Sports: Baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, softball. For more information on Kennedy sports, click here.
Signature field trips: All 9th grade students attend college tour to CSUS and all 11th grade students attend college tour to UCD. Additional college tours are taken by specialized programs and clubs. PACE, ROTC and Criminal Justice Programs have specialized field trips specific to their programs.
Clubs: JFK students enjoy more than 30 clubs, including Robotics.
Recognized by the state as a 2005 and 2009 California Distinguished School, John F. Kennedy High School (JFK) is a comprehensive school, serving students in grades 9-12, in the Sacramento City Unified School District. JFK is known for its rigorous academic programs. JFK operates on the fundamental assumption that all students are capable of experiencing success and achieving excellence through learning.
JFK provides a climate that continuously affirms the worth and dignity of all students, while setting high standards for learning and behavior. The campus provides a supportive and friendly atmosphere where students and staff feel safe and enjoy caring relationships.
“Freedom Writers” teacher Erin Gruwell will appear at John F. Kennedy High School on Friday, May 13, to screen a new documentary that tells the story of her students in the years after the movie was released in 2007.
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda visited John F. Kennedy High School on Monday to promote legislation that would increase state funding to after-school programs.
Others on the JFK tour included Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Michael Funk, director of the state’s After-School Division. Cooper is the author of AB 2663, which would add $73 million for after-school programs.
Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War” is the powerful story of 150 at-risk students from Long Beach, California, who were once considered unteachable. Inspired by their teacher, Erin Gruwell, and the writings of Anne Frank, the students discover a new way to express themselves. The documentary follows the students’ story from the first day of freshman year in 1994 to the present day.
Students in John F. Kennedy High School’s Men’s Leadership Academy enjoyed snowboarding over Spring Break, a trip sponsored by Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento County Probation.
“The weather made the trip more challenging with a steady snowfall all day, but I think it added a unique experience for the young men that went to the snow for the first time,” says School Resource Officer Adam Feuerbach, one of the chaperones.
The excursion was funded by the Sacramento Police Foundation.
John F. Kennedy High School alumnus Cornel Ronald West (class of 1970) is an American philosopher, academic, social activist, author and public intellectual.
West was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grew up in South Sacramento. His mother, Irene B. West, was a teacher and principal in the Elk Grove Unified School District, where a school is named in her honor. His father, Clifton Louis West, was a general contractor for the Defense Department.
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with David Van Natten and Stephanie Shaughnessy.
David Van Natten, Principal, John F. Kennedy High School
Three SCUSD seniors were awarded scholarships at the annual Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility banquet on April 26.
The students were winners of the organization’s essay contest. The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility received 170 entries this year from high school seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties describing their thoughts on the words of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who said, ”The world is over-armed, and peace is under-funded.”
The Sacramento Unified Education Foundation is hosting a “Countdown Fundraising Campaign” to support John F. Kennedy High School’s robotics team — the only high school team selected to represent the City of Sacramento in the prestigious 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis this week (April 22- 25).
The FIRST Robotics Championship is considered to be the World Series of robotics competitions.
Help send Sacramento’s hard-working future engineers and scientists to the 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis next month.
John F. Kennedy High School’s robotics team has been selected to compete in the prestigious competition — the first Sacramento City Unified School District robotics team to ever make it. School of Engineering and Sciences’ team may qualify for the championships as well, depending on the outcome of its next bout.
Several Sacramento City Unified School District high school and middle school students won high honors at the Synopsys Sacramento Regional STEM Fair in Folsom on March 14.
Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School first place finisher Will Gaudreau has been nominated to move on to the California State Science Fair Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition.
The 2013 John F. Kennedy High School yearbook staff has won the Herff Jones Excellence Award in recognition of Outstanding Execution of Concept and Theme for this year’s Reflections yearbook, which is titled “Beyond Measure.”
This is a regional award given by the Herff Jones yearbook representatives from the Sacramento area and the honor was presented to the class by Herff Jones’ Kelly Gentry.The Kennedy Annual will now be considered for the inclusion in the Herff Jones national publication, “Ideas That Fly.”
Students from John F. Kennedy High School’s Visual Communications class were recently honored for their illustration work on a children’s storybook.
In a contest hosted by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, young elementary school authors were tasked with writing a story inspired by agriculture. Eight winners were selected from thousands of submissions by young authors.
John F. Kennedy High School student Nancy Barrera has won the CVS Pharmacy and WorkAbility 1 Program’s “Student Award of Excellence.”
Ms. Barrera has been participating in work experience through WorkAbility, at the Rush River CVS Pharmacy all year and is in the process of being hired by the pharmacy. She has won for WorkAbility’s Region 4 which encompasses most of Northern California.
