News and Announcements

Cap and Gown Distribution

Thursday, June 4: Residential School
• Last names A-M: 12-2pm
• Last names N-Z: 2-4pm
Friday, June 5: Magnet Schools
• Last names A-M: 12-2pm
• Last names N-Z: 2-4pm
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Return of School Materials

Underclassmen must return school materials including:
textbooks, library books, calculators, team uniforms, musical instruments, etc. DO NOT return Chromebooks and Hotspots. Return to North Parking Lot as follows: Saturday June 6 9a–1p; Monday June 8 1-4p; Tuesday, June 9 1-4p.
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Class of 2020 Important Dates

Friday, May 15-Friday, June 12: Class of 2020 Spot light 8pm-1am (In front of the school)
Friday, May 22 & Monday, May 25: Senior Parent Zoom Meeting 5pm
Tuesday, May 26: MS Teams Training 9am
Wednesday, May 27 & Thursday, May 28: Senior Collection/Distribution of Materials 1-4pm
Friday, May 29-Wednesday, June 10: MS Teams Virtual Ceremony Preparation
Monday, June 1-Saturday, June 6: Possible distribution cap, gown & hood
Friday, June 5: Senior Awards 9am
Monday, June 8: Final grades submitted by teachers
Tuesday, June 9: Faculty Awards 3pm
Thur. June 11: Virtual Graduation Ceremony 9am
Thur. June 11: Grab & Show Residential School 2-7pm
Fri. June 12: Grab & Show ADDF Magnet 2-4pm
Fri. June 12: Grab & Show Medical Magnet 5-7pm
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Car Graduation for Class of 2020?

Superintendent Austin Beutner: The Los Angeles County Emergency Operations office announced today they have approved car parades for special celebrations, including graduations. This is different from the guidance they shared publicly on May 16.

As we have said – and have wanted to do all along – we would allow those at our schools to plan celebrations which gatherings as long as they are in accordance with guide lines from Los Angeles County health authorities.
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Online Summer School 2020

Are you falling behind in your classes? Do you need to make up credits to graduate on time with your class? Want to convert that “D” into a higher grade for college? Come to Kennedy’s Online Summer School. This 5-weeks program is from June 24-July 28. There will be NO class Friday, July 3 in honor of Independence Day. Classes meet online every day for 1 hour plus up to 1½ hours of at home independent practice (homework). Period 1 is 9-10am; Period 2 is 12-1pm. We are offering: Algebra 1, Geometry A/B, Algebra 2A/B, English 9A/B, English 10A/B, World History A/B, US History A/B, Biology A/B, Chemistry A/B, and Health. Space is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis. Students receive 5 credits for each class (Algebra 1 is 10 credits). You must commit to the entire 5 weeks of class. More than 3 absences will result in no credit due to the concentrated nature of the instructional time frame. E-mail your counselor to sign up and for more details.
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Class of 2020 Cougar Signal Is Up

Seniors: The Class of 2020 Cougar Signal is up!! It’s time for all senior superheroes to respond. Come to the front of the school and take a picture from 8pm to 12am. Share your pictures on social media using the #cougarsignal2020. We ask that when you are on campus taking your pictures to please practice safe social distancing by staying 6 feet apart and wearing a mask whenever possible. Please do not take more than 5 to 10 minutes to take your picture, so that others may have a turn.
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Kennedy Town Hall Meeting

Local District Northwest invites you to attend the second Virtual Town Hall meeting for the Kennedy Community of Schools. Please join us on Thursday, May 28th at 10am for a Zoom Informational Meeting with leaders from the Local District Northwest team as they discuss Instructional Updates, Technology, Wellness, and other valuable information. To receive Zoom meeting invite information, you will need to register here:
If you have specific questions that you would like to have addressed during the meeting, please e-mail them to: Spanish translation will be provided during the community meeting. For more information, please email our Principal, Dr. Chavez at We will see you Zooming at the Town Hall Meeting in a couple weeks!
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Kennedy HS Community Essential Workers

