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  • President's Blog

Dear Lancer Family, 

There is much to be grateful for in this season of Thanksgiving. I will start with how grateful I am to be the President/Principal at Kennedy Catholic High School. Every day there is something new for which to give thanks. 

As a school, we are grateful to the Accreditation Team who spent the latter part of the week at Kennedy Catholic learning about our school and seeing, first-hand, the unique experience we have to offer. The team was especially complimentary of our students, families, faculty, and staff and truly experienced the Lancer Family throughout their time in our school. The formal results of the visit will not be available until the spring, but it is safe to say that Kennedy Catholic impressed them.   

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  • President's Message
Read More about A Message From President/Principal Mohs - November 17
  • Academics

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.

  • Academics

Interim reports will be pulled on Tuesday, December 5. This point marks the midpoint of Quarter 2 (or 75% of Semester 1) and is a good time to check in with students about their academic progress or reach out to individual teachers if students require additional support.  

Progress reports will be mailed home for any student earning a grade of a C- or below for their overall S1 at the time of the grade check.  

  • Admissions

Kennedy Catholic High School's Winter Open House is approaching on December 9 from 10am-noon. Our current families are our loudest and proudest voices to get the word out about Kennedy Catholic to interested middle school and transfer students. Give the gift of Kennedy Catholic to your community! Feel free to share out our post on Facebook, community groups, or other social media platforms.

Example caption: "Explore the options at Kennedy Catholic! Attend their Winter Open House on December 9 from 10-noon. You can RSVP at"

Share your story of being members of the Lancer Family, and help us welcome new families this upcoming fall!

  • Advancement

Our Annual Fund provides academic and co-curricular opportunities for a robust high school experience.

Please full-fill the pledge you made during February registration for your student(s).  Information arrived in your mail boxes this week.


Questions? Please contact Karen Cascio.

  • Athletics

There is a meeting on Wednesday December 6 in Coach Nicole's room C183 at 2:30pm after school. If you participated in Girls Swim & Dive this fall, you are asked to attend for a quick post-season meeting and to return your uniform jackets. This is required. If you cannot attend, please let Mr. Mummert or Mr. Harley know. Additionally, if you are interested in trying out for the Girl's Water Polo team this spring, please come to attend a pre-season informational meeting, get added to the communication list, and meet the captains and Coach Nicole. We will start at about 2:45pm! Go Lancer Aquatics!

  • Campus Ministry

All students at Kennedy Catholic will participate in the St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree effort this Advent Season in helping support 15+ families in need and 50 youth at King County Juvenile Hall.  Students can donate money or items through their Community Period or families can donate @kennedycatholic (Venmo) and write Giving Tree in the "what's it for?" section.  Please contact Ms. McNulty or Campus Ministry if you have questions.  Thank you, Kennedy Catholic, for your generosity this Advent season.

  • Campus Ministry

Kennedy Catholic students are invited to volunteer at Codiga Park, a former dairy farm now part park and part tidal wetland that provides shelter and food for wildlife like ospreys, great blue herons, bald eagles and juvenile salmon. This hands-on opportunity will enhance salmon habitat along Duwamish River by serving alongside Earth Corps’ Sound Stewards as part of their efforts to monitor and maintain Codiga monthly to promote healthy native plants. 


  • This event will happen rain or shine! 


  • There are 15 spots available for students and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. A waiting list will be developed

  • Your completed signed permission slip (attached document) + Earth Corps Youth Waiver (attached document) returned to Mr. Latvala in Service Office or Campus Ministry

  • Your registration must be submitted to Earth Corps and secures your spot.

  • Students should read project information on how to be prepared on this website

  • Deadline to register: Friday, December 1, 2023, 3pm

  • College and Career Counseling

Discover Georgetown’s Pre-College Online Program 

Get the experience of a top college before you even apply. With online courses designed to develop your unique talents and dreams, you can explore subjects of interest while learning to think like someone in the field. Programs are for students ages 13 and older. Each features dynamic video lessons by renowned Georgetown faculty and access to mentors. The program is available year-round, and the online format enables students to study anywhere, anytime, and at their own pace. For more information click here.  

Current Courses Available: 

Medicine: An Inside Look at Treating Patients 
Law: How to Think Like an Attorney 
International Relations: How the World Works 
Surgery: Becoming a Surgeon – Skills, Specialties, and Diseases 
Cybersecurity: Protecting Our Digital Future 
Psychology: How the Brain Influences Behavior 
Medical Research: Clinical Trials Resulting in Medical Discoveries 
Investing: Becoming an Investor – An Inside Look at Finance 
Entrepreneurship: Becoming an Entrepreneur – An Inside Look at Innovation 
Journalism & Media: Journalism and Media in the Digital Age 
International Law: Protecting the World’s Interests 
U.S. Politics and Government: To Form a More Perfect Union 
Biology: The Science of Cells and Innovation 
Leadership: Becoming a Leader – Motivate, Inspire, and Persuade 
Marketing: Discover the Power of Marketing 
Nursing: Explore Advanced Practice Nursing 

  • College and Career Counseling

The Neurodiversity Scholarship: The Neurodiversity Alliance 

The scholarships is designed to assist young adults who identify as neurodivergent and plan to enroll in a college or university for the upcoming school year. We're honored to support neurodivergent young people 16-26 years olds, including those who identify with learning differences like dyslexia, ADHD, and other conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, as they pursue their academic and career goals. This initiative, courtesy of the Neurodiversity Alliance and powered by Eye to Eye, represents our ongoing commitment to helping neurodivergent students achieve their full potential while being part of a supportive community. This scholarship program is designed to break down the financial barriers to higher education, making it easier for students to go to college, focus on their studies, and graduate successfully. In addition to the funding, each scholarship recipient gets a year-long virtual mentorship from one of our Eye to Eye Alumn'eye community members.  

