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Kennedy’s Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Some students brought pets with them to the drive-thru. Mrs. Claus holds a student's puppy, named Kinnick.
January 5, 2021

The Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at Kennedy was held as a drive-thru this year. On Dec 22, staff and students volunteered to stand outside in the school’s south parking lot. They passed out candy,...

Reworking Routines for Remote Learning

Reworking Routines for Remote Learning
December 22, 2020

Remote learning forced by COVID-19 transformed the way students learn. The removal of the classroom environment, face-to-face conversations and physical class materials has impacted students and teachers...

Pandemic Pastimes

Kennedy High School teacher, Craig Malicoat, displaying his new musical skills.
November 13, 2020

Instead of the typical week-long Spring Break, COVID-19 afforded students across the world a six-month hiatus. It wasn’t anticipated, but it gave students and staff ample time to give rise to new skills,...

Stuck in CR for Spring Break?

Downtown Cedar Rapids during the daytime.
March 13, 2020

For all of us stuck at home this spring break, what is there to do in Cedar Rapids?  Those interested in classic arcade games should hop on down to the Quarter Barrel, which features original, authentic...

I Bet You Won’t Read This

A student at Kennedy High School pulling a book off of the shelf.
November 13, 2019

High school students have been trading in their books and replacing them with screens as they try to stay connected to an ever changing world of digital media.  As daily screen time has increased over...

The Stresses of Homecoming

A beautiful gold dress paired with a matching corsage, yet another stressor adding to the pressure of homecoming.
October 2, 2019

Getting a manicure, styling your hair with a curling iron, and zipping up the dress, all in preparation to spend a Saturday night dancing to bop after bop. Students prepare for the dance in many ways,...

Best Spirit in America

Seniors showing their cougar spirit at the fall pep assembly by cheering on their class. Photo by Haylee Brewer.
September 7, 2019

1800 Kennedy students dressed in green and gold, crammed into the fluorescently lit gym for this year's first pep assembly. Their goal; the spirit stick.  At last year’s spring pep assembly, the...

It’s Payday Cougs

Cassie Lehman sr., making some taco pizza in the snack shack at The Play Station.
June 6, 2019

Although the spring rain doesn't show any signs of stopping, the 2019 school year is almost at an end and summer break will be in full swing. While spending time at the pool with your friends sounds like...

Kamae Jacobus: The Sister on the Sidelines

Senior Kamae Jacobus smiles as she looks out at the football field.
June 2, 2019

Fall Friday nights consist of cheering on the football team from the stands for most high school students. Yet senior Kamae Jacobus had a different experience with the football team. As football manager,...

Behind the Scenes

Kennedy High School counselor information, available on the Kennedy Homepage.
"There are a lot of things that we do that people don’t realize that we do. We don’t get a lot of thank-you’s, but we do get a lot of feedback.”-Counselor Lori Clore
June 1, 2019

Providing students with academic support, emotional support, behavioral support, and college career readiness, the Kennedy High School counselors are hard at work behind the scenes making sure every student...

Home Grown Stan Lee

Senior Christian Cahalan poses for a senior photo.
May 31, 2019

Getting into All-State would be considered an achievement for students involved in activities such as sports or music. However, was it made known that there was an Art All-State as well? Senior Christian...

Remembering Classmate Brielle Thompson

May 23, 2019

The Class of 2019 graduates this Friday, May 24. Best friends are picking out their outfits for the big night, coordinating the long schedule of grad parties they will attend together, and still discussing...

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