Included in her award is a $200 check, which she will receive at an event on May 22. Congratulations!
This is an exciting 6-week program that gives incoming 9th grade students the privilege of helping out their community through service learning opportunities that address community issues and concerns. After completing 120 hours of service, students will earn 5 high school elective credits. Free breakfast and lunch provided daily. Program includes Field Trips, performances, and an end of the summer Showcase!
Dates: June 22- July 30, 2015
Times: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Locations: C. K. McClatchy, John F. Kennedy, Luther Burbank, Rosemont and West Campus High Schools
Three phenomenal SCUSD scholar-athletes — Makenzie Fong of John F. Kennedy, Amanda Meroux of West Campus and Derek Taylor of C.K. McClatchy — have won the Dale Lacky Scholarship from the California Scholastic Federation.
The scholarship honors students for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Each student was awarded $600 towards college fees.
Twenty-four SCUSD students from Luther Burbank, Hiram Johnson, John F. Kennedy and C.K. McClatchy high schools participated in the 16th annual Hmong National Development Conference in Fresno earlier this month.
Thousands of community leaders, business professionals, advocates and young people from across the country attended the three-day conference, themed “Journey Forward, The Next Chapter of the Hmong Americans.”
SCUSD’s Safe Schools Office in collaboration with Sacramento Police Department is providing campus monitor training. The training is funded by the Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) grant provided by the US Department of Education.
Last Saturday, a group of campus monitors participated in a workshop on peer mediation and conflict resolution. The peer mediation group from John F. Kennedy High School made a presentation.
Members of John F. Kennedy and McClatchy high schools’ LiLu clubs will present one-of-a-kind handbags and other accessories handmade by students at the 12th annual LiLu Handbag Project runway show and auction on Saturday, April 13 at Wind Youth Center, 701 Dixieanne Ave., Sacramento.
The event is a fundraiser for the center, which provides outreach, social services and emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 12 to 21.
Fern Bacon Middle School student Arturo Santana watched players trekking up and down the Luther Burbank High School basketball court and smiled.
A participant in a previous game, Santana was enjoying seeing others having as much fun shooting, passing and scoring in basketball as he did.
“I don’t know if you saw it, but I knocked down three shots,” Santana, 12, said at the conclusion of a round of play at SCUSD’s second annual Spring Inclusive Basketball Tournament on March 20. ”I’m an all-around player that goes with the flow of the game.”
Students enrolled in Japanese at John F. Kennedy High School Skyped with 10th graders in Matsuyama, Japan, as a partnership between the two schools. JFK students wrote letters to the students in Japan and letters were read to each other via Skype. JFK students then performed a traditional Japanese dance for their sister city students. Click here to watch.
Two members of John F. Kennedy High School Speech and Debate team, led by teacher Michael Fry, won first place in a recent state qualifying tournament and will be moving on to the state finals.
Partners Henry Adkisson and Joanne Newens, who perform in the duo category, are going to state after winning first place. Another team member, Pa Yang broke to the semi-final round in her category. Says Principal Chad Sweitzer: “We’re extremely proud to have such talented performers on our team. Great job, Cougars.”
John F. Kennedy High School student Henry Molina won the Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud competition held on February 7 at Rosemont High School.
Molina now moves on to represent Sacramento County in the state finals March 25-26 at the Capitol. California’s overall winner will receive $200 and an expenses-paid trip to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C.in April. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded at the national finals, including a $20,000 award for the National Champion.
Students at John F. Kennedy High School are learning how to be Safe School Ambassadors through a grant aimed at improving JFK’s climate. The young good-will ambassadors were trained last week on how/when to respond to conflicts on campus and were empowered to work hard to make their school as pleasant and safe as possible.
The group is led by after-school programs coordinator Yer Gutierrez, Instructional Aide Jennifer Dobrinski and teachers Ken O’Flaherty and Chris Herner.
John F. Kennedy High School students joined with teens across the region and the country participating in No Text on Board, an initiative of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign to end the dangerous practice of texting while driving.
According to AT&T’s research:
– More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-changing injuries and deaths.
– Seventy-seven percent of teens have watched their parents text and drive and 75 percent say the practice is “common” among their friends.
The 130 graduating seniors in John F. Kennedy High School’s Program in American and California Exploration (PACE) received more than 400 college acceptances this spring, including acceptances to such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Princeton, Syracuse and Duke. Forty-five PACEers are going to UCs, including UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Davis. Thirty-two PACEers are going to a CSU. Thirteen will attend a private university, including Stanford and New York University. Five are attending out-of-state public universities, including Arizona State and Alabama A&M. Thirty-four PACEers are going to community college with plans to transfer to a UC or CSU. One senior is going into the U.S. Army. Special congratulations to JFK’s valedictorian Raymond Chan, who is attending Stanford University in the fall for free after earning more than $300,000 in scholarship money.