Awards: Out of the 15 scholarships available for the 2024-2025 academic year, each begins as an initial one-year scholarship with the potential to renew for a total of four years. Award amounts are determined by enrollment status and program type: 

·         If you're enrolled at a non-profit community or technical college or taking part-time classes (less than 12 credit hours) at a traditional college or university, you'll receive $1,000 per year. 

·         Full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or more) at a not-for-profit traditional college or university qualifies you for a $2,500 per year scholarship. 

Ideal Candidates: Young adults who exhibit a dedication to leadership and advocacy, uphold values and beliefs that promote a growth mindset and growing self-efficacy, foster a positive sense of integrated identities, and demonstrate resilience in addressing the systemic challenges they may encounter. 

Preference will be given to applicants who identify as one or more of the following: 

·         Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color 

·         Trans, non-binary, gender diverse, gender non-conforming, and Two-Spirit individuals 

·         First-generation college-bound students 

·         Individuals with multiple disabilities, including physical disabilities, chronic illness, or mental health challenges 

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024 

For more information click here.  

The Women’s University Club of Seattle Foundation 

The Women’s University Club of Seattle Foundation (WUCF) invites you to apply for one of five $10,000 scholarships ($2,500 per year for four years to be used for tuition and fees) to be awarded in April 2024.  Selection of the scholarship recipients is based on the applicant’s character, scholarship, innovative leadership, and achievements related to her school and community that are above and beyond requirements to graduate. We seek students whose focus is on the humanities and social sciences as well as those with concentration in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Successful candidates reflect the Foundation’s values of innovative leadership, civic involvement, and personal growth. 

·         Applications will be available here.  

·         The application period will open on November 28, 2023 and applications must be received no later than Wednesday, February 14, 2024.  

·         Scholarship recipients will be notified beginning March 11, 2024 and awards will be presented to the selected recipients at the Brava! Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. More details will be provided to the recipients later in March. Attendance at the Brava! Awards Dinner is a condition of receiving the scholarship. 

Dell Scholars Program (AVID Students Eligible) 

IT TAKES MORE THAN FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO REACH COLLEGE GRADUATION. That’s why Dell Scholars was designed to provide a support system for the challenges many students face while pursuing a degree. Even so, we recognize that college costs can be a significant burden for many students and their families. 

Award: Nationally, 500 Dell Scholars are selected each year to receive a scholarship plus lots of non-monetary supports. All Dell Scholars receive: 

·         A $20,000 scholarship. 

·         Personalized, multifaceted support for the academic, financial, and emotional life challenges that may prevent students from completing college. 

·         A laptop with 4-year warranty. 

·         Chegg credits ($500 annually for four years) to be used for textbook purchases and rentals and/or textbook solutions (via Chegg Study). 

·         A Scholars Resource Network that connects students and their families with resources to deal with stress, debt, managing childcare, and life circumstance. 


·         Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12 - See list of approved CRPs here

·         Be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year. 

·         Demonstrate a need for financial assistance. 

·         Be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant in the first year of college. 

·         Plan to enroll full-time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree in the fall directly following high school graduation. 

·         Earn a minimum of a 2.4 GPA. 


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship 

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive. 

Award: Up to $55,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school. Up to 50 recipients.  

Be graduating from a U.S. high school. 
Intend to enroll full-time in an accredited four-year college beginning next Fall. 
Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above. 
Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000. 

Application Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2023. Click here to apply.  

Education Matters Scholarship: 

As a scholarship seeker, you're probably already well-aware of the importance of an education. But, what about the naysayers? Have you come across someone who's tried to talk you out of college, saying that it's not worth it? While continuing your education takes time, and money, there's a certain value that everyone is hoping to achieve. Our Education Matters Scholarship is giving you the chance to state why education matters. Why does education matter to you? What is the value you hope to receive from college? What would you do to convince the college cynics? Speaking up for education could lead to helping you pay for your own. One applicant will be awarded our $5,000 Education Matters Scholarship. 

Must be a student studying in the United States. 
Must be 14 years of age or older to apply. 
Must be a legal U.S. resident. 

Application Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2023. Click here to apply.  


  • Fine Arts

The Christmas season is right around the corner and the Fine Arts Department cordially invites the Kennedy Catholic community to join our students in our annual Celebration of Christmas at 7pm on Wednesday, December 13 at the Highline Performing Arts Center! 

The Christmas Concert features all of our wonderful music ensembles including choirs, bands, percussion, orchestra, and the jazz band! Bring your friends, relatives, and neighbors.

All are welcome so let's Pack the PAC!

  • Fine Arts

Auditions for Our Town, the spring play, will begin on Tuesday, December 4. Visit the call board by the Little Theatre for more information.

  • Highlights

If your student loves history and travel, this summer's trip to France and Germany for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings along the Normandy coast during WWII is a must-do. Normandy, Berlin and Paris all in one trip! Led by President/Principal Mohs, this trip will be one for the history books. This is an unexpected spot and will go quickly, so if you are interested, please email Alyson Soma. More trip information can be found here

  • Highlights
  • Parent Groups

Stock your stuffings with Knight Stand gear this year! Orders will be accepted from December 1-7. Items will be available for pickup December 11. Start your shopping here!

  • Knight Stand