Colt Chronicle

How Teachers are Handling COVID-19

Students eat lunch at a safe distance to avoid the potential transmission of COVID-19.

Samantha Bassin, Staff Reporter

October 22, 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 teachers and students have approached the new year with anticipation and excitement, as the ...

The Next Chapter: High School

A student completes work virtually.

Zara Yu, Staff Reporter

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 has spread, everyone has been affected,and students have been no exception.  The traditiona...

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.

Camille Balo, Editor-in-Chief, Editor of STEM

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 students across the nation, the Class of 2020 seems to be unable to get a break from the changes...

Some good news with John Krasinski

The Some Good News logo shown through every episode by John Krasinski.

McKayla Coppla, Staff Reporter

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 creation of his new YouTube channel, Some Good News, Krasinski was looking for a way to keep busy and spread happiness in a time of such gloom. With al...

From the front lines

Schmalz (left) and her colleagues pose with gifts sent to them, thanking them for their work during the pandemic.

Max Schmalz, Staff Reporter

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 to a COVID-19 Unit. Schmalz recalls the first days of her transitioning were “very intense as [the un...

Cedar Crest Furloughs Student Staffers

Cedar Crest Furloughs Student Staffers

Heidi Scherer-Blake, Staff Reporter

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 must stop working there for the time being because of the danger to senior citizens posed by contact...

Painted Parking Spots

West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla.'s parking lot

Natalie Klinger, Contributing Writer

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 new tradition of painting parking spots has sparked interest with KHS seniors. “That sounds li...

Penscratch: On the Creative Writing Class

A gallery of past classes in Penola's room

Daniel Yu, Staff Reporter

October 11, 2019

“My favorite part about teaching is watching a class made up of students from all grade levels, from different cultures, really form a family.

Riding With The Wind: Camille Balo

Camille Balo at a horse show.

Daniel Yu, Staff Reporter

May 10, 2019

The horse’s hooves dash across the ground, beating hard upon the earth with a steady cadence. His rider, Camille Balo, almost grins in delight. It’s exhilarating — man and beast united as one, gliding over the worn grass. A gust of wind follows them, tearing dust clouds as they rush by. Up ahead, a ...

The Fitness Center: An Athlete’s Motivation

Emily Stitzel doing pull downs in the fitness center.

Rachel Delaney, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019

The fitness center is an inexpensive and convenient way to get into shape during off seasons. Many athletes utilize the room to keep up their strength and endurance, but what motivates them to stay after school consistently? Sophomore Kelly Dunn said, “It’s fun and puts me in a good mood. It also...

Mental Health Means Physical Wealth

Emma Macmanus, Renee Ritacco, and Karolyna Link all gather to have fun and de-stress.

Raquel Ospina, Staff Reporter

March 28, 2019

High school. The homework and studying plus extracurricular activities plus time with friends and families can become very stressful for students. High school students need an outlet to de-stress daily, and thankfully Emma Macmanus gave this opportunity to all Kinnelon high school students. Macmanus,...

Roots of Rebellion to Maybe Bomb: The Music of John Penola

Maybe Bomb performing in Hoboken.

Owen Kruger, Staff Reporter

March 28, 2019

John Penola, the winner of the 2017 Teacher of the Year award, is a lot more than just a KHS English teacher. Penola has been performing and publishing his own original music starting as early as his junior year here at KHS. He joined his first band, a hard rock band called Roots of Rebellion,...

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