August 16, 2018


John F. Kennedy Families & Community:

As we enter into the final leg of the summer vacation, a quick update and various reminders follow to help as you prepare for the start of the school year. Remember, orientation is next week. I look forward to seeing you there!

Campus Construction

Many of you have likely noticed the construction on campus in addition to the typical cleaning and repair done each summer. A number of access upgrades have been required as part of the gym renovation/repair project. This work includes a new walkway at the front of the school as well as fresh concrete leading to the gym from the west parking lot. Of course, due to the water damage suffered last winter, the gym floor, doorways, and bleachers will be all new. To prevent future water intrusion concerns, drains have been enlarged and/or rerouted. The estimated completion date for the gym is November 1.

Separately, crews are removing all ivy (ground cover) from the campus in anticipation of future landscaping projects. In the interim, shredded cedar will be placed where the ivy has been taken.

As these projects progress, I will keep you posted. Based on what I know and have seen so far, the gym, when complete, will be a beautiful source of great pride for school and community!


Complete registration and orientation information is here

Like last year, the emergency card is computer fill-in and may be submitted via the school’s website (directions are located at the bottom of the emergency card). An accurate emergency card is required for every student (every year). Please take time to ensure that the school has up-to-date contact information by completing the emergency card.

At the same time, please ensure your contact information in Infinite Campus (IC) is up to date. Should an urgent need arise, the District now sends text message alerts.

Paper copies of all required documents will be readily available at orientation.

First Day of School

The first day of school will be Thursday, August 30. Next year’s full calendar is available here.

August Orientation 

Orientation and Link Crew schedules follow:

Tuesday, August 21

  • Senior Orientation: 9-10 a.m.
  • Junior Orientation: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Sophomore Orientation: 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22 (day based on last name)

  • 9th Grade Link Crew (A-L): 2-6 p.m.
  • 9th Grade Orientation (A-L): 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, August 23 (day based on last name)

  • 9th Grade Link Crew (M-Z): 2-6 p.m.
  • 9th Grade Orientation (M-Z): 6-8 p.m.

Student class schedules will be distributed at orientation, and counselors will be available. In addition, spirit gear, a locker, and/or a yearbook may be reserved. You can learn more about the athletic program, the Cougar Parent Committee (CPC), student government, and clubs as well as other programs, services, and opportunities to get involved.

Should your student and/or you be unable to attend orientation, class schedules should be available via Infinite Campus on or about August 26.

Back-to-School Night

Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Like years past, families of ninth grade students are invited to join counselors and administrators for a special presentation at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Important information regarding high school and university readiness will be presented. See you then!

Advanced Placement Courses

The College Board has made significant changes to the exam registration process. Starting this year, students will be required to register and pay for exams in the fall (as opposed to the month of March in previous years).

Students will receive a flyer with more information about registering and paying for exams. For your information, registration will take place the week of September 17-21. Please contact Assistant Principal Fry with concerns or questions.

Class of 2019

Please click here for information regarding senior portraits.

Bell Schedule

The 2018-19 bell schedule is unchanged.

Schedule Changes

In an effort to minimize disruption and allow teachers to begin teaching as soon as possible after the start of the school year, schedule changes should be kept to an absolute minimum.

Too many schedule changes, particularly elective changes, can result in classes that are under or over enrolled, a situation that requires disruptive administrative initiated scheduling moves. Several new processes have been implemented to increase scheduling accuracy and decrease the need for changes.

For more information, please contact the Counseling Center @ (916) 395-5090.