The student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

The student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

The student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

COVID-19 is threatening Kennedy pep assemblies for the 2021-2022 school year

COVID-19 Cancels Cougar Traditions

Nolyn Melsha, Writer September 14, 2021

Due to COVID-19 cases throughout CRCSD, the district put restrictions on whole school events, such as pep assemblies. Kennedy students and staff look forward to the entertainment and adrenaline in the...

Mask mandates are once again allowed in Iowa schools.

Iowa School Mask Mandate Ban Struck Down

Alyx Goldensoph, Writer September 13, 2021

A federal judge temporarily ordered Iowa to allow mask mandates in schools Monday, Sept. 19. The order will expire when the court rules it is acceptable to stop wearing masks. Judge Robert Pratt issued...

Homecoming Set to Happen September 24

Homecoming Set to Happen September 24

Molly Martin, Writer September 13, 2021

After over a year since a school dance, homecoming is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 24. The dance will be held outside on the cafeteria patio from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m due to COVID-19 number in Linn County....

Many Iowan teens and parents are unaware of the curfew for all those 18 and under.

Iowa Has Curfew for Teens Under 18

Abby Bunker, Writer September 13, 2021

Many places have curfews, but citizens do not always know about it. Iowa has a curfew for teens under the age of 18. Ages 13 and under have a curfew begin at 10 p.m. while 14-18 starts at 12 a.m. All...

COVID-19 is threatening Kennedy pep assemblies for the 2021-2022 school year

Fall Pep Assembly Canceled After COVID-19 Surge

Joel Dillman, Writer August 31, 2021

The Kennedy pep assembly scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2 was postponed due to school-related COVID-19 concerns. Linn County Public Health (LCPH) sent a letter to schools Aug. 28 recommending further...

The University of Iowa is included in Iowa Citys mask mandate.

Iowa City Mask Mandate Begins August 19

Joel Dillman, Writer August 19, 2021

A city-wide mask mandate goes into effect in Iowa City Aug. 19 at 11:59 p.m. This mandate opposes the spirit of the state law HF 847, passed May 20, which prohibits cities and counties from issuing mask...

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...

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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 Departments 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...

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