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Cheer Takes 1st Place in Cerritos

On Saturday, January 12, Kennedy Varsity and Junior Varsity took first place at the JAMZ Cheer Competition at Cerritos College in Cerritos, CA. Kennedy continues to expand its Cheer program. This marks the beginning of the cheer competitive season. The Cheer Competitive Team looks forward to the national championship in Las Vegas in March.
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Dean & Calixto Students Win Unified Basketball Tournament

Ms. Dean and Ms. Calixto’s Alternate Curriculum students played basketball at the Unified Basketball Tournament that started Friday, February 1. We won against Verdugo High School and North Hollywood High School. Congratulations to our players: Charlie, Reese, Andre, Casey, Andrea, Charlie, Jazmin, and Natalie. Thanks to Congratulations to Coach Halliday for his support of our players. Let's keep our title as champions as we face two more teams again here at Kennedy on February 22.
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Film Director Brad Tanenbaum Visits Kennedy Film Students

Brad Tanenbaum, a Kennedy alum from the Class of 1993 and television director (CSI, MacGyver, Hawaii 5-0), spoke with our magnet filmmakers. Mr. Tanenbaum began his career as a production assistant and is currently a freelance television director with almost 50 credits to his name. He spoke to our filmmakers about the film/tv industry and how to break into to the job market. His biggest advice “Be a storyteller, whatever crew position you find yourself in, be a storyteller.”
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CSF Applications Due This Friday

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is now accepting applications for the spring 2019 semester. This is an honor society which recognizes student achievement. If you have no D’s or F’s and only one C in your fall 20 week report card, you could be eligible for membership. Please stop by Ms. Serrano’s room at B200 to pick up an application. They are due no later than this Friday, February 8.
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Seven Kennedy Band Students Perform at the Rose Parade

Seven Kennedy students were selected to be part of the 47th edition of the LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City High School Honor Band. During the winter break, while everyone had 3 weeks off, the 7 Kennedy Band students were practicing and getting ready to perform at events such as Disneyland, Bandfest and the Tournament of Roses Parade. This year marked Mr. Ibarra's 12th year as Assistant Band Director for the LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City High School Honor Band. All 7 Kennedy band students along with Mr. Ibarra worked really hard to represent our Kennedy and the District on New Year's Day.
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Kindness Counts at Kennedy

Kennedy High School is proud to join the Great Kindness Challenge, along with 15 million students in over 25,000 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. Every student was provided a checklist of The Kennedy Kindness Challenge of 50 kind deeds to complete during the week. Our student groups and teachers lead various Kindness Stations during lunch to help our students complete the challenge. At Kennedy, we continue to demonstrate kindness year round to promote an inclusive and welcoming school environment. Kindness Matters at Kennedy High School.
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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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Kennedy SRLA Runs Pasadena Half Marathon (13.1 Miles)

Congratulations to the 19 Kennedy Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) students and 6 Marathon Leaders who ran the Pasadena Half Marathon (13.1 miles) on Sunday, January 20. Kudos to Andrew Ortiz for completing the half marathon running it backwards, yes backwards!!!! Cougars, you are well on to the journey of running the full 26.2 mile Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 24. Next step is the ¾ marathon Friendship Run on Sunday, February 24.
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Strike Attendance Procedures

If your child was absent during the teacher’s strike, they were marked absent. Please submit a note with the days your child was absent and the reason why to the Attendance Office. Student absences without a note will be considered unexcused.
Si su hijo/a estuvo ausente durante la huelga de maestros, fue marcado ausente. Favor de mandar una nota con los días que su hijo/a estuvo ausente y la razón a la Oficina de Asistencia. Las ausencias estudiantiles sin una nota serán consideradas ausencias injustificadas.
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Cougars Know How to Show That Holiday Giving Spirit

This year there were 3 Kennedy families identified as in need of assistance for the Holidays. The Spanish Club, Cougar Café, and several faculty and staff members banded together and donated money and materials to fulfill each family's wish list. Some student club members even asked family and friends to donate. The families were surprised on Thursday, December 13 and given the items on their wish list and money for a Christmas dinner. The Kennedy families were VERY appreciative of this act of kindness and gave hand-written thank you cards. Way to go Cougars! Way to show that Kennedy giving spirit!
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