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Kinnelon Teacher Creates Cast on Past

The logo for Zablocki’s quickly growing podcast, which has a new episode each week.
Peter Zablocki shares his historical knowledge on new podcast and more
January 22, 2021

Kinnelon High School history teacher Peter Zablocki started History Teachers Talking, a historical podcast, with a longtime friend and fellow history teacher, Thomas Reszka, in the first months of lockdown...

New Year, New Hopes

Some people recommend writing down resolutions to help stick to them.
Despite unforeseen difficulties in 2020, members of the KHS community set goals for the new year
January 21, 2021

As people across the world ring in the new year, many participate in the classic tradition of creating personal resolutions. Despite the ongoing pandemic and the limits it has put on what people can accomplish,...

On Pointe Mystery Novel: Murder in First Position

Murder in First Position, Lori Robbins’ second mystery novel, is now available for purchase
After winning the Silver Falchion Award for Lesson Plan for Murder, English teacher Lori Robbins publishes her new book: Murder in First Position
January 21, 2021

Inspired by her successful mystery novel debut, Lesson Plan for Murder, English teacher Lori Robbins continued in the murder-mystery genre for her second novel. This time, she brought to life the setting...

The Origin Story behind Thanksgivings Most Sacred Traditions

The Origin Story behind Thanksgivings Most Sacred Traditions
November 21, 2020

One of the great things about the holidays is the traditions that come with them. Thanksgiving is no exception. Many people have always been fascinated by the origin stories of old things. So let's answer...

COVID-19 and its effect on movie theater chains, AMC

A pre-COVID movie theater via Unsplash.
As quarantine seems to wind down, theater companies have taken a big hit.
November 7, 2020

Movie theaters across the world were shut down because of COVID-19 in March and April of this year, and many were left to wonder how the economy would affect their business. AMC, the largest theater company...

How Teachers are Handling COVID-19

Students eat lunch at a safe distance to avoid the potential transmission of COVID-19.
Teachers of all grades and subjects at KHS are grappling with this unprecedented year differently
October 21, 2020

“‘Frustrating’ is the word that comes to mind first,” science teacher John Manning says, “but ‘informative’ is the word that sticks….There's no doubt that this new normal has been hard.” Many...

The Next Chapter: High School

A student completes work virtually.
Freshmen share their opinions on their first month
October 21, 2020

With the beginning of the new school year comes new freshmen, eagerly awaiting to embark upon their high school journey. However, this year is a bit different than those prior. As the COVID-19 pandemic...

The New College Experience

Morgan Festa (middle) and Carley Hall (right), along with their floor, celebrate Festa’s 18th birthday with a chocolate cupcake while wearing the required masks.
2020 Kinnelon graduates Morgan Festa and Carley Hall share their thoughts on their virtual college experiences thus far.
September 1, 2020

From a shortened senior year, missing prom, senior trips, and more to being unable to fully enjoy freshman year in college, the Class of 2020 has had it rough. While the ongoing pandemic has affected many...

Some good news with John Krasinski

How John Krasinski has taken it upon himself to spread joy during isolation.
May 8, 2020

In need of something to smile about during this lonesome quarantine? John Krasinski has supplied the perfect amount of socially distanced dance parties that are sure to put a smile on your face. In the...

From the front lines

Schmalz (left) and her colleagues pose with gifts sent to them, thanking them for their work during the pandemic.
While most are off work and at home, nurses and other essential workers, like KHS mother and nurse Jody Schmalz, continue to brave the pandemic head-on.
May 8, 2020

A registered nurse of 20 years, Jody Schmalz, at RWJ Barnabas Health (formerly called Saint Barnabas Medical Center) received news on March 28 that the burn unit she had worked on for years would be transitioned...

Cedar Crest Furloughs Student Staffers

Cedar Crest Furloughs Student Staffers
Alexa Sales, a student at KHS, discusses being furloughed by her employer
April 12, 2020

Alexa Sales, a sophomore at Kinnelon High School, works at the restaurant in the local senior living community, Cedar Crest. Her employer recently informed her that the restaurant is closed and that she...

Painted Parking Spots

West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla.'s parking lot
Seniors painting their school parking lots is a rapidly-growing trend; could KHS be the next school to adopt this tradition?
January 24, 2020

Across the country, high schools are letting seniors turn their parking spots into beautiful, eye-catching art. Some schools, such as Kinnelon High School, however, have yet to jump on the bandwagon.  This...

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