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Weather Conditions Cause Concern for CRCSD Students

Weather Conditions Cause Concern for CRCSD Students

Anna Reinhart, News Editor

December 4, 2018

Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) high school and middle school students are in classes for a full regulatory day while CRCSD elementary schools and surrounding districts such as College Community, Linn Mar, and Marion had school canceled due to icy road conditions. Students in the entire...

A Community Comes Together

A Community Comes Together

Anafer Millsap, Writer

December 1, 2018

Kennedy families got the tragic news Nov. 24 that teacher Rick Nees and his daughter, Nicole Nees, passed away in an accident in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The school held an open mic event Dec. 1, inviting all friends and families, to come celebrate Mr. Nees's life. The Kennedy auditorium filled with students,...

Remembering Mr. Nees

Remembering Mr. Nees

Jenna Anderson and Olivia Haefner

November 26, 2018

Kennedy students and staff lost one of their mathematics teachers, Rick Nees, on Thanksgiving morning. Nees and his oldest daughter Nicole were driving in Fort Collins, Colorado when they were hit by a truck. Both Nees and his daughter were killed. The driver of the truck survived. Principal Jason...

Sophomore Sweets

Sophomore Sweets

Grace Hanrahan, Writer

November 15, 2018

The class of 2021 has started fundraising with the leadership of student council members Braden Hoyer, Jordyn Cory, Kacey Davis, Ramha Elsheikh, Lizzie Bagby, and Giuseppe Gianforte. “We are raising money to sell t-shirts, and eventually when we’re seniors we’ll have money to pay for prom.”...

It’s Time for Tassels

It’s Time for Tassels

Jenna Anderson, Co Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2018

Seniors: the time has come to purchase caps, gowns, and the 2019 tassel for graduation. Students can order on Friday, Nov. 2 during lunch, or online at this website. On Nov. 2, Matt and Greta from Herff Jones will be in the foyer to assists students with their orders, and answer any questions they ma...

Camping for a Cause

Camping for a Cause

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

October 26, 2018

A yearly tradition at Kennedy High School when October comes around is Homeless Night. Homelessness in Iowa, though lower than other states, is still a relevant issue that impacts many. This year, Homeless Night is on Oct. 26, and costs $15 for regular admission and $20 for admission and a tee-shirt....

Learn how to Register for the Upcoming Election

Learn how to Register for the Upcoming Election

Olivia Haefner, Co Editor-in-chief

October 26, 2018

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Cougars, Getting in Gear For Canned Food Drive

Cougars, Getting in Gear For Canned Food Drive

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Editor

October 24, 2018

The Kennedy Student Government is bringing back the canned food drive for another year. The canned food drive will go from the 22 to the 26. To participate in the canned food drive, bring any non-perishable items to your fifth hour class. If your class is not participating bring the canned items to room...

Seniors Lend a Helping Hand with Peer Tutoring

Seniors Lend a Helping Hand with Peer Tutoring

Jenna Anderson, Co Editor-in-Chief

October 12, 2018

The class of 2019 National Honor Society officers recently chose a peer tutoring program for the senior class project. "The purpose of the peer tutoring is to allow for students to have an option during SMART Time that they can go to and get more individual help from students who have been through...

Fighting Together

Fighting Together

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

October 5, 2018

Every year when October comes around, most students think of Halloween and fall treats, but many forget that October is also breast cancer awareness month. In America, one in eight women develop breast cancer, and one way that Cedar Rapids tries to help the cause is with the Especially for You race. ...

Three FAFSA Myths, and also a Few Tips

Three FAFSA Myths, and also a Few Tips

Anna Reinhart

October 5, 2018

FAFSA. Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Yes it's free. Yes it's federal student aid.  A lot of students don't fill out their FAFSA application because of common misconceptions among them and their parents. Here are the top three myths of FAFSA, debunked. 'I won't qualify for federal aid bec...

Staying Smart at SMART Time

Staying Smart at SMART Time

Grace Hanrahan, Writer

October 1, 2018

The first week of SMART time began Monday, Sept. 17. “Two days of SMART time and 500 students attended tutorial,” Principal Jason Kline said. Tutorials are held in different teachers’ classrooms every day for students to finish work, get help, or study during the day. Open rooms are also...

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