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School Policy

Whaley plans to change Keenan for the better

By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

On August 22, Keenan’s student body met its new principal, Mr. Vondre’ T. Whaley.

Whaley is a graduate of South Carolina State University, earning his master’s degree in Biology He was formerly an assistant principal at A.C Flora High School and Eau Claire High School.

“I think it’s a great feeling working with young people to establish a vision to take W.J Keenan High to the next level,” Whaley said. Continue reading “Whaley plans to change Keenan for the better”


Cafeteria food made in Satellite Kitchen

The Keenan kitchen staff works hard to prepare food for students.

Story and Photo by A’Laysia Hill, News Writer

Mrs. Doris Capers, cafeteria worker, works at the school Satellite Kitchen.

Satellite kitchens, located at individual schools, are where food is transported to for service to customers.

“I enjoy serving the children,” Capers said.

It takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes to prepare the food. Depending on the menu, it Continue reading “Cafeteria food made in Satellite Kitchen”

Keenan publication staff promotes core values

By Kynda Beckett, Deborah Bishop, Shaunté Davis, and Sir’Narria Scott, Contributing Reporters

The Keenan publication staff has been working on promoting the school’s core values in their newspaper for the 2015-2016school year. The mission statement of Keenan is used to inspire students through the use of a rigorous curriculum, cutting-edge technology, strong partnerships, a diverse community, and turning its students into first-class students that contribute to present and future occurrences. Continue reading “Keenan publication staff promotes core values”

Breaking down the ID policy

By Breayanna Gibson, News Writer

Why should we have an ID policy? Is it that important to wear your ID?

Do we have to wear ID’s?

“It’s not a choice of wearing your ID, but it’s a choice of being safe, and often times we have people in the building that may not know you,” Mr. Sean Glover, Assistant Principal, said.

How can somebody identify you without wearing your ID? You should put your ID on as soon as Continue reading “Breaking down the ID policy”

Focus on attendance is key to success

By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer

Truancy is an action of a student who chooses to stay away from school without good reason, absenteeism.

“It is important that a student attend school regularly because they are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently,” Mrs. Ramona Suber, attendance secretary, said. Continue reading “Focus on attendance is key to success”

Have Keenan referrals increased?

How you ever wonder how many referrals Keenan had from August to December?

By Daron Bryant, News Writer

Have you ever wondered how many referrals Keenan had from August to December?

Ms. Henrietta Montgomery, Dean of Students, keeps track of referrals recorded from August to December.

“I don’t know if we could tell that to the public (Keenan students),” Montgomery said.

So do Positive Behavior Incentive and Support (PBIS) and Caught Being Blue help keep or Continue reading “Have Keenan referrals increased?”

Keenan back on a 20-minute lunch schedule

By Eva Owusu, News Writer

Students at Keenan were outraged by the shortened lunch schedule put in place by administration. Students only had about a 20-minute window to collect their food and eat it, in place of the usual window to do the same.

Those extra nine minutes make a difference.

“I don’t like it at all,” Senior Larry Brown said.  “I don’t have enough time to go to my locker and Continue reading “Keenan back on a 20-minute lunch schedule”

Students dislike dress code policy but must follow it

By Precious Suber, News Writer

Keenan may have plenty of rules and regulations, but the policy that is talked about the most around school is the dress code policy. Students are required to follow the dress code policy whether they like it or not.

“I feel that some parts of the dress code are a bit unreasonable.  I understand that some rules need to be enforced, but other rules just seem to be made just because it’s possible,” Junior Continue reading “Students dislike dress code policy but must follow it”

ISS creates issues between students, teachers

By TaMia Morris, Editor-in-Chief

In-School Suspension (ISS) has always been enforced throughout many schools and many districts. While this type of “punishment” may not be as extreme in elementary and middle schools, it is completely different in high schools, especially at Keenan.

Many students are reprimanded for various issues. These issues range from fighting to tardies to IDs that are not visible. While fighting will cause a student to be placed on Out-of-School Continue reading “ISS creates issues between students, teachers”

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