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Dear Lancer Family, 

We did it! Another successful school year has ended at Kennedy Catholic High School. We are so pleased that you and your students have chosen our school for their high school adventures.   

While students can relax without homework or tests looming, please remember that there are small summer assignments for all students. We e-mailed the Summer Reading List on Wednesday. Please, review it to ensure your student reads the correct book over the summer. More information and the link are also below. Next year’s booklist is also on the website. For any questions about either, please reach out to Dr. Kuzmanich

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If you have ever dreamed of visiting the picturesque cities of Europe's Mediterranean coast, mark your calendars for June 2025!

In partnership with EF Tours, Ms. Burns and Dr. Kuzmanich will lead a group of Kennedy Catholic students through the European cities of Milan, Cinque Terre, Monaco, the French Riviera, Barcelona, and Madrid. 

There are still a few spots available for this exciting trip. Please sign up soon to secure one of the last remaining spots. Students in the Class of 2025, 2026, and 2027 are welcome to join this adventure!

Sign up here.

  • Academics

Students who have failed any coursework this school year are considered credit deficient and must rectify the credit deficiency before the start of the next school year. If credit retrieval is needed, please see the information regarding Summer School Pre-Approval Sign-Ups.

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The library hours for next week are as follows:
Monday - Wednesday: 7:30am - 12:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am-11am

  • 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 2023. Please note: Only Kennedy Catholic email accounts can access the form due to the need to verify student IDs with coursework and transcripts.
Requests for Summer 2023 coursework can be made here.

  • Athletics

Registration for fall sports opens Monday, July 24. All new and returning students interested in participating in a fall sport will need to register through FamilyID, our online registration system, and have a current sports physical on file in order to try out/practice on the first day.

Lancer Football starts on August 16. (Summer Football and football registration are already underway.) The first day of tryouts/practice for Boys & Girls Cross Country, Boys & Girls Golf, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim & Dive and Girls Volleyball is Monday, August 21. Sport-specific information, including voluntary summer workouts and tryout schedules can be found on the individual team pages of our league website as it becomes available.

  • Athletics

UAll uniforms and equipment from the 2022-23 school year must be returned. Please contact your coach to make arrangements to return any missing items. Uniforms should be clean, bagged and labeled with the athlete’s name and sport. Thank you!


  • Athletics

Summer is a great time to get an updated sports physical, especially if you are new to the school/athletic program or yours has expired. Physicals are good for two years from the date of the exam and must remain valid throughout the sports season. We encourage all freshmen to start high school with a new physical. Sports physical forms may be downloaded here. Please return all five pages.

Completed forms may be scanned to a PDF and emailed to Laura MacLaren, delivered to the Athletic Office (A-108) during school hours or mailed to:

Kennedy Catholic Athletics
140 S 140thStreet
Burien, WA 98168-3496

  • Fall Sports
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Boy's Water Polo Fall of 2023! If your son (or somebody you know!) is interested in trying out for Boy's Water Polo this coming fall, please email Coach Nicole Roed Kemp for preseason information. The team ended its 2022 season placing 5th in State, improving from their previous ranking of 10th and will move up to Division 1 for the 2023 season. We are looking forward to a competitive and exciting 2023 season!

  • Campus Ministry

WYD Seattle: Saturday, August 5 from 9:30 - 3pm.  Pilgrimage Day begins with registration and 10am Mass at St. James with Bishop Schuster.  WYD Pilgrims will walk with stops at Seattle University's St. Ignatius Chapel and Immaculate Conception Church.  Day concludes back at St. James campus with the Holy Father's address to young people.

Unplug with the Lord (incoming juniors and seniors, and recent graduates) - August 15-17 at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center in Federal Way.  Please see attached flyer and registration link: Register – Unplug with the Lord

  • Campus Ministry

INTEGRATED SERVICE-LEARNING EXPERIENCE (ISLE) - Please email Mr. Latvala at with any questions. Please note that students who have not met the communicated deadlines for this spring will receive a failing grade in Community Period for Quarter 4 until the requirements are met.  This is an expectation of the Community Period course.

