On October 15, 44 Kennedy students and 6 faculty members were invited to watch "Free Solo" at the Archlight Theater in Hollywood. The National Geographic documentary followed "Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 feet high El Capitan Wall with no ropes or safety gear. He completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history." Students were selected based on improved attendance or outstanding citizenship and the teachers had perfect attendance.
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Link Crew sponsored a pumpkin decorating contest between the freshmen homerooms. There were four categories: Most Creative, Scariest, Cutest, and Favorite Overall. The winner for the Most Creative was Ms. Minassian’s homeroom in B102. The Scariest was Ms. Arvin’s homeroom in K101. The Cutest and Favorite Overall was Ms. Espinosa in K109.
Ms. Jones’ choir students took a field trip to the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) to watch the Soweto Gospel Choir concert. Before the concert, representatives from CSUN came and sang with the Kennedy choir and discussed the historical significance and background of the performance.
The Kennedy Teaching Academy Leadership class went to Tulsa Elementary school to teach 2nd -5th grade students about what bullying is and how to prevent it. The students created and taught their own curriculum for the elementary students at each grade level and did an outstanding job!
Kennedy joined hundreds of schools across the nation to participate in “Start with Hello Week”, an event sponsored by the Sandy Hook Foundation. The goal is to promote a connected and inclusive school culture for all students and staff. The week started with students and staff greeting incoming students with a “Hello,” and was followed up with several inclusive activities throughout the week. ARC Leadership and other student groups hosted these activities including: introducing themselves to new people, sharing compliments, and organizing a “No One Sits Alone” lunch. Kennedy Cougars showed their school pride by “Starting with Hello”!
On Sunday, October 30, 24 Kennedy students and 5 adults from Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) completed the Los Angeles Dodgers 5K Fun Run at Dodger Stadium. Weather was good and everyone had a great time. There were over 11,000 runners. Every runner received a Dodgers 5K Fun Run T-shirt and bobble head of player #18, Justin Turner. Go Cougars!
On Friday, September 21, Teaching Academy sophomores and seniors set sail from the San Pedro Harbor for a team-building boating field trip. Students worked together cooperatively to learn how to sail a ship. They learned to pull up sails and tie knots. They also learned about water quality and looked at organisms under the microscope. They Captain even let them climb out to the front of the ship!
In Ms. Anagnost’s level 2 Graphic Design class, students were visited by two very special guest speakers who work in the field of animation. José Zelaya, a Senior Character Designer and Visual Development Artist at Disney Animation Studios, and Edwin Aguilar, Production Director for “The Simpsons” presented their works and spoke about their interesting career paths and offered students insight into the professional field of animation.
On Wednesday, August 22, 3 ARC Student Council representatives Daniel Lopez, Camille Reynaga, and Alexandra Delgado, David Montoya (ARC Coordinator), and Nina DeVillar (Kennedy PSW) were invited to attend an LA City Council meeting at LA City Hall. They attended on behalf of the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation to support the urge to have a SAVE Promise Club and Sandy Hook Promise Know the Signs programs in all LAUSD schools. It was an amazing experience for our Kennedy students. They got to witness an LA City Council Meeting and see first-hand how they could make a difference.
As a part of the Digital Design career pathway, Ms. Anagnost’s students are able to test for certification in: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. This past week 44 Digital Design students became certified in Adobe Photoshop. The rigorous certification test is done on-line through Certiport within the classroom setting. Ms. Anagnost classroom is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center.