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Kennedy High School Graduation Ceremony.

Say Hello to the Adult World, Seniors

Haylee Brewer, Writer May 23, 2019

It's the time of year when the senior class begins a new journey in life. This Friday, May 24, seniors from Kennedy will graduate at the US Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. The ceremony will begin...

Rat number five named Anna playing with the toys provided by the AP Psychology classroom.

Oh Rats…

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer May 15, 2019

Click. Click. Click. Good job. Click. Click. Click. Here’s a treat. That’s how class time is used in the AP Psychology classroom. Students are learning about learning with first-hand experimentation...

The Urinetown promotional posters.


Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer April 26, 2019

The posters for Urinetown around school have surely turned some heads and sparked some confusion. Preparation for Urinetown has been underway for weeks, and play will be shown on April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m....

Sophomore Kallie Kolthoff, studying for AP Psychology.

Staying on Track

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer April 23, 2019

Kennedy has racked up a total of nine snow days so far this school year, which has forced teachers to adjust their schedules accordingly.  Those missed days have caused stress among AP students and teachers,...

Cougar Pantry, the resource that Kennedy offered to students who needed or wanted  food to take home.

Cougar Corner pantry opens today

Haylee Brewer, Writer April 9, 2019

Everyone can make a difference. Kennedy mathematics teacher Jenny McAtee han idea that Kennedy High School would create a food pantry for students in need. After two months in the works, the Cougar...

A picture of the signs stating some of the rules in Computer Labs during SMART Time.

Law of the Labs

Samuel Miranda, Writer April 9, 2019

Just before semester one finals were administered, a new set of rules were implemented for the usage of computer labs during SMART Time. After a series of stolen and broken computer equipment, the school...

The Nine Dragon Wall of Chinatown, Chicago.

Chinatown Trip

Claire Beaman, writer April 8, 2019

The Chinese class of Kennedy High School had the opportunity to go to the Chicago Chinatown as an educational field trip. This field trip allowed students to practice what they have learned about Chinese...

The Pre-ACT student assigned class rooms.

The ACT is Coming Ready or Not

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer March 8, 2019

The ACT is rescheduled for March 12. Students will need to be in their assigned classes by 7:40 a.m. and stay in the classroom until 12:30 p.m. Students will need to have an ACT approved calculator, two...

A student donates blood in the Kennedy Black Box.

Blood Drive Feb. 27

Mackenzie Joseph, Writer February 26, 2019

There are many ways to volunteer; bell ringing, money donations, cleaning up trash and more. But another way to volunteer is through donating blood. Donating blood is a unique way to give back to the community....

New Friday schedule starting March 1.

How Will CRCSD and Other Districts be Making Up School Days?

Haylee Brewer, Writer February 26, 2019

Students and parents living in Iowa may have concerns about how our school district will be making up our nine snow days and four two-hour delays. Last night the Cedar Rapids Community School District...

The amount of snow that fell on the Jan. 24.

Cold World

Samuel Miranda, Writer February 14, 2019

Iowa has gotten some dangerous weather conditions in the recent weeks. The weather has thrown so much at the Cedar Rapids community that the CRCSD has had eight days cancelled so far. This has started...

Brenna Hartse, right, works with another student at the Iowa BIG facility in downtown Cedar Rapids. Daily, Hartse works on projects to eventually present it to the community.

What is Iowa BIG?

Anna Reinhart February 14, 2019

As students prepare to register for their classes in the 2019-2020 school year, they find a section labeled Iowa BIG. There have been videos shown to students registering about all the different alternative...

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