John F. Kennedy Bulletin

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November 14, 2019

John F. Kennedy Families & Community:

Thanksgiving Holiday

As I am sure you have heard, school will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, November 25-29. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2. During this time, the campus will be unavailable.

Please enjoy a safe, relaxing holiday!

Construction

In November 2012, Sacramento voters approved Measures Q and R, propositions written with the intent to upgrade school facilities to ensure that students receive access to learning environments that are modern and safe. Also known as the “Core Academic Renovation,” there are a variety of modernization projects occurring across the District.

As you may know, a decision to rebuild the band, choir, and theater classrooms at Kennedy, as well as the front office areas, including the addition of a new college and career center, was adopted early last year after significant public input.

The first phase of this construction project will begin during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and last through the end of the school year. As a result, the front of the school will be inaccessible during the next several months. Front office access will be available via the M-Wing gate on the west side (student parking lot).

A campus map showing the impacted areas as well as paths of travel is available here. Please remember to allow extra time for drop off and pick up as the construction will likely impact traffic for the foreseeable future.

Should you have questions about this project, please contact me.

Assistant Principal

I am excited to report that an assistant principal has been selected. Join me in extending a Cougar welcome to Ms. Jacki Glasper. Ms. Glasper’s ties to Kennedy span many years, beginning with Special Education support and then, more recently, social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practices. Jacki’s resume also includes seven years as a classroom teacher at California Middle and C.K. McClatchy, five as a Special Education specialist overseeing schools in both the Greenhaven and Meadowview neighborhoods, and three as a climate and social-emotional learning coach in the Academic Office.

I want to take an opportunity to thank the following individuals for their participation in the selection process: Brett Williams, Megan Morgan (student), Robert Lee (student), Ted Appel, Shahir Yasin, Joe Spatafore, Linda Okada, Chloe Simmons (parent), Fantoya Hill (parent), and Mary Hardin Young.

Next time you are on campus, be sure to say hi to Assistant Principal Glasper!

Fall Concert

Many compliments to music director Jeremy Hammond as well as choral director Bryan Stroh on last week’s fall concert. The event was testament to the many talented student musicians here on campus.

Way to go, Mr. Hammond, Mr. Stroh, and students! In case you missed it, the winter concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 19 @ 7 p.m.

Manufacturing & Design (MaD)

The MaD pathway will be hosting an open house on November 19 and December 3, from 6-8 p.m. Small group tours will begin at 6 p.m., with a second at 7:00, and a final at 8 p.m. If interested, please R.S.V.P. to Robert Greene with requested date and tour time.

Class of 2020

Good news here if you have not scheduled your student’s senior portraits. Lifetouch (Prestige Portraits) has extended the deadline to December 7, but they promise that there will be no further extensions. So, do not delay; contact Prestige at (916) 393-9950.

David Van Natten
Principal