Please note that students who have not met the communicated deadlines for this spring will receive a failing grade in Community Period for Quarter 4 until the requirements are met.  Deadline is the same as assignments for the 4th Quarter – June 1.  This is an expectation of the Community Period course.  Report cards will also be held as necessary for completion of these requirements.

Junior Integrated Service-Learning Experience (ISLE) 

Deadline for Junior ISLE Service Hours: due to be completed on or before Monday, September 18

Sophomore Integrated Service-Learning Experience (ISLE) 

Reminder for several deadlines for Sophomores related to ISLE that are coming up or should have been completed:

  1. ISLE Brainstorm Sheet was due May 2. 
  2. For those Sophomores who would like to propose an agency/organization with which to serve the minimum of 30 required hours with one organization, the online form is now available for submission.  Please have a conversation with Mr. Latvala before you submit if you have not already.
  3. Junior ISLE Commitment Contract will be due on Friday, May 19.  This online form will be ready in time for next Community Period on Friday, May 12.
  4. Sophomore ISLE Hours and reflection were due in Community Period on May 24.  
  • Reflection questions should be answered and shown to Community Period teachers.
  • Hours can be submitted through the Mobile Serve app following the directions in the ISLE Packet given out at the Sophomore Service Fair.  This should still be shown to Community Period teachers for them to check off.
  • Hours can also be filled out on hard copy sheets (available outside Campus Ministry) and shown to Community Period teachers.

Frosh Integrated Service-Learning Experience (ISLE) 

  • Please note that for Frosh (Class of 2026), the Sophomore year service requirement next year will be for 20 hours (10 each Semester unless approved prior) to school, church and/or community.   These hours will be due in the Spring of 2024.
  • Upcoming deadline for Frosh related to ISLE that should have already been completed on May 24:
  1. Frosh ISLE hours and reflection (link) were due in Community Period.  
  2. Hours will be submitted for review through the hard copy sheets (available outside Campus Ministry) and checked off by Community Period teachers.
  • College and Career Counseling

Wednesday, August 2, 2023  7pm – 9pm 

The Westin Seattle  Grand Ballroom 2  1900 5th Avenue  Seattle, WA 98101 

The program begins promptly at 7pm with a 30-minute information session. The college fair follows immediately afterwards, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Attendees also have the option to attend another 30-minute session focused on paying for college and financial aid, which takes place during the college fair.  

Students, parents, and counselors are encouraged to register online in advance of the program. 

Colleges anticipated to be in attendance include:  Agnes Scott College  ·  Allegheny College  ·  Austin College  ·  Beloit College ·  Birmingham-Southern College  ·  Centre College  ·  Clark University  · Cornell College  ·  Denison University  ·  Earlham College  ·  Eckerd College ·  The Evergreen State College  ·  Goucher College  ·   Hampshire College  ·  Hendrix College  ·  Hiram College  ·  Hope College  ·  Juniata College  · Kalamazoo College  ·  Knox College  ·  Lawrence University  ·  McDaniel College  · Ohio Wesleyan University  ·  Reed College  ·  Rhodes College  · Saint Mary’s College of California  ·  Southwestern University  ·  St. John’s College  ·  St. Olaf College  ·  University of Lynchburg  ·  University of Puget Sound  ·  Ursinus College  ·  Wabash College  ·  Whitman College  · Willamette University  ·  College of Wooster 

CTCL programs are open to the public and free of charge. 

  • College and Career Counseling

Join BigFuture® and LinkedIn for this series of free, virtual events to learn about the most in-demand jobs, how to build your network, and how to craft your own LinkedIn profile. Get all your career questions answered, and listen to guest speakers from TikTok, Deloitte, and more. 

