John F. Kennedy Bulletin


June 4, 2021

Dear John F. Kennedy Families:

Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday night at Kennedy, 300 individuals were vaccinated against COVID-19. I want to extend gratitude to the many community members and staff who provided volunteer support. As a reminder, the second vaccination clinic will be offered at Kennedy on June 23.

We were also fortunate to receive a visit from Congresswoman Doris Matsui who praised the community’s effort, outreach, and unity. Many thanks to our partners at Dignity Health and the District for making this event a reality!

Collapsing Cohorts

Due to space and number constraints, there is currently no plan to collapse cohorts. For now, the current schedule will continue. I am regularly monitoring enrollment and will notify families if there is any change. If you have a question or concern, please contact me.

Press Release! Kennedy Clarion Takes Top Honors

Please click here for more information about the recognition that Kennedy students received at Sacramento’s annual Journalism Network Awards event. Go, Cougars!

Class of 2021

The most recent Senior letter is available here. Your student should have received and shared it! In addition, monitor the website for information that is specific to the Class of 2021. It is your one-stop shop for nearly every frequently asked question.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Recently, it was announced that the Federal Communications Commission launched a special program to help families secure high speed Internet. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides eligible households with a monthly discount of up to $50. More information is available here.

Summer School

This year, summer school will run from June 21-July 23. Summer school will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. In addition to credit recovery, a number of other programs will be offered. Counselors are currently identifying and enrolling students. Once that process is complete, students will be individually notified. The following coursework is available. Should you want more information, contact the Counseling Center at (916) 395-5090. 

English and Social Science A.P. Readiness (In-Person Only)

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Students will learn and practice skills aimed at success in Advanced Placement English and History classes. The class day is arranged into 3 one-hour segments: AP History (World & U.S.) Boot Camp, with Mr. Whalen, Analyzing Verbal & Non-Verbal Texts with Ms. Reynaga, and Language Matters: Vocabulary & Grammar, with Mr. Gleason.  Skills taught can also enrich students not enrolled in A.P. coursework. More information follows. Please note that the A.P. Readiness series may be taken in-person or virtually.

  • A.P. History (World & U.S.) Boot Camp, with Mr. Whalen
    • In this course students will be introduced to skills and practice those skills needed to respond to the Advanced Placement Document Based Question (DBQ), Long Essay Question (LEQ), and Short Answer Question (SAQ).  The components of the DBQ, LEQ, and SAQ will be carefully studied.  Students will practice analyzing documents in order to respond effectively to both a DBQ and SAQ.  In addition, time will be spent examining and practicing historical thinking skills.  This is a review and head start for next year’s A.P. World History and A.P. U.S. History.
  • Analyzing Verbal & Non-Verbal Texts with Ms. Reynaga
    • Students will learn a set of techniques and practices that will allow effective analysis of all kinds of verbal and nonverbal texts, especially the type featured on A.P. exams.  
  • Language Matters: Vocabulary & Grammar
    • Analyze text and develop positions more successfully during English and History coursework by using a solid foundation of vocabulary and grammar.  Students will acquire words and terms — and their Greek and Latin roots. Further, there will be a review the four levels of grammar, providing a foundation on which to construct sentences with clarity, variety, and purpose. 

Mathematics (In-Person Only)

9th and 10th Grade Students:

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This year, we will offer a Math secondary support class over the summer break. The purpose is to provide students with extra support and practice before moving on to Math II. If a student successfully completed Math I but feels that extra support before Math II would be beneficial, this in-person course is for you.

Current 9th Grade Students

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This is a Math “bridge” course. The purpose is to provide students with additional support and practice that will help to prepare students for success in retaking Math I. If interested in this in-person opportunity, use the link above to sign up. Space is limited.


You can still order a yearbook! Visit and use code 7929 when prompted. Due to production limitations, yearbooks are expected to arrive in July. If you have questions, please contact Yearbook Advisor Danilo Campos @

Senior Lawn Signs

There is still time! Class of 2021 lawn signs are available! Get yours here!

As always, should you have a question or concern, school staff is available at (916) 395-5090. You may e-mail me at

David Van Natten