December 6, 2018



Beginning Monday, December 10, I will take a brief medical leave of absence. I am scheduled to return by no later than January 29. In the interim, Assistant Principal (Vanessa) Buitrago will serve as principal. APs Fry and Yung will support.

I look forward to seeing you in January.

Course Catalog

As we move ever closer to course selection, I have included a link to the school’s preliminary 2019-20 course catalog. The catalog contains important information regarding prerequisites, graduation, as well as post secondary options and admissions requirements.

Math and Science progression charts are also available for your convenience.

Gym Reopening

I am pleased to announce that the gym is fully renovated and again open for use. A few pictures of the new floor are posted on the school’s Instagram page. As you may remember, the gym floor was heavily damaged by flooding in January 2018.

Although a long time coming, the final results are fantastic.

On December 11, between Varsity games, there will be a ceremonial ribbon cutting event to commemorate the reopening. There will also be a food fair sponsored by the Associated Student Body (ASB). Proceeds will benefit various school clubs.

Spirit Week

Information regarding next week’s Spirit Week is here.

Shriner’s Toy Drive

Another reminder that the annual Shriner’s Children’s Hospital toy drive has begun. New or gently used toys and games will be accepted either in the front office or in your student’s fourth period class. The last day to donate is December 14, and a donation will be made prior to the winter holidays.

In addition, this year, donations will be accepted for fire victims in Butte County. Toiletries are particularly needed including toilet paper, toothbrushes, soaps, deodorants, and other necessities.

For more information, please contact Activities Director Ken O’Flaherty @


With the holiday season in full swing, students often find it more difficult to stay focused on academics. Now, though, is also a time when there is a need for dependable instruction and a minimum of undue disruptions at school. Thus, the staff and I will do our part by keeping “holiday celebrations” to a minimum. Although a time and place at school to celebrate is not out of the question, the strength of the academic program is built on consistent high quality instruction. 

Your support, as always, is appreciated.  

Winter Concert

The jazz ensemble, concert choir, and concert band would like to welcome you to their annual Winter Concert. The event will be held in the auditorium on Thursday, December 20 at 7 p.m. Come out, and support JFK’s outstanding musicians! Admission is free.

Cougar Parent Committee (CPC)

The next Cougar Parent Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15 @ 6 p.m. in the little theater. Architects and District facilities personnel will be on hand to answer questions regarding the upcoming Core Academic Renovation.

High School Specialty Program Application

The application window for all high school specialty programs is now open. If you know a prospective family who could interested in one of Kennedy’s pathway programs, please encourage them to apply. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on December 20. As a reminder, JFK’s specialty programs include:

Students not currently enrolled who are interested in any of the above programs must apply via open enrollment regardless of address and school of residence.