John F. Kennedy Bulletin


September 6, 2019

John F. Kennedy Families & Community:

Rohit Jhawar

Last night, Rohit Jhawar (‘20) was recognized by the Board of Trustees for his win earlier this summer in the grueling national congressional-styled speech and debate championship. You read that right: Rohit is the national champion, Kennedy’s very own national champion.

Rohit, we really could not be prouder of you! A second shout-out to Coach Quest Sandel for his commitment to and support of Rohit as well as Kennedy High School!


Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 12 from 6 to 7:30. To assist with planning, the  B2SN program as well as the campus map are now both available.

Sac. RT

Recently, Sacramento Regional Transit (Sac. RT) has made changes to the route system. Click here to check that your student’s bus route has not changed. 

New Faculty & Staff

Please join me in welcoming our newest members of the Cougar family:

  • Allison Lal: Front Office
  • Erin Kim, ASSETs
  • Sandy Manich, Teacher, Fine Arts
  • Alfredo Martinez, Counselor
  • Melody Mo, Teacher, International Languages 
  • Abe Snobar: Teacher, Special Education
  • Senna Vasquez, Teacher, Science (Chemistry)
  • Mai Chor Vue, Counselor

These educators bring many years of knowledge, talent, and expertise, and I am most excited to have them aboard!

Bell Schedule

The 2019-20 bell schedule is unchanged from 2018-19. Please remember that school is dismissed early (2:17) on Thursdays.

Assistant Principal Vanessa Buitrago

Join me in congratulating Assistant Principal Buitrago, who last night, with a unanimous positive vote from the Board of Trustees, was named principal at the School of Engineering and Sciences (SES). Although she will be missed at Kennedy, I am super pleased that her leadership will continue to benefit the larger community.

Congratulations, Principal Buitrago! Great things are ahead!

LCFF Surveys

In the coming days, your student will receive a copy of the District’s annual parent and student rights handbook. A parent survey will be included. Known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), data collection survey, the results, when reported to the State, directly affect District and site funding allocations. Your data is essential to ensure Kennedy receives what we are due. 

Please complete this survey and return it to the school by October 31. Your help is much appreciated!

2019-20 Assessment Calendar

This year’s testing calendar/schedule is available here. 


The PSAT is quickly approaching! All ninth and tenth graders will participate in the PSAT on October 16 during periods one through four. Students will receive practice materials and additional information from their English teacher.

Juniors who wish to take the PSAT will need to register in A.P. Buitrago’s office (with Ms. Brown) on either September 12 or 13. The registration fee for juniors who do not qualify for a fee waiver is $17. The PSAT will be administered at no cost to all freshmen and sophomores.

Should you have questions, please contact Assistant Principal Buitrago.

David Van Natten