April 1, 2016
Parents/Guardians and Students,
Hafa Adai! In our efforts to increase communication, the Administrative Team provides you with this monthly notice. Our philosophy is: Bridging gaps; balancing life while focused on building student futures. Visit our website at www.jfkislanders.com for ongoing announcements and other pertinent information. March 2016 was a busy month. Thank you for your support and/or participation with our Gupot Chamoru activity, Islander Pride Day, Special Olympics, the SRO survey, third quarter sports, and the many other extra-curricular activities that were held.
1. Last night the Guam Education Board (GEB) voted to end classes for all schools on May 17, 2016 mainly because of the Festival of the Pacific Arts (FESTPAC) taking place from May 22-June 4. Eight public schools, to include JFKHS, will be used to house the 3,000-plus delegates.
2. Night School (Eskuelan Puengi) mandatory parent/guardian and student orientation is on Fri., Apr. 1st at 5:30 P.M. in the cafeteria. First day of class is Mon., Apr. 4th.
3. ACT Aspire testing will be given to our freshmen and sophomores on Apr. 11-22. Students are encouraged to do their best! Testing dates for the second districtwide test, Standards Based Assessment, is pending.
4. Please support our Seniors with their fundraiser - JFKHS L16HTNING Run 5K on Sat., Apr. 2 in our campus parking lot. Bibs are available at Hornet’s Sporting Goods for $7. Race day registration is $10. Show time is 5 A.M. Hope to see you there!
5. Parent Teacher Conference is scheduled for Tues., Apr. 5. There are no classes. Conference time is 7 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Report cards were given to the students earlier this week for your review.
6. Parent-Teacher-Student Association Meeting (PTSA) is on Thurs., Apr. 14th at 6:30 P.M. in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!
7. Our school choir presents their Spring concert: “A Little Bit of This and That” on Fri., Apr. 22 and Sat., 23 at
7 P.M. in the gym. Tickets are $6 in advance, or $8 at the door. Children 4 and below are free. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. Spiked heels are not allowed in the gym. Please support Vivace and Voce Nuevo!
8. Half Day Professional Development on Wednesday, Apr. 27th. Students will be released at 10:15 A.M. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
9. National Honor Society members provide tutoring during lunch on Tuesdays (B210, D214, and D211) and Thursdays (C202, D105, and B210). If you need help in Math, English, or Social Studies, or Science, then ask your teacher for an NHS Tutoring hallway pass.
10. Students Helping Students - If you have unused JFK uniforms that will benefit our students in need, the Nurse’s Office is accepting donations. Thank you!
11. Service Learning Hours – Students are encouraged to work with their teachers to earn their service learning hours. Students must accrue 75 service learning hours as part of the graduation requirements.
12. Lockouts continue on a daily basis. Bus transportation is the recommended solution for those students who cannot get to school on time as car riders. Students arriving after 7:10 A.M. will be marked as absent; six unexcused absences will result in no credit if the student is passing the class.
13. For safety reasons, random searches and fire drills will be conducted on a monthly basis.
14. Tampering with the fire alarm is a federal offense, and infractions will be treated as such.
15. Be vigilant of your surroundings always! Report any suspicious activity to your teachers, staff and administrators or call the Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP.
Thank you for your support and assistance in helping us to meet our objectives. As a reminder, updates are available via the Pacific Daily News Educational Updates, the school website: www.jfkislanders.com, the parent and student portals of PowerSchool, and the school marquee. Have a great day!
Principal Adamos and Administrative Team
Vol. 8 / Issue 54 Thursday, March 31, 2016 GOLD DAY: 2 - 4 - 6
John F. Kennedy’s mission is to develop our island students to become globally primed high achievers
Our ESLRs: John F. Kennedy High School students will be responsible citizens, problem solvers,
effective communicators, and technologically literate.
· Attention Juniors! It's prom time! Don't miss out on a Golden Night at Olympus! It is $35 for Single and $62 for Couple. Tickets will be sold in front of the Main Office throughout this whole week. Grab your tickets today! This will be at Westin Resort Somnak Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
· Parent-Teacher Conference (PTC) will be on Tuesday, April 5 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please, inform and encourage your parents/guardians to meet with your teachers. No classes on this day!
· Are you 18 years old and want to register to vote? Please see either Ms. Liza Mafnas in the nurse’s office or Ms. Liz Brown in the Library. .
· Secondary School students are encouraged to participate in the Law Day Essay Contest. The theme is Miranda: More than Words. For more information please visithttp://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest/.
· Join the Class of 2018this Fridayin the cafeteria for a movie night as they show Insidious Chapter 2. Advanced tickets are $1 and $2 at the door. Food and beverages will be sold. You may bring your blankets and/or beach chairs! Tickets can be purchased from any class officer or in rooms F109 or C206.
· Attention Islanders! 2016 seniors are holding the annual JFK 5K: "THE L16HNTING RUN!" on SATURDAY April 2! Show time: 5 AM. Go time: 6 AM. 5k bibs are now available at Hornet's sporting goods AND in rooms D207 & D208! Seven dollars ($7) is the cost for pre-registration and $10 on race day. First 500 finishers get a free shirt! You may also ask your teachers for service learning opportunities.
· Eskuelan Puengi (EP) Orientation is scheduled on April 1, Friday at 5:30 in the Cafeteria and the start of classes will be April 4, Monday.
· Attention Islanders! You got Game? Sign-up for Intramural 5 on 5 basketball and Futsal (Indoor Soccer) during break or lunch in the gym. See Mr. Manansala to pick up entry form and for more information.
