News and Announcements

Secretary of State Alex Padilla Visits Kennedy to Preregister Juniors and Seniors to Vote

On Wednesday, January 29, Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Los Angeles City Clerk Holly Wolcott visited Kennedy High School to get juniors and seniors pre-registered to vote at just sixteen and discuss the importance of their civic duty. LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson, Local District Director Donna Gilliland, and Telemundo 52 news anchor Guillermo Ochoa were on hand to show their support.
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Kennedy Goes to the Huntington

On Wednesday, January 29th Ms. Serrano’s Contemporary Composition class visited the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. They toured the first edition library and saw some of the texts they read earlier this year, such as “Self-Reliance” and “Civil Disobedience,” as well as viewed paintings from famous American painters from the 1900s. They also had a chance to tour three of their gardens: the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the English Rose Garden.
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Volunteer Opportunities at the Granada Hills Branch Library

The Young Adult (YA) Librarian at the Granada Hills Branch Library is looking for volunteers for the Rising STAR (Students and Tutors Achieving Reading Success) program. This is a great opportunity for teens to read aloud to children in the library and get Kennedy community service hours. Teens who participate must commit to at least 20 hours of volunteering, have a special orientation, and be interested in working with children. The storytelling is a scheduled, structured, and supervised activity. You must be 14-17 years old. The program is designed to help teens develop public speaking skills; increase confidence; build teamwork and collaboration with other teens; build a stronger commitment and relationship with their community; and improve their own literacy/mentoring skills. If you are interested please contact Tatiana Ortiz at tortiz@lapl.org and she will provide you with more information.
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Filmmaking Students Go to Sony

On Wednesday, January 23, senior filmmakers in the Architecture/Digital Design/Filmmaking Magnet visited the Sony Digital Media Production Center in Los Angeles. Students were given hands-on instruction on the Sony Venice camera, Sony’s 6K camera used on such films as Top Gun:Maverick and Marvel’s Black Widow. The students were also surprised by Phaedon Papamichael, Director of Photography on Academy Award nominated Ford Vs. Ferrari.
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31 SRLA Runners Complete the Pasadena Half Marathon

On Sunday January 19, 2020, 31 of our Student Run Los Angeles (SRLA) runners completed the Pasadena Half Marathon as part of their training season. These student athletes have been training for the last few months in preparation for the Los Angeles Marathon on March 8, 2020. Their hard work and commitment to the program was reflected in the success the students had on Sunday. We want to congratulate every one of them for finishing their second half marathon of the season. You should all be incredibly happy and proud!! Our students have only one more training event left before the LA Marathon, that being the “That Dam 30K Run” at the Hansen Dam Recreation Center on February 8, 2020. We want to congratulate the parents of Valerie Pimentel and her brother Diogo Pimentel, the mother of Adrian Vargas, and the father of Amanda Reyes for completing their first half marathon ever! We want to thank you all for your continuing support not only to your student but to the SRLA program as well. Congratulations to Ms. Sandra Velarde, Ms. Nanci Velarde, Mr. Castaneda, Mrs. Lorena Solorzano, Mr. Fabio Aguilar, Mrs. Prado and Coach Gabriel for completing another half marathon as well. Way to do it SRLA – Go Cougars Run LA – In it for the long run…26.2 miles!
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9 Kennedy Band Students March in Tournament of Roses Parade

Nine Kennedy students were selected to be part of the 48th edition of the LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City High School Honor Band. During the winter break, while everyone had 3 weeks off, the 9 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 13th year as Assistant Band Director for the LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City High School Honor Band. All 9 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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73 Kennedy Students' Abstracts Published in CSUN Journal

