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  • President's Blog

Dear Lancer Family, 

Last week the ASB challenged the school to finish strong. They reminded the student body that there are only a few weeks left of school and that, in true Kennedy Catholic fashion, we needed to finish the year the way we began – with a thirst for knowledge. The time is now. Final projects are due, final exams are being prepared and the traditional end of year activities are beginning.

  • President's Message
Read More about A Message From Vice Principal of Student Affairs, Katie Burns - May 17
  • Academics

Students interested in summer coursework (credit retrieval, advancement, or enrichment) can begin signing up for pre-approval. Students can access the link below to file their credit requests for Summer 2024. 

Read More about Summer Coursework
  • Academics
  • Senior News

Congratulations to the following students in the Class of 2024 who have been named the Kennedy Catholic High School Valedictorian and Salutatorians:

Valedictorian Katie Shields, St. Francis of Assisi
Salutatorian Kaitlyn Barnes, TOPS K-8 (Seattle Public)
Salutatorian Johnny Ngo, St. Bernadette
Salutatorian Sam Scoville, St. Francis of Assisi
Salutatorian Rae Williams, Sylvester Middle School (Highline)

We congratulate each of these students on their outstanding academic achievements during their time at Kennedy Catholic, and we look forward to celebrating them in the coming weeks as we prepare for graduation festivities. 

Read More about Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announcements
  • Activities

Senior Prom is just around the corner! Join us at Columbia Tower on Sunday, May 26 in the "City of Stars." The dance will be held from 8-11pm. There will be heavy appetizers and desserts served. Seniors may purchase tickets from the cafeteria at lunch every day starting May 13 for $100/person. If this poses a financial burden, please contact Mrs. Burns or Mr. Josie. Seinors who wish to bring a guest from another school must pick up a form from C-241 and return it no later than May 22. 

Read More about Prom 2024
  • Athletics

Golf | The Lancer golfers had a great showing at the West Central District Tournament in Tacoma.  Senior Anika S. and Junior Eva R. will advance to the State Tournament May 21-22 in Spokane. Vincent O. advanced to the second day of the district tournament, narrowly missing a chance to play in the state tournament. Lin P., Mailee K., Oscar C. and Steele G. all represented Lancer Nation well with their efforts on the course.  Well done Lancer Golfers!

Fastpitch | The fastpitch team will take start their road to state as they take on Emerald Ridge on Friday, May 17 at 10am at the Kent Service Club Ballfields. Visit the tournament bracket for more information. Good luck, ladies!

Track | Congratulations to the following Lancer Track stars who punched their ticket to the state meet:
-Nadia R., Jayden S., Makayla H. & Jada S. finished the 4x100 relay with a state qualifying time 50.39. These girls also teamed up in the 4x200 relay and qualified with a time of 1:46.16
-Senior Ava P. cleared 5'0" in the high jump for a state qualifying 5th place finish
-Sophomore Kanora D. placed 5th in the shot put with a personal best throw of 36'5"

Day 2 of the district track meet will take place Friday, May 17 at French Field in Kent. Go Lancers!

Water Polo | The girls water polo team will take on Bellevue High School in the first game of their state tournament on Thursday, May 23 at 6:30pm at Curtis High School.  See the tournament bracket for more information.  

  • Spring Sports
Read More about Post Season Updates | Spring Sports
  • Athletics

Our final Signing Day celebration of the 2023-24 school year will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 3pm in the Dillman Center.  We will be honoring seven outstanding student-athletes who will formally declare their intention to play sports at the collegiate level.  Please join us in celebrating these amazing Lancers:

Caprice C. | Santa Rosa Community College | Football
Manu C. | Clackamuas Community College | Wrestling
Noa D. | Occidental College | Water Polo
Tahvo L.| Bellevue College | Baseball
Luke L. | Airforce Academy | Water Polo
Anika S. | Seattle Pacific University | Golf

Read More about Final National Letter of Intent Signing Day 2024
  • Campus Life
  • Highlights

If you have a graduating senior, please turn off their auto-renew on their lunch accounts. Please ask your student if they have a negative balance. Negative accounts need to be taken care of before graduation.  If you have a student in grades 9-11, please let the kitchen know. We can transfer funds, even to incoming freshmen. For students with positive balances of $8 or more, checks will be issued during the summer and mailed directly to you by Lexington. If your address is changing over the summer, please let us know. Balances of less than $8 help cover students in need.  

If your student is not returning in the fall and you have a positive lunch balance, please let us know. We will add you to the list for a check.

Read More about Lunch Account Balances | All Grades
  • Campus Ministry

Calling all Frosh and families who are preparing to complete Sophomore ISLE Hours (which will be due for you in Spring 2025)!