John F. Kennedy High School junior Riley Lopez is the winner of the Mastagni Law Art Competition sponsored by the downtown law firm Mastagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller and Johnsen. The competition invites middle and high school students to celebrate the contributions of public safety professionals. At a reception on May 31, Lopez was awarded a plaque and a $500 scholarship from Sacramento Fire Fighters Local 522. Riley’s artwork will be on display at the law firm from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 9 as part of a Second Saturday exhibit titled “Honoring the Heroism of First Responders.” Says Lopez: “We know the hardships and struggles (first responders) face on a daily basis. They do, too, yet still give their time to help people.”
Students from Jinan, China, and John F. Kennedy High School visited Sacramento’s City Hall on May 8. The group toured the City Council chambers and press room, where students posed for photos at Mayor Kevin Johnson’s podium. They later met the mayor, whom they gave a Kennedy T-shirt. Writes Anstonia Ma, a JFK sophomore in the PACE Program: “From being personally escorted around City Hall to being able to meet Mayor Kevin Johnson was an opportunity that would not have been open to many people and I am very fortunate to have been able to participate in an event such as this.”
Myles Hampton, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, has won the CVS Pharmacy/WorkAbility Student of Excellence Award, one of only five such awards given out in California. The award was presented at a ceremony on May 17 at the CVS Pharmacy on K Street. He also received a cash award. Congratulations Myles!
Three John F. Kennedy High School students attended the first Sacramento Region Dinner with a Scientist held on May 1 at McClellan Park. The evening included a Science Knowledge competition and a keynote address by Dr. Leon Hall from Jackson Laboratories, who gave advice on choosing a career and overcoming barriers to success. California State University, Sacramento, biology professor Kelly McDonald showed students how florescent microscopy is conducted. During dessert, students visited with a geologist an electrical engineer and an anesthesiologist.
John Bidwell Elementary School’s running club participated in the in the 2012 Zoo Zoom, a benefit for the Sacramento Zoo, on Sunday, April 15. The run was the culmination of John F. Kennedy High School student Kelly Lemons’ senior project, in which she designed and implemented a six-week training program for Bidwell kids. For being one of five schools with the most participants in the race, Bidwell won $300. Congratulations Kelly and Bidwell!
Advanced Placement (AP) college-level courses and exams offer high school students the opportunity to earn college credit, stand out in the competitive college admission process and prepare for the rigors of college through challenging classes.
SCUSD offers high-achieving students a choice of four criteria-based high school options for a rigorous, challenging education that meets University of California requirements. Please note that these program require an separate application to apply.
Our students dream about their futures. They want to be engineers and nurses and chefs and video game designers and senators. They want to go to college. They want successful careers and lives filled with passion and purpose.
At SCUSD we are committed to helping all of our students achieve their dreams. Every school is focused on preparing students for college and careers through rigorous course work, positive relationships with caring adults and meaningful connections to the world at large.
To empower young men to become lifelong learners and globally competitive leaders – to be resilient, responsible and respectful men – SCUSD is piloting a Men’s Leadership Academy.
The Academy is modeled after a successful program in Long Beach that emerged out of the “Long Beach Promise.” The work is supported by a $40,000 grant from The California Endowment.
The Academy is a class offered during the school day (and for elective credit) to teens at risk of dropping out. Through service learning and a multi-cultural curriculum, the class aims to provide students with the tools to succeed, including teamwork, leadership, life skills, problem-solving and resiliency skills.
The Academy focuses on bringing together teachers, students, parents and community businesses and partners to provide the encouragement needed for these teens to complete high school and enroll in college.
This work is critically important: The drop-out rate in Sacramento City Unified for the Class of 2012 (the last year for which there is data) is 11.5 percent, but the rate for African American students in 15.5 percent.
The targeted audience for the Men’s Leadership Academy is boys in grades 9 – 12 who have multiple risk factors, including low attendance, low academic performance and high suspension rates. Schools that have academies include: C.K. McClatchy, John F. Kennedy, Rosemont, Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions, American Legion, and Sutter and California middle schools.
Elementary, middle, and high school students are assigned to a designated neighborhood school based on where the student lives, as long as the school offers the services the student needs. Each neighborhood school has a defined geographic boundary and is intended to serve the students who live within that geographic boundary.
Go to our Attendance Area page for more information about school boundaries, attendance maps and our neighborhood school locator.
The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the United States. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act. The purpose of JROTC, according to federal code, is “to instill in students…the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” Additional objectives include: