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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...

Pandemic Pastimes

Kennedy High School teacher, Craig Malicoat, displaying his new musical skills.
November 13, 2020

Instead of the typical week-long Spring Break, COVID-19 afforded students across the world a six-month hiatus. It wasn’t anticipated, but it gave students and staff ample time to give rise to new skills,...

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...

Best Buddies Trunk-or-Treat

Brynn Lindenlaub presents a bowl of candy with Avalon May.
November 10, 2020


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...

Kennedy Student Achieves an Albatross

Simeon Jauhiainen, jr., takes a chip-shot at the Boys JV golf meet at Hunter's Ridge Golf Course on Sept. 29
November 9, 2020

Simeon Jauhiainen, a junior on the Kennedy High School Boys Golf team, accomplished a golf shot called an albatross at Twin Pines Golf Course on October 14. An albatross is achieved when a player hits...

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...

Kennedy Cross Country Prepares for State Qualifiers

The Boys Varsity Cross Country team at the start line on Oct. 8 at Seminole Valley.
October 21, 2020

The Kennedy High School cross country teams will run in the state qualifiers meet at the Dubuque Soccer Complex in Dubuque, Iowa on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Girls race begins at 4 p.m. and the Boys race...

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...

Academic Decathlon in a New Way

Academic Decathlon in a New Way
October 13, 2020

Kennedy High School’s Academic Decathlon team will continue this year but with new obstacles. The decathlon team is in the process of recruiting members. This process has been made more difficult...

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