Service Academy Information


Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey presents: Service Academy Information Night  to be held on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 7:00p.m. at Rockland Community College Technology Center, 145 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901.


TACHS Preparation for Fall 2013


Kennedy Catholic High School Proudly Offers TACHS Test Preparation Classes For Fall 2013 – 3:30pm-5:00pm
Meeting Dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, and 11/7 Course Fee $250
All classes will be held at KCHS and taught by our faculty.
Students should purchase the BARRON’S TACHS REVIEW BOOK for use in class.
Download the form and mail it with check payable to KCHS by 9/25

The form can be found on the downloadable forms page at the top of the website under the Future Students toggle.



Emory University Presentation

An admissions counselor from Emory University will offer a presentation on August 26th from 7-9 pm at the Westchester Marriott for students interested in applying to Emory.  Students must register at the following:



2013 Guidance College Trip


The 2013 Guidance College Trip provided our  students with insight and information into the college application and selection processes.  We toured Yale, Connecticut College, Northeastern University, and Boston College.  The students were able to experience first-hand the elements that go into choosing a college and finding the right match for them.  We spoke with enrolled students as well as admissions personnel to obtain a comprehensive perspective on the facets of the college experience.

Sophomore Julia Bauer had this to say about the trip; “By going on this trip, I learned that I am looking for a big college or university.”

Next years trip has not yet been planned, but you can be sure that Mrs. Samantha Black and the administration will choose great institutions to visit.

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The Annual Kennedy Catholic College Trip (2013)


Dear Parents:

We are pleased to offer eligible Sophomore and Junior students the opportunity to

participate in the KCHS 2013 College Trip on May 17-18, 2013. The tour will be organized

by the King’s Tours company with accompanying guide and KCHS chaperones will be

present as well.

We will be touring select colleges in Connecticut and Massachusetts in order to offer

students an insight into the college selection and admissions process. These competitive

colleges have been chosen since they offer a range of college features and offerings. In

order to participate, students must have earned a minimum of an 85 GPA, have no

disciplinary record, and be in good financial standing.

Please review the attached information, complete all paperwork, and submit payment for

the cost of the trip (checks are made payable to KCHS) to Mrs. Black by 3/4/2013. Seating

is limited and payment is nonrefundable.

Any questions, please contact sblack@kennedycatholic.org. We are looking forward to an

educational and enjoyable experience that will assist in the student in college choice.


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Engineering Expo at White Plains High School


There will be an Engineering Expo at White Plains High School on Sunday, April 7.  Students can find out what it means to be an engineer and learn about all the different types of engineering fields a person can enter.  Some of the top engineering colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will have representatives at the Expo including Rutgers, Cornell, Columbia, Penn State, Villanova, RPI, and SUNY.  Click the link below to learn more.





SAT Practice Makes Perfect for Kennedy Juniors


All 139 Kennedy Catholic juniors were in the gym today, but not for an extended physical education class. Rather, the Guidance Department, in a first-ever initiative, scheduled a practice SAT for the soon-to-be-seniors.

Working with The Princeton Review, Guidance proctored a full SAT and the exams will be graded and evaluated. Students and parents will receive the scores back, as well as an evaluation of strengths, weaknesses and other college related information, on Feb. 6 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Guidance will also be offering students the opportunity to enroll in the SAT prep class, led by The Princeton Review, here at Kennedy.

A practice SAT differs slightly in format and structure from PSAT exams. Guidance Director Samantha Black said she hopes the juniors will have a better understanding of how they will score on the real exams in the Spring. The initiative has been well received by parents thus far, as their children are now exposed to the challenges they will face when sitting for the “real thing” and see how their GPAs match up with their performance on standardized tests.


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Phone System Maintenance Jan. 4


A new telephone system will be installed on Friday, Jan. 4, and the school will be without phone access for a period of several hours.  Please plan accordingly and connect with faculty and staff via e-mail through our Faculty Contact page.

Thank you in advance for your patience.

