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John F. Kennedy High School Bulletin

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September 25, 2020

Dear John F. Kennedy Students and Families:

During the last week, I have received a number of questions about when in-person instruction is likely to resume, and when it does, what it will look like. Unfortunately, for now, I have little information to share. No timelines have been released, and as I understand it, we will remain in a distance learning model for the foreseeable future. Of course, should this change, I will be in touch as soon as possible.

John F. Kennedy High School Bulletin

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September 17, 2020

Dear John F. Kennedy Students and Families:

As we come to the end of the first full week of distance education, I want to thank you for your patience and support. I am pleased to share that classrooms are running smoothly, and students are receiving robust instruction. 

A few important pieces of information follow. Should you have a question or concern, the staff and I stand ready to assist.

Back-to-School Night

Junior Prom Refunds

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If you still need your refund from Junior Prom tickets, please reach out to Mrs. Law-Marin at Julie-law@scusd.edu. Please include your name, the name for the refund on check (student or parent/guardian) and the mailing address for the check. Be sure to have your request in by December.

The 2020 Yearbook is Still Available

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If you have a pre-ordered a copy online or wish to purchase a yearbook, please go to Room V6 (the portable near the student parking lot), Monday to Friday from 8 am to Noon UNTIL FRIDAY , September 4. Cost of the yearbook is $85 (Cash Only), please have the exact change.”

Make-Up Textbook Distribution Event Monday, September 14
CANCELLED

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Good morning, John F. Kennedy Families.

This is Principal David Van Natten.

Smoke from numerous wildfires that continue to burn in northern California has contributed to unhealthy air quality throughout the Sacramento Valley. At the direction of the school district, all textbook distribution scheduled for today has been canceled. Teachers will be notified, and students will not be penalized.

John F. Kennedy High School Bulletin
"Zoombombing"

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Dear John F. Kennedy Families: 

As some may already know, schools around the nation are confronting a phenomenon known as “zoombombing,” defined as unwanted disruptions by Internet hackers during a Zoom class or meeting. In an effort to minimize these disturbances at John F. Kennedy, teachers will enable a feature that allows only authenticated users to enter our virtual classrooms. This additional layer of security allows students in but keeps others out. 

John F. Kennedy High School Bulletin

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Dear John F. Kennedy Families:

Please accept a heartfelt thank you for your patience and understanding over the last two days as we have acclimated to the start of a new school year using distance education. The resilience that you have demonstrated is remarkable and appreciated.

I know that many of you are wondering about next week’s school schedule. While I am unable to share anything new, I will communicate any update that I receive from the District. Be sure to monitor Infinite Campus and e-mail accounts in the event that a resolution is reached this weekend.

As a reminder, a great deal of distance learning content is located on our website at jfk.scusd.edu. In addition, if you have not already, consider visiting https://learn.scusd.edu/, a one-stop digital back-to-school binder that includes a parent toolkit, link to technical assistance, and other information about our distance learning plan. The page is user-friendly and regularly updated.

Remember to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, using the social media handle SCUSD Kennedy.

I wish you a restful weekend and respite from the searing heat that I understand is headed our way. Please take care, and be safe.

David Van Natten
Principal

Resource Information

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Dear John F. Kennedy Families:

As we look forward to Thursday, I want to be sure that you are aware of a resource that I believe is particularly useful. If you have not already, please visit  https://learn.scusd.edu/, a one-stop digital back-to-school binder that includes technical support, tutorials, a parent toolkit, and more. The page has been designed to be user-friendly, and it provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

For updates in real time, please follow us on the JFK website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Our social media handle is SCUSDKennedy.

We look forward to seeing students on Thursday morning. In the meantime, should you need assistance, be sure to let us know.

David Van Natten
Principal

Cougar Parent Committee Interest Survey

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For Parents/Guardians who are interested and would love to support your student’s Kennedy experience, please consider joining the Cougar Parent Committee! 

Please complete this form, and more information will be provided as interest is gathered. 

If you have any questions about the Cougar Parent Committee, please contact Principal David Van Natten at david-vannatten@scusd.edu.

New Coach Announcement

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The staff and I are excited to welcome Jerist (“JT”) Roberts to the John F. Kennedy coaching staff roster. Mr. Roberts has accepted the position of head boys varsity basketball coach. A Cougar already, JT graduated from Kennedy in 2000 and went on to play at Sacramento City College and then Alcorn State University. His coaching career includes Sacramento City College, a stint here at JFK as well as Cosumnes Oaks High where he served as the head coach. In addition, Mr.

Parent Technology Help

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Dear John F. Kennedy Families: 

As we prepare for distance education, the faculty, staff, and I want to ensure that you have resources to support your student. Many of you have contacted me to ask for additional instruction on the various technologies that will be in use when school starts on September 3.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

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Dear John F. Kennedy Students and Families:

As the summer of 2020 comes to an end, the faculty, staff, and I welcome you to the 2020-21 school year! Remember, school begins on Thursday, September 3. My hope is that you will find the following to be both practical and helpful. I understand that you may have additional questions as we prepare to start the new year together utilizing a distance education model. District and school staff are still in the process of finalizing plans. You should expect additional communication as more information becomes available.

JFK Athletic Update

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The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and the Sac Joaquin Section (SJS) announced the adjustments that will be made to the 2020-2021 sports calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new sports calendar was developed by the Section Commissioners and the State CIF office after several months of research as well as input from Coaches, Athletic Directors, and School Administrators.

New Job? Need a Work Permit?

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To obtain a minor work permit, students/minors should download the application form, gather the necessary information and approvals from their new employer, and from their parents or legal guardian. Once these forms are filled out completely and signed, submit the completed form to MarcWr@scusd.edu Requests will be processed within 48 hours.

If you need additional assistance please e-mail: MarcWr@scusd.edu