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Dear Lancer Families,

The second semester is off to a great start. Celebrating Catholic Schools Week added a lot of energy to our halls as well as the opportunity to celebrate Mass near the Feast Day of St. John Bosco, patron saint of youth. If you have not already received the first semester report cards for your students, please watch your mail boxes. If you have questions, please reach out to Dr. Kristin Kuzmanich or your student’s counselor.

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  • President's Message
Read More about A Message From President/Principal Mohs - February 3
  • Academics

National Honor Society applications are available here. Students who are considering applying should consult the admission criteria given on the first page of the application. Paper applications are due to Mr. Barbarossa by Thursday, February 16 at 2:30pm. Current NHS members do not need to reapply for admission.

  • Academics

Congratulations to our students who made Honor Roll for Fall Semester!
Highest Honors: 3.90 - 4.00
High Honors: 3.70 - 3.89
Honors: 3.50 - 3.69

  • Academics

In April 2023, those students needing to do credit retrieval or those who are interested in doing summer enrichment or credit advancement will be able to sign up online to indicate their interest. Stay tuned for more information. 

  • Academics

Students in Grades 9, 10, and 11 received their course selection worksheets in Community Period today (Friday, February 3). Please take time to discuss the various options available to your student and sign the forms indicating your approval. All forms are due back to CP teachers on February 9. 

Please review the Kennedy Catholic Course Catalog for more information about courses and graduation requirements.

  • Academics

At this time, the Academic Office is no longer making schedule changes for the second semester. 

  • Academics

Semester 1 report cards were mailed home to families on Thursday, February 2. If you do not receive your report card by the end of next week, please get in touch with the Registrar, Tracy Etzkorn, to ensure your correct mailing address is on file.

  • Activities

ASB Executive elections will begin in early March, with speeches delivered on March 15. All students who are interested in running or curious about the process are invited to a meeting with our Activities Coordinator, Ben Josie. The meeting will happen at 2:45pm on Thursday, February 9 in Mr. Josie’s room (C-241). If students have any questions or are unable to meet, they should reach out to Mr. Josie directly to get the details. Best of luck to all our candidates!

  • Advancement

Through the generosity of donors, alumni and friends, Kennedy Catholic is able to offer several named scholarships for returning domestic students. Each award is based on specific criteria set forth in the application. Descriptions of each available scholarship can be found here. If you will be a sophomore, junior, or senior for the 2023-2024 school year, you will be eligible to apply. If you have any questions, please email Megan Duffy, Development Manager. Application deadline is February 27, 2023.

  • Campus Life

Please avoid scheduling trips or vacations outside of school-scheduled holidays and breaks. If a student must miss school due to travel, students are required to complete a pre-planned absence request. This form must be completed two weeks before the scheduled absence and helps teachers and students plan accordingly. 

Forms are available in the Campus/Life Attendance Office or by downloading here.

  • College and Career Counseling

The College & Career Counselors are excited to announce we have arranged to host the March school day SAT for all juniors on campus on Wednesday, March 22. More details including SAT prep support, interpreting exam results, and follow-up workshops for students to come via email to both parents and students.  

  • College and Career Counseling

Seattle USA Gap Year Fair 
Thursday, February 16, 6 – 8:30pm
Roosevelt High School 
1410 Northeast 66th St, Seattle 98115 
Register here 

NACAC Virtual College Fair  
Sunday, February 19, 11am – 3pm
Register here 

Real Talk: HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) 
Register here 
Night 1: Wednesday, March 1, 4pm
Presentations from the following colleges/universities: Dillard University, Fayetteville State University, Florida A&M University, Morgan State University, Tuskegee University. 
Night 2: Thursday, March 2, 4pm 
Presentations from the following colleges/universities: Bethune-Cookman University, Claflin University, Morehouse College, Norfolk State University, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University. 

PNACAC Spring College Fair 
Saturday, April 22, 9a – 12pm
Seattle University, Redhawk Center 

  • College and Career Counseling

The Counseling Department is excited to host the annual Sophomore Parent Information Night this coming Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 in the library. Topics to be covered include an introduction to the entire Counseling Department (SEL, Social Workers, College & Career), course selection and registration, and college planning. We will wrap the night up with an interactive mock admissions game to hone in on what colleges look for in a student’s applications and what your students can be doing now to be a strong applicant.  Refreshments will be provided. Please park behind the school and enter the building at the B-wing doors. Signage will be posted.  

  • College and Career Counseling

Cascade Warbirds Aviation Scholarship – Private Pilot Ground School with Introductory Flights
Cascade Warbirds has teamed with several flight schools in the Puget Sound area to provide scholarship recipients with tuition, books and supplies, and two introductory instructional flights.  The ground school portion comprises classroom lectures, visual presentations, group discussions, practical exercises, and field trips over a period of approximately 55 hours. Successful completion of this Private Pilot Ground School will qualify a student to take the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam. This scholarship is available for students between the ages of 16 and 21 at the time of award and is valued at $1,350. Interested students and parents click here for more information. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2023.

Betty Jacobsen Memorial Scholarship – College Scholarship 
This award is for students who can demonstrate attendance at one of the following schools: St. Anthony School (Renton), Kennedy Catholic High School (Burien) or Eastside Catholic High School (Sammamish) Awards range between $1,000 - $5,000. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need. Click here to learn more and to apply. 

  • Scholarships
  • Fine Arts

Good luck to all of our instrumentalists! Many of them will be competing at the Soundview Regional Solo & Ensemble contest this weekend. Thank you to our own band director, Dan Ruiter, for organizing this event for the region. Vocalists will compete next month.

  • Senior News

Seniors: Yearbook needs your photos for several features in this year's publication. These are all optional, but the more pictures they have, the better the yearbook coverage will be.  All photos are due no later than February 16, 2023. If you have any questions, be sure to ask Mrs. Gurnard, Ashley K., Isabelle E., or Ben O.

Senior Siblings 
Please submit a baby picture of you and your sibling if they currently attend Kennedy Catholic. Drop off photos to Mrs. Gurnard’s mailbox or classroom or email a digital copy.  This one is really important to your parents, so please let them know we need a picture. 

Senior Baby Pictures 
If you have a great picture of you as a baby that you would like included in the yearbook, please drop off the photo to Mrs. Gurnard’s mailbox or classroom (B219) or email a digital copy to Ashley K. 

Formal Senior Portraits 
Please email Isabelle E. with a formal senior portrait taken by an outside photographer if you’d like it featured in the yearbook formal portrait collage. 

  • Social-Emotional Counseling

With Valentines day quickly approaching, your Kennedy Catholic SEL counselors want to talk about healthy relationships and provide a resource for youth relationships. Love Is Respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources. A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Love Is Respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationshipsThey aim to be a safe and inclusive space for young people to access help and information in a setting specifically for them. They provide comprehensive education through resources including quizzes, interactive pages, and testimonials, as well as training, toolkits, and curriculum for educators, peers, and parents to promote healthy relationships and prevent future abuse. If you or your student is worried about a relationship or the impact of a relationship, feel free to use this resource, and reach out to your SEL Counselor for more support!

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