John F. Kennedy Bulletin


March 8, 2021

Dear John F. Kennedy Families:

I hope this finds you safe, healthy, and vaccinated.

I understand that there are many questions (and much misinformation circulating) about school reopening plans. While some answers are still scarce, I have included three links that I believe you will find helpful. The District’s Reopening Dashboard provides current information as well as metrics required for a safe reopening. In addition, you may find the following to be of interest:

As always, as further details become available, I will be in touch.

Senior Portraits

Given the difficult circumstances of the school year, I know that scheduling senior portraits has been a challenge. So, some good news here: in addition to Lifetouch (Prestige), I am happy to announce that a second studio, Mischa Photography, has agreed to help.

Mischa will have formal attire as well as Kennedy graduation gowns for seniors to use in their portraits. COVID mitigation protocols will be strictly followed. Act quickly as the deadline is March 23.

Speech and Debate

Continuing a long-running standard of excellence, Kennedy scored highly in the recent 2021 Capitol Valley Forensics League. Three students qualified for State in at least one of several categories. Congratulations, Zoe Blackmon, Katy Kragel, and LeBron Acklen! You have made us proud! You can see more here.

Thank you, Coaches Quest and Henry for your tireless commitment. We owe you our heartfelt appreciation!

Greenhaven Rotary Speech Contest

In other Speech news, please join me in congratulating the following students who did well in the Greenhaven Rotary’s annual Speech contest:

  • Sara Faraj, First Place
  • Lily Rusk, Second Place
  • Sandhya Ahuja, Third Place
  • Solomon Phillips, Fourth Place

According to the Rotary, these “four young adults represented John F. Kennedy High School quite well by being well prepared and very articulate.  We wish each one of the great success in life and hope our paths cross in the future.” Woo hoo, Cougars!

Student Government 

Student government and other Class information is available here!

Honor Roll

The faculty, staff, and I extend a hearty congratulations to recipients of the first semester Honor Roll. There were over 1,000 qualified students, each with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Nearly half of those had a perfect 4.0. Such distinction is difficult under even the best of circumstances. We know that the last eleven months have presented many hardships. Families, thank you for the work you do to ensure success. Our partnership is more important than ever. Students, job well done!

Thank you.

David Van Natten