Welcome to Kennedy! ¡Bienvenidos a Kennedy!
John F. Kennedy Middle School is committed to providing equal access to high-quality education for all students grades 6-8. We are located on the corner of Goodwin Avenue and Connecticut Drive. Our office staff in the main building assists with attendance, forms, questions and anything else you might need, from 8am to 4pm. Our Family Center coordinates with community partners and sponsors to go beyond the students' academic needs and meet their emotional, physical, and social needs as well.
What Does Kennedy Middle School Have to Offer Your Child?
1. A Commitment to Easing Your Child's Transition from Elementary School to High School.
As a school consisting only of grades 6-8, Kennedy provides a haven for middle schoolers to learn in a safe environment and become confortable with themselves as they transition from k-5. This transition begins with the Summer Bridge Program, a week in June in which incoming 6th graders become acquainted with the school, meet each other, and do team-building activities! These 6th graders then start class in the fall in the B-Quad, a rectangle of classrooms enclosing a courtyard, separate from the rest of the school. 6th graders take recess a period earlier than 7th and 8th graders, and lunch half an hour earlier
Not only does Kennedy provide a transition from 5th to 6th grade, however; it prepares students to transition to high school. Students rotate among teachers who specialize in distinct subjects, in the same manner as a high school. They learn how to use their passing time to arrive on time to their next class. Moreover, 8th graders receive high school prep classes and can consult a counselor to see their options, how to best choose a school, and how to successfully apply.
2. Performing Arts Programs
Creativity is encouraged. Students can choose from a variety of electives: music, drama, dance and art.
Kennedy's music program puts on recitals for the family and community! Students can choose any instrument from flute to violin to drums, and learn how to play as part of a concert band.
In our drama program, students not only get to learn about theater and how to act--they get it to live it out in action. Students audition in the fall for a play to be held in March. There are three separate final performances, in which students from each grade have lead roles, so the actors get as much stage time as possible!
For those who love to dance, they don't just learn about choreography, they perform the choreographed dance as well!
Future artists can practice papier mache and the pottery wheel in the art workshop.
3. Bilingual Immersion Program
Students are welcome to enroll in the Spanish immersion program, a great opportunity to learn Spanish or to fine-tune grammar/writing abilities.
4. Leadership Opportunities
Kennedy has a unique Student Council. Not only do they organize Halloween candy grams and other fundraisers to help raise money for the school, but they conduct service projects and poll their peers to see what they'd like to happen in the school. Student Council attended We Day in San Jose in 2015 as a reward for starting composting and gardening at their school, as well as organizing numerous efforts to support cancer patients. Student Council also plans and executes school events, such as the Winter Wonderland dance, athletic assemblies and Student of the Month ice cream awards.
5. Physical Education and After-School Sports
Kennedy has five PE teachers! Also, students can take advantage of a large gymnasium with bleachers, an electronic scoreboard, a sound system, basketball hoops, volleyball nets, you name it. At lunchtime, you'll find students playing soccer in the large grass field, walking the track that goes around the baseball field, hanging out on the benches in the tea garden, playing wall-ball on the blacktop, or shooting hoops in the gym. Kennedy participates in Redwood City After-School Sports, and students get the opportunity to learn sports techniques from their very own teachers, who already know them! Moreover, students enjoy getting to know their science or math teachers as coaches on the court!
6. Extracurricular Activities and Community Partners
Whether your student wants to be a coder, a mathematician, a journalist, an environmentalist, or an avid reader--there is a club for him/her! Moreover, students are welcome to start new clubs.
When your child is in 7th grade, he/she has the option to backpack through the Grand Canyon on a week-long school trip!
If you work, or can't pick up your child until after school lets out, you can enroll your child in the after-school program, Think Together, runs until 6pm Mon-Fri.
For those interested in law, Fly is a youth empowerment program based in Santa Clara County that teaches 7th grade students about law and takes them on a field trip to perform a mock trial in a real courtroom at Santa Clara University.
7. Counseling and Mentoring Services
The Family Center has a full-time counselor and multiple StarVista counselors who can meet with the same student consistently, multiple times a week. Counselors offer individual therapy, group counseling and emotional support to teens who are facing emotional rough patches or tough situations. Students who are struggling with grades can also see a mentor to help them learn studying techniques, encourage them to complete homework, and act as a liaison with the teachers, to facilitate communication and to arrange any extra time with a teacher.
8. Family Support Services
The Kennedy Family Center (KFC) offers a monthly food bank, Second Harvest, of fresh vegetables and fruits for the Kennedy community. It also offers school supplies such as backpacks and binders and PE clothes for students who need them. The center also offers at-home family counseling, and welfare sign-ups. The center works with donors and partners to provide holiday gifts to families. You can drop by the KFC 8am-4pm Mon-Fri for handouts on services and community resources available.
9. Opportunities for Parent Involvement
Kennedy boasts a strong PTO, with designated officer roles and monthly meetings open to every Kennedy parent. Parents are involved in fundraising, school development, and volunteering at school events.
10. A State-of-the-Arts 8th Grade Graduation
Last, but not least, when our students are prepared to enter high school, they graduate in style. Eighth graders have a special graduation dance and yearbook signing. The graduation ceremony consists of music and speakers, and family members and friends are welcome, as the ceremony is held on the large school field.
Questions? Want to learn more?
Please contact Nelly at the front office at (650) 365-4611 or Veronica at the Family Center at (650) 482-2110.
Principal Dave Paliughi and Community School Director Liz Calderon-Garcia look forward to meeting you!
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