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
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.
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. Now it’s time to get back to the routine.
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.
I am so excited to start a new semester with all of you. We have an ambitious agenda for 2017; we have our spring camp February 3-5 at Point Fermin, San Pedro. Kennedy will be able to take 6 students from our arc Leadership Council. On February we will also have our Talent Show auditions, as our Talent show will be the first week of March. For all Kennedy talented students make sure to save the date!
Also, 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!
On December 2nd, 2016 arc hosted our 1st Winter Frost Ping Pong Tournament. Overall we had a total of 40 active participants from all walks of life here at Kennedy High school. The entire tournament lasted a grueling two hours. Thanks to our partnership with Jane Addams Continuation School we were able to compete on three professional ping pong tables. Months before the tournament students practiced everyday possible to ensure that they would take home the gold. On the day of the tournament one match after another, we were down to two competitors Gio Maffei and George Abdelmalak.
With two very good athletes the match could have gone either way. Unfortunately there could only be one winner, that person proved that through hard work and persistence you can achieve the impossible it was Gio Maffei who took home the gold. Overall the Ping pong tournament tested the skills of our cougars and we had a blast throughout the day. This is something we will definitely do again in the spring. Make sure you’re ready for the next tournament cougars.
On Tuesday, October 10th, arc was able to take 45 students to Loyola Marymount University. Students got a tour of the LMU campus and got to ask questions about admissions, financial aid and campus life. We were able to take 25 students of Mr. Lemos films class & get a special tour of the film program. Later on we received a general tour of the whole school, students were able to see where the athletic dept, animation, and library were. Once the tour finished, the students were then introduced as part of the Lion family and left motivated to pursue their education.