The Kirkwood Call

Leading through a lens

Art courtesy of Byron Rogers, KHS art teacher.
Amelia Hurley, editor-in-chief August 24, 2020

“Your job as a teacher is to protect and educate these children. But when they die, you feel as if you’ve failed. In some ways, they are children of your own, but you can’t protect them from everything.”   Byron...

“Sectored off”: Meacham Park

Drone view of Meacham Park.
Ethan Peter, features writer June 9, 2020

 Winter White-Banks, sophomore, and her friends rushed through the halls on Friday, discussing where to go as school let out. The group bounced ideas off one another, but ultimately failed to decide on...

Singing it forward

“Whenever I’m performing I have to tell a story about what I am singing,” Smith said.
Jonathan Munroe, news features writers April 12, 2019

*Since this story was published Smith is no longer performing at Sophie's. She is planning to have a regular performing gig at another venue in the near future. This story will be updated when more information...

Searching for solutions

“If we only are taught by people who look like us, potentially think and act like us, then it’s [not] preparing us for life beyond schools.” -Dr. Bryan Painter
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...

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...

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....

The top priority

Aaron De Marco, senior, received 19 hours of detention due to missing 21 days of school after being diagnosed with cystinuria.
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,...

VISTA coming to KHS

VISTA will be relocated at KHS along with the Atlas program during the 2019-2020 school year.
Amelia Hurley, features writer February 22, 2019

Last week, Dr. Michael Havener, KHS principal, sent out an email to KHS staff regarding new changes coming to KHS next school year. Within this email, Havener announced the revamp throughout the Board...

Preparing for the ACT

Art by Grace Carroll.
Grace Klebe, news editor November 30, 2018

For a month and a half before the test, he studied for an hour every night. He attended tutoring sessions, took practice tests three Saturdays prior, worked from a book and on the internet and normalized...

Smashing the glass ceiling: Romona Miller

Smashing the glass ceiling: Romona Miller
Thomas Birmingham, in-depth editor March 9, 2018

Her stare is contemplative and loving. Thirty seconds go by before she finally looks to smile and compliment the student’s artwork. Their face lights up with pride. Her voice is commanding yet...

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Romona Miller