The Kirkwood Call

Searching for solutions

Searching for solutions

Charlotte Heinrich, features + in-depth editor

March 25, 2019


Filed under In Depth

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


Filed under News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Showcase

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


Filed under In Depth

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


Filed under News

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’...

Locking out the problems

Locking out the problems

Grace Fearheiley, web staffer

October 8, 2018


Filed under News

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...

Hats and hoods permitted in the updated dress code

Hats and hoods permitted in the updated dress code

Tom Mueller, features writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under News

KHS instituted a trial period in which the dress-code policy pertaining to the wearing of hats and hoods in school changed in January 2018. The change was the conclusion of ongoing discussions between administrators, and it allowed students to wear hats and hoods in school without reprimandations. As l...

Locked down

Locked down

Amara Harper, features writer

October 1, 2018


Filed under News

As the bell rings, you run up to the door of your next class. You tug at the handle but the door is locked. You frantically knock to no avail. Before you know it, the tardy bell rings, and you are officially late to class. Recently students have been faced with these situations due to a new policy at ...

Call Ed: Ranked

Call Ed: Ranked

TKC Staff

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Staff Editorials

As December arrives, counselors and administrators host an annual meeting at Keating Theater for students to discuss their future. A powerpoint illuminates the auditorium as they reiterate college prerequisites, graduation and GPA requirements to the student body. Each slide brings more tension as questions...

Orange you glad you have an Apple TV?

Orange you glad you have an Apple TV?

Jonathan Munroe, news writer

August 28, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Apple TVs are the newest line of technology introduced to KHS classrooms. The equipment includes a 70 inch Sony flat screen, an Apple TV and a rolling cart to which the TV is mounted. That comes to a total of $2,144 a set. This year, 75 TVs have been distributed leaving 35 classrooms without this new tec...

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