Inklings News

Westport history showcased virtually through Westport Museum for Culture and History

Katie Simons ’22, Paper News Editor

May 8, 2020

They’ve watched all of the Netflix shows, read and re-read every book in their house and finished every puzzle that their family owns. As Staples students enter the sixth week since school has been shut down, they have begun to run out of activities. However, the Westport Museum for Culture an...

COVID-19 spoils summer plans

Charlotte Armstrong ’21, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Summer vacation: a two-month recess between the school years that gives time to relax, play and have fun without school. To fill the void, some students spend their winter and spring planning and applying to educational programs, camps, internships and jobs for their summer breaks. However, the spr...

Global pandemic inspires students to pick up new and old hobbies

Many families have been making puzzles to pass the time while school is out.

Natasha Taubenheim '22, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

Over a month ago, schools across Connecticut closed their doors in order to ensure the safety of students and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. At the time, it was assumed that school would reopen within a few weeks; however, the pandemic has worsened, and now there is a good chance that schools will...

Coronavirus prompts charitable student contributions

In the clothing drive, each participant labeled every bag with size and gender description and placed it near their mailbox. Levitt then planned a pickup within 24 hours.

Giselle Oldani '22, Web Arts Editor

April 30, 2020

Families gathered outside their houses just a couple weeks ago, in safe social distancing fashion, with pots, pans, spoons, plates and every other kind of household object. These objects were then slammed together in perfect harmony,  a sort of noise-filled tribute, in order to show their appreciatio...

How to sanitize groceries during COVID-19

COVID-19 can live on surfaces such as steel and plastic for up to three days and cardboard for up to 24 hours, which is why it is important to clean the exterior lids, bags, etc.

Theresa Vandis '22, Assistant Business Manager

April 27, 2020


Quarantine brings unique opportunities to explore new activities

The most common past-time activity of students is watching netflix. Students don’t get much time to enjoy their favorite shows during a normal school year, because of the amount of time it takes to complete all of their schoolwork.

Izzy Sareen ’22 and Lea Rivel ’22, Staff Writers

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 has altered the world, leaving many people to wonder, “What do we do now?” Staples students have not been to school since March 11, and most Westport residents have been self-quarantined ever since. Since students have been participating in online school for a few weeks, many have found...

Technology helps students overcome social distancing

The application Zoom allows many people to video chat at once and is a great way to stay in touch with friends. Many students have been using this and find it effective.

Abbie Goldstein '22, Paper Opinions Editor

April 13, 2020

The coronavirus has closed businesses, schools and recreational locations nationwide, severing human connection as a result. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is critical to maintain six feet of distance from others in order to slow the spread of the virus. This pres...

Passover during pandemic: virtual Seders strengthen community

Due to the current pandemic, families will be celebrating Passover Seder with family and participating in traditional services virtually, utilizing platforms like Zoom.

Remy Teltser ’21, Paper Features Editor

April 13, 2020

Smells of brisket and matzah ball soup fill the house. The table is set with Elijah’s cup and the traditional Seder plate, a set of eight symbolic foods that help in recounting the story of Passover. Where there are usually 20 people packed throughout the dining room and kitchen, Passover 2020 is j...

Mannes forges connections between community and art

Ruth Mannes, the new Executive Director of MoCA.

Lea Rivel '22, Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

Between her 20-year career in publishing, her last job as Executive Managing Editor at HarperCollins, taking a break from publishing to raise her family, being actively involved in the Westport PTA and collecting contemporary art for over 23 years, it is evident that Ruth Mannes cares greatly about both...

Westport residents leave amidst pandemic

Despite strong urges by government officials, some Staples students have left the state during the coronavirus pandemic.

Marina Engler '21, Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has sprouted fear across every inch of the world, changing the way many of us live. While many sit inside our homes watching the rate of infected rise, barred from the outside world, traveling would seem like the last thing one would want to do. However, some Staples students...

Westport’s hidden treasure: Wakeman Town Farm

Three little ones show off freshly picked strawberries from the farm.

Grace Livecchi '21, Staff Writer

March 29, 2020


Remote learning promotes communication

For Distance Learning, teachers depend on online platforms to communicate with students. Teachers use Khan Academy, a resource for educational videos, to assign schoolwork. Google Classroom, Schoology and Google Hangout are other popular platforms.

Charlotte Armstrong '21, Staff Writer

March 27, 2020

Samira Saad ’21 rises out of bed at 9:00 a.m. and after a languid breakfast, she opens her laptop to Schoology. Over the next few hours, she rotates between typing up work and taking pictures of her notes. At 2:00 p.m., she retires her schoolwork and has the rest of her day open. Saad’s routi...

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