Principal's Bulletin


April 20, 2017

College Talk

A quick reminder with regard to tonight’s “College Talk.”

Current eleventh graders and families are invited to an annual post-secondary/college discussion with school counselors. This event will help prepare students and families for post-high school educational plans and include a presentation with a question and answer session. This event will include information about community college, University of California, State University and private college/university admissions, financial aid and timelines. 


April 6, 2017

Minimum Day

A quick reminder that tomorrow, April 7, is a minimum day. School will be dismissed at 12:26 p.m. The after school program, ASSETs, will release at 1:37 p.m.

Spring Break is April 10-14, and school will be closed. Will see you on April 17!

Thank You

It’s been a busy week at JFK, and I’d like to extend a hearty thank you to those who volunteered their time and resources to make “Every Fifteen Minutes” and the school’s accreditation (WASC) visit a complete success. We couldn’t have done it without you!


April 3, 2017


Today, junior and senior students took part in “Every Fifteen Minutes.” Part of an awareness campaign regarding the trauma associated with driving under the influence, students witnessed a simulated car accident at the back of the school. While the program participants treated the scene as if it were real, nobody sustained any injury.

I want to thank our students for taking today’s event seriously. Our counseling staff in addition to the Sacramento law enforcement chaplains did a fantastic job working with John F. Kennedy students.


April 3, 2017

Today (Every Fifteen Minutes)

Today is Monday, April 3rd, and the time is approximately 9:00 a.m.

As part of an awareness program about the trauma associated with drinking and driving, in a few moments, juniors and seniors will be directed to a simulated DUI automobile accident at the back of the school.  While the program participants are treating the scene as if it were real, nobody has been injured at John F. Kennedy.


March 30, 2017

Cougar Parent Committee

A quick reminder that the Cougar Parent Committee will meet on Monday, April 3 @ 6:00 in the little theater. Hope to see you there!

The final meeting of the year will be May 8.

Food Fair

This Friday, March 31, student government will host a food fair on the quad at lunch. Food will be for sale, and proceeds will support campus clubs.

Minimum Day


March 23, 2017

Athletic Director

Please join me in congratulating Dave Parsh who has accepted the position of athletic director. With 20 years of experience as a successful athletic director, teacher, and coach, Mr. Parsh was an obvious choice. A transition has already begun to occur with Dave accepting the full gamut of responsibilities beginning for the 2017-18 school year.

Sober Grad Night


March 16, 2017

Counseling & Career Center
As the season for course selection is upon us, I’d like to draw your attention to the resources available via the Counseling page on the school’s website. Information is posted regarding graduation requirements, A-G, scholarship opportunities, course flowcharts, and more.


March 8, 2017

Emergency Drill  

Sometime during the next two weeks, a biannual emergency lockdown drill will be conducted. A lockdown occurs when a perceived threat is determined to be serious enough that a shelter in place order is given. Our unannounced drill may take place during instructional or unstructured time. Faculty and staff have been provided with information with which to prepare students.


March 2, 2017

Cougar Parent Committee (CPC)

Please join the Cougar Parent Committee (CPC) on March 6 in the little theater at John F. Kennedy. The CPC is an opportunity to engage others, hear from administrators, and receive information about academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs.

Future meeting dates include April 3 and May 8.

Spring Concert

The annual spring concert is scheduled for Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. Come to the auditorium to see the talent that is the John F. Kennedy Music department!


February 22, 2017

Course Selection

It is time for course selection to begin. Over the next several weeks, students will meet with their counselors to select coursework for the 2017-18 school year. Once the course selection process is complete (late in March), students will receive a copy to review with you. Should you have questions, please contact the Counseling Center staff at (916) 395-5090.


February 16, 2017


Another quick reminder that Monday, February 20 is a holiday, and the school will be closed.

Please enjoy a restful safe holiday!

Congratulations, JV Boys’ Basketball

A shout-out here to the Kennedy Junior Varsity boys basketball team who defeated Burbank last night to win the Metro league title for the third straight year! The team finished 13-1 in league and 23-3 overall. This year’s roster is as follows:


February 9, 2017


Quick reminder that Monday, February 13 is a holiday, and the school will be closed.

And, Monday, February 20 is also a school holiday.

Please enjoy a restful safe holiday!


February 2, 2017


Check out the Clarion here! As always, paper copies are available throughout the campus. Electronic or print, the Clarion is chock full of news from around campus, and the writing, layout, and pictures are bound to impress.

Many thanks to Mr. Hanzlik (advisor) and his team of committed students for their ever-present leadership!

Gloria Drive


January 26, 2017

New Semester

The second semester begins Monday, January 30. Generally, very few scheduling changes occur, but to be sure, I encourage you to have your student check their schedule via Infinite Campus.

Should there be a question and/or concern about scheduling, please contact the Counseling Center at (916) 395-5090, extension 506069.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Information


January 19, 2017

PACE Crab Feed!

Get your tickets! Good news: the early bird price has been extended until (tomorrow) January 20! Do not miss out on the 10th anniversary “rollback” price. Click here for more information!


January 19, 2017

A quick note to advise that phone service (landline), both incoming to the school and outgoing from the school, is currently limited and unreliable. This issue has developed over the last hour or two due to damage from last night’s storm.

District staff is currently working to resolve the matter and has issued communication indicating that phones should be back to normal by 12:00 noon.

Should I receive additional pertinent information, I will be sure to share.


January 12, 2017

Final Exam Schedule

The final exam schedule is available here.

Monday, January 23 is the first day of final exams.

Senior Advertisements (Yearbook)

Reminder: all senior “ads” (tributes, buddies, and elementary reunion) need to ordered in advance.  There is no guarantee that there will be room in the yearbook for ads that are submitted but have not been ordered.


December 22, 2016

Winter Recess
The faculty, staff and I wish you a happy, restful winter break. As a reminder, tomorrow (Friday) is a full day; contrary to rumor, school does not release early.

School will resume on Monday, January 9.

Monday, January 16 is a school holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

During extended periods of vacation, schools sometimes become targets for vandals. If you see anything at or around the school that raises your suspicion, please take the time to report it. Vandalism is expensive and disruptive.


December 15, 2016

Note to Families of the Class of 2020

Join us! Send an e-mail to to be part of the distribution list for the class of 2020.

A tradition at Kennedy, each class raises funds to sponsor a “Sober Grad. Night” celebration to be held on the night of graduation. It takes about three years to raise the money needed for this final high school activity (sponsored solely by parents and guardians).


December 8, 2016

High School Specialty Program Application

The District’s new “one application” procedure for admittance to high school specialty programs is now live. If you know a family who may be interested in one of Kennedy’s unique program offerings, information is available here.

Winter Concert