· Attention Islanders! Support the Senior class by voting for the JFK lip dub onwww.power98.com! Vote everyday on different devices and show your Islander spirit until the voting closes! Remember that the class with the most votes wins! BIBA JFK!
· WAY Binders and After Action Reports for 4th quarter are due on May 2, 2016 during the WAY meeting on Monday.
· Be vigilant of your surroundings always! Report any suspicious activity to your teachers, staff and administrators or call the Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP.
· School-wide NO HOODED JACKETS policy applies to the classroom as well. If your classroom is too cold, report to FOAS the need for the thermostat to be raised. Only non-hooded sweaters and jackets may be worn ON CAMPUS. Teachers - your assistance for enforcement is expected; call SSSO for assistance, if needed. On rainy days, students are encouraged to use foldable umbrellas or clear ponchos.
· JFKHS Spirit Fridays: Students may wear a JFKHS Club/Organization/Interscholastic/Class Shirts such as Vivace, JROTC, Nursing, or other approved JFKHS shirts. Uniform bottom is required. All shirts must promote JFKHS. JFKHS colors alone are UNACCEPTABLE. Again- this is on Fridays!
FROM THE COUNSELORS:
· TEACHERS and STUDENTS: There will be a presentation focusing on “Careers in Law Enforcement.” This is a part of an ongoing “Step into Your Future” series to promote career awareness and provide supports to student Wednesday, April 6, 2016 (2ndBlock) – Guam Customs and Quarantine. Presentation by Director Pedro Leon Guerrero. Presentation will be during class period: 2nd Period –9:30am–10:30amat thelibrary media center. TEACHERS: You have the option of bringing the entire class or having interested students sign up.STUDENTS: Students please see Ms. Chelsea in the Counseling Office to sign up for any of the presentations. You will be given a ticket to attend the presentation. Please see Ms. Nanpei in the Counseling Office or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
· Attention Potential Graduating Seniors Class of 2016, If you are interested in attending UOG during this summer, don’t miss out in this informative meeting about the UOG Summer Bridge Program during lunch today March 31, 2016 at the Media Center in the Library. See your counselor for more details.
· Moda Gino's Partners-In-Education Scholarship: Awards $500 per semester for UOG or GCC student. Must have cumulative GPA of at least 90% and be a resident of Guam for the past 2 consecutive years. Deadline is April 20, 2016. Applications available in the Counseling Office.
· The Guam Women's Club Scholarship: Awards $1,000 to attend GCC. Must be U.S. citizen and resident of Guam, have at least a 3.0 GPA and file a FAFSA form. Deadline is April 15, 2016 (noon). Applications available in the Counseling Office.
· Seniors! University of Guam (UOG) placement test will be on April 18, 2016. You must register by the April 15, 2016deadline to take the test. Students will also have another opportunity to take the test on June 11, 2016 (Alpha Names: A-L) and June 12, 2016 (Alpha Name: M-Z). You must register by the June 1, 2016 deadline to take the test. Application fee for UOG is $49.00 USD.
· CACGP provides tutoring every Monday during lunch in the library. CACGP members, this will count as an event towards your grant-aid requirements.
· ATTENTION STUDENTS: The 2016 Youth for Youth Conference will take place onApril 1, 2 and 3, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. If you are interested in attending the conference, see Mr. Lujan in the Counseling office. The registration fee is $100.00 for the three days conference.
SPORTS UPDATES: - Please, support our Islanders!
· GIRLS’ SOCCER: April 2 @ 4:30: JFK vs. Guam High at Guam High; April 6 @ 4:30: JFK vs. Notre Dame at JFK
· TRACK & FIELD: Today, March 31 @ 4:30: JFK vs. Okkodo at JFK; April 1 @ 4:30: JFK vs. FD/AOLG at Okkodo High
· BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: April 5 @ 5:30: JFK vs. GW at GW
· Hafa Adai faculty and staff! Please come and support the senior class this Saturday, April 2, 2016. The flier with further details was emailed. Please do encourage your students to attend. This could also be a service learning opportunity for some of you.
· As per DOE SOP#200-006 – (1) attendance should be recorded daily per period in PowerTeacher; (2) PT grade books are to be updated weekly at minimum with grades for assignments, tests, quizzes and any other components to determine students’ grades; and (3) emails from parents/guardians should be responded to within forty-eight (48) hours. On Fridays during homeroom, please have your students remain standing during the Kennedy Alma Mater.
· Campus Hours: Office Hours: 5:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.(Includes Counseling and SSSO)
o FOAS Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and closed during lunch. All business transactions will be conducted through the FOAS window except for NAF deposits.
o Interior Gates: 5:50 a.m. to2:15 p.m.
o Main Office Front Gate:5:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
o ** Please make a request with FOAS if you need to stay back. GPS employees cannot be interrupted with their duties to open the gate for those who fail to comply with hours of operations. Thank you!
· We are a Closed Campus. Please notify the front office if you are expecting a visitor on campus so that the main gate attendant allows the visitors entry.
Hafa Adai Everyone!
If you have not visited the FestPac 2016 website, please find the time to do so. In our support of the event and all the potential learning activities we can do with our student, I highly encourage all teachers and schools to continue incorporating lessons related to FestPac and the participating island nations into their curriculum.
Featuring the different island nations, studying their culture and people, and many of their unique characteristics as well as similarities to each other and ourselves is a great way to help our students connect with our pacific heritage.
The FestPac2016 website is a great first place to start!!! (Please see link above or search for FestPac Guam 2016).
Thank you everyone!!!
Joseph Leon M. Sanchez,
Curriculum and Instructional Improvement
Guam Department of Education