Fast-Growing Jobs and the Skills You Need 

Tuesday, June 6: 4 pm - Register Here 

The Secret to Career Success: Building Your Network 

Wednesday, June 7: 4 pm - Register Here 

Stand Out on LinkedIn: Building a Great Student Profile 

Thursday, June 8: 4 pm - Register Here 

  • College and Career Counseling

Is your student interested in pottery, painting, or drawing? The Seattle Artist League summer camps are now open for enrollment. The Seattle Artist league is an art school with professional artist-instructors' studio workshops and hands-on experiences accessible to anyone who endeavors to make art part of their daily life. Scholarships are available.  Week-long camps running from July 3 - August 18. Join them for camps on Wheel Throwing, Clay Sculpting, Painting, Comics, Drawing, Knitting, Felting, and more!    Webpage | Instagram | Facebook

  • College and Career Counseling

Your college & career counselors are hosting multiple college essay and application workshops during the summer in the Counseling Center at Kennedy Catholic. All rising seniors are encouraged to join any or all workshops to get a jump start on the application process, freeing up time in the fall to focus on academics, senior year activities, and maintaining your physical and mental health.  Avoid senior year burnout or rushed applications and sign-up to attend below. 

Resources from each workshop will be emailed to all rising seniors and posted on the Naviance landing page directly following each event. Students unable to attend one or more workshops may schedule a 1:1 in-person or virtual meeting with their counselor using Calendly to cover any missed content. Alternative opportunities will be made available when we return to campus in the fall as well.   

If you are interested in attending one or more workshops, please complete this survey as soon as possible. 

**Upcoming summer workshops** 

Common App Personal Statement Workshop - Wednesday, June 14: 10 AM - 2 PM 

The University of California (UC) Personal Insight Questions (PIQs) Workshop – Thursday June 15: 10 AM to noon  

The Supplemental Essay Workshop – Wednesday, June 21: 10 AM to 2 PM 

Common Application Workshop - August 1, 2, 8, & 9: 10 AM to 2 PM (All four workshops cover the same content) 

UC (University of California) & CSU (California State University) Application workshop – August 10: 10 AM to 2 PM 

  • College and Career Counseling

Registration is now open for the August, October, November, and December weekend SAT. Kennedy Catholic juniors who have not yet taken the SAT or who are interested in boosting their most recent test score are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Spots can fill up quickly, so sign up today! Still unsure whether to take it? Reach out to your College & Career Counselor.   

  • Fine Arts

Kennedy Catholic High School Theatre announces its 23-24 season:

The musical Anne of Green Gables will be performed over two weekends during November in the Little Theatre. Ms. Soma will direct!

The play Our Town will be presented in March at the Highline Performing Arts Center to be directed by Mr. Lapan.

Auditions start August 30! Contact Mr. Lapan with questions.

  • Highlights

 Ever dreamt of setting foot on a black sand beach or marveling at volcanic craters, waterfalls, and subarctic fauna? If so, we enthusiastically invite you to join us on an Easter break trip to Iceland in March of 2024! In partnership with EF Tours, Ms. McNulty will lead a group of interested Kennedy Catholic students through Reykjavik and Hvolsvollur. On this trip, students will engage in scientific inquiry as they explore glaciers and learn about the geothermal activity in Iceland. The deadline to enroll for this trip is Friday, May 26.

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Clothing should fully cover entire torso down to the midpoint between waist and knee. Clothing must have straps. undergarments and cover the midsection and must be appropriate for school -- no spaghetti straps, halter tops, or tube tops -- and shorts and skirts of sufficient length (approximately 3” above the knee). 

Clothing should be in good repair; clothing with messages communicating double entendres, while humorous, may be inappropriate, possibly offensive, and should not be worn.

Clothing should be free of references to messages that promote alcohol, alcohol-related establishments, to-bacco, drugs, anti-religious messages, sexual innuendo, politically divisive or violent images either violence or drugs.

Mass Dress

All-School Mass Dress Code: The dress code for All School Masses is more formal than the everyday dress code to help students understand and respect the importance of these events to the Kennedy Catholic community. The dress code for all school Mass will be strictly enforced - students out of dress code will receive detention and parents/guardians/guardians will be called and asked to bring their student appropriate clothing so he/she can attend Mass. If a family has any difficulty providing a student with appropriate clothing for All School Mass, they should contact Campus Life in advance for assistance. If families have clarifying questions or any concerns regarding the dress code policy, they should contact the Campus Life Office in advance for clarification.

