News and Announcements

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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Kerbrat's Medical Students Certified in "Stop the Bleed"

On Tuesday, December 3 during Mr. Kerbrat’s periods 1, 3, and 4; staff from Providence Holy Cross Hospital came and certified students in how to “Stop the Bleed” as part of the Emergency Medical Services program within the Patient Care Pathway. Hospital staff included a trauma surgeon, a Nurse Practitioner, and a few Registered Nurses (RN’s). They covered bleeding control, application of a tourniquet, and wound packing. Nearly 90 Kennedy students were trained on how to “Stop the Bleed”. The top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. 20% of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control.
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Rydell Supports Kennedy HS

Kennedy High School would like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to Rydell Auto Dealership of San Fernando who generously donated to our Attendance Incentive Program. The donation has helped supply several incentives to our students to help encourage daily attendance. Our wonderful parent, Mauricio Martinez, who is an employee with Rydell, assisted Kennedy with the donation. If you or your company would like to make a donation to Kennedy, please feel free to contact our Principal, Dr. Richard Chavez at 818-271-2906.
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Your Attendance Matters!

On Friday November 22, 10 students with Excellent Attendance won a drawing to participate in our "Grab the Swag" event! The students were able to grab as much play money as they could to pick prizes that included gift cards to Starbucks, Taco-Bell, McDonald's, movie passes and MB2 Raceway. "Grab the Swag" event will be held each month in the Spring. Students who are in class and on time are automatically entered into a drawing to participate. YOUR ATTENDANCE MATTERS AT JFK!
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It Just Isn't Cool to Juul

On Thursday November 21, students, teachers, and parents participated in our "Not Cool to Juul" event hosted by our Youth Development Group & Advocates for Healthy Choices. The Kennedy community rallied behind the anti-vaping/tobacco campaign where they gained information about effects of vaping, how to use alternative coping skills, pledged not to use tobacco products, and ways to help themselves and peers. The Youth Development Group & Advocates for Healthy Choices will be providing more information in our Parent Center in the Spring and will host another anti-vaping/tobacco event in February. For more information regarding effects of vaping, or if you need assistance, call 1-800-QUITNOW or www.truthinitiative.org
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9 Kennedy Students Honored $600,000+ in Scholarships from Women In Entertainment (WIE)

On Wednesday, December 11, Nine Kennedy students received scholarships at the Power 100 Women In Entertainment (WIE) Breakfast sponsored by the Hollywood Reporter. Two Kennedy seniors were awarded full-ride scholarships to Loyola Marymount University (worth $250,000 each). Katherine Haro won the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation scholarship presented by Charlize Theron and Natalie Lopez won the first ever Carrie Fisher Scholarship presented by Bryan Lourd. In addition, senior Priscilla de la Rosa received a $100,000 Netflix scholarship from Mindy Kaling and Charlize Theron to attend Yale. All WIE mentees received a $10,000 scholarship toward college expenses, which also includes Kennedy seniors: Kate Berumen, Bianca Zamora, and Andrea Zaragoza. In addition, 3 new Kennedy juniors were selected to be WIE mentees and received brand-new Apple laptops along with a $10,000 scholarship upon their completion of the WIE Mentorship Program including: Clarissa Morales and Sabrina Rae Gonzalez, Celine Mendoza.
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3 Kennedy Teachers Become National Board Certified

Congratulations to our 3 teachers who have recently passed their National Board Certification (NBC): Ms. Dean, Ms. Koskela, and Ms. Stankiewicz. National Board Certification is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond the State teaching credential. NBC has national standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The National Board certifies teachers who have successfully completed its rigorous certification process. This is a 50% increase in the faculty at Kennedy for a total of 9 teachers with this prestigious national certification. These accomplished professionals join the ranks of our current NBC teachers: Mr. Alvaro, Ms. Houghton, Ms. Kelly, Ms. Mallick, Ms. Richards-Gantka, and Mr. Saadzoi.
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3 Kennedy Programs Participate in Granada Hills Holiday Parade

Even the rain could not dissuade Cougars from participating in the 36th annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 8. In fact Kennedy was well-represented: ROTC, Band & Color Guard, and Cheer/Dance. These proud cougars marched the 3 mile trek, which started at Petit Park and continued down Chatsworth Street to Zelzah Avenue from 1-4pm. They reveled in the joy of the holiday spirit by representing Kennedy High School. ROTC even received several awards including 2nd place for Color Guard and 1st place for Drill.
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Singular Exposes Students to Broadcast & Content Creation

On Monday, November 18, representatives from Singular.Live visited Kennedy’s Digital Design classes to offer advice, share knowledge, and give hands-on training to students regarding careers in broadcast and content creation. Guest speakers expose students not only to real-world life experiences from the position of someone who has been there, but allow students to learn about potential career trajectories that they may not have thought about before. Singular engaged students in the science behind their data visualization tool and provided insight into a field that students have not had any past experience with. Being that the digital design class works about 80% of the time designing for print media applications, it was great opportunity to have them see how they can design inside the more dimensional world of video spaces.
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