Unsanitary bathroom problems

By Michel Baez Vargas and JonPaul Yee, Clarion Staff Going to the bathroom is a necessity in everyday life, especially for students at Kennedy who spend about seven hours on campus. However, many students have complained about other students stirring up trouble in the restrooms.  Many students complain about the lack of toilet paper, paper towels, and soap. Others complain about sanitary problems such as … Continue reading Unsanitary bathroom problems

Should JFK have off-campus lunch?

By JonPaul Yee, Clarion Staff Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch from home, however, many students find themselves asking the school, “Why can’t we go home for lunch?” or “Why can’t I go to the nearest food place and bring it back to school for lunch?”  This raises the question whether John F Kennedy should allow their students to have off-campus lunch/outside food. … Continue reading Should JFK have off-campus lunch?

Finals without the difficulties of distance learning

By Giovanni Camacho, Clarion Staff Writer Finals were taken this year in person with the absence of distance learning. With finals week starting on January 24th through the 28th, students took finals in their classes on campus. In 2020-2021, the whole school year was in distance/remote learning due to Covid-19 cases rising in 2020. In that period students took finals not at school but in … Continue reading Finals without the difficulties of distance learning

Teachers and school staff: Strike 2022

By Maddis Gregson, Clarion Staff Reporter  Update: Wednesday, April 6 A week and a half later we are back at school on April 4.  SCUSD, SCTA (the teachers’ union), and SEIU 1021 (non-teaching staff) officially began the strike on Wednesday, March 23. The strike lasted eight school days, with teachers striking and protesting outside of schools during the morning and joining with other schools at … Continue reading Teachers and school staff: Strike 2022

The state of vaping at Kennedy

By Gerardo Lopez, Clarion Staff Reporter Vaping has been troubling school districts since its introduction due to its nature of looking like a pen or sometimes a USB device and also causing adolescents to become addicted to nicotine at a young age. It is a sensitive subject, and something that is not widely mentioned but largely seen. It is widespread at Kennedy, and other schools … Continue reading The state of vaping at Kennedy

An overview of the SAT

By Tiffany He, Clarion Staff Reporter The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a multiple-choice college admission test that is divided into three sections consisting of four tests: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and Essay.  The Essay section was optional for students before January 2021: the College Board announced that the Essay would no longer be part of the SAT, leaving the total time for the … Continue reading An overview of the SAT

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After years of planning, memorial for Retter St. John displayed in Kennedy science hallway

By Tiffany He, Clarion Staff Reporter Kennedy students and staff passing through the B-Wing hallway may notice a memorial display for late science teacher Retter St. John on the bulletin board.  St. John, the first woman of color on staff, taught biology at Kennedy for forty-seven years. According to Pocket News, St. John passed away on May 29, 2018 at the age 68 in Sacramento … Continue reading After years of planning, memorial for Retter St. John displayed in Kennedy science hallway

Opinion: Guns need to be harder to obtain

By Lily Rusk, Clarion Editor in Chief  Recent events, including the mass shooting on April 3 in downtown Sacramento, raise the question of what policies are best to deal with gun violence in the U.S. Warring ideas on how to cope with gun violence give way to organizations that perpetuate widespread misinformation to achieve a certain agenda. After the recent shooting tragedy in the capital … Continue reading Opinion: Guns need to be harder to obtain

Kennedy Students and Teachers Opinions on the Pledge of Allegiance

By Emma Bailey, Clarion Staff Reporter  Students have recited the Pledge of Allegiance in schools across the country since it was first written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, and it has had multiple revisions since. At Kennedy High School in recent years, fewer numbers of students have been standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.        Kelsey Riley, a Molecular Biology and AP Biology teacher at Kennedy, … Continue reading Kennedy Students and Teachers Opinions on the Pledge of Allegiance