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Students are making the choice if they will learn online or in person for the 2021-22 school year.

Choosing Learning Options for the Next School Year

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer June 4, 2021

Kennedy High School students will be able to choose online classes in the 2021-2022 school year.  The first semester of the 2020-2021 school year was online for all Kennedy students due to the derecho...

Parlor City has been closed for six months due to COVID-19.

Parlor City Opening June 2

Grace Niemuth, Writer June 2, 2021

With summer just around the corner, heat waves will be among us soon. Those days where you feel as though your skin is melting as sweat trickles down your body. You become out of breath from a walk, and...

The bell schedule is planned to be the same in the 2021-2022 school year.

More Schedule Changes Coming Next Year

Joel Dillman, Writer May 25, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic made in-person gatherings dangerous, school scheduling was overhauled. In Cedar Rapids high schools, the student body was split in two, each half alternating between in-person...

Fun in the Sun

Jasmine Hite, Writer May 24, 2021

With COVID-19, summer break may not look like it normally does for students. While it may not be normal, students will find ways to make their summer break worthwhile.  Activities such as fishing,...

Senior Reminders

Senior Reminders

Claire Beaman, writer May 21, 2021

The end of the year is near and it’s time for Seniors to wrap it up.  Seniors need to return their Chromebooks either Tues, May 25, or Wed, May 26. Students will drop them off in the horseshoe, along...

The Cedar Rapids Police Department's car parked outside of Kennedy High School.

Students Raise Concerns Over Student Resource Officers

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2021

Since the murder of George Floyd in the spring of 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement has pushed for a re-evaluation of the systems intended to keep us safe. While traditional police officers were the...

A disposable mask rests on a trash can outside of Kennedy.

CDC Mask Guidelines Eased, Iowa Mask Mandates Removed

Molly Martin, Photographer/Writer May 20, 2021

On May 13, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines regarding masks and social distancing. People who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in most indoor...

Students take the MAP tests on their school-provided Chromebooks.

May MAP Tests Canceled for Kennedy High School

Joel Dillman, Writer May 14, 2021

The Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests planned for Kennedy High School students to take during May have been canceled. Previously, Kennedy students took MAP tests the week of Jan. 1 in their math,...

Graduates from Kennedy and Jeff give high fives to Jackson Elementary students during their Senior Walk

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Jasmine Hite and Molly Martin May 14, 2021

The seniors of Kennedy High School have the opportunity to participate in the Senior Walks. Seniors will travel to their past elementary schools and walk down the halls one last time to celebrate how far...

Vaccinations can be distributed to all CRCSD high school students

CRCSD to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines to Students Ages 12-15

Anabel Bradley, Writer May 13, 2021

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children ages 12-15 on May 10. The Cedar Rapids Community School...

Men's Varsity Tennis: Getting Ready to Serve at Districts

Men’s Varsity Tennis: Getting Ready to Serve at Districts

Grace Niemuth, Writer May 10, 2021

The Men’s Kennedy Varsity Tennis Team has fought a hard season this year. They’ve managed to win five matches this season. They’ve beat Iowa City High (7-2), Prairie (6-3), Dubuque Hempstead (5-4),...

The CRCSD graphic telling students that the vaccine is available.

COVID Vaccines Available For CRCSD Students

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief May 10, 2021

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for everyone 16 and older. Vaccines will be distributed at all four CRCSD high schools. The first dosage will be available on May 12 at Metro high school...

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