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.
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 7-week program that gives incoming 9th and 10th 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 and the opportunity to attend a 3-day, 1-night Leadership camp at Sacramento State University. Free breakfast and lunch provided daily. Program includes Field Trips, performances, and an end of summer Showcase!
Dates: June 17 – August 1, 2013
Times: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Locations: Hiram Johnson, C. K. McClatchy, John F. Kennedy, Health Professions, Rosemont, West Campus and Luther Burbank 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!
Good Day Sacramento conducted three live feeds from John F. Kennedy High School last week to highlight the school’s career pathways: The Cougar Café culinary program; the Architecture Program; Auto Shop; and the Design and Manufacturing Program. Students and teachers from each group highlighted their areas of expertise!
Congratulations to John F. Kennedy High School senior Caitlyn Seymour on signing her National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at CSU Chico. Congrats, too, to both the Kennedy drum line and winter guard for their respective first place finishes in their divisions at the Winter Championships at Lincoln High School!
Robotics teams from the School of Engineering and Science and John F. Kennedy High School traveled to Madera during Spring Break to compete in the FIRST Robotics Central Valley Regional competition. The SEStematic Eliminators advanced to the semi-finals before being knocked out of the competition. Both teams received awards: SES won the Creativity Award and JFK won the Industrial Safety Award.
The School of Engineering and Science’s robotics team (SEStematic Eliminators) won a Regional Finalist Award at the FIRST Robotics Sacramento Regional competition held at UC Davis. The SES team was SCUSD’s first ever to advance to the finals of this prestigious competition. The Eliminators also won the Industrial Safety Award given to the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to protect against hazards. John F. Kennedy High School’s team made it to the semi-finals and won the Quality Award for “machine robustness in concept and fabrication.” The C.K. McClatchy Reavers and the Hiram Johnson Wire Freaks also competed in the program. Congratulations!
All 500 members of John F. Kennedy High School’s Class of 2015 visited Sacramento City College last week, the result of an emerging partnership between SCUSD, Los Rios Community College District and California State University, Sacramento. The students were encouraged to work hard, plan for the future and to find out about the “hidden curriculum” of college.
The John F. Kennedy High School girls’ basketball team continued its winning streak on Saturday, beating Deer Valley High School of Antioch 58-52. The Cougars move on to the NorCal semi-finals, playing Gunn High School of Palo Alto at home at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Read the Bee’s roundup here.
Congratulations to the John F. Kennedy High School girls basketball team for winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game on Saturday against Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills!
The Cougars won 62-58 in double overtime, earning Kennedy its fifth section championship since 2001. Sports writer Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee called it “as good a championship game as has been played at Power Balance Pavilion/Arco Arena.” (Read the Bee story)
Kudos, too, to the West Campus girls team for their great season, which led them to the Division IV championship game on Saturday.
Both Kennedy and West Campus will now advance to the CIF Northern California Regionals. Kennedy will play Castlemont of Oakland at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Kennedy. West Campus plays Anderson also at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at home. Read about West Campus’ accomplishments.
John F. Kennedy High School’s Criminal Justice Academy held its annual Rank Promotion Ceremony on Tuesday, December 6, at JFK. Representatives of the Sacramento Police Department, the program’s partner, were in attendance. Congratulations to JFK students who were promoted!
John F. Kennedy High School art students competed in the Sacramento Art Festival earlier this month with 27 entries in myriad categories. Maria Polzin and Anais Logan were awarded second-place ribbons. After all of the work was judged, a special category was created and new first-place awards went to four JFK students, including Samantha Vue for her Space Elements work created in Computer Generated Art. She won a blue ribbon and a $25 check. Kudos to all participating students who received art award ribbons for their work.
John F. Kennedy High School students in teacher James Dolecki’s social science classes raised $530 during a Congo Benefit fund-raising drive. The money will be used to purchase mosquito nets for students in the Congo. The nets prevent the spread of deadly malaria.
Bankers from Wells Fargo visited John F. Kennedy and Luther Burbank high schools on Thursday, national “Get Smart About Credit Day,” and gave a mini-lesson to students on “Saving to Buy a Car” with an emphasis on making smart financial decisions that protect their futures. “Get Smart About Credit Day” is part of a national campaign by volunteer bankers to help young people develop responsible habits concerning finances.
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. AP courses emphasize the skills and habits needed to be successful in higher education, including demanding writing skills, problem-solving abilities, time management discipline and sharpened study habits.
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: