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"Patriots from the Barrio" Author Dave Gutierrez Visits Kennedy

US History teacher Dr. Petri and English teacher Ms. Avdul were awarded a Keeping History Alive grant from Richard Webster of the Helen and Will Webster Foundation and Lee Walcott of the Ahmanson Foundation for a classroom set of Patriots from the Barrio by author Dave Gutierrez. Gutierrez’s book is a well-researched work of non-fiction that examines Mexican-American contributions in World War II and describes the heroics of Company E, the 141st Infantry from the 36th Texas division of the US Army. This unit was initially composed entirely of Mexican American enlisted men. While engaged in battle in Italy and North Africa, Company E sustained appalling casualties against Nazi Germany’s best troops. After reading Patriots of the Barrio, Dr. Petri’s students were visited by Gutierrez on Friday, February 22 to learn about genealogy research techniques and engaged in student-centered inquiry projects that helped them examine untold Hispanic contributions on American battlefields. Students will produce oral histories or interviews of family members that will be recorded and shared with the Library of Congress. Transcripts of exemplary Hispanic Histories will be on display in our library upon completion. The film rights of the book were recently obtained by Hollywood Actor/Producer Wilmer Valderrama; coming soon to a theater near you.
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2 Cougars Had Their Artwork Displayed at CSUN Art Gallery

Last month two Kennedy artists, Kayla Dancel and Maya Paz exhibited their work at the CSUN's yearly High School Invitational held in the CSUN Art Gallery. The event showcases selected work made by students from over thirty San Fernando Valley high schools, in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, and photography, among others. Great job to 2 of our many creative Cougars!
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Kennedy Cheer Wins Nationals!

On January 22 and 23rd Kennedy High School Cheer Competition Team had the opportunity to compete and show their talent in Las Vegas. We are proud to say that Junior Varsity placed 1st on the JAMZ National Competition. Congrats to our National JAMZ Champions! All 22 Juniors Varsity members have been practicing since November for this event and their hard work has paid off. Kennedy's Varsity Team also had the opportunity to compete and placed 3rd. Both teams have worked diligently and are getting ready for the next West Valley League competition at Birmingham HS on March 9.
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Architecture/Digital Design/ Filmmaking Magnet Honored as MSA "School of Distinction"

Kennedy's Architecture/Digital Design/Filmmaking Magnet has won the Magnet Schools of America's "School of Distinction" award for the 2018 school year. This award is part of MSA’s National Merit Awards program which honors the top magnet schools in the United States. This award recognizes our Architecture/Digital Design/Filmmaking Magnet school for demonstrating commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and consistent delivery of high quality educational services to all stakeholders. Congratulations to all of our Magnet staff and students for this prestigious award!
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20 Kennedy SRLA Members Run 3/4 of a Marathon (28.75 Miles)

On Sunday, February 24, Kennedy Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) members participated in the Friendship Run, which was ¾ of a marathon or 18.75 miles. There were 16 student runners and 4 marathon leaders who completed the run. These SRLA members are one step close to completing their biggest challenge of the year, running 26.2 miles in the Sketchers Performance LA Marathon coming up on Sunday, March 24. Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment. Way to show that cougar pride!
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3 Kennedy Leo Club Members Win Lions Club Scholarships

Kennedy’s Leo Club is a student branch of the Lions Club International. Every year the Leo Club encourages 3 students to compete in the Student Speaker Contest. The purpose of the contest is to develop poise and self-confidence, adapt to various circumstances, and develop skills that are useful for them to succeed and advance in future endeavors. This year the topic was: “Freedom of the Press: What Does It Mean?” 4 Students submitted a speech that was review by and rehearsed with by Ms. Petkovic, a member of the local LA Cosmopolitan Lions Club, and Ms. Sego. This year’s local chapter winner was Emanuel Gonzalez, who received $100 scholarship. The 2 runner-ups were Javier Gonzalez and Diana Mata, who both received a $25 scholarship. Emmanuel will now compete at the Zone Level on March 02. 15 District winners will receive a scholarship of $4500 each. 4 Area Winners will receive a total of $11,000 each. Then 1 final State winner will receive a total of $21,000 in Lions Club scholarships.
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Kennedy Wins at the SkillsUSA Regional Competition

SkillsUSA is a Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for our Architecture/Digital Design/Filmmaking Magnet. CTSO’s help students train for competitions, learn valuable leadership skills, and serve their communities. The regional conference was held over 2 weekends in late January and early February. Our SkillsUSA team earned 6 gold, 15 silver, and 7 bronze medals in 10 different contest areas. The winning students will advance to the SkillsUSA State conference in April and compete in Advertising Design, Community Service, Career Showcase, Digital Cinema Production, Entrepreneurship, Extemporaneous Speaking, Job Skill Demonstration, Outstanding Chapter, Pin Design, and TV Video Production. The ultimate goal will be winning gold at State and advancing to the National Skill and Leadership Conference, held in June in Louisville, Kentucky. With the quality of work our students have created, a trip to Nationals seems a very likely possibility.
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Academic Decathlon Team Wins 12 Medals & a Scholarship

Congratulations to our Academic Decathlon Team, which studied 10 subjects pertaining to the 1960’s for almost a full year. Itzel Rosas won the HIIP (High Intellectual Preparedness Program) Inspirational Leadership Award. Christian Mendoza won a $500 DWP Scholarship. The Team High Scorer was Maria Gomez. The Super Quiz High Scorer was Carina Rodriguez. Kennedy’s team won a total of 12 medals. Maria Gomez earned a gold medal for her essay on “The Great Society”. The following students won medals for Interviews: Maria Gomez-Honors Bronze; Christian Mendoza-Varsity Bronze; Jordan Mijares-Varsity Silver; Susana Torres-Scholastic Silver; Madelline Villagrana-Scholastic Silver; Gerardo Espinoza Espinoza-Varsity Gold; and Itzel Rosas Scholastic Gold. The following students won medals for Speech: Maria Gomez-Honors Bronze for “Forgiveness”; Itzel Rosas-Scholastic Silver for “Having Enough”; Jordan Mijares-Varsity Gold for “Nostalgia”; and Christian Mendoza-Varsity Gold for “Vulnerability”. Our team also won the Division 1 Most Improved Team (by more than 4000 points!). Go Cougars!
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Dissection Enrichment Program

Kennedy is offering an exciting enrichment opportunity for the Spring 2019. Students will have the opportunity to take part in our Dissection Enrichment Program. The program will run for 4 months, with 1 dissection/month after school. The program will take place after school from 3-4:30pm. The dates are as follows: Feb 25 or 28; March 11 or 14; April 8 or 11. The last dissection will take place at our Open House on May 16 from 3-5pm or 5-7pm. This will program provide students with the opportunity to increase their knowledge about animal physiology and anatomy as well as the ecology and evolution of specimens studied during the dissection. Dissections include: grasshopper, salamander, pigeon, and pregnant sheep uterus. The program is open to ALL Kennedy students that have completed or are currently enrolled in Biology or Physiology. Students who have not already completed dissection skills are required to attend a dissection skills workshop that will begin February 21. See Ms. Richard in C201 or Ms. Wilson C203 for an application.
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Summer School & Internships

Plan ahead: Summer School this year will be from Wednesday, June 19 to Wednesday, July 24. There is no school on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 in honor of Independence Day. This is a 5 week commitment with 24 days of instruction. Specific classes being offered are based on student need. Please see your counselor for more details. Attached you will also find some paid Summer Internship possibilities that are beginning to take applications now. See Mr. Abarr for more information.
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