John F Kennedy High School PACE

"somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond / any experience"
-- e.e. cummings

The official PACE requirement for Cultural and Civic Events consists of two (2) each school year --  with a 500 - 750-word reflection essay for each. 
Essays are due no later than one (1) week following the event.  Students who are able to interview an event participant or organizer can earn a higher essay score.
The PACE Handbook contains more information about the requirements, the reflection essay prompt, and the rubric that guides the drafting of the essay.

The following categories exemplify the kinds of qualifying events and related organizations:
Talk to your PACE English teacher for approval.


a qualifying stage performance, off-campus


e.g. ‘Treasure Island’ at Sacramento Theatre Company; ‘Rent’ at Mondavi Center


qualifying performances, panel presentations, etc. that occur on JFK campus after school hours


e.g. JFK drama productions, speakers or events using JFK facilities after school


a qualifying ceremony or other event outside of student’s experience, beliefs, or household’s religious affiliation


a qualifying musical performance (outside of the pop culture sphere) – can include qualifying dance productions and musical theater


e.g. ‘Drummers of Burundi’ at Crest Theatre’; ‘Hamlet: The Musical on Ice!’



qualifying exhibits and galleries


e.g. ‘Picasso: The War Years’ at SFMOMA; ‘DaVinci Experience’ at Crocker


a qualifying event of this nature


e.g. touring lectures from writers, statesmen, journalists, academics, artists, etc.


a genuine, qualifying event celebrating and/or showcasing an ethno-cultural heritage


  • In the California State Capital, there is no shortage of government entities and committed individuals making decisions and taking actions which affect us on the local, state and federal levels.Check for meetings, workshops and forums at

More links:


Discover and Celebrate the Arts: Mondavi Center/UC Davis
Jazz, new perspective speakers, multi-cultural performances, music & dance 
(530) 754-ARTS
Ask about student discount

Sacramento Youth Symphony

TWO in TUNE: Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera
Student ticket prices available


B Street Theatre of Sacramento
Call (916) 443-5300 or

Sacramento Theatre Company
Call (916) 443-6722 or
Ask about student discounts 

The Sacramento Ballet
Call (916) 552-5800 or
For The Nutcracker and much more. 

Fine Arts

Crocker Art Museum

Second Saturday Art Walk (monthly)
Free admission to multiple museums and exhibits in the Sacramento area

Mondavi Arts
Student discounts and free admission available

Civic (Politics)

City of Sacramento

Sacramento City Council (Office of City Clerk)

Click HERE for a list of more events

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