News and Announcements

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 sarah.richard@lausd.net. 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 sarah.richard@lausd.net. ¡Muchas gracias por su apoyo!
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Kennedy Will Receive a $135 Millon Modernization Make Over

Kennedy HS has been selected to receive $135 million in Bond funding to modernize its buildings and infrastructures. The program consists of the removal of 19 portable bungalows including: NP’s, EP’s, and SP’s (except those assigned to Jane Addams). The following areas will be modernized and seismically retrofitted: Buildings B and C; the Library Complex (Library, L100, L101); the Performing Arts Complex, (Buildings E, M, and Little Theater), Special Education Office, Shop Area (Buildings S and D), Cafeteria Area (Kitchen, Indoor Dining Room [IDR], Covered Eating Area, and Student Store). Buildings A, K, and the Gym Complex will receive minimal modernization upgrades as they were built in 2001 following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. A new building will be erected between Building C and the Tennis Courts, where the SP Bungalows are currently located. It will contain an additional 10 classrooms (including 3 science classrooms), restrooms, and teacher work stations. The project is currently in the planning and design stage, but could take up to 7 years before it is complete. Construction will be ongoing.
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Daily News Features Kennedy Student Pedro Rodriguez

The Daily News featured 10th grade Medical Magnet student (and aspiring neurosurgeon), Pedro Rodriguez, in last Friday’s Local News report for making healthy choices. Pedro, who says that he used to be a “really chubby” fifth grader, first joined Students Run LA as an eighth-grader at Sepulveda Middle School and his confidence and fitness levels have soared. He was looking for ways to stay in shape, because his doctor warned him that he had high cholesterol, was on the verge of diabetes, and needed to lose weight. Yesterday was the 3rd time Pedro has run the Los Angeles Marathon with SRLA. One of the SRLA Leaders, Ms. Cervantes, even commented that she has watched Pedro become “a lot faster” and more confident compared to last year. Read the entire story in the attached link below.
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Kennedy Counts Recognized by LA Unified Board of Education

On Tuesday, March 19, Kennedy High School Challenge LA team, Kennedy Counts, presented their work at the LAUSD Board Meeting. Kennedy Counts has joined the countywide effort to INFORM, EDUCATE, and ENGAGE residents in the upcoming 2020 Census and ensure that everyone counts. It is their goal to raise awareness about the 2020 Census and develop an outreach plan to encourage members of hard to count populations to be counted. Kennedy Counts was commended for their efforts to raise awareness regarding the 2020 Census by the Board as a whole, and individually by Scott Schmerelson (Board District 3), Nick Melvonin (Board District 4), Kelly Gonez (Board District 6), Richard Vladovic (Board District 7), Tyler Okeke (Student Board Member), and Superintendent Austin Beutner.
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Kennedy's Literary Art Magazine Annual Art and Writing Contest

Do you like writing poems, short stories, or essays? Do you love to draw? Kennedy High School’s literary magazine, Voices and Visions, is holding their annual art and writing contest. The prize for best front cover design is $100.00; back cover design is $50.00. Both designs must include the magazine’s title “Voices and Visions.” The size should be the standard 8 ½ x 11 inches. The writing prizes are as follows: $75.00 for the best poem, short story, and essay. All writing submissions must be typed. Please take your submissions to your English teacher, or take them to Room A205. The deadline for all entries is Friday, April 5. All grade levels are welcome to participate.
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Medical Magnet Student Franklin Murphy Awarded Scholar Athlete

On Thursday, March 14, Franklin Murphy, a senior in Kennedy’s Gifted Medical Magnet, received a Scholar Athlete Award from the San Fernando Valley chapter of the National Football Foundation, which serves the North Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. In addition, he received a $1,500 scholarship towards the college he will be attending. Recipients were selected based on athletic ability and academic success. Franklin played running back for Kennedy for 4 years and currently has a 3.714 GPA. Jonathan Franklin, a retired NFL football player from Green Bay Packers, who currently is coaching for the Los Angeles Rams and played football for UCLA, was keynote speaker. The awards banquet was televised on CBS from the Odyssey restaurant in Granada Hills.
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ARC Spring Fling Dance Friday, March 22 6-10pm in the Big Gym

ARC Student Council will hold its 1st annual Spring Fling dance this Friday, March 22 from 6pm to 10pm in the Big Gym. Pre-sale tickets are $2 in the Quad at Lunch and $4 at the door. Food and drinks will be sold at this event. The dance will feature DJ TYE Hollywood from KIIS FM and will be giving away free concert tickets and prizes, so don’t miss out. There will be a photo booth. Attire is casual and decorations will be glow-in-the-dark. See you Friday!
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Architecture/Digitial Design/Filmmaking Magnet Honored as "Excelling Magnet"

Kennedy Architecture Digital Design and Filmmaking (ADDF) magnet was honored as an “Excelling Magnet” for the 2017-2018 school year by the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) office of Student Integration Services. The index is based on daily attendance, AP enrollment rate, percent “Meeting the Standard” on the Smarter Balanced assessment in English Language Arts (ELA) and math. Their Average Daily Attendance rate was 97.66%, indicating that ADDF magnet students want to come to school on a daily basis. The percent of student who “Met the Standard” on the 11th grade Smarter Balanced assessment in ELA was 82.2%, indicating that the vast majority of the ADDF magnet students are college ready in English entering their senior year.
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