News and Announcements

Grab & Go Hours Extended to 11am and Sylmar HS New Site + Updated PBS Programming

KLCS (Spectrum Channel 3) is providing educational programming for Grades PK-12 (Attached Schedule). KCET (Spectrum Channel 6) is providing educational programming for Grades 9-12 (Attached Schedule). KOCE:PBS Socal (Spectrum Channel 8) is providing educational programming for PK-3 (Attached Schedule).

Kennedy HS is a Grab & Go Center offering 2 FREE student meals per day starting Wednesday, March 18 from 7am-10am. There are 60 Grab & Go sites in total. See the attached link for additional sites.

Spectrum (Charter) is offering FREE Internet to students (K-College) households without Internet for 60 days. The telephone number is: (844) 488-8395.
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SkillsUSA Wins at Regionals

On Saturday, January 25 at Pasadena City College, 42 members of Kennedy’s SkillsUSA Chapter competed in the Region 3 Leadership and Skill Conference. Our chapter competed in 11 different areas. 14 Kennedy students received gold medals, 8 received silver medals, and 4 received bronze medals. The following students earned the ability to compete at the SkillsUSA State Conference scheduled for April 16-19 at the Ontario Convention Center. Gold Medalist included: Joshua Cruz and Jasmine Kohlbrenner for Digital Cinema; Jasmine Bennet, Vi Nguyen, Brianna Rodriguez-Torres, and Christian Ruiz for Entrepreneurship; Leo Kahlenberg for Job Skill Demonstration; Jasmine Mendez for Pin Design; Valeria Berrospid for Prepared Speech; Alexa Althen, Berry William, Roberto Ramirez, Blaze Skochinski, and Emily Venegas for Quiz Bowl. Silver Medalist included: Justin Ramirez for Archetectural Design; Madelyn Barajas, Natalie Jeronimo-Goytia, and Devon DeGreeter for Community Service; Jenyne Alvarez, Jillian Codron, and Andrea Metz for Community Service; Bridget Couzin for Pin Design. Bronze Medalist included: Isabella Baca, Claudia Villanueva, Savannah Westphal for American Spirit; Emiliano Perez for T-Shirt Design. Students who Advance to State (ATS) include: Kriselle Bantay and Rosy Vasquez for Television (Video) production; Gerardo Salazar for Architectural Drafting.
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Medical Magnet Deemed Excelling Magnet by LAUSD

Every year, the Office of Student Integration uses the Magnet Performance Index to validate excelling magnet schools in LAUSD. The Magnet Performance Index includes: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high quality instructional systems and family and community partnerships. Not only did Kennedy's Gifted Medical Magnet receive a certificate from the District acknowledging our Gifted Medical Magnet as an excelling school, we also reached the 99.5% threshold and received an award with a gold seal. Thank you to all of our staff, students, families and community partnerships who helped us reach this outstanding achievement!
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Over 30 Kennedy SRLA Cougars Complete the LA Marathon

On Sunday, March 8, 29 of Kennedy’s Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA), 8 staff members, and 1 parent completed the LA Marathon. This 26.2 mile “journey”, as SRLA Leader Gabriel Cedillo calls it, goes from Dodger Stadium all the way to the Santa Monica pier. These students include: Billy Alvarez, Alyssa Aquino, Leila Arce, April Bañuelos, Brooklyn Burgess, Diego Cedillo, Frieda Cedillo, Riley Chong, Analisa Duarte, Maria Enciso, Roberto Espinoza, Paul Fontanilla, Aaron Garcia, Ashley Godinez, Alina Gonzalez, Edgar Hernandez, Ricardo Hernandez, Ryan Luna, Christian Magana, Yamileth Maganda, Prissila Moreno, Nicolas Orozco, Nicole Orozco, Valerie Pimentel, Eliza Portillo, Danny Ramos, Amanda Reyes, Pedro Rodriguez, and Evelina Zubrinskaya. Many thanks to our SRLA Leaders and Kennedy staff members that inspired and trained alongside them including: Mr. Gabriel Cedillo, Ms. Prado, Ms. Solorzano, Mr. Aguilar, Mr. Pimentel, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Castañeda, Ms. N. Velarde, and Ms. S. Velarde. Many thanks to Mr. Prado, our marathon day chaperone for making sure that every one of our runners made it safe to Santa Monica High School. The fact that these 29 amazing runners had the courage to endure the pain for 26.2 miles says a lot about them. Not everyone can finish a marathon, only the committed and strong spirited can. “Finishing a marathon is not the end, but rather it is only the beginning of a new life style”, as coach Gabriel would repeatedly say. “Kennedy SRLA runners were not running to forget who they were, but rather to become who they want to be.” These runners poses the perseverance within to not only training and completing a 26.2-mile marathon, but to make mature decisions that will forever change their lives. We are proud to say that Kennedy HS has an awesome group of committed and strong spirited runners that will go on to college and achieve their goals and dreams. It has been an amazing ride, keep running and run happy always!
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Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Local Elementary Schools

Kennedy celebrated national Read Across America Day or Dr. Seuss’s Birthday on Monday, March 10 with over 600 students from Danube, Haskell, and Tulsa elementary schools. The Teaching Academy coordinated the event with over 20 Kennedy teachers. The elementary students participated in age-appropriate, Dr. Seuss-themed activities led by Kennedy students. The students were escorted by Kennedy students, school staff, and parents. LAPD ensured their safety by providing traffic control. Kennedy students worked afterschool and on the weekend to decorate the school with the Dr. Seuss Theme. Elementary students left with happy faces and a better understanding of why reading is important.
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Kennedy ARC Students Clean Up the Santa Monica Beach

On Saturday, March 7, 20 Kennedy ARC students spent their day volunteering for Heal the Bay cleaning up Santa Monica Beach. This event was part of LAUSD Beyond the Bell’s Take Action Campaign, which is a year-long initiative that provides students with leadership development opportunities. Students cleaned up everything and anything including: tar, plastic, cigarettes, gum, and even small pieces of metal that can endanger wildlife. The students left the beach cleaner than when they arrived. Students who participated were also able to receive Service Learning credit, which is required for graduation. This Heal the Bay event brought hundreds of students together to be a part of an incredible opportunity to make a great difference in their local community.
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Grad Nite Ticket Sales Postponed to After Spring Break

Grad Nite Ticket sales have been postponed until after Spring Break. The first day of classes after Spring Break will be Monday, April 13. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 24. Specific sale dates and times will be forthcoming. Senior Grad Nite is still scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2020.
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Kennedy's Got Talent!

On Friday, March 6, the Alternate Curriculum teachers produced their annual Kennedy’s Got Talent show. Ms. Dean, Ms. Calixto, and Ms. Cormier’s students showcased their students’ talents. The Little Theater was filled with positive energy. The parents students, faculty, and staff in the audience were amazed by the students’ dancing, singing, playing instrument, and telling of silly jokes.
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At Kennedy, Kindness Counts!

Kennedy is proud to join The Great Kindness Challenge, along with 15 million students in over 27,656 schools in 115 countries. Our Kennedy Kindness Challenge is a school-wide event that challenges all students and staff to complete as many acts of kindness as possible toward each other and our community throughout the week of February 24-28. Every student was provided a checklist of The Kennedy Kindness Challenge of 50 kind deeds to complete during the week. Our student groups, parent center, and teachers lead various Kindness Stations during lunch to help our students complete the challenge. Congratulations to our Seniors who completed the most acts of Kindness throughout the school. At Kennedy, we continue to demonstrate kindness year round to promote an inclusive and welcoming school environment. Kindness Counts at Kennedy.
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