John F. Kennedy Bulletin

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John F. Kennedy Families & Community:

As the summer vacation slows to an end, I welcome you to the 2019-20 school year! Great things are in store! A few reminders follow (some new, some old) that I believe will help as you make preparations for tomorrow.

As always, should a need arise, whatever it may be, please contact the school at (916) 395-5090.

Schedules

At orientation last week, students either received a class schedule or viewed schedules using Infinite Campus (IC). Please continue to monitor class schedules via IC. Changes can and do occur between orientation and the first day of school. It is strongly recommended that schedules be confirmed by using IC on or after 4 p.m. today (Wednesday).

As an alternative to IC, any student may request a schedule copy on the morning of the first day in any school office.

ALERT: If your student used the Illuminate website to view their class schedule, please be aware that the schedule may not be accurate and should not be used. Use only the Infinite Campus portal to view class schedules.

Contact Information

The emergency card will be computer fill-in and may be submitted via the 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 information is up to date by completing the emergency card.

At the same time, please ensure all contact information in Infinite Campus (IC) is up to date. Should a need occur, the District now sends text message alerts by drawing on the data in IC.

First Day of School

The first day of school is tomorrow, Thursday, 8/29.

School begins at 8:20 a.m. It is recommended that students arrive to campus by no later than 8:05. 

When dropping off or picking up a student, please stop and park in the west lot (nearest to Florin & Gloria). This will help to ease congestion in front of the school. Traffic is typically very heavy during the first several weeks of school. Please allow a few extra minutes to ensure that your student arrives safely and on time. In addition, remember to be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists. Conditions can be difficult, especially in the mornings when driving into the rising sun. 

Sac. RT

Recently, Sacramento Regional Transit (Sac. RT) has made changes to the route system. Click here to check that your student’s bus route has not changed.

New Faculty & Staff

Please join me in welcoming our newest members of the Cougar family:

  • Allsion Lal: Front Office
  • Erin Kim, ASSETs
  • Melody Mo, International Languages (Chinese)
  • Abe Snobar: Special Education
  • Senna Vasquez, Science (Chemistry)

These educators bring many years of knowledge and expertise, and I am most excited to have them aboard!

Bell Schedule

The 2019-20 bell schedule is unchanged from 2018-19. Please remember that school is dismissed early (2:17) on Thursdays.

B2SN

Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 12 from 6 to 7:30. To assist with planning, the B2SN program as well as the campus map are now both available.

LCFF Surveys

In the coming days, your student will receive a copy of the District’s annual parent and student rights handbook. A parent survey will be included. Known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), data collection survey, the results, when reported to the State, directly affect District and site funding allocations. Your data is essential to ensure Kennedy receives what we are due.

Please complete this survey and return it to the school by October 31. Your help is much appreciated!

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.

2019-20 Assessment Calendar

This year’s testing calendar/schedule is available here.

PSAT

The PSAT is quickly approaching! All ninth and tenth graders will participate in the PSAT on October 16 during periods one through four. Students will receive practice materials and additional information from their English teacher.

Juniors who wish to take the PSAT will need to register in A.P. Buitrago’s office (with Ms. Brown) on either September 12 or 13. The registration fee for juniors who do not qualify for a fee waiver is $17. The PSAT will be administered at no cost to all freshmen and sophomores.

Should you have questions, please contact Assistant Principal Buitrago @ Vanessa-Buitrago@scusd.edu.

David Van Natten
Principal