The Kirkwood Call

“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 a location, so Winter invited them to her house. With her offer, however, the group grew uneasy--...

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 becomes available. It is a typical Friday night at *Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Cl...

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 graduation. Here are three systematic policy changes that will most closely effect KHS students: Diversifying Staff...

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...

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, a rare and aggressive condition which causes him to produce kidney stones every single day. Symptoms include anythi...

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 of Education across the district. VISTA, an alternative learning program for students in the KSD, w...

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 his sleep schedule by going to bed at 10:30 p.m. and waking up at 6:30 a.m. every day. Even the w...

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 soothing. She finds a student with their head in their arms on the floor, crying. She leans down beside them to c...

Senior Profile: Tyresse Norris

Senior Profile: Tyresse Norris

Austin Cleveland, sports writer

April 17, 2017

It does not take long to feel the presence of Tyresse Norris in a room. His infectious personality and 6-foot-6-inch frame make him truly larger-than-life. During his time at KHS, Tyresse has left a smile, a laugh or a positive memory with nearly everyone on campus, from his teammates on the football...

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Romona Miller