The Kennedy PTO provides a 501(c)(3) tax exempt legal framework to support or enable many of the enrichment programs at Kennedy Middle School. In 2022/23, the PTO facilitated more than $100,000 to support the Kennedy Family Center, academics, electives programs, student activities and staff appreciation events:
The Kennedy Family Center
$6,000 funded our on-campus Family Center, which offers a wide range of programs to support members of our school community. Open and available to all students and providing services such as health and wellness resources, academic support, parent education, housing assistance, food distribution, crisis intervention and emotional counseling, the Family Center ensures that all students have convenient access to any support services they may need . Learn more about the Kennedy Family Center.
The Art Program
$7,500 funded the Fine Arts Program to purchase art supplies and new furniture. Art is a popular elective choice many years in a row. Kennedy is lucky to have a full art studio, including a ceramic kiln on site. We are equally lucky to have an amazing art teacher, Jesse Silverman, who holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Education with an Art emphasis. Learn more about the Kennedy Art Program.
Kennedy STEM Program & Lab
Run by technology teacher and coach Suba Marti, the Maker Space is an exciting place for students to explore hands-on learning in Technology, Robotics, and Journalism classes, and Robotics and Maker space clubs. Learn more about the Kennedy Maker Space.
The Drama Program
$15,000 funded the Drama Program and school-wide play. The KMS production of Matilda Jr. was a huge success! Not only did over 300 students participate as actors, tech crew, and set design artists, but the production raised over $30,000 to support other programs at Kennedy!
The Music Program
$39,000 funded the Music Program to purchase new instruments and help fun multiple performances.
teacher & staff appreciation events
$4,500 funded Teacher & Staff Appreciation Events to show how much we value their dedication and hard work.
$3,500 funded student activities and celebration events including school dances, and birthday and honor roll celebration events.
Kennedy color run
$10,000 funded our Kennedy Color Run, a fun and popular event. Our students raised nearly $30,000 as a result of this event! Learn more about the Kennedy Color Run.
8th grade graduation events
$16,000 funded the 8th grade graduation activities including 8th grade sweatshirts, graduation dance and Great America field trip. Learn more about 8th grade graduation events.
additional programs funded by the pto
- $1,000 funded Intramural Sports & PE Program to purchase new equipment
- $5,000 funded Outdoor Education Scholarships for students to participate in the Grand Canyon and Yosemite trips through the Kennedy Expedition Foundation
- $2,000 funded Parent Education opportunities
- $2,500 funded the Principal’s Fund, which identifies and funds needs not supported by the school district