Announcements: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Enjoy a coffee at Starbucks in the Edgewood Hy-Vee Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25.  Say you are with Kennedy Bands and 10% of sales will go to help raise funds for the band program at Kennedy.

Kennedy Students: meet with Mr. Kline for Cougar Advisory during lunch next week. A and C Lunches will meet Tuesday, March 27th and B and D Lunches will meet Wednesday, March 28th. Here’s your chance to voice your concerns! Sign-up sheets in the IMC and the main office.

Attention any 10th and 11th graders who wanted to join Mentors in Violence Prevention: we have extended the deadline. Pick up and drop off for applications: Main office! 

Want to raise money to fight childhood cancer, support Kennedy student Jack Hoeger, and have fun dancing with your friends? If you said yes to these questions, attend Kennedy’s Mini Dance Marathon! The dance will be held on Saturday, April 7 in the cafeteria from 6:00-9:00.  All money raised will help support the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon and the I Know Jack Foundation. For $20 package deal, you will gain entrance into the dance and a Dance Marathon t-shirt designed by Kennedy senior Shane Wonase. If you can’t attend the dance but want to support the cause, you can purchase a t-shirt for $12. Don’t have a t-shirt? You can still attend the dance for a $10 admissions fee at the door. Submit t-shirt orders to Mrs. Kaspar’s room (72) or find a Key Club member.

Attention Science National Honor Society members and invitees: The requirements for science service and science learning must be fulfilled by Wednesday, April 18th at 3:00 pm.  Completed/signed forms providing details of the service and learning must be turned in to Mrs. Steinmetz (room 224). If you need a form, please pick one up in room 224.

If you like science and are interested in sharing science with 7th graders, the Kennedy Science Roadshow is for you!! The Science Roadshow will be going to Franklin Middle school on Wednesday, March 28. This is an excellent way to fulfill the science service requirement for the Science National Honor Society, but participants do not need to be members of the Science National Honor Society.

If you are interested, please sign up in Mrs. Steinmetz’s room – 224 – as soon as possible.

WPA is April 6th from 8-11 in the West Gym.  Tickets are 5.00 each in advance and at the door.

Next week you can sign up your guest from another school. As always, everyone needs an ID at the dance.

Student Government is sponsoring an event to learn the sport of Curling. The event will be held at the Ice Arena on April 18th from 4-5 pm. There is NO COST to you.  Everyone under the age of 18 must get a permission form from Mr. B in room 164. Wear flat, clean shoes and loose fitting clothing.

Space is limited to 40 participants. This should be an interesting and fun event.   Sign up in room 164.

Attention Seniors: The Alumni Association is offering the Bill Herkelman Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $500.00. Some years the committee has selected more than one winner but the runner-ups receive lower amounts as set by the committee. Only one winner is guaranteed. You must get an application from the counseling office or Mr. Benedict in room 164 and return the application to one of those two spots by this Friday, March 23rd at 2pm. Interviews of the top applicants will take place in early April.

The Kennedy High School PTSA is offering at least one $400 scholarship to Kennedy students. Applications are due by Friday, April 6, 2018 and can be found in the counseling office

Cheer Tryouts: Clinics: 5pm-730pm (each afternoon)

      Monday March 26th *Mandatory if planning on trying out- information will be handed out as well as papers for trying out.*

      Tuesday March 27th  


      Wednesday March 28th – Tryouts will begin promptly at 515 pm (you MUST be present at the beginning time to ensure you make your tryout—no make ups will be permitted for missing)

If you have any questions please email the coach PRIOR to tryouts at kennedycheerleaders@gmail.com

Please make sure that you fill out the google form on the website prior to cheer tryouts. This will ensure your information is collected and ready for tryouts.

Spring College Visits! All visits will be held during SMART Time.

Tuesday, March 27 – Ellsworth Community College

Interested in visiting with a representative? Please sign up to attend in the Counseling Office ASAP.

Interested in being in the Kennedy Color Guard?
Not sure what Color Guard is???
·We perform as part of the Kennedy Marching Band at football games and competitions throughout Iowa
·We express music by using flags, movement and other equipment in our shows.
·No experience required.
  •  Meet new friends
  •  Become a part of an award - winning group.

Come to some or all of the following sessions in the Kennedy High School Band Room.

Monday March 26—3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday March 27—3:30—5:30pm

Thursday March 29—6:00—8:00pm

Leadership Opportunity for Sophomores!

