Announcements: Friday, September 21, 2018


The boy’s varsity cross country team took 2nd place last night at the Eastern Iowa Classic. Jacob Green was the 1st Cougar finisher in 2nd place. Other team scorers were Lucas Middlekauff in 9th, Sean Casey in 15th, Levi Sullivan 16th and Wesley Jackson in 23rd place.

The junior varsity team took 5th place and was led by Haji Ali in 19th place. Other scorers were Jacob Kiesey in 34th, Gavin Smith 35th, Drew Jensen 39th and Korbin Bateman in 41st place.


The senior service project this year is a peer mentoring program hosted by national honor society. In this mentoring program, students can go to an assigned classroom to get help from their peers in whatever subject help is needed. Mentoring will take place during smart time and includes help in the core areas, math, science, social studies, and language arts. Schedules of rooms available by subject will be posted around the building and on twitter.

Homecoming pictures will be handed out today, Friday, during lunch in the foyer and after school in room 164 for 15 minutes. A schedule for next week will be announced later.  Do not try to pick up pictures at other times.


ATTENTION:  All Girls 9th through 12th grade Basketball, there will be a MANDATORY Parent Meeting Monday September 24th at 7:30 in the Team Room (Room 55).  See you there!


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a year of high school in another country?  Here’s your chance to find out!  Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids would like to invite you to learn more about their study abroad program in the auditorium during Smart Time on Monday, September 24th.  Hope to see you there!


Cougar Advisory meets in the middle IMC during A and C Lunches on Tuesday, Sept. 25th. B and D Lunches meet on Thursday, Sept. 27th. What is Cougar Advisory? An opportunity for you to talk with Mr. Kline over pizza and express your concerns. Sign-up sheets are in the main office and IMC.


The first STEM speaker of the year will be here on Tuesday, Oct. 2 during Smart Time.  Matt Geraghty is an aeronautical engineer from Rockwell Collins.  Sign up on the bright green sheet that is posted outside of Room 271!  You must sign up ahead of time to participate.


Young Democrats will be meeting every Thursday during SMART Time in Room 172 (Marzen).


Interested in Science? Like answering questions about a range of science topics and concepts? Quick to ring in on the buzzer? If you answered 'yes' to these questions, you are a perfect candidate for the Science Bowl Team! Science Bowl is a competitive event for students interested in all science topics ranging from life to physical science. Team members will meet in room 225 Mondays during SMART Time to prepare for the competition in at the Iowa State University in January. See Miss Jacobson in Room 225 to Sign Up or if you have questions! Sign Up Deadline is Friday, September 28th.


The Cedar Rapids Community School District is always looking to provide greater opportunities for students to find purpose and passion while in high school.  To that end, we will be convening a Task Force to evaluate the current bell schedule in our high schools with the purpose of deciding whether to keep or modify it for the upcoming school year and subsequent years.  We are looking for a wide array of stakeholders, including school administrators, teachers, students and parents to help us evaluate our current bell schedule and make possible recommendations to keep it or change it.  Please note, this committee will not be evaluating start and end times for the school day, as that conversation must include stakeholders from both middle and elementary schools as well. This Task Force will meet on the following Monday nights from 5:00 – 6:30 PM: October 1, 15, 29 and November 12 and 26.  We hope to have a recommendation to present to Dr. Buck at our final meeting. If you wish to serve as on this Task Force, please sign up in the main office.


Metro Marching Band Classic (MMBC) tickets will be sold for $8 at 5 pm- 6pm Monday nights in the band hallway and at the band trailer located in the practice field during football games.  Proceeds from the sale benefit JKF Band.  The last day to buy tickets will be Monday, October 1.  Tickets at the gate will be $9. The 22nd MMBC will be held October 8, 6:30 pm at Linn Mar Stadium.  Kennedy, Jefferson, Washington, Linn Mar, Marion, Prairie and Xavier will showcase their bands.  The University of Iowa marching band will be the feature collegiate band this year.  Questions about tickets may be directed to kennedybandparents@gmail.com


COLLEGE VISITS – During Smart Time in Room 126. Sign up in the Counseling Office.

     Monday, September 24, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

     Tuesday, September 25, Carleton College (Northfield, MN)

     Wednesday, September 26, Simpson College (Indianola, IA)

     Thursday, September 27, St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)


MILITARY VISITS – During the lunch hours in the Foyer, Monday, September 20, ARMY


FRIDAY BIRTHDAYS: Conlin Byers, Destiny Dostal, Isaiah Morgan, Emanuel Ntanyungu, Benjamin Nucaro, Jade Snyder, Thomas Zaputil  SATURDAY BIRTHDAYS: Gianna Pursell SUNDAY BIRTHDAYS: Jessica Licup, Carson Musil, Erica Schulte, Ella Stoltenberg




Friday, September 21, 2018


ACT Registration Deadline


Debate Valley HS


1:30pm Early Dismissal-Professional Learning


5:00pm Football: Sophomore District vs. Davenport West @ Kingston Stadium



7:15pm Football: Varsity District vs. Davenport West @ Kingston Stadium



Saturday, September 22, 2018


 Debate Valley HS


 Marching Band Linn Mar High School


8:30am Volleyball: Freshman Tournament Kennedy Gold vs. Thomas Jefferson @ Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School


8:30am Volleyball: Freshman Tournament Kennedy Green vs. Thomas Jefferson @ Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School


9:00am Football: JV Game vs. Washington @ Kingston Stadium Stadium


9:00am Swimming & Diving: Girls Varsity Invitational vs. Iowa City High, Decorah, Iowa City West, Thomas Jefferson, Johnston, Pleasant Valley, Williamsburg @ Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School

Cougar Pool


9:00am Volleyball: Sophomore Soph Tournament vs. Bettendorf, Dubuque Hempstead, Iowa City High, Iowa City West, Linn-Mar, Marshalltown, Muscatine, North Scott, Pleasant Valley, Prairie High School, Thomas Jefferson @ Iowa City West High School



Station 1: Walking Tacos

Station 2: Walking Tacos

Station 3: Salads, Subs, Parfaits, Hotdogs & Spicy Chicken

Station 4: Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza. Alternate: Fish Sandwich

Station 5: Chicken Patty Parmesan Sandwich w/corn



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!

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