John F. Kennedy Bulletin


December 9, 2019


With the holiday season in full swing, students often find it more difficult to stay focused on academics. Now, though, is also a time when there is a need for dependable instruction and a minimum of undue disruptions at school. Thus, the staff and I will do our part by keeping “holiday celebrations” to a minimum. Although a time and place at school to celebrate is not out of the question, the strength of the academic program is built on consistent high quality instruction. 

Your support, as always, is appreciated. 

Upcoming Opportunity to Learn About Vaping

As many already know, e-cigarettes and vaping among teens has become something of an epidemic. According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control, use has tripled among middle and high school youth. Some devices are so small that they are no larger than a USB drive. Some are designed to actually mimic a USB drive to avoid detection.

Families frequently ask school staff for help in identifying warning signs, risks, and devices. As a way of informing families and protecting students, Kennedy will host a community forum designed to educate families, students, and community about the dangers of vaping as well as a primer on spotting the warning signs of use.

Please join us on the evening of Thursday, January 9 @ 6 p.m. in the Kennedy auditorium. There is no need to register in advance.

Volleyball All-Stars

Congratulations, Mimi Vang and Sisilia Vainuku! This year, Kennedy had two players in the Optimist Volleyball competition. Together, with the team, Mimi and Sisilia brought JFK its first win! Way to go, and thank you Coach Pollock! 

Course Selection

In the coming weeks, the counselors will work with English teachers to conduct elective interest surveys. These surveys will help school staff to make early, informed decisions regarding next year’s master schedule. The better that we understand where student demand is likely to be, the greater the chance that resources can be allocated to meet that demand. Students will complete the online survey via Infinite Campus.

Rest assured that this process does not take the place of actual course selection, and any requests made now are not guaranteed.


In November 2012, Sacramento voters approved Measures Q and R, propositions written with the intent to upgrade school facilities to ensure that students receive access to learning environments that are modern and safe. Also known as the “Core Academic Renovation,” there are a variety of modernization projects occurring across the District.

The first phase of this construction project has begun and will last for the better part of the school year. As a result, the front of the school will be inaccessible during the next several months. Front office access will be available via the M-Wing gate on the west side (student parking lot).

A campus map showing the impacted areas as well as paths of travel is available here. Please remember to allow extra time for drop off and pick up as the construction will likely impact traffic for the foreseeable future.

Should you have questions about this project, please contact me.

Winter Concert

The jazz ensemble, concert choir, and concert band would like to welcome you to their annual Winter Concert. The event will be held in the auditorium on Thursday, December 19, beginning at 7 p.m. Come out, and support JFK’s outstanding musicians! Admission is free.

David Van Natten