Bloomington Kennedy: the Dynamic Present
Kennedy is rich in innovative educational initiatives, enabling all students to succeed in the classroom, and excel outside of the classroom. Numerous clubs and student organizations allow all students the chance to socialize and participate in extra curricular activities. Opportunities abound for students to get involved. School life at JFK is as rich as the many cultures that are represented in Kennedy's colorful and diverse student population.
AVID is an academic program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID advisor is Sarah Dahl-Wyland. Visit the AVID web page for more information.
College Possible (formerly Admission Possible) is a program that makes college admission and success possible through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Advisor for College Possible is Shanae Phillips. Visit the Kennedy College Possible web page for more information or learn more about this non-profit organization at www.collegepossible.org.
Academic Seminar is a personalized, small-group study session held every Thursday of any full week of the school year. Teachers select students from their regular classes who may need extra study time or one-on-one help in that particular academic area. Academic Seminars are approximately 45 minutes and are a helpful feature of JFK's modified block week.
Sectionals allows the classroom teacher to selectively schedule time for focused, small-group instruction for those students needing extra instruction to keep pace with classroom instruction. Teachers can elect to schedule a 'sectionals' time, which uses a building substitute teacher teaching a portion of the class, while the regular teacher tutors a smaller group of students for extra subject review.
The STRIVE program helps senior students with potential who have experienced barriers to achieving academic success. The program is designed so that senior students have the opportunity to receive support and mentoring to improve their personal and academic performance. As a result of their improvement, they become eligible for scholarships to attend Normandale, Hennepin Technical College, Dunwoody Institute, or any other college of their choosing. The is the 12th year of this successful partnership between Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington Rotary Club, Normandale Community College, Hennepin Technical College and Dunwoody Institute.
SkillsUSA is a career and technical skills association and competition student group. Among many career skills promoted are: professional development, community service, public relations, employment information, skill competitions, finances or fund raising, social activities, and even how to conduct effective business meetings.
Hybrid Course Options offers Kennedy students a unique blend of classroom and independent learning. Students meet in class two or three days, and conduct their course work off site the other days. As one student observed, Hybrid classes 'give a taste of the freedom of college life and learning.'
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JFK's Chopper Class continues to make national news. This unique Tech Ed class, taught by Kevin Baas, allows students a hands-on experience in building a 'chopper' motorcycle from the ground up.
Robotics is an extra-curricular activity designed to promote interest in science and engineering. USFirst, the sponsoring organization, is present in every state. Minnesota has the third most teams in the country. Kennedy is now in the fourth year of USFirst competition and continues to improve on the number of students involved, the number of mentors, and the quality of the final product. JFK Robotics sponsors this year are ThermoKing and PTC Software. Click here for more information on the USFirst Robotics.
Tutor Time is held each Tuesday after school in the library. A math and English teacher are available to help with homework. Students may also use this time for recovery for an unexcused absence.
Lunch Lab is a daily homework help session for students. This is teacher directed, where staff can assign students a supervised working lunch, allowing students the chance to make up tests and complete missing assignments.
Mandatory homework help for 9th grade students has been initiated for students failing even one class. These sessions take place Mondays after school in the cafeteria from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.