SCUSD & Teachers Union Lock Horns in Fight Over Survival

By Kevin Chen, Clarion Staff It has been quite a spring in our school district.  The 1-day teacher strike on April 11 left parents, teachers, and students of Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) asking: “What was going to happen? Will it happen again?  If so, when?” As it turns out, SCUSD and the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) have not resolved their disputes.  Still, … Continue reading SCUSD & Teachers Union Lock Horns in Fight Over Survival

What Lies Ahead for SCUSD?

By Kevin Chen, Clarion Staff Many students, teachers, and parents may be aware of the $35 million budget deficit declared last August. This event brings about a vital question: how will schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) survive in coming years? Due to the teacher shortage that currently exists in California, hiring has become harder, as well as more expensive. This is … Continue reading What Lies Ahead for SCUSD?

6th Period, No Early Release

By Wendy Xiong, Clarion Staff False information has spread among students at John F. Kennedy High School. Many students believe that seniors are no longer getting early release after fifth period. They are curious as to how much truth there is to this rumor. Maichua Vang (class of 2020) says that one of her classmates who is graduating this year, has only four required classes … Continue reading 6th Period, No Early Release

Free AP Tests for You! And You! And You!

By Ethan Vue, Clarion Staff Due to high prices, a number of students don’t take the Advanced Placement (AP) exams every May; this year, however, things have completely changed. The College Board — the non-profit organization that oversees AP, SATs and PSATs — has arranged to make AP tests free this year in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD).  For decades, the College Board … Continue reading Free AP Tests for You! And You! And You!

Operation Ground Zero: Kennedy High is at the Forefront of the Gun Debate

By Dominic J Larsen, News Editor The number of school shootings has dramatically skyrocketed during the short lived twenty-first century, leading many on both sides of the aisle and folks from all walks of American life to look for solutions in order to prevent these senseless, perverted acts of violence. Following the horrific attack in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day, in which 17 students were … Continue reading Operation Ground Zero: Kennedy High is at the Forefront of the Gun Debate

Senior Trip to Disney Cancelled, Replaced by Zoo

By Keir Joy, Happiness Consumer Unfortunately, this year, the senior trip to Disneyland has been canceled in lieu of a field trip to the zoo. Coming from a mix of educational and safety concerns, it was a shared feeling that the trip overall would be more worthwhile if it was changed to a local area, instead of the repetitive trip to the land of mouse … Continue reading Senior Trip to Disney Cancelled, Replaced by Zoo

Superintendent Aguilar Addresses Inequity within Specialty Programs

By Adrianna Iorio, Clarion Staff On February 21, 2018 students and parents gathered in the new auditorium at C.K. McClatchy High School to seek answers regarding mistreatment of minority students in top academic programs. This meeting was held as a result of a controversial student science fair project.   The project compared IQ and race within the high school’s HISP honors program which is similar to Kennedy’s … Continue reading Superintendent Aguilar Addresses Inequity within Specialty Programs

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