John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School

Student Technology Leadership Program

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The mission of the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) is to advance individual capabilities, to motivate all students, and to create leadership opportunities through the use of technology.

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Kennedy’s Helping Hands project was chosen as the overall winner of the 2016 Festival of Faiths program!
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STLP 2015-16 Project:

JFK Helping Hands

We competed at Kentucky's State Competition on April 22, 2016 at the University of Kentucky. See photos below.


We are making a stand to make a difference in our community for homelessness and poverty. Check out our #TakeAStandLou video and the video for the Helping Hands project, as well as our other videos on our youtube channel!

Kennedy Wins!

In conjunction with the Mayor's Give A Day project, schools were asked to submit videos that summed up what their day of community service was. Kennedy's STLP submitted a video showing our Helping Hands project that showed the many community services we did throughout this school year. The Festival of Faiths chose the Kennedy's STLP as the overall winner! We will receive $500 to be used for our school to further community service.

We will be honored May 20th, during the Festival of Faiths program. All the videos will be shown in the lobby of the Festival of Faiths events May 19 to 21, and in the grand lobby of the Frazier Museum May 12 to 29.

Here's what we did:

  • Raised $210 for the Hunger Walk
  • Collected more than 600 food items for the Dare to Care food bank
  • Collected 300 new socks to put with the 100 care packages for a local homeless camp and included sack lunches
  • We sent 111 pajamas and 150 books to homeless JCPS students
  • Served a meal to homeless and hungry in downtown Louisville
  • Donated two large bags of items to Salvation Army

We are aware and encouraging other students to help with those with needs in our community!

We align with the JCPS Vision 2020 statement that says that “All JCPS students graduate prepared to reach their full potential and contribute to our society throughout life.”

Competing at State Level 2016

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Projects From Prior Years

STLP Project, 2014-15

  • Our project focused on learning and educating others about the people of Southern Sudan and making a difference for them.
  • We created our own website. Visit us at and see what our project is about, and Support Southern Sudan!
  • For the third year in a row, we competed at State level with our Southern Sudan project on Level 3 and earned the Best in State from Region trophy/award.
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JFK Rally for Sudan

Watch the video we made in STLP Camp in June 2014.

Lost Boy of Sudan Visits Kennedy

Click here to watch the video.

2014 Staci Bufkin-Halleron Award Winners

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2013-14: Putting Our Paw on Diabetes

  • We have shared what we learned about diabetes with our school and the community.
  • We participated in several health fairs and tested blood sugar levels throughout this school year: Senca High School/Bellarmine Nursing Health Fair, Kennedy's Fit-Lit Night, and Crums Lane Elementary Health Fair.
  • We walked with a fellow classmate in the Diabetes Walk for Support and Awareness.

Check out the videos we created for information on diabetes:

We were honored to have the opportunity to compete at the state level at the University of Kentucky (UK) on April 22, 2014.

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The STLP Regional Showcase was November 19, 2013, at the University of Louisville (UofL), and we scored well enough that we competed at the state level.

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2012-13 : Joy of Reading

Our objective was to show that reading and learning to read can be fun for all ages using technology.

Our project was good enough to compete at state in the spring of 2013. We brought home the Best Showcase Project in Region Award—Top 24 in the state!

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Click here to see video footage with PK-Kindergarten class.
Presented at the UofL Fall Showcase


2012 Staci Bufkin-Halleron Creative Project Award Winners

Click here to read about it.

2011 Showcase UofL

Project 1—How Technology Has Changed
Project 2—Memorial to Steve Jobs

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Click here to see our News Report for "How Technology Has Changed"

We scored a 93 and a 90. Awesome job!

Check out our video project from the 2010 Showcase!

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GEEK Squad

Greatly Enhanced Executives of Knowlege (GEEK)

Spring 2015

The GEEK Squad’s plans are to use ALICE programming to create their own cartoons on a Core Content subject.

Spring 2013

Fifth-grade students in the GEEK Squad created their own blog.

Spring 2012
  • Fourth- and fifth-grade students chose their special area for one week. Computer class was taught by the GEEK Squad.
  • The GEEK Squad produced historical reenactment videos. Students participated in a group to write a script for their historical person, acted out historical scenes, videotaped in front of a green screen, and inserted pictures for background scenes. Click on the links below to see their videos:
    George Rogers Clark
    Sojourner Truth
    Susan B. Anthony
    Sitting Bull
    Crazy Horse