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KSD updates visitor management system

KSD updates visitor management system

Kate Schreiber, features writer

September 15, 2019

The Raptor Visitor Management System was implemented throughout KSD Sept. 3. The system will now require visitors to present a state issued ID when signing in.

Screens on: KHS Cell Phone Policy

Screens on: KHS Cell Phone Policy

Tom Mueller, sports editor

August 30, 2019

In light of school districts, states, and countries reevaluate their policies about a phone's place in the classroom, this piece examines KHS' unchanging phone policy.

Q&A with 2018-19 retiring teachers

Q&A with 2018-19 retiring teachers

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

May 21, 2019

There are two teachers retiring from KHS this school year. Read here to find out what they learned and what advice they have from their combined 73 years of teaching.

Senior After Grad Party scoop

Senior After Grad Party scoop

Maddie Hawes, associate editor

May 5, 2019

Seniors at KHS may have noticed the After Grad Party list of rules KHS posted on Twitter earlier this week. Learn more about the event here.

Searching for solutions

Searching for solutions

Charlotte Heinrich, features + in-depth editor

March 25, 2019

According to the KSD Achievement Gap Task Force’s website, the committee attempts to ensure equity from students learning how to count on their fingers to students counting down the days until graduation. Here are three systematic policy changes that will most closely effect KHS students: Diversifying Staff...

The top priority

The top priority

Thomas Birmingham, print editor

March 6, 2019

They drilled a hole in his back. They put metal tubes in his body. He came to school with a cane. Then, under KHS’s revised attendance policy, he got detention. Aaron De Marco, senior, has cystinuria, a rare and aggressive condition which causes him to produce kidney stones every single day. Symptoms include anythi...

No more summer homework for KHS

No more summer homework for KHS

Amara Harper, features writer

March 1, 2019

Recently, at a KHS staff meeting, Dr. Michael Havener, KHS principal, made the decision that summer homework for any class will no longer be required. This rule applies to regular classes as well as AP and honors level courses, according to Havener. “It's on the same lines as no homework we...

Needle in a haystack

Needle in a haystack

Ally Ortmann, features + in depth editor

December 4, 2018

Chatter fills the Senior Hall as Principal Dr. Michael Havener, smiles and greets students. Hearing his phone ring, he diverts his attention to the voice on the other end of the line. The news he receives knocks the wind out of him. He asks them to repeat. Everything, the bustle of heading to class,...

Student’s search safety

Student’s search safety

Ethan Peter, features writer

November 8, 2018

Polly Rekittke, senior, Googled the word “knife” in her first hour. By fifth hour, an administrator concerned about her search pulled her from Spanish class. Rekittke, embarrassed and flustered, quickly explained it had been for a “Hamlet” presentation in English class. Rekittke’s situatio...

Locking out the problems

Locking out the problems

Grace Fearheiley, web staffer

October 8, 2018

At the start of this school year, KHS administration started enforcing a policy that requires teachers to keep their classroom doors locked at all times. According to Dr. Michael Havener, KHS principal, this policy was set in place to increase security in our classrooms in response to many school shoo...

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