is the after school program here at Kennedy. We by creating transformational learning opportunities that empower youth to realize their full potential. Some of our most popular classes are; Drivers-ed, Kennedy Fitness & Learning Center. We also have outdoor activities such as camping, kayaking, rock climbing and more everything we do it’s free, for more info come to SP12
Welcome back Cougars to the start of a new year, a new semester, and a new you! I hope you had a fantastic winter break with the company of your loved ones. I want to take some time to congratulate our Band & Cheer program on their respective completions in the month of December they were able to get 1st place. We are so proud of your hard work and determination you put in every day. Now it’s time to get back to the routine. I am so excited to start a new semester with all of you. We have an ambitious agenda for the year; We have our Kidness campaing in the month of January. We have our camping field trip February 1-3 at Point Fermin, San Pedro. We will be taking 6 TAC student leaders. Don’t forget to take advantage of our tutoring program every Monday thru Thursday from 3:00-4:30pm & Monday – Friday from 6:45-7:45am. Cougars don’t wait until the end, take advantage now!
As the year comes to an end and we look forward to 2019. This year we had a lot of fun for the Fall semester, from helping with freshman orientation to weekend camping trips we are looking forward to the next semester! With more than 40 students in our arc Leadership Council, and 40 leaders in WeCLUB the only way we can go is up! We are looking forward to helping our students by providing more quality programs that help our students realize their true potential. Have a wonderful winter break and I’ll see you all next year! Stay tone for upcming events and new classes this next semester.
Kennedy’s “Start with Hello” week was an ultimate success. The goal was to bring out everyone to the quad to socialize and connect with others to make establish new friendships. On Monday, arc started with “Hey Day” where everyone could meet new people to make new friends. On Tuesday, everyone joined arc at the quad to take a group picture in a happy face formation. On Wednesday, students sat with other students at tables corresponding to their birthday month. Thursday included “Cups N’ Compliments” where arc provided lemonade and wrote compliments on cups for other students to receive. Friday concluded the week event with “Friendship Friday” where new friendships that were developed and everyone crafted their own bracelets for each other.
On Wednesday, August 22, three arc student council representatives Daniel Lopez, Camille Reynaga, and Alexandra Delgado, along with David Montoya (arc Coordinator), and Nina DeVillar (PSW) were invited to attend an LA City Council meeting at City Hall. They attended on behalf of the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation to support the establishment of the SAVE Promise Club and Sandy Hook Promise Know the Signs programs in all schools across LAUSD. This was an amazing experience for the students as they got to witness this meeting and how they can make a difference.
In the month of December we had the privilege to take 15 of our student’s leaders camping to Big Bear. For many of them this was the first time ever to travel out of the city. It was great opportunity for bounding and getting away from the daily routine. This students were selected base on their involvement and dedication to the program.
Last semester was the kick off of our campus beautification campaign, with all the clubs coming together for one cause. Promoting school spirit and creating an awareness to maintain our campus clean. This event was possible with the leadership of Valerie Sanchez and Jonathan Lucio. It all started on a Saturday were all the clubs gather together to plant and clean. Then after the every club at Kennedy was in charge of cleaning the school after lunch for the first 10 minutes. This really helped our custodians as they were able to focus on other task. This rotation continue until the end of the semester. We have plans for this New Year to re-launch again this campaign with the sport teams and the clubs.
Earlier this year we were approach by Valerie Sanchez and Christopher Nuno with the idea of creating a new club that would do community service and empower students to give back. The idea was solid and basic, educate our student population and inspire them to give back. During Club Rush we had a table to promote and recruit, more than 120 students signed up to become part of the WE MOVEMENT. We created structure to lead everyone and Valerie Sanchez became our president with a core of Leaders to help her and support the group. Our first event was on Saturday September 9th at 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, we cleaned up the Football field after the Football game Kennedy vs NOHO. Usually this job is done by the custodian on Saturday, this time more than 70 students showed up and helped cleaning. Our next events was the Hurricane’s in Houston and Florida, our students decided to collect items so we can send them to the place where they needed the most. Our camping lasted two weeks and WE want to give a shout out to all the students and community members for making this event happen. It’s amazing how much WE can get done when WE work together.
Good job on finishing August strong! Even though it was a short month, Kennedy and arc did great things for all high school students to raise school spirit and let you know about all the opportunities we offer. First we kicked off with our “Welcome back lunch events” and then we continue “Club Rush”, where students had the opportunity to signed to new club. We’ve been very busy at arc these past few months—this summer, we ran two credit recovery classes for a total of 45 students. The freshman Summer Bridge program, with more than 250 students. And of course, we’ve also been making preparations for the new school year which has just begun! This year arc will arc will partner with the WEDAY organization to start a “WE CLUB” at Kennedy High School, which will feature on student leaders and a year-long service-learning program. Student if you need community service hrs, WE CLUB is the program to join. If you have any questions please come see David Montoya in SP17. We hope to see both new and familiar faces as we head into the coming school year. Please keep an eye out for our next major event, the Freshman Tailgate which is collaboration with Link crew & will be held on September 22!
Have you ever wanted to put your physical capabilities to the test? Every year arc is a part of the annual Teen Adventure Challenge a youth race that brings communities across Southern California together to inspire young people to step out of their comfort zones and explore new opportunities in the outdoors. This year the event took place on March 11, 2017 at Hansem Dam Park by the aquatic center. Kennedy sent four teams to compete against other schools from Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego. The Teams’ raced through a strategically designed wilderness course that included a series of adventure-based activities and team building challenges and gave students an opportunity to practice leadership and life skills in a safe and fun environment. The teams were made up of three students that made their way through each portion of the race: kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and a series of team building challenges. We were also able to take volunteers who assisted at each of the stations to ensure that each leg of the race went smoothly. All in all, the event was fun for all participants creating everlasting memories for each of our beloved cougars who gave 110%. Congratulations to the Fupa Boyz who took first place in the High school division in the teen adventure challenge. Your team brought energy, dedication, and passion to bring home the win, and your sportsmanship and teamwork make you true role models for all that participated.