Announcements: Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Tuesday, October 16th was the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Westdale Bowling Center.  The following students received first place ribbons and will go on to state competition in November.

Destiny Dostal

Wes Gardner

Jack Hoeger

Joshua Klein

Congratulations to all our Kennedy Special Olympic bowlers!



 Seniors – there will be an important meeting in the auditorium Monday, Oct 22 during SMART time. This meeting will give you information about ordering your cap & gown for graduation as well as other graduation materials.


COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK - Come and check it out – in LAB 64-B. No time like the present for seniors to get this important task completed.  Counselors stand ready to help any senior who needs assistance with any aspect of the post-secondary planning process.  All week during SMART Time counselors will be available in the College and Career Readiness Center (LAB 64-B) to help you complete a college application, scholarship application, discuss financial aid, build a resume, complete a job application and so much more.  If you need help deciding what you want to do after you graduate, there’s assistance for that, too.  DON’T WAIT ANY LONGER SENIORS.


The Class of 2020 Student Council has new and old apparel for sale until Wednesday, Oct. 31st at:



There will Open Gym tomorrow, on Thursday, 7:30 to 8:30 pm for all girls interested in playing basketball this season.  There are only 3 weeks left until the season starts make sure you are registered and have taken care of your concussion form and you have an updated physical updated.  Also, any girls interested in being a manger for the Girls Basketball program please come to Room 243 and talk with Coach Courtney.


Attention Students who are currently taking or have taken Psych or AP Psych.  If you are interested in the Psychology national honors society known as Psi Alpha, Kennedy high school is planning to start a chapter.  Please sign up in Mrs. Melone’s room (107) to be invited to an informational meeting on the details.


If you are a current or former AP psych student and would like to be part of a PODCAST on AP Psych, come see Mrs. Melone in room 107.


Here’s a GREAT opportunity to explore several hot careers in health care in one day!  Allen College in Waterloo is hosting a Healthcare Exploration Day on November 2nd.  The fields of nursing, radiography, diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), medical laboratory science and public health will be highlighted.  The sessions will include hands-on opportunities for students.  Transportation will be provided if enough students sign up.  Sign-up deadline is this Friday, October 19th.  If you are interested in exploring careers in healthcare, this is a must do!   To learn more and to sign-up for the event go to https://tinyurl.com/kennedyallenhealth  You will also find the link in the Counseling Bulletin on your CANVAS homepage under SPECIAL EVENTS SIGN-UP.


Attention Juniors: GEAR UP is ready to begin ACT prep sessions.  Please send an email to Mrs. Mead or stop by room 252 to sign up.  This first session will be held this Saturday, October 20th from 8:30 – 10:30 at Lovely Lane Church and is limited to 50 students.  Sign up is required and you MUST bring your ACT prep books on Saturday to participate.


Be the Girl to Change the World is the theme for this year's Taking the Road Less Traveled Women in Science and Engineering conference at Iowa State University.  This event is targeted at 9th and 10th grade girls interested in learning about college majors in science, technology, engineering and math through hands on activities and presentations.  Transportation will be provided if enough students sign-up.  Sign-up deadline is this Friday, October 19th.  The cost of the conference is $15 and includes lunch.  Scholarships to offset the conference fee are available.  To lean more and to sign up for the event go to https://tinyurl.com/kennedyISUroad  You will also find the link in the Counseling Bulletin on your CANVAS homepage under SPECIAL EVENTS SIGN-UP.


Homeless Night next Friday, October 26th.  You must get a form from room 164 and sign up in advance to participate. Cost to participate is 15.00.  All students who donate 20.00 or more will get a T-Shirt. All money raised will be donated to local shelters.

UNI Business Day is targeted at 11th and 12th grade students interested in pursuing business after graduation. It's the perfect opportunity for students to learn how UNI's nationally recognized program can help you land the career of your dreams.  UNI Business Day will include the following:

  • An interactive presentation about the various career opportunities available in business
  • Special breakout sessions for areas of interest including accounting, business teaching, economics, finance, human resources, management, management information systems, marketing, real estate and supply chain management
  • Campus and residence hall tours
  • Free lunch
  • Free Panther shirt

Sign-up deadline is Friday, October 26th.  To lean more and to sign up for the event go to https://tinyurl.com/UNIbusinessday  You will also find the link in the Counseling Bulletin on your CANVAS homepage under SPECIAL EVENTS SIGN-UP.


Did you know that you can do something TODAY to achieve your long-term goals?  Want to find out more?  Come to the black box during smart time on Monday October 29th to set goals and break them down into monthly steps.  This session will be held by Mrs. Melone.  If you have questions stop by room 107.


Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors! If you are interested in a career in Cosmetology – You can sign up for a college visit to Capri College with Mrs. Mead in room 252.  The college tour will be on Halloween, Wednesday – October 31st, from 9:00 until noon.  Sign up early, because there are limited spots available!  This is a very interactive college tour – and is perfect for those that want to explore the career first hand.


Are you interested in becoming a diesel technician?  Truck Country Technical Institute will have an open house on November 3rd where you can meet the trainers and learn about the hands-on training of technicians. You will have the opportunity to talk with students and get the inside scoop on admission and financial planning.  If interested go to https://tinyurl.com/kennedytrucks  to learn more, including how to register for the event.

You will also find the link in the Counseling Bulletin on your CANVAS homepage under SPECIAL EVENTS SIGN-UP.

The Nu Chi Lambda Educational Foundation is providing FREE ACT test preparation sessions designed to help all students get the best score possible on the ACT test which will place them well on their way to college and career success. Sessions are at the ELSC Building on Edgewood Road on Saturday, Nov 10, from 10 AM to 1 PM.  See the Kennedy Website to sign up or sign up in the Counseling Office. Students can PRE-REGISTER AT https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc23uKdaUvHCOAJIP6HJUAa8yjFww-Ukt__yXHVfB3FwDiNiQ/viewform

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

Thursday, October 18 Buena Vista University         


BIRTHDAYS: Alexander Hockaday, Kiana Johnson, Branden Knight, Ajay Marino, Savannah Miller, Brady Shea STAFF BIRTHDAY: Shawn Thomsen




Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Leadership Retreat


7:00pm Volleyball: Varsity Regional vs. Iowa City West @ Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School




Station 1: Burger Basket w/fries

Station 2: Burger Basket w/fries

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

Station 4: King Chicken Sandwich

Station 5: Jumbo Ravioli w/garlic toast & vegetable. Alternate: Pepperoni Pizza



Video made by: Grant Borchert

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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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