The Kirkwood Call

Significance of our secretaries

Significance of our secretaries

Lydia Cohen, Writer

May 21, 2018

During the school week, the bell rings at 7:50 a.m., and for most people at KHS, this means a day of teaching or learning starts. But, in the main office, three women work with different tasks. Receptionist secretaries Lorie Nieman and Mary Dahlem manage student attendance along with greeting and guiding...

In-class cinema

In-class cinema

Catherine Butler, writer

May 21, 2018

As students walk into his freshman world history class, Frank Parini, social studies teacher, dims the lights and prepares to play the movie Tiananmen Square. As 19 pairs of eyes focus on the film, Parini notices the few who do not. One boy dozes off while his friend plays Fortnite underneath his de...

Culture appropriation vs. appreciation

Culture appropriation vs. appreciation

Kiden-Aloyse Smith, writer

May 21, 2018

Culture appropriation, according to Oxford Dictionary is  “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture” Cultural appropriation is a hot topic that always seems to poke its head out during Coachella s...

Behind closed doors

Behind closed doors

Jack Matousek, Writer

May 21, 2018

It’s 7:25 a.m. on a cold Thursday morning, gust of wind blows across the the parking lot as ten weary looking  freshmen slowly get out of their cars and drag themselves into room West 113, in the English hallway. They are the class officers of the class of 2021, meeting to discuss upcoming fundraisers...

Strength in Numbers: The Importance of an Ensemble

Strength in Numbers: The Importance of an Ensemble

Molly Higgins, writer

May 21, 2018

The lights come up, the music swells and the audience leans forward in anticipation as the stage fills with actors. A show-stopping group number closes act 1 of the KH Players’ spring musical: “The Drowsy Chaperone”. Mary Cleary, junior, stands proudly with the ensemble. “[The ensemble] brings the en...

Gymnastics to Gymnasium; Cate Peters

Gymnastics to Gymnasium; Cate Peters

Lilly Anderson, Writer

May 21, 2018

Her hands shake as her mom parks the family car at St. Gerard Majella on a rainy Friday night. With her mother and sister in the car, Cate Peters, freshman, opens the letter from the cheer coaches. Her stomach tightens and her breath becomes faster as she pulls out the piece of paper that holds the f...

They never even wanted to teach

They never even wanted to teach

Lily Bartin, writer

May 21, 2018

The shrill ring of the sixth hour bell marks the time that Larissa Hoffman, senior, has eagerly awaited all day. Hoffman files through the crowded math building, to her seventh hour, which she spends as a cadet for math teacher, Randy Kriewall. Back in the classroom of her favorite former teacher, Hoffman ...

How the Other Half Lives: Teachers Dealing With Stress

How the Other Half Lives: Teachers Dealing With Stress

Sophie Chappell, Writer

May 21, 2018

Once all the students are gone, silence envelops KHS. Students will head home and begin their mountain of homework, while teachers stay behind creating lesson plans and grading papers. Like their students, teachers go home to find more work awaiting them. “On a normal weeknight, I easily work an h...

Passing on the disk

Passing on the disk

Grace Fearheiley, writer

May 21, 2018

Her hair bobs as she sprints down the field. Eileen Finley, sophomore, prepares to intercept a frisbee throw during a KHS ultimate frisbee game. As she runs down the field, she is reminded of when she first started playing frisbee with her family. Frisbee has been one of her passions for the majority of he...

KHS Orchestra Storms the Windy City

KHS Orchestra Storms the Windy City

Mia Alexander, Writer

May 21, 2018

Her fingers rapidly flipped through the pages of her music book, searching for the right starting point as the rest of the class clutched their bows into playing position. Lilly Van Rees, freshman, in the Symphonic Orchestra’s bass line, prepares to practice “Hoedown” by Aaron Copland. “Hoedown” is one of t...

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