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Picture Day During a Pandemic

Pictures are ordered online through
January 22, 2021

Picture day at Kennedy High School will take place on Feb. 3 and 4, 2021. Picture orders can be purchased through By ordering online, parents will be able to customize the size, quantity...

Cedar Rapids Local Business Takes COVID-19 Precautions

A suitcase painted with the Found + Formed logo. Courtesy of Found + Formed Instagram.
January 21, 2021

Local businesses are a crucial part of any community. The COVID-19 pandemic created a multitude of new challenges for them. It added a need for innovation and creative solutions that integrate pandemic...

Safe, Sound and Sanitized

As staff and students return back to the building for the first time since last March, they are asked to maintain the suggested six feet distance as a way to stay safe and sanitary.
January 19, 2021

Students and staff have been unable to access the Kennedy High School building since last March due to COVID-19 and the derecho. After extensive building repairs, Kennedy is now prepared to reopen its...

Teachers Adapting to Online

Teachers Adapting to Online
January 5, 2021

Cedar Rapids High schools have been forced into remote learning since the beginning of the school year. Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, middle schools and elementary schools switched to online learning...

Plans Change Again Due to COVID Numbers

Plans Change Again Due to COVID Numbers
December 9, 2020

All classes in the Cedar Rapids Community School District have shifted to required remote learning as of Nov. 12. All extra-curricular activities have been paused. The Cedar Rapids School District now...

Derecho Uncovers More Problems

Derecho winds caused the roof to fall in around the school.
November 20, 2020

Repair crews at Kennedy High School found asbestos in room 251 on Oct. 5, halting all arrangements for students and staff to re-enter the building. The repair teams found a material that they thought...

CRCSD Returning to Remote Learning

All CRCSD students will be moving to remote learning on Nov. 12 due to the continued threat of COVID-19
November 11, 2020

Students attending in-person classes in the Cedar Rapids Community School District will switch to remote learning Thursday, Nov. 12. This applies to all students regardless of grade level. The return...

Jefferson and Washington High School Reopening November 16

Jefferson High School and several other buildings within the CRCSD sustained  heavy damage causing students to move their learning online for this 2020 school year
November 9, 2020

Jefferson and Washington High School will reopen for in-person classes Nov. 16, 2020. This will be the first in-person school day in over seven months for high school students in the Cedar Rapids Community...

Show Choir Under the Lights of COVID-19

Zoey Olson, sr., at show choir dance practice.
October 30, 2020

Group choir is one of the most dangerous activities to do during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article from the Los Angeles Times. The Cedar Rapids Community School District has struggled to find...

What’s Going on with Homecoming?

Kennedy High School facilities damaged by the Derecho Aug. 10. The gymnasium was hit especially hard.
October 28, 2020

This year the dance will not be held in October. Is there still a possibility of a homecoming dance this school year? Jason Kline, principal of Kennedy High School, said that it would not be possible...

Restoring Kennedy After Derecho Storm Damage

The Kennedy High School Auditorium under renovations due to extensive damage from the storm.
October 23, 2020

Kennedy High School was hit the hardest of the Cedar Rapids Schools during the derecho this summer. On August 10, 140 mph winds were hurled across parts of Iowa and the surrounding states resulting in...

Candlelight Vigil Held in Memory of Breonna Taylor

Photos of victims of police brutality were placed on the stairs during the vigil. Attendees of the vigil laid flowers, candles and other memorabilia by the photos.
October 15, 2020

A candlelight vigil was held Sep. 21 in Newbo City Market to honor Breonna Taylor, an African American woman who was fatally shot by a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky. The vigil was organized by...

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