Teaching Art Takes on Different Many Forms for Hanzlik

By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor After her 22 years of teaching in Sacramento, Kennedy art teacher Mrs. Mary Lou Hanzlik has made the decision to retire. Mrs. Hanzlik knew she wanted a career in art from the age of 6. “I was what you would call a late bloomer. When I first entered school, I didn’t do well, but from a young age I realized … Continue reading Teaching Art Takes on Different Many Forms for Hanzlik

Band, Project Move Banned from Rallies

Tou Geytoh, Chief Cynicist Performing members from the John F. Kennedy drumline, color guard, brass band, and Vibe in Promo were denied by student government rally planners after all four auditioned for a spot in the spring rally. “The studies show,” began lead rally research correspondent Ada Tutch, “students really would prefer to see more slutty dancing and short skirts as opposed to more exciting … Continue reading Band, Project Move Banned from Rallies

Families Can Opt Out of Standardized Testing

By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor Kennedy will administer standardized tests throughout the entire month of April, with different tests each week. While many students welcome some time out of class, others would prefer to attend classes. With students’ concerns about missing instructional time in preparation for finals and AP tests in May in addition to a general dislike of standardized tests, a sizable number would … Continue reading Families Can Opt Out of Standardized Testing

Observations on the Evacuation

By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor “Try not to mention the bomb threat,” a Link Crew member instructed the student performers for the Cougar Day middle school rally, in which middle schoolers would have received the opportunity to get a sample of student culture at Kennedy. The Link Crew wanted to make sure the middle schoolers felt safe at Kennedy. I play marimba in the Kennedy … Continue reading Observations on the Evacuation

Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation

By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor Several students received text messages from a currently unidentified sender threatening that bombs were placed in the B and C wings and that the school will be “shot and blown up.” The school began evacuating students to Elk’s Lodge at 10:47 a.m. No explosive device has been found, according to the Sacramento Police Department. Students are now able to retrieve … Continue reading Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation

SCUSD Board Member Mai Vang Comes to Kennedy

By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor SCUSD Board Member Mai Vang, who represents Trustee Area 5, visited Mr. Williams’ 5th period AP Government class on Friday, December 8. She shared her background before being elected to public office and also how students can make change on campus by contacting their district board members. Vang was raised in South Sacramento by her two parents, refugees from the … Continue reading SCUSD Board Member Mai Vang Comes to Kennedy

SCTA, SCUSD Make Agreements, Strike Averted

By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor After over a year of negotiations beginning in October of last year, the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) strike has been avoided due to both parties finally reaching contract agreements. The agreement was announced by mayor Darrell Steinberg and the SCTA. The raises agreed upon total 11 percent over the three-year length of the contract. The deal will retroactively raise … Continue reading SCTA, SCUSD Make Agreements, Strike Averted