News and Announcements

Orchestra Earns Silver at World Strides Heritage Music Festivals

On Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, Kenney’s Chamber Orchestra, under the leadership of our Music Director, Wilber Ibarra, held their annual Spring Tour in San Diego. They performed at San Ysidro High School as part of the World Strides Heritage Music Festivals held in various cities throughout nation and received a Silver rating, based on their musical performance. As part of the Spring Tour, orchestra students spent 2 days at Sea World and visited various sites in Old Town San Diego.
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Kennedy New Magnet Community Meeting

Kennedy High School will have a community meeting to discuss establishing new Magnet Programs. We are exploring the possibility of offering additional College/Career Magnet programs that would be of interest to our community. The meeting will be Monday, April 22, 2019 at 8:30am in the Parent Center.
La preparatoria Kennedy tendrá una reunión para discutir el establecimiento de nuevos programas Magnet. Estamos explorando la posibilidad de ofrecer programas adicionales dentro de nuestro programa Magnet que podría ser del interés de nuestra comunidad. La reunión será el lunes 22 de abril del 2019 a las 8:30am en el Centro de Padres.
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Calixto's Class Goes to the California Science Center

On Wednesday, April 3, Ms. Calixto’s Alternate Curriculum class went on their first major field trip of 2019 to the California Science Center. The class was able to view the Space Shuttle Endeavor, the main feature at the IMAX Theater “Superpower Dogs”, the Giant Aquarium, and finally they had lunch at the Trimana Grill. The students had a great time and wished they could have stayed longer!
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Amgen's Matthew Thompson Visits Kennedy Medical Students

On Wednesday, April 3, Matthew Thompson, Consultant Chief of Staff for Amgen’s Final Product Technologies (FPT) Core, spoke with our freshmen and sophomores about careers in healthcare beyond the traditional medical field. He focused primarily on biotechnology/research careers. Mr. Thompson is also an Expert Life Science Management consultant and founder and CEO of Thompson Global Consulting LLC. He brings a longstanding history of leading consulting experience to Life Science companies across the globe.
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Canon Shows Student Film Makers How to Maximize Use of Their Cinema Cameras

On Friday, March 29, Canon USA provided a 3 hour hands-on workshop on recently purchased 4 Canon C100 cinema cameras. This work-based learning environment was run by Peter Marr and Tony Tran from Canon. Senior filmmakers were provided instruction on the menus, setup, and performance of the cameras that are currently used by Netflix, NFL Films, and various other professional productions. They even offered to host the Senior Thesis Premiers, a capstone project production for seniors in the Filmmaking strand of the Architecture/Digital Design/Filmmaking Magnet.
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Spanish Club Sponsors Banda Dance Night Friday, April 5

The Spanish Club will be hosting Banda Night featuring Banda La Pegadora on Friday, April 5 in the Big Gym from 7-11pm. Tickets are $12 presale at the quad and $15 at the door. Food and drinks will be sold at the dance. The $6 combo includes: 2 tacos, rice & beans, and a drink (soda or water). Food combo is NOT included in the entrance fee. Please see flyer for more information. Proceeds from this event will be used to sponsor the 1st Spanish Club scholarship for a graduating Kennedy senior.
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500 Juniors Take SAT @ Kennedy

For the first time, LAUSD administered free SAT college admissions exams to nearly 30,000 high school juniors, allowing them to take an important first step on the path to a college career. The rigorous reading, writing, math and essay test was administered on Wednesday, March 27 to 497 Kennedy juniors in the Big and Small Gyms. The SAT School Day affirms the District’s commitment to ensuring that students are prepared for college and the workforce when they graduate. Most four-year universities accept the SAT as part of a student’s application packet to help gauge their readiness to tackle college-level material. Paying for all the SAT fees and allowing juniors to take the exams during the school day at their regular school helps to eliminate barriers that have traditionally made it difficult for some students to take the test. The District will continue to offer the PSAT, a practice test for the SAT assessment, to all high school sophomores at no cost. Our LAUSD Board Member, Scott Schmerelson, commented, “I salute this effort to encourage our students to take advantage of all opportunities to ready themselves for college, university and other post-high school experiences.” Kennedy Associate Student Body (ASB) Vice President, Katherine Haro, said that she “Thought that the SAT testing went smoothly.” She went on to say that “We (juniors) need to take better advantage of the SAT preparation opportunities on campus.
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21 Students & 6 Staff Members Complete the LA Marathon

Despite all the challenges incurred preparing for the LA Marathon including fires, rain, mudslides, and even the teacher's strike, 21 of Kennedy’s Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) and 6 staff members completed the 26.2 mile “journey” as SRLA Leader, Gabriel Cedillo, calls it from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica pier. The students included: Alina Gonzalez, Billy Alvarez, Jason Avalos, April Bañuelos, Frieda Cedillo, Analisa Duarte, Maria Enciso, Alina Gonzalez, Katie Lopez, Yamileth Maganda, Eduardo Martinez, Vivian Meraz, Jeremy Navales, Richard Navarrete, Bianca Nuno, Andrew Ortiz, Valerie Pimentel, Gaby Quintero, Pedro Rodriguez, Lluly Romero, Tanya Serna, and Evelina Zubrinskaya. Many thanks to our SRLA Leaders and Kennedy staff members that inspired and trained alongside them including: Maria Prado, Gabriel Cedillo, Mary Cervantes, Jacinto Garcia, Lourdes Garcia-Meza, and Irvin Castañeda. 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. Not everyone can finish a marathon, only the committed and strong spirited can. 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. Finishing a marathon is not the end, it is the beginning of a new life style.
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Kennedy Cares Festival April 1

Kennedy will host the first annual Kennedy Cares Festival on April 1, 2019, from 8am-12pm on the Kennedy campus. The purpose of this event is to provide outreach to the community; share information regarding the various programs offered at Kennedy; and provide information regarding schools in the Kennedy Complex. The Kennedy Challenge LA team will perform their civic duty to provide information regarding the 2020 Census. Kennedy Girls Build LA organization will be leading a voter registration campaign. Most importantly, we will have an opportunity to have fun as a community by participating in 5K run for our health. The 5K Run is for all ages, all community members, and District staff. Kennedy clubs will have information booths and carnival games. Food trucks will be on site for when you get hungry, or you can bring your own items for lunch. Please mark your calendar and join us for this event.
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Donate Interview Clothes to Kennedy Cougar Closet for Senior Interviews

We would like to ask for donations of gently used business attire for Kennedy's Cougar Closet. These donations will benefit the students that have no access to formal attire for senior interviews. Three clothing items will be equivalent to half an hour of community service. You can donate up to 24 items of clothing (4 hours). Please do NOT donate any undergarments. All donations shall be dropped off, around 7:30am, to any of the following locations: Ms. Dixon L100, Main Office, and the Library. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Thank you so much for your support!

Nos gustaría pedir donaciones de ropa de negocios que ha sido poco utilizada para el Cougar Closet de Kennedy. Estas donaciones beneficiarán a los estudiantes que no tienen acceso a ropa formal para la entrevistas de grado 12. Tres prendas serán equivalentes a media hora de servicio comunitario, se puede donar hasta 24 prendas (4 horas). Favor de NO donar ropa interior. Todas las donaciones se entregarán, alrededor de las 7:30am, a cualquiera de los siguientes lugares: Ms. Dixon en L100, la oficina principal y la biblioteca. Si tiene alguna pregunta o preocupaciones, favor contactar ¡Muchas gracias por su apoyo!
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