The Youth Leadership for Five Seasons Program will be accepting applications for the upcoming school year. 7 students will be selected to represent Kennedy High School. The objectives of the Leadership for Five Seasons Youth Program are to:

1) Identify and select students representing the area high schools who demonstrated leadership qualities and have a concern for their community;

2) Present in-depth programs that acquaint students with community needs, opportunities, problems, and resources;

3) Allow interaction with community leaders and decision makers;

4) Provide opportunities for the students to know one another well and develop a level of mutual trust and respect;

5) Foster the interest in community voluntary activities.

If you are interested in learning more about the program and application process, please stop in the Counseling Office and sign up by Tuesday, March 27 to attend the informational meeting held next week.

Attention Sophomores and Juniors: GEAR UP has 2 additional college visits scheduled for this year.  We will be visiting Des Moines Area Community College on Tuesday, March 27th.  Please see Mrs. Mead in room 252 to sign up for the trip.

It’s time to wash the salt and grime off your car! Men’s Tennis is selling a $15 full service car wash pass to Mister Wash located by Lindale.  Passes never expire and includes interior vacuuming and dusting.  Players will be selling passes until Friday, March 30.  If you don’t know a player email Coach Bova or Valerie Johansen at vjohansen11@gmail.com if you are interested in a car wash pass.  The team will receive $7.50 for each pass they sell. 

Students interested in taking Summer Government or Economics need to see their counselor and fill out the online registration form by Tuesday, April 3rd. The form only takes a couple of minutes to complete.  The cost is $75 per course.

Attention all writers: the deadline for all written submissions to Kennedy’s Plain Brown Wrapper Literary Magazine is Friday, April 6th. Please email your poetry, fiction, or nonfiction pieces to pbwsubmissions@gmail.com, fill out a green submission form, and turn it in to the IMC or your LA teacher.

Tuesday, April 10, during Smart Time – our last STEM speaker will be here.  This will be an interactive session with a Senior Test Engineer from Skyworks Solutions, Inc. and will focus on computer coding.  Space will be limited to 30 participants since there is an interactive component, so sign up now! Sign-up sheet is on the door outside Room 271!  See Mrs. Hellweg in room 271 if you have any questions.

Attention all artists: the deadline for all artwork submissions to The Plain Brown Wrapper Literary Magazine will be Friday, April 13th. Due to extenuating circumstances, The PBW will only be accepting artwork submissions digitally this year. If you’d like to be published, please scan or otherwise digitalize your drawing, painting, or photo and email a .jpg file to pbwsubmissions@gmail.com. In your email, please clearly state your name, grade, and title of the piece. Please also fill out a green submission form and turn it in to the IMC or your LA teacher. If you need help scanning, please see your art teacher or Mrs. Baber in the IMC well in advance of the Friday, April 13th deadline.

Attention Sophomore and Juniors:  Applications are being accepted for students to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), which is a 6 day youth leadership conference held at Grinnell College over the summer. Students from all over the state will apply to attend. The conference is held Sunday, July 15 through Friday, July 20. The $450 conference fee is paid by our local Rotary Club. More information is available on Canvas in the Kennedy Counseling Bulletin. Flyers are also available in the Counseling Office. Application deadline is Monday, April 30, 2018.

BIRTHDAYS: Paige Lindo Petersen, Mallory Schultejans, Skyla Tollstam, Veen Venkatesh, Jenna Waybill



Thursday, March 22, 2018

 Happiness, INC to Show Choir Nationals @ Nashville


Station 1: Soft Shell Tacos w/salsa & corn

Station 2:  Pepperoni or Cheese Bread w/marinara. Alternate: Spicy Chicken

Station 3: Hotdogs & Cheeseburgers, BBQ Rib, Salads, Subs, Parfaits

Station 4: Asian Rice Bowl

Station 5: Spicy Chicken Sandwich



Video made by: Grant Borchert

Kennedy High School

Did you know that for the last four years, Kennedy has been named the best high school in Iowa by U.S. News and World Report?

In the spring of 2015, Kennedy High School was named the best high school in Iowa by U.S. News and World Report, #3 in Iowa by the Washington Post and #2 by the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa. Kennedy has been a part of these evaluative lists tor nearly every year they have been published.

Kennedy is simply one of the best schools in America!