The Kirkwood Call

Plugged in, checked out

Constant dependence on technology can both connect society and isolate individuals.

Megan Glasgow, features writer

March 24, 2020

“Hey, [how are you]?” “Fine.” “Are you okay?” “Yes.” “Ok.” The next message JJ Penn, junior, received was a breakup text, sent with a few clicks on a screen in the middle of the night. They almost never talked in person and Penn said conversations always seemed deeper with her over text anyway. Penn spends eigh...

KHS takes on technology addiction

Art of a hand scrolling on their phone, as many KHS students do.

Lydia Cohen, social media managing editor

March 24, 2020

Below are quotes from KHS students and staff discussing their views regarding technology addiction and the role it has played in their life.     “I feel like I haven’t had horrible experiences with [smartphone addiction]. It has helped me in a way. I’ve made friends on so...

Addicted at an early age

A KECC student plays learning games on her school-issued iPad.

Amelia Hurley, features + in-depth editor

March 24, 2020

It’s hard to believe that the first portable laptop was created only 30 years ago, a chunky device with limited internet use. As the world has evolved with technology, KSD has integrated it into their programs. But at what age is it ethical to introduce devices to students? At first, Kirkwood intro...

Instagram images

Some KHS students want their Instagram accounts to look perfect.

Ava Duggin, features writer

March 24, 2020

It’s the weekend. Taylor Losse, junior, is headed to her friend’s farm. While envisioning the flower field she plans to take pictures in, she looks in the mirror and asks herself, “Have I posted in this outfit before?” She double checks her appearance because after adding a VSCO filter, sh...



Audrey Blaine, new staffer

April 30, 2019

This editorial cartoon focuses on an issue that many teens struggle with: phone addiction. The purpose of this editorial cartoon was to illustrate the problem that occurs when we constantly stare at a screen instead of paying attention to the world around us. While social media can be a platform for...

Student’s search safety

Student's search safety

Ethan Peter, features writer

November 8, 2018

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’s situatio...

Every trick in the book

Every trick in the book

Paisley Regester, features writer

October 2, 2018

Whether it is being used for early morning group research, lunchtime cram sessions, or after school peer tutoring, the library has always been a hub for both social and independent learning at KHS. The library staff said they value the importance of adapting to the needs of each new generation of Kirkw...

New KHS club, K-Dub, promotes the exploration of music and technology

New KHS club, K-Dub, promotes the exploration of music and technology

Paisley Regester, writer

September 10, 2018

After school on Tuesdays, students may have heard the ear-catching beats and melodies emanating from room 108 in the science wing. This is the sound of K-Dub, one of Kirkwood High School’s newest clubs that focuses on creating and appreciating electronic music. The club is sponsored by Dr. Andre...

Unblocked games

Lizzie Stobbe

Quentin Stepp, copy editor

February 21, 2018

*This piece is entirely satirical   If your name is Eric Zigler, stop reading now. This does not concern you.   Nobody really wants to pay attention in class. Lessons haven’t been interesting since elementary school and you can just Google all the answers anyways. Thankfully, you don...

Blocked websites

Erin Bugee

Quentin Stepp, copy editor

February 13, 2018

*This piece is entirely satirical Ever since we first got the iPads back in the glory days of middle school, the semi-permeable membrane that is the Kirkwood firewall has protected us from harmful websites that may hinder our learning or expose our young minds to heinous things such as pornography, the...

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