The Kirkwood Call

How to stay sane in isolation

Many people are stuck inside their homes due to COVID-19.

Lily Bartin, VoK editor

March 17, 2020

First, it’s important to understand that preventative measures like isolation, social distancing and event cancellations are inconvenient for everyone, but should be taken seriously. While you may not be at high-risk, protect the elderly, the immunocompromised, pregnant women, infants and other at-risk me...

Snow day woes: a call for Kirkwood to adapt finals

Snow day woes: A call for Kirkwood to adapt finals

Lily Bartin, VoK editor

December 17, 2019

A snow day is usually a cause for universal excitement among students, but on Sunday, Dec. 15, the announcement was met with widespread anxiety. Monday’s snow day would eliminate a valuable day of review before finals week. When Tuesday, was called off as well, panic intensified. KSD announced that...

Smile, you’re on transcript

Many students devote their high school years to meeting the requirements for college, only to find another four years waiting for them once theyve been accepted.

Megan Glasgow, Features writer

October 27, 2019

Whether or not you’re trying to secure a spot at an Ivy League, your college stakes are high. Find out the effects of this excessive pressure on students.

An ode to B.O.

art by Tatum Shore-Fitzgerald

Malcia Greene, entertainment editor

January 22, 2019

I get it. You’re a teenager, you’re angsty and you’re stressed. Hey, it’s normal. Puberty is a pain in the butt to begin with and your mother nagging you to “freshen up,” even when your pits smell just fine by no means makes matters any less irritating. But when it gets to a point that every...

5 ways to reduce stress in 2019

art by Grace Ferguson

Annie O'Brien, health and wellness editor

January 14, 2019

With a constant stream of New Year’s resolutions flooding Instagram and Twitter feeds, it’s easy to feel like you’re drowning in a sea of expectations. The school year is halfway over, and your teachers are piling on new material, tests, projects and anything else they can think of. It may seem ...

How the Other Half Lives: Teachers Dealing With Stress

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Sophie Chappell, Writer

May 21, 2018

Once all the students are gone, silence envelops KHS. Students will head home and begin their mountain of homework, while teachers stay behind creating lesson plans and grading papers. Like their students, teachers go home to find more work awaiting them. “On a normal weeknight, I easily work an h...

Sleep: a waste of time

Sleep: a waste of time

Brendan Davidson, sports writer

May 15, 2018

As the school year draws to close, students are more stressed than ever with finals, AP tests and homework. We have minimal time to relearn much of the year’s content for each class. Loads of work exhaust students and ensure we suffer late into the night. Getting a healthy amount of sleep is more difficu...

Half of my energy wasted on random knowledge

Half of my energy wasted on random knowledge

Grace Klebe, entertainment writer

May 1, 2018

After a week full of front-loading, tests, quizzes and due dates for many KHS students, a relaxing four-day weekend with no homework was enjoyed. KHS has decided to test the weekends of February 16 and March 9 as no homework weekends, instructing the faculty to restrain from assigning work over the time...

KHS has first “no homework” weekend

KHS has first

Benji Wilton, features writer

February 19, 2018

Over the four day weekend of Feb. 16, KHS had its first ever no homework weekend. This was the first of two no homework weekends, the other being the weekend of March 9. According to Dr. Michael Havener, KHS principal, this two weekend pilot program was decided on after conversation over emotional and...

Call Ed: Pushing down on me, pushing down on you

Call Ed: Pushing down on me, pushing down on you

TKC Staff

February 15, 2018

When Dr. Michael Havener, KHS principal, established two upcoming no-homework weekends, students and teachers responded loudly. The trial came from an effort to release pressure on students so their mental health doesn’t suffer. The debate about how much is too much for high school students to handle is ...

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