Boys are to dress in long pants (no jeans, shorts, pajama pants or sweats) with a collared shirt. Girls are to wear skirt/dress knee length or longer or dress pants and a top (no jeans, shorts, pajama pants or sweats).

Students who violate the dress code will receive detention for a first-time offense. Second and/or subsequent offenses may result in additional consequences, including Lancer Service.

  • Senior News

Congratulations on your student graduating from Kennedy Catholic. We are all so happy for you and will miss your child as they move on to other adventures. It has been a joy to watch them grow and change over the last four years.

Transcripts | all transcripts will be mailed to colleges based on the college listed in your student's Naviance account. Please be sure that this information is updated and reflects the school that your child will be attending for the 2023-2024 school year.

Graduation Photos | Included here is the link to purchase photos from the graduation festivities. Katie Kolbrick Photography got lots of great shots of the graduates over the day.

Diplomas | These will be available for pick up by the graduate starting June 13th during normal summer business hours:

June 13-22 | 8am - 3pm
Closed June 19
June 24 | 8am - Noon
Closed July 3-4
July 5-31 | 9am - Noon, closed Fridays

If your graduate left their diploma cover or challenge coin at graduation those can also be picked up at the same time.

  • Social-Emotional Counseling

We were able to raise $239 through the sale of Kindness Grams during Mental Health Awareness Month! We are donating the money to the Crisis Text Line which provides free services and can be accessed by texting the number 988. If your student is interested in joining Forefront next year or you are interested in joining as a Parent representative, please email Diana Soto.

  • Social-Emotional Counseling

This last year has seen a lot of growth and change in the Counseling Department. SEL and College and Career became two separate departments, and  SEL added a social worker to coordinate the screening, brief intervention, and referral to supportive services program. We welcomed back Alvin Lui after his paternity leave, we had a prestigious member of the SEL family featured in the yearbook, and Bella couldn’t have been more honored to be part of the team. Students and staff alike are so appreciative of what Bella brings to the department, and we are happy that she will continue to join us on Fridays as our social and emotional support animal. 

Not only did we implement the Check Yourself survey as part of the SBIRT program, but we were able to take that data into account when providing supportive services and developing groups. This year we introduced a grief group and a study skills group. Next year, we will continue those two groups and add a new one, a lunch bunch, and a mindfulness group. Students can be referred to a group or they can self-select. Information and permission slips will come out early in the new school year. 

Now that we are fully staffed, we are redistributing alphas across our counseling staff. The changes are as follows: 

A-B is Laura Breshock 

C-I is Diana Soto 

J-P is Alvin Lui 

Q-Z is Ralph Springer 

Laura Breshock will work with all students in the St. Teresa program. Susan Tiffany will work with all International Education program students. Diana Soto is stepping down from her position as Department Chair, and she will be focusing on Forefront in Schools and the grief and mindfulness groups. We are also hoping she will be able to add some yoga sessions for our students and staff. Susan Tiffany will take over responsibilities as the Department Chair starting in the new school year. 

SEL Counselor’s last day in the office before heading off to enjoy summer break is Monday, June 12. We will return to the office on Monday, August 7. Over the summer break, we will be checking our emails and voicemails once a week and returning messages that cannot wait until the beginning of the new school year. Susan Tiffany will be in the office on most Tuesdays over the summer. If you have a schedule change, please reach out to Dr. Kuzmanich and Tracy Etzkorn. If there is an urgent SEL matter that needs immediate attention, reach out to your student’s SEL counselor, Susan Tiffany, and Katie Burns. 

For parents whose student just graduated from Kennedy Catholic, we wish you and your student the very best of luck as they launch into their next great adventure. For parents whose students are returning to Kennedy in the ’23-’24 school year, we look forward to welcoming you back in August. Have a great summer!