Principal's Message

Parents & Guardians,


Welcome to the John F. Kennedy Junior High School 2022-23, Home of the Knights! Our school is proud to offer a high-quality, well-rounded education for your 7th and 8th grade student as well as a clean, safe learning environment. We have an abundance of extra-curricular activities. Hopefully your student can find or has found something on our campus that will help them connect to JFK. We offer a variety of Clubs such as Community Leadership, Stand for the Silent Club, Multi-Cultural Club, and Leadership. These are great avenues to building a connection at JFK.  We also offer a wide variety of athletic teams as well as three different award winning band programs.

The staff at JFK take their job seriously and understand we have two years to prepare your student for a successful transition into high school. With parental support and student willingness to come every day, work hard and be good, this job becomes much easier. Please view the school website for communication about upcoming events, programs, and sporting events as well as check our posts on Parent Square. There will also be updated photos of students & staff participating in the wide variety of events we have here at JFK from time to time on the HESD Facebook Page.

Remember, as a parent, you are able to view your child's progress through our Parent Vue program. You should receive a flyer, in the mail, that outlines how this program can be accessed and its different features. If you did not receive this, please come in or call and we will make sure you have what you need to view this program.

Here’s to another great school year as JFK KNIGHTS! We look forward to serving you and your student. If you have questions or need anything, please call or email any staff member.


Thank you,

Rick Johnston


Notification of Asbestos Management Plans

Notification of Asbestos Management Plans

The Hanford Elementary School District under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AH ERA) is required to develop and implement a management plan for dealing with the presence of asbestos-containing materials in our schools. This plan is available for your inspection in the school office.  A copy of all school plans is also available in the District Office located at 714 N. White Street.

End Of Year Info

As we wrap up our 2019-2020 school year, we would like to make you aware of some important dates. Unfortunately, we are not able to hold our traditional promotion ceremony honoring our 8th grade students, but we have put together some other ways to recognize them during this time. Each 8th grader will receive a yard sig to recognize their accomplishments and we are creating a virtual perpetual awards/promotion video.

The following dates and times pertain to both 7th and 8th grade students:

•    8th grade Promotion Yard Sign Pick-up will occur as soon as signs are completed and delivered. (You will receive a message with the date and time of your scheduled pick-up)
•    Yearbooks will be delivered to JFK in August. We will contact you regarding pick up once we receive them. You may still purchase a yearbook by going on-line to
•    Wednesday, June 3rs, 8th grade Virtual Perpetual Awards/Promotion Recognition will be made available on-line to 8th grade students & families.
•    Thursday June 4th, 8th grade students will return laptops, library books, uniforms etc. and pick-up promotion certificates, PE items and any Perpetual Award received. (see time below)
•    Friday June 5th, 7th grade students will return laptops, library books, uniforms etc. and pick-up, PE items. (see time below)
•    Distribution and pick-up will occur in “drive through” fashion on Babe Ruth Drive on the west side of campus (in bus lane behind gym & cafeteria)

8th Grade Schedule:
8:00-8:45 – Sandoval & Berna
8:45-9:30 – Strong & Bachman
9:30-10:15 – Carri & Torres
1:30-2:15 – Ladd & Eck
2:15-3:00 – Navarro & Xiong

7th Grade Schedule:
8:00-8:45 – Parks & Garcia
8:45-9:30 – Simas & Raven
9:30-10:15 – Magallon & Silva
1:30-2:15 – Snyder & Garrett
2:15-3:00 – Noji & Pimentel


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Learn from Home Resources

Learn from Home Resources are posted on our HESD website. You will notice that resources are organized by grade level spans: TK-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th. Please check out the resources to support continued learning for your child!
Thank you for your support!

Report Card Resource

Report cards are delivered to parents once each trimester during the school year.  For Trimester 1, report cards are provided to parents at parent/teacher conferences on November 21 or 22. For the second and third trimesters, report cards are mailed home on March 14 and June 3.

JFK Junior High publishes a resource document for parents that provides a clear explanation of the grades students receive and the proficiency levels that students are expected to achieve.

Click here for the Parent Report Card Resource

Information for Parents & Students


  • Every student needs to come prepared for school with a backpack, a three-ring binder, paper, and pencils
  • Every student is expected to follow the dress and grooming guidelines every day. Hair that is not a natural color will not be allowed. For example, blue, unnatural red, green, purple, pink, etc.
  • Also, earrings may only be worn in the ears. All other piercings will not be allowed at school. This includes; tongue, eye brow, lip, cheek, nose, etc.
  • John F. Kennedy is a closed campus. Students may not leave the campus at any time without permission.
Exceptional Citizenship Reward Trip

At the end of the year we will reward our John F. Kennedy Exceptional Citizens with a trip.  Students participating in this trip will need to provide spending money.  All transportation and the costs of admission will be covered by the school.  The following criteria must be met in order to be deemed an exceptional citizen and therefore be eligible to participate in the trip:

  • 1 or less level A citations
  • No level B or C citations
  • 10 or less combined days tardy, truant, or absent, (absences cleared with a doctor’s note within 5 school days of the student’s return to school from that absence will not count against this trip)
  • Never been placed on the ineligibility list for the current school year
  • 1st day of attendance at John F. Kennedy must be before January.