Cougar Connect

Week of January 20, 2020


There is no school tomorrow, January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Address Verification Night

We are looking forward to seeing many of you this Thursday night sometime between 5-7:30 pm in the library. All families must show address verification for high school even if you currently have a student in the Sequoia Union High School District. Below is a flier we received this week that has lots of information you need for address verification. If you are unable to attend on Thursday night you can always go down to their District Office.

School Tours

Our last formal tour date is Friday, January 24, at 8:30 am in the library.

*For families who can’t make any of these dates/times and want more information about the school can contact the office to setup a meeting time with me.


Congratulations to our November/December Students of the Month! Since both were short months, we combined them.

Aaron Medina

Aaron Sanchez

Adrian Contreras

Agustin Suarez

Alejandro Molina

Alex Quezada

Alexa Vargas

Alondra Huerta

Andres Orozco Torres

Angel Ake

Angel Martinez Zarate

Anthony Rastellini

Axel Larson

Braeden Wall **

Britney Bautista

Callie Hogrefe

Carlos Maldonado

Carmen Cuevas

Celeste Younger

Christopher Garcia

Citlali Tinajero

Clara Panofsky *

Cuevas, Natalie

D'Anna Acevedo

Daniel Zertuche

David Pacas

Diana Abraham

Diana Maganda Rosales

Dylan De Leon

Dylan Salas

Elizabeth Oseguera

Emily Parker

Eva Smith *

Fernando Velazquez Barajas

Isaac Covacha

Isaac Wagner

Isabel Cortez

Isabella Osuna

Izaaiah Saafi *

Jada Crockett

Jenrick Velbis *

Joandy Maldonado Vasquez **

Jocelyn Ramirez

Josue Montoya

Juan Flores Jr

Julianna Zaragoza

Kai Fisch

Karina Granados

Karla Ventura

Katie Hernandez

Kenia Rojas

Kimberly Hernandez

Leonardo Rodriguez

Lesly Fajardo Fajardo

Lilly Lyssand

Lucerito Zapien

Luis Perez

Lyric Tully

Marta Sandoval *

Martinez Zarate, Angel

Maya Perez Martinez

Mckenna Fablinger

Michael Robbins

Michelle Silva Martinez

Natalie Cuevas

Nathalia Efigenio

Randy Nunez

Reese Moore

Rick Soriano

Rickey Ellis

Robert Garcia

Robert Roden III *

Rodolfo Quinteros Jr.

Santiago Sandoval

Spencer Calsing

Tabitha Oliver

Tiffany Sanez Rubio

Tosoni Lavulo *

Victor Fabian Montes

William Washington

Willson Ocampo

Zoey Argenal

*Chosen by an additional teacher(s).

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Progress Reports

We are almost halfway through the second trimester. On Friday during 7th period, students will receive a grade printout so that you can see their grades. We hope that families are checking PowerSchool weekly to monitor grades. If you still don’t know how to setup and use PowerSchool, below are some instructions. We are also happy to help you in the office.

Aladdin Jr.

The musical Aladdin Jr. is a magical performance based on the Academy Award-winning Disney classic and the hit Broadway show. This is a colorful production by Kennedy Middle School in Redwood City. Our actors have done an outstanding job to bring you the story of Aladdin - a street rat who finds a magic lamp and embarks on an adventure that will test his will and moral character to earn the respect of princess Jasmine. Come discover a "whole new world" at our show!

PERFORMANCES: Friday, January 31 at 7 pm and Saturday, February 1 at 1pm & 7pm

LOCATION: McKinley Auditorium, 400 Duane St, Redwood City

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Talk To Your Student

I had an interesting conversation the other night with a parent. Towards the end of the conversation the parent asked me about something unrelated to what I called to speak about and I am glad the parent did. The parent had heard from the student that there was a fight at Kennedy that day. I assured her there actually had not been. Two students were having a conversation and were in disagreement about something. They ended up walking away from each other. Students of course came over to try to escalate the situation and view the conversation.

Why am I telling you about this? For several reasons. Please don’t take everything your middle schooler says at face value. We find very frequently that like the game of “Telephone” that students play when they are little, the message tends to get changed, exaggerated, etc. If there is something you feel you really need to know, please feel free to reach out to teachers, an administrator, and/or the office depending on the situation/information you need.

