougar Connect

Week of September 13th 2021

Principal Message Week of September 13th

Great Week Cougars I hope all of you all are doing well. Below is a pretty full Cougar Connect please spend some time looking through the information.

First I will be on paternity leave as my wife is expecting soon (depending on when you read this it might of already happened). While I am out you will have Mr. Camarena are awesome assistant principal as your main point of contact and two other administrators supporting him Derek Grasty and new to Kennedy but not new to RCSD Josh Griffin. Below is each of their contacts:

David Camarena;

Derek Grasty;

Josh Griffith;

I will be checking my email and responding daily but probably in the middle of the night!

Buss Passes:

Buss passes are now available for sale. Please remind students to come to the office before school or during lunch in room 535

Bus passes are $27 Each. Exact change please

(We will make an announcement at school as well)

Intramural Basketball:

Was a huge success last week as it has structured lunch time for a lot of students. Over 24 teams are currently signed up


Once again thank you for completing your wellness survey each morning. Please remember to keep your student home if they are feeling sick and communicate with the school any relevant health information. Thanks.

Let's have another good week everyone

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

IReady Assessment

Kennedy School will begin administering IReady Assessment the next couple weeks. IReady is a district diagnostic assessment given to all students to determine what grade level content they have learned, and need to learn. It is a very valuable tool for teachers and allows for student to gain access to an IReady digital interface of lessons that target each students needs. Students will be using that digital interface in their Expository Writing and English language development classes. Families will receive a copy of their students progress with each report card.

*Also if you are an 8th grader the High Schools last school year used the IReady reading assessment as a class placement metric. We do not know if that is the case this year yet.

IReady Testing Schedule is below: (Block Days)

  • Sept 15-16 Reading Assessment in their english Class and Friday 17th if necessary

  • Sept 22-23 Math Assessment in their math classes and Friday 24th if necessary

Kennedy Clubs/ Academic Supports

Kennedy clubs and Academic supports are kicking off Sept 20th. Below are the links fo clubs being offered at Kennedy school. Student will receive a link to sign-up this week, families you can also sign them up using the link blow. If a student sign-ups for any Club before school they must enter through the gate in front of the office with their wellness form completed.

Kennedy Club / Academic Support

* More Academic supports may be added in the future we will let you know

Site Council / ELAC Elections

Thank you to the parents that volunteered to be part of Site council / ELAC. We need five official parents/guardians to be a part of our Site Council including at least one parent who has an English Language Learner who can represent ELAC. Others not elected are welcome to join us at our meetings, but will not get to be a part of official votes.

We have 3 sports available:

- Please click on the link to vote for our Site Council / ELAC members

As a reminder:

Site Council / ELAC will meet the last Tuesday of every month from 6 -7 pm.

Picture Day September 14th

On September 14th students will be taking their pictures throughout the day. Please let us know if you have any questions

Families can also begin seeing ordering options by following the directions below:



8th Grade High School Information Night

Mr. Camarena will host an information night for 8th grade families and students who are interested in learning more about the 9th-grade enrollment process at the Sequoia Union High School District on September 14 from 7-8 pm.

Click here to join @ 7 pm

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Camarena at

Weekly Photos

The weekly photos for this week showcase our Spanish Immersion program. This program is an extension of the program at Adelante !!!

Spanish Immersion Info

Parks and Rec Fall Sports update See flyer below.

COVID Optional Testing for Interested Families

Testing schedule times are below:

Monday from 3:00 pm -5:00 pm

Thursday from 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm.

Testing will be on the corner of Goodwin and Connecticut.


Parents need to access the Primary Health Student registration form here to consent permission for testing.

Students and Family Handbook

Important School and District Links Highlighted in Red

In our effort to make our student and family handbook more accessible we have digitized it. Please understand that information in the handbook will be updated continuously to ensure families are informed.

* If you are unable to access this document digitally, a hard copy can be provided at MAZE day. A copy has also been included in the student's planner.

Family / Student Handbook

September Dates

  • Sept 14th-28th - IReady District assessment Window ELA / Math

  • Sept 14th School Picture Day
  • Sept 14th Tuesday- 8th Grade High School Info Zoom 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Sept 23rd Thursday Back To School Night Zoom 5:45-7:15 pm
  • Sept 28th Tuesday 6:00-7:00 Site Council
  • Sept 28th Tuesday 7:05 pm-8:30 pm Meeting Sep 28 Zoom 7:00-8:30 pm

2021-22 Calendar