Kudos to our Kennedy Community Essential Workers, who are on the frontlines of the Coronavirus. They keep us safe and provide for the essential in life that we take for granted. They go out every day to support our community despite the dangers they face on a daily basis. For example, Brielle Fredeluces’ sister, Michelle Fredeluces, is the Lead Charge Nurse in the Emergency Department at Adventist Health White Memorial. Trinity Leyva’s mother, Micaela Leyva, works for LA Sanitation Department as a Communication Information Representative. She goes to work every day to ensure our beautiful city remains clean and that LA residents have their trash collected weekly. Angie Palacios’ father, Edwin Palacios, is a truck driver. He goes to work every day and then has to go out to buy groceries and necessities for the family as many of them have underlying health conditions to make sure the family is safe at home. Muhammad Hashir’s sister, Mahwish Munaf (a 2017 Kennedy alumna), is a Behavior Therapist. She travels to the homes of autistic children every day to ensure that they receive their required therapy. George Garcia-Meza’s Aunt, Erica Reynolds, is the Director of Performance Excellence at Exer Urgent Care. She drives to different clinics to support doctors and nurses, who are saving lives at their clinics on a daily basis. Kennedy Cheer Coach Eric Guardado is an Ophthalmology Medical Technician at Kaiser Permanente. He coached our Cheer Team to earn the title of 2019 LAUSD Division III Champions. Our Bilingual Coordinator Carlos Guzman’s daughter, Brianna Guzman, is a Registered Nurse at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank and is assigned to work with Coronavirus patients.
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Senior Fimmaking Students Win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at Directing Change Film Contest

The Directing Change PSA contest is a statewide competition that brings awareness to suicide prevention and mental health for teens. This year, senior filmmakers from the Architecture/Digital Design/Filmmaking Magnet won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Los Angeles Region. In addition to being recognized, the 1st place team of Kate Berumen, Bianca Cruz, Valeria Preciado and Josue Limon won $500. Joshua Cruz and Ian Sequeira were awarded 2nd place and $250. Nikki Santa Cruz and Rosy Vasquez took 3rd and $250. Kate and Bianca’s PSA “Sadie’s Coffee” moves to the statewide round of judging and the chance for another $500. The statewide winners will be announced on May 19th. The award winning PSAs can be seen here
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Distance Learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is distance learning?
• Distance Learning is defined as when a student and instructor are in different locations. During this time of Covid 19, JFK teachers are working from home preparing and delivering lessons. It is the expectation of the teaching staff that every student will communicate with his/her teacher on a regular basis.
How do teachers at JFK use distance learning?
• JFK teachers are very resourceful and provide instruction using various methods. Noted below are only some of the ways that JFK teachers provide instruction.
• Distance Learning methods could include:
o Online instruction
o Printed Instructional Materials
o Phone Calls
o E-mails
o Text reminder applications
o Video Conferencing and other means of communication
o The use of live video is encouraged, but shall not be mandatory
o Teachers’ Office Hours
How do I communicate with my teachers?
• JFK Teachers have designed a schedule that takes into consideration student need and available resources. Communication with teachers and staff is done either by sending messages through Schoology or you can e-mail Staff from our web site
• Once you are at the Staff Page click on the e-mail and complete the information. Don’t forget to press send when you are done.
• Our teachers have worked hard to avoid scheduling conflicts. However, in some cases the schedule might overlap. Therefore, teachers have created and follow a regular weekly schedule of instruction, student support, and 3 Office Hours/week. To find the teacher schedule and office hours, visit the web site staff section.The schedule and office hours are readable in that part of the website. Teachers are also providing support and clarification via phone calls, email, and/or other virtual platforms.
How do I communicate with my counselor?
• You can send your counselor a message either through Schoology or through the web site.
• Using the web site, click on programs then click on the counseling services link. You will see a picture of our counselors and other support staff. The email link as well as access their page with information and office hours.
• Click on the Email and complete the information. Don’t forget to press send when you are done.
How do I keep track of distance learning assignments?
• JFK teachers post assignments on Schoology. If you cannot find the information that you need to complete an assignment, please reach out to your teacher using Schoology or e-mail. Please do not wait until the end of the school year to complete assignments. However, if you are having difficulty, please reach out to any JFK staff member for assistance.
• If you need assistance in activating your Schoology account, please contact Mr. Trebor Jacquez, Assistant Principal.
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