John F. Kennedy High School offers students wonderful opportunities to excel in academics and athletics.
The 2006-2007 school year was my first year going to Kennedy High school.The first half of the school year was alright but the second half did not please me at all.I had alot of trouble in all my classes and I had teribal grades compared to my grades in the first half of the school year.All my classes were way to noisy and disruptive.The teachers didin't seam to care about grades to much at all because alot of the student's in my classes had D's and E's. The school seams to crowded and there isint enough disipline.My math class had a poor grading system,you could never really tell how much you were improving.
I am responding to the parent review from April,2005. I invite anyone to visit the Media Center at Kennedy and see what great resources (both print and electronic) that we have available for students and staff. We strongly support the curriculum and have materials that are up to date and available for academic and personal use. We are continually promoting the Media Center through displays, access to information, contests, promotions, book clubs, book sales, etc. I would be happy to provide any interested indiviuals with more specifics! Barbara Herman, Kennedy Media Specialist
The school is slightly overcrowded, there is no busing, and while there are some amazingly good teachers (such as Mr. and Mrs. Merwin, Mr. Terpak, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Nelson, Ms. Majerus, Mr. Mackson, Mr. Somerville, as well as others), there are many teachers who have a relatively indifferent view of teaching. They would much rather have their kids do crosswords than research papers. The administration often makes unusual decisions in favor of public welfare, but they are very kind and caring. No matter how good the faculty is, and overall they are competant, there is not enough funding for the schooling for teaching to be very effective. Books, videos, and other media tend to be old or irrelevant to studies. Have to pay for sports, the music program is decent, and ROTC is all bureaucratic politics. The current block scheduling is not good for most classes, but has some benefits.
Need more one on one special training for kids, who are willing to give there time to learn. It seems as if there are no programs set up, or geared toward helping kids that are behind, or on the MEAPS or even who just are slow! The school needs to focus on teaching!
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