  • You may begin completing your minimum of 20 required hours serving church, school and community once the 2023-24 school year has finished on June 6. 
  • Hours need to be entered into MobileServe – user guide can be found here to set up your account
  • Be sure to use the Mobile Serve code for Class of 2027 = 938DDC and select Service Category of “Sophomore ISLE Hours”
  • Hours must be verified by a site supervisor, who must be someone from the organization you serve and cannot be a relative
Read More about Sophomore ISLE Hours for Class of 2027
  • Campus Ministry

Any current sophomore or junior who is interested in applying to be a Link Crew Leader must attend an interest meeting during 1st or 2nd lunch on Wednesday, May 22 in A303 (Ms. McNulty's classroom) where they will receive the link for the application. Link Crew is a unique retreat for incoming Frosh and transfer students. We need a group of students eager to be leaders who also MUST be available for trainings on Thursday, August 15 & Friday, August 16 from 2-5pm and on Monday, August 19 from 7am-1pm. See Ms. Tran or Ms. McNulty if you have any questions and don't forget to attend the interest meeting during lunch on May 22!

Read More about Link Crew Leader Applications 24-25
  • Campus Ministry
  • All students are invited to volunteer by Chelsey Hancock, owner of Treat Cookies in Burien, who is running some activities for the Olde Burien Block Party. 
  • These would be good for Sophomore ISLE Hours or any student who just likes to serve the community and have fun! (you can still record in MobileServe as non-ISLE Hours)
  • Sign up ASAP to volunteer here.
Read More about ISLE Hours available | Saturday, July 20 | Olde Burien Block Party
  • Campus Ministry

Quo Vadis Days | Th­is amazing 4-day camp for high school boys grades 9-12 with priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Seattle will provide participants the opportunity to learn more about the priesthood, deepen their faith, and better discern God’s call in their lives. 

Be a CYO Camp Counselor! | CYO Summer Camps hires qualified individuals to staff Camp Don Bosco and Camp Hamilton. Summer staff work in a variety of roles including cabin counselors, lifeguards, horseback riding staff, challenge course staff, kitchen staff, and more. If your student is looking for a job to make a difference while having fun, camp is for them. They'll help campers make friends, grow in their faith, and unplug from technology for a week all while playing outdoors. Staff for Bosco day camp, lifeguard and kitchen staff must be 16 by July 1, 2024. Staff for all other positions must by 18 by July 1, 2024. 

Summer Seminary Immersion Program | Led by priests, brothers, and seminarians of the Congregation of Holy Cross at the University of Notre Dame, the Summer Seminary Immersion Program (SSIP) is a two-week academic experience designed for high school aged boys (15-18 years old) interested in deepening their relationship with Christ and His Church. SSIP is also open to high school boys who may have considered a more serious calling to priesthood or to life as a religious brother. Successful completion of the Summer Seminary Immersion Program coursework earns a college credit in theology from the University of Notre Dame. Acceptance to the summer program includes free tuition to this unique experience. 

Gonzaga EXPLORE | Gonzaga Explore is a summer outdoor adventure immersion for high school students that emanates Pope Francis's Laudato Si' by exploring ecology, theology, and leadership in order to discover our vocations in serving and loving God, our church, our human family, and our common home. It takes place from June 16-22, 2024 at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Please see Dr. Farrell if you have any questions.

Read More about Summer Experiences
  • Campus Ministry

Find the Newman Center on your student's college campus! Check out this great resource to find a Catholic campus ministry program at the school your senior will attend this fall. College campus ministries and Newman Centers host Mass, offer retreats, run service immersion programs, and are wonderful ways to build community and stay connected to your faith. Look for your senior's school on the Newman Center website.

Read More about Class of 2024 - Find the Newman Center
  • College and Career Counseling

Junior year college and career counseling meetings are happening now. Your Kennedy Catholic College and Career Counselors are eager to meet with all current juniors and their families and will be available for meetings throughout the entire month of June. Now is the perfect time for students to connect with their counselors and to start planning for their future, discuss and research post high school plans, and go over important senior year requirements. Students can use the Calendly links below to schedule their meeting(s). 

Ms. McVeigh, A - L – schedule here
Ms. Mark, M – Z – schedule here

Read More about Junior Class College and Career Counseling Meetings 
  • College and Career Counseling

Revolution Prep is offering a free full-length Digital SAT Practice Exam for Kennedy Catholic juniors this Saturday at 9am. The exam will be proctored practice under the same timed conditions as the official test and students will receive a real-time snapshot of their testing performance and a 30-minute score report review with a test prep professional. Students unable to join can also take an official SAT/ACT practice test from the convenience of their home anytime and score the results using the Revolution Prep Mobile App. Follow the steps below to register for an exam or access test prep resources.  

