The Kirkwood Call

Kirkwood redistricting raises questions about race

KSD is redrawing their attendance boundaries for the first time since 1975. Many factors are going into consideration for where the new boundaries should be, including race.

Maddie Meyers, editor in chief

March 25, 2020

When William F. Hall was 6 years old, he confidently walked into Robinson Elementary as the first African-American student in 1954. Rather than feeling intimidated, he said he felt prepared for the challenge because he was the son of two educators. He had attended the segregated Turner School in Mea...

Search for new superintendent update

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent.

Megan Cleveland, editor-in-chief

January 10, 2020

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent. According to Chad Kavanaugh, KSD school board member, the board intends to release the number of candidates within ...

Michele Condon, KSD superintendent, to retire

Dr. Michele Condon announced her retirement as KSD superintendent in the year 2020.

Megan Cleveland and Maddie Meyers

November 8, 2019

Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent, announced her retirement Nov. 8. Condon said she plans to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year to spend more time with her family. An email was sent out 1 p.m. to staff and 1:30 p.m. to KSD parents. KSD school board will begin the process of hiring a new ...

Handling our history

“We have not made any significant progress in closing the gap,” Condon said.

Ethan Peter, features writer

March 25, 2019

Since 1990, there have been three district task force committees dedicated to closing KSD’s achievement gap. Yet on Feb. 11, 2019, Dr. Bryan Painter stood before KSD staff and shared Kirkwood’s continued racial and economic disparities on the End Of Course (EOC) and Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. While 88 percent of white students were ...

Gauging the gap

Samaya Trawick, Junior, raises her hand in math class to ask a question.

Jack Anderson and Jack Rintoul

March 17, 2019

As the deafening noise of the halftime buzzer sounds, Samaya Trawick, junior and varsity cheerleader, leaps into place before her team begins their routine. At this moment, she feels a part of something. But for Trawick, that is not always the case at KHS. Taking both AP and honors courses over the...

Issues: Arming teachers

Issues: Arming teachers

Jack Anderson, features writer

October 24, 2018

  Virginia Tech. Stoneman Douglas. Sandy Hook. These are a few of 188 school shootings that have occurred since 2000. School districts across the country are now reevaluating their safety and security policies to adjust to the reality faced by American schools. At anytime someone can walk in ...

The ripple effect

The ripple effect

Ally Ortmann, features + in depth editor

September 19, 2018

The City of Kirkwood introduced the possibility of suspending their curbside, single-stream recycling program due to increased contamination of loads being sent to China. However, due to opposition from the community, city officials announced they would continue to fund curbside pick up for the next 6...



Charlotte Heinrich, features + in-depth editor

August 27, 2018

A shiny pack of black ballpoint pens, some crisp looseleaf and maybe even a new backpack if mom is feeling generous. As morning alarms are dialed back from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m, items like these drop into shopping carts as a part of the annual back-to-school ritual. Similarly, KHS has done some shopping...

After Parkland: KHS administrators comment on safety at KSD

After Parkland: KHS administrators comment on safety at KSD

Richard Pfeifer

May 15, 2018

Red flags were missed, the school gates were left open at the wrong time, the shooter was able to roam the building unhindered by any law enforcement for crucial minutes which claimed the lives of 17. The shooting in Parkland Florida served as yet another unfortunate reminder of the flaws that lay in...

Another day in the snow

Another day in the snow

Will Drury, Parsnip editor

January 17, 2018

Despite inclement weather and numerous complaints from Kirkwood community members, KSD decided to remain open Tuesday, Jan 16. The announcement was first made on the Kirkwood School District Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. the day before and was immediately followed by a wave of comments from concerned pare...

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Michele Condon