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

A Reflection on Women’s History Month

By Lily Rusk, Clarion Editor in Chief  The month of March, Women’s History Month, is about celebrating women’s achievements, but also about what women are still advocating for. This month of recognition was established in 1911 and means a lot to women not only worldwide but also in our community.  Joan Taylor, a French teacher at Kennedy, reflects on her experience as a female teacher … Continue reading A Reflection on Women’s History Month

Film Review: The exploits that followed the 13th Amendment

By Jeremy Harris, Clarion Staff Writer The Netflix documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay and produced by Kandoo Films is an hour and 40-minute documentary that speaks on the loopholes created by the 13th Amendment, which legalized slavery as a criminal punishment. The loophole was quickly misused and exploited after the Civil War; many African Americans were arrested for minuscule crimes such as loitering or … Continue reading Film Review: The exploits that followed the 13th Amendment

Kennedy COVID Protocols are Contradictory and Ineffective

By Lily Rusk, Clarion Editor in Chief Since schools reopened in Fall of 2021, the issue on many minds is whether or not students will be safe from the spread of the virus, especially in a large environment. Schools have made efforts to control the situation. Various protocols have been instituted by school districts to address mitigating exposure to the Coronavirus, including social distancing, vaccination, … Continue reading Kennedy COVID Protocols are Contradictory and Ineffective