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Dec. 20 Christmas Mass to be offered for Murphy ’78, Newtown


It is with great sadness that we confirm what many of you already know. That one of our fellow Gaels, Anne Marie McGowan Murphy ’78, was among the victims of this past weekend’s tragedy at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn.

Anne Marie’s obituary, as shown on the Clark Funeral Home website, is reprinted below.

Our Christmas Mass this year will be offered in Ann Marie’s memory and those who wish to are invited to join the Gaels at our Mass this Thursday, Dec. 20, at 9:15 a.m. in the Auditorium.

Our Family Association will be making a donation on behalf of Anne Marie and all of this weekend’s victims. We humbly ask that you do the same to one of the two funds listed below.  Thank you in advance for helping us remember and support the family of a Gael who acted with true Courage and Compassion.

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Anne Marie Murphy, 52, a 14 year resident of Sandy Hook, CT, formerly of Katonah, NY, died Friday, December 14, 2012, at the Sandy Hook School Tragedy.

She was born July 25, 1960 in Mount Kisco, NY, the daughter of Dr. Hugh and Alice McGowan of Katonah, and graduated from St. Mary’s School in Katonah, John F. Kennedy H.S. in Somers, NY, and Southern CT State University with an MS degree in Education.

Anne was employed by the Newtown Board of Education as a Teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

She will be remembered for her love of the Arts, walks in the outdoors and most importantly: her family.

Anne is survived by her devoted husband, Michael; her loving children: Kelly, Colleen, Paige and Thomas; her beloved parents: Dr. Hugh and Alice McGowan of Katonah; and dear siblings: Mary Pat of Ridgefield, CT, Alice of Newtown and Catherine of Katonah and Hugh of Pawling, NY, Dr. Thomas of Somers and Peter of Troy, NY.

The family will receive friends at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd, Katonah, NY on Wednesday, December 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 am on Thursday, December 20 at St. Mary Of The Assumption R C Church, 117 Valley Road, Katonah, NY.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Somers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd., 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Alternately, if you would like a donation to go to the scholarship fund for the children of Anne Marie Murphy, please note “Anne Marie Murphy” on your donation to:

The Glenn Atkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 3322
Newtown, CT 06470


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Kennedy Presidents asks Courage & Compassion for Newtown Community


Alumni, Parents, Friends and Visitors,

Courage and Compassion.

I ask that you remember those words in the days and weeks ahead, because that’s what we are going to need as a community and as a nation.

But as we struggle with the unthinkable loss in Newtown, Connecticut, it is our call to think and pray as a people of faith. For the only truth of any consequence, is that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. And He has charged each of us to help bring about His Kingdom. Not in some far away place. Not in a time yet to come. But here and now.

We must have the Courage to look past this heinous tragedy to ensure that these stories, which are becoming all too familiar, become a thing of the past. And we can start with prayer, the kind of prayer that whatever your religious affiliation, empowers communities of faith to build and strengthen the geographical communities they call home.

Those communities are coming together today. And the thoughts and prayers of the entire Kennedy Catholic community are with them in solidarity as they ask our Almighty Father for eternal rest for the victims of this senseless tragedy, healing for their families, and strength for the communities whose pursuit of life, liberty and happiness was weakened yesterday.

They will not carry this cross alone. We will be with them in prayer, and we will take action; as the needs of Newtown are made known, I will be meeting with our administrators and Student Government to find ways we can help meet them.

We will comfort our students, your children, as they come to grips with the news of the past day. We will teach them how to act with Courage and Compassion, even in the face of such violence. We will show them how we all can do the very thing our God calls us to do. Love.

Courage and Compassion is the legacy that has been entrusted to us. It is our duty to share that legacy now, so that those future generations of Gaels will be able to do what too many families in Newtown now cannot, and share it with their children.

“God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change. The courage to change the things that we can. And the wisdom to know the difference.”


With you in prayer,
Rev. Mark G. Vaillancourt, Ph.D