Step 1: Register on the Kennedy Catholic registration landing page.
Step 2: Schedule a free 30-minute score report review with Revolution Prep testing expert, Kate Mullen, to help you interpret the results and develop a customized plan to prepare. Please schedule this appointment for the few days after the exam. You can pre-schedule the score report review here. We highly recommend both the student and a parent/guardian attend the score report review.
Step 3: Attend the practice test and instantly receive our best-in-class score report, illustrating three high-impact areas to focus on for each section of the test. 

Questions? If you have questions or want to learn more about Revolution Prep, you can reach out to Kate Mullen at (203) 401-8299 or by email. 

Read More about Digital SAT Practice Exam this Saturday with Revolution Prep 
  • College and Career Counseling

AP Exam Score Report 

Congratulations to all 250+ students who completed AP exams this month. Exams scores will be released and available to share with colleges or scholarship opportunities in late July.  Students can access their score(s) here.  

·Seniors who hope to receive college credit or who shared their plans to take AP Exam scores with their intended colleges/universities during the application process should log into their MyAP account and order an official score report to be sent to their school in July. 
·Juniors are encouraged to hold off sharing exam scores with colleges or universities until they have met with their college and career counselor during the college application process this fall. Most colleges accept self-reported scores during the application process and do not require students to pay a fee or rely on the College Board free report option.  

AP Exam Payment 

All students enrolled in AP courses during the 2023-24 school year were expected to complete the companion AP exam. Exams are $98 per exam ($146 for AP Seminar) and payment can be submitted here. The deadline to submit payment is Friday, June 21, 2024 at 11:59pm.  

Additional information regarding AP testing can be found on Kennedy Catholic’s AP Exam Prep page website or on the College Board website

Read More about AP Exam Update | Score Report and Payment Information 
  • College and Career Counseling

Calling all seniors: it’s time to celebrate! Your senior is invited to a pancake breakfast hosted by the College and Career Counseling Team to honor and recognize all their hard work throughout the year. They are welcome to join us Monday, May 20 from 8:30-9:30am in the Dillman Center. We hope to see you there! 

Monday, May 20 | 8:30 – 9:30am Dillman Center 

Read More about Senior Pancake Celebration 
  • College and Career Counseling

Personal Statement Workshops | Many college applications include a written component where students can share more information about themselves outside of their academics. Students can join their Kennedy Catholic College and Career counselors as they discuss what colleges are looking for, how to write a strong personal statement, and practice writing drafts.  This session will include time to work on answering common college application prompts.   

Wednesday, June 12 | 10am-2pm
Wednesday, June 19 | 10am-2pm 
Wednesday, June 27 | 10am-2pm 

Resume Building & Activities Workshop | This workshop is geared towards students looking to create a resume and/or are starting to work on the Activities portion of the Common App.  Students can learn what to include on a resume, effective ways to talk about what they've done, and how to organize their involvement, experiences, and accomplishments.   

Thursday, June 13 | 10am-12pm 
Thursday, June 20 | 10am-12pm 
Thursday, June 27 | 10am-12 pm 

Common App Workshops | The Common App opens on August 1!  Students are encouraged to join their College and Career counselors for a walkthrough of the Common App and get a jump start on completing their college applications. 

Tuesday, August 6 | 10am-2pm 
Wednesday, August 7 | 10am-2pm  
Thursday, August 8 | 10am-2pm 
Tuesday, August 13 | 10am-2pm 

All sessions will take place either in the Counseling Center or Library.  Students should bring a fully charged laptop and charger (if needed).  Workshops lasting more than two hours will include a lunch break.   

Read More about Summer Workshops for Juniors (Rising Seniors)
  • Social-Emotional Counseling

To Doomscroll or Not to Doomscroll: How is Social Media Impacting Youth… and Adults?

I used to be really good at matching faces to names. Over the last few years, I have wondered why I lost that ability. For the life of me, I can’t remember names of students, and sometimes parents and caregivers, when they come into the counseling center. As I walk through the halls here at Kennedy Catholic, I see the tops of heads as students (and adults) walk through the halls looking at their phones. When I am working with clients who have anxiety and depression in my private practice, I ask how often they doomscroll through social media. The answer is always, "way too much." Mark Barabak at the Los Angeles Times says doomscrolling is “an excessive amount of screen time devoted to the absorption of dystopian news.” Social media itself has an impact on our students. While it can be used in a positive manner (I personally love watching cat videos), it can also be used in a negative way and have a negative impact on our students. Take a look at this article from Newport Healthcare for more insight into the impact of social media on our youth. And a kind reminder… stop doomscrolling, and look up.

Read More about A Letter From Susan Tiffany, MSW, LICSW | Director of SEL Counseling