Why are students trying to help escalate situations? Our Psychologist, Courtney, did some recent SEL work in many of our 8th grade classes. Students took an anonymous survey and this topic came up quite a bit. Students shared that they like the drama and want it to happen because it is entertaining.

At our staff meeting this Thursday, 7th/8th grade Social Studies Teacher, Stephanie Keith, who does SEL work in her room, shared that she has been talking to students about empathy. They have spoken about how students are taking pleasure due to another student’s pain by watching the situations and/or sometimes exacerbating them by getting involved or encouraging the conflict. Please take some time to speak with your student about empathy and making good choices.

Thank you for being a parent/guardian to a middle school student. (I know you don’t have a choice and I know it isn’t always easy). Please try to be as involved as you can. Talk to your student regularly, know who your student’s friends are, know where your student is when your student is not at school or with you/family, check your student’s cell phone and devices regularly to know what your student is up to and who your student is communicating with, model good language and choices, set boundaries, and give consequences.

Thank you to all of my staff, who choose to work in a middle school, which is not always easy. Middle school students are going through puberty, exploring new things - both good and bad, testing boundaries, etc. Thank you for making a difference in our students’ lives.


Congratulations to students Xin Xin Cui, Kara Melosh, Julia Keleman, Ellie Comfort, Eva Arteaga, Shainna Sia, Briseis Velasquez, Christian Woo, Miguel Zacarias, Hailey Ponce, and Rocco Piazza who designed a mural that was selected for the Youth Mural Alley Project. Thank you to Kennedy Art Teacher, Jesse Silverman, and parent, Jocelyn Keleman, for overseeing their work.

Here are the details to come see and celebrate their hard work:

The City of Redwood City, in collaboration with the Sequoia Hotel, is pleased to invite you to the grand opening of the Youth Mural Alley Project on Sunday, January 26th at 4pm. We look forward to honoring the students and team leaders who created the ten masterpieces and celebrate the newest addition to the public art in our community.

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February 6

A very advanced reminder that Thursday, February 6, is the other really early dismissal day that the District designated this year for staff professional development. Pick up District-wide is at 11:45 am.

8th Grade Graduation and Events Committee Needs Your Help!

Graduation may seem like a long way away, but the 8th Grade Graduation Committee is already starting to plan events for May and June 2020 that will create lifelong memories for our students that will be saying goodbye and moving onto high school! Please help out by visiting to donate and sign up to volunteer for various events. The next Graduation Committee Meeting will be Tuesday, January 21st at 6 pm in the Library (immediately before the PTO meeting).

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.

News From The Community

January 2020 Saturday Open House at Woodside High School

Principal Diane Burbank would like to invite prospective students and parents for another opportunity to see Woodside High School.

The link below is to register if interested.

WHS Open House Registration for Sat., Jan. 25

Woodside High School will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9 am to 12 noon. Student led one-hour tours will showcase our fabulous campus and answer many prospective students’ questions about attending Woodside High School. Tours leave every 10 minutes from the PAC (Performing Arts Center) and end at the MUR (Multi-use Room) to speak informally with academic and athletic program staff. Please pre-register to guarantee your tour spot.

After School Sports

Registration is now open for spring sports. See the flier below for more information.

Pictures From This Week

5th Grade Visit (Henry Ford, Taft, and Rocketship)

January Events

Monday, January 20: No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 21: Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am, Gym; Face the Cookie Lunchtime Competition, Outside Room 534/535; Grad Committee Meeting, 6 pm, Library; PTO Meeting, 7 pm, Library

Thursday, January 23: Principal’s Coffee, 8:30 am, Library; Student Store Open, Lunch, Room 531A; 8th Grade High School Address Verification Night, 5:00-7:30 pm, Library

Friday, January 24: School Tour, 8:30 am, Library

Monday, January 27: January Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 531A

Tuesday, January 28: Moving Up Lunchtime Competition, Outside Room 534/535

Friday, January 31: Aladdin Jr. Performance, 7:00 pm, MIT Theater