The New Journal of Student Research Abstracts is an annual publication of student research in our local community. The journal is intended to serve as a vehicle to honor young investigators and their teachers by showcasing their work, motivating them to continue their involvement in research science; a source book for both students and teachers who are looking for ideas for research projects; and a volume to disseminate student research discoveries. This year, the work of 73 Kennedy students from Ms. Richard's AP Biology classes had their work published in The New Journal of Student Research Abstracts. Their work can be found on pages 42-52. The following students had their research published: Ruth Aguido, Natalie Leal, Nicole Contreras, Steven Aivazian, Rubyn Choi, Christopher Rangel, Elle Biller, Julissa Garcia, Jennifer Borodaty, Alexa Williams, Jamie Cullen, Angela Miranda, Brooklyn Burgess, Elianna Medina, Destiny Cespedes, Angel Aguilera, Veronica De la Rosa, Crystal Magaña, Andrea Duran, Mia Encina, Elysse Johnson-Mendoza, Elizabeth Kakachyan, Emmanuel Espinoza, Jason Park, Jacob Fisher, Jacob Cerrillo, Andrea Galvan, Justyce Moreno, Lisett Gonzalez, Robert Almanza, Kaitlyn Germann, Yaramitt Heredia, Eliana Gonzalez, Falaqnaz Haque, Tiffany Hernandez, Daniel Lopez, Maggi Holmes, Alexander Hitch, Jacob Santos, Mario Garcia, Kassandra Huanosta, German De La Luz, Leyla Huite, Karen Duong, Ingrid Ambriz, Nikini Karunatilaka, Hailey Klitzner, Roque Morales, Tracy Lobido, Esmeralda Rubalcava, Brandon Lopez, Candace Kreuz, Natalee Merino, Gabriel Mercado, Jevy Miranda, Pedro Rodriguez, Sheliya Tronco, Sara Nieves, Sheikh Tazri, Katelynn Perlstein, Roxan Sheikh, Desiree Trujillo, Daniel Phillips, Sean Tremain, Valerie Pimentel, Gaby Quintero Martinez, Christopher Santiago, Chris Nolasco, Michael Evangelista, Jasmine Ramirez, Kimberly Martinez, Tania Villa, and Marvin Serrano.
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Powder Puff Football

On Friday, December 13 at 7pm, the Junior lady cougars played the Senior lady cougars in the annual Powder Puff flag football match. Juniors won 15-6. Kennedy male cheerleaders were on hand in the quad for the Powder Puff Pep Rally during lunch as well as during the game to rally the fans to enjoy the game.
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Woodley Community Church Supports Kennedy Families

Kennedy High School is fortunate to have a supporting and caring community. Woodley Community Church graciously provided gifts and other items to ensure some of our families do not go without during this holiday season. Their compassion has not gone unnoticed. Woodley Community Church is located at 10341 Woodley Ave, Granada Hills, CA 91344, just north of Devonshire. They have items available to families in our community that include a food bank and clothing. Please call (818) 368-7794 if you would like more information. Thank you Woodley Community Church!
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Lady Cougars Invoking Possitive Change in the Community and Having Their Voices Heard

Thirty girls from JFK attended an event hosted by the LA Promise Fund titled “Hello Future.” From the LA Promise Fund website: “Designed to address the diversity pipeline problem with STEM, Hello Future launched October 23 and 24, 2019 in downtown Los Angeles. The event ENGAGED, INSPIRED, and EMPOWERED young people from middle school and up by bringing them together with today’s most disruptive entrepreneurs, tech innovators, and brands.” Twenty of our JFK girls are working directly with the LA Promise fund initiative Girls Build. According to the LA Promise Fund, “WHAT IS GIRLS BUILD? Girls Build, an initiative of LA Promise Fund, challenges young women from public middle and high schools across the country to make an impact in their community and ensure that their voices are heard. We believe young women will define the vision for what our schools, communities, and country can be, and that work starts now." If you are interested in learning more about the LA Promise Fund, Hello Future, or Girls Build, visit https://www.lapromisefund.org/hello-future/ or find us on Instagram @jfk_girlsbuild, Twitter jfkgirlsbuildla, or keep up with club happenings and events by visiting our website https://girlsbuildcredit.weebly.com/
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