Dear Kennedy Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am thrilled to be back for a second year at Kennedy after a great first year. Please remember that each month I send out a monthly newsletter that talks about upcoming events, important announcements, etc. Like last year these will be sent out via hard copy with the students around the last day of month and to you through email. Also like last year, I will hold a Principal’s Coffee in the library (which was newly renovated) generally on the first Thursday of each month at 8:30 am to go over announcements, present on a curricular topic, and provide a chance for open forum and to tour classrooms. Please mark your calendar for the following dates:
October 11 (Second Thursday, Dr. Baker will present)
January 10 (Second Thursday, no school January 3)
April 11 (Second Thursday, no school April 4)
This year we have a new bell schedule and school starts four minutes earlier. The main reason for the schedule change is that we moved from a sixth period day to a seventh period day to give all students an extra class to support their reading and writing skills. For this extra period students either have something called Expository Reading & Writing, a class we successfully introduced in sixth grade last year, ELD, English Language Development, for our students who have not been reclassified as English proficient, or AVID, Advancement Via Individual Via Determination, a college prep class. For those who excel in Language Arts, this is the period where students will be grouped to received instruction that is more accelerated and challenging.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays this year we will have a block schedule. Classes will be 85 minutes. On Wednesdays students will have periods 1, 3, 5, and 7, and on Thursdays they will have periods 2, 4, and 6. These longer periods will allow teachers to get more in-depth with material, which is needed, and plan hands activities and labs. The block periods will also help students to prepare for the block schedule they will have in high school. This new schedule also eliminates “A” and “B” Days, which were confusing to all. On the remaining days, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, students will have all seven of their classes.
I am excited to announce that there will be more clubs, programs, and academic support offered this year. More details will be announced in the newsletter that will be going out at the end of August. As always, don’t hesitate to contact the Office, Family Center, or myself if you need anything. I am looking forward to a great year. Go Cougars!
Principal, Kennedy Middle School