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Finals Week Schedule: Monday, December 12 - Friday, December 16

Monday, December 12: Regular Day
Tuesday, December 13: Periods 1 & 6 (PD Bell Schedule)
Wednesday, December 14: Periods 2 & 5 (Minimum Day Bell Schedule)
Thursday, December 15: Periods 3 & 4 (Minimum Day Bell Schedule)
Friday December 16: Spring Walk Through (Minimum Day Bell Schedule)
Winter Break: Monday, December 19, 2016 - Friday, January 6, 2017

BAND AND COLOR GUARD WIN DIVISION 2A CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS!

On Saturday, December 3rd, the Band and Color Guard earned 1st Place at the LAUSD Division 2A Band and Drill Team Championships at East LA College. This is the second time in a row Band and Color Guard have won a city championship. Please take a moment to congratulate our Band and Color Guard team members and our Music Director, Mr. Ibarra. This is an amazing accomplishment for our Music Department and brings great recognition to Kennedy High School.

Kennedy Receives $50,000 Fitness Grant from UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind

Kennedy High School will be partnering with UCLA Health and their Sound Body Sound Mind program to build a comprehensive physical education program. The grant provides a state-of-the-art physical fitness center on our campus to help fight obesity and improve the health and lives of our students, staff, and community. The program also includes access to their Sound Body Sound Mind curriculum and the corresponding professional development for our staff, This the beginning of an incredible budding partnership with UCLA, especially for the Gifted/High Achieving Medical Magnet.

For more information go to:

https://www.uclahealth.org/soundbodysoundmind/what-we-do

Kennedy Identified as one of America's Best High Schools in 2016

John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, CA is ranked 416th within the state of California by US News & World Report. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Kennedy High School is 40 percent. Kennedy is ranked #2175 in the Nation and earned a silver medal. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.

Daily News: Kennedy Football Revels in Rivalry Victory Over Granada Hills

"The win gave Kennedy the Granada Hills Chamber Of Commerce trophy for the first time since 2009 in a rivalry that began when Kennedy first opened its doors in 1971. After the game, the Kennedy student section stormed the field to celebrate the end of the school’s five year drought to the Highlanders."

“The atmosphere was unbelievable tonight,” said Maffei, who was 16 of 20 for 201 yards and added a rushing touchdown. “It felt like I was playing in a college game tonight. I can’t thank my team enough and how hard they fought.”

Kennedy Wins Silver at National SkillsUSA in Kentucky

Graduating Kennedy seniors Jerry Cerda and Samantha Crende (pictured in the lower left) travelled to Louisville, Kentucky this last June to compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. They represented California in the Television Production contest competing against 32 teams from across the US. Jerry and Sam brought home a Silver Medal for California and Kennedy HS. This is the first time a team from California has won a medal in this contest.

Kennedy High Teacher Awarded ASCD Grant

ASCD, the Virginia-based nonprofit formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, has named Dr. Scott Petri, a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, as one of 17 teachers nationwide to receive the first-ever ASCD Teacher Impact Grants.

Here is the link:
http://www.sanfernandosun.com/news/article_6c655cce-54d0-11e6-ab5e-6372f0e4f451.html

Architecture, Digital Design, and Filmmaking Magnet Honored by Magnet Schools of America

Kennedy's Architecture/Digital Design/Filmmaking Magnet has been honored by the Magnet Schools of America as a leading school in the nation for achievement and creative excellence. This award, "Magnet School of Distinction", was awarded to only 8 magnet schools in California that have demonstrate high academic excellence, specialized curriculum and instruction, and family engagement. Magnet Schools of America is a national organization that represents over 4,000 magnet schools across the country.

Congratulations to Our Academic Decathlon Team Who Won 14 Medals!

Silver Medals for Interview: Alexis Miranda & Ralph Morales
Gold Medal for Interviews: Maranda Bernal, Larissa, Ramirez, & Ricardo Carrillo
Silver Medal for Speech: Michelle Vo & Caridad Valle
Gold Medal for Speech: Ricardo Carrillo, Alexix Miranda, Ralph Morales, & Larissa Ramirez
Bronze Medal for Essay: Ricardo Carrillo
Team High Scorer: Ricard Carrillo (Second Year in a Row!)
Overall Team Award: 3rd Place in the school district in the Speech Competition

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