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World Language Week returns to Staples

Ellee Seitz ’21 works on posters to promote work language week during her honors Italian class. Many world language classes spent time making and hanging up posters around the school.

Chelsea Strober '21, Paper Opinions Editor

March 20, 2020

All over the country, the first weeks of March are recognized as World Language Week. The week promotes and celebrates foreign languages and cultures from all around the world. While it has not taken place at Staples in over 10 years, World Language Week made its return on Monday March 9 and will continue...

Mandayam, Schussheim code stuttered speech recognition algorithm

Benji Schussheim, one of the algorithm's co-creators, codes a prototype entitled Personalized Automatic Stuttered Speech Recognition (PASSR).

Audrey Bernstein '20, Editor-in-Chief

March 19, 2020

It was summertime when Rishabh Mandayam ’21’s phone lit up with a text from Benji Schussheim ’20. “I want to create a machine learning algorithm for stuttering,” it said. “Are you in or are you out?”  In the months following the text exchange, Mandayam and Schussheim coded a prototype...

Yearbook surveys attempt to integrate opinions, many don’t contribute

Yearbook committee members and editors Leah Chapman ’22, Zoë Kaye ’22 and Srushti Karve ’23 all work in the library classrooms to deliver yearbooks

Hannah Conn '23 and Prasaus Yeager '22

March 11, 2020

When yearbooks are sent out to the school, there is a rush of students looking to see if their picture is somewhere besides their class photo and what is featured in that year's book. The Yearbook Club, which is responsible for bringing these books to life, sends out surveys to students as a way to promote...

Mindfulness curriculum garners positive response from students, teachers

P.E. class records their stress level in mindfulness activity tracker.

Allison Gillman '23 and Maya Hruskar '23

March 10, 2020

Close your eyes. Relax your muscles. Soften your mind. Focus on your breath, noticing how it enters and leaves your body. Envision yourself in a calm, peaceful, quiet place, such as a beach or the countryside, and allow any stress to melt from your body and soak into the ground beneath you.  This i...

Dobin-Smith emphasizes push for climate action in community

Dobin-Smith smiles next to flag of Switzerland during a quick exploration of the Swiss Alps. The group house he would share with other participants of the Wisdom Accelerator for Youth program is located across the valley.

Allison Gillman '23, Staff Writer

March 10, 2020

Each year, an area of coastal ecosystem larger than New York is destroyed. Every 45 minutes in Louisiana, an entire football field of land vanishes from rising sea levels. And over one million species around the planet run the risk of extinction due to habitat loss, disappearing ecosystems and ocean acidif...

Lauren Tarshis inspires kids through historic graphic novels

Readers wait in line to get their copy of “I Survived The Sinking Of The Titanic, 1912” signed by author Lauren Tarshis.

Lily Caplan '22, Staff Writer

March 10, 2020

Most Staples’ students know the book series, “I Survived” by Lauren Tarshis ’81; little do they know she is a Westport native. Tarshis is the Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic Magazine. Her first series was “Emma Jean Lazarus, Fell Out of a Tree” and she then began th...

B3 trip forms lasting relationships through philanthropic community service

B3 teams make lasting friendships through their week long trip, constantly strengthening their relationships with one another on and off the worksites.

Karina Murray ’22, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

While February break brings a time for exotic vacation, time to spend with the ones you love or time to grow individually as a person, for Builders Beyond Borders (B3) participants, it combines all three. B3 students spent a week in Costa Rica over February break serving and constructing buildings in...

Leaplings excite over added day to February

Lily Aldridge ’22 celebrates her birthday surrounded by her closest friends on her leap year birthday. She is looking forward to her next real birthday in 4 years.

Shira Zeiberg '22, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

Are you one? Are you two? Are you three? Are you four? Stop! chants Lily Aldridge’s ’22 parents as they celebrate her 16th birthday. Instead of a sweet 16 party this year, she might need to call it her sweet 4th instead. Once every four years, people born on Feb. 29 get the opportunity to celebrate...

Horticulture class saves the (Valentine’s) Day

The process was simple: students chose a gift of either flowers or chocolates and filled out cards with the names of their valentines. Members of the Horticulture class then delivered the gift during period four.

Ella Stoler '22, Sports Paper Editor

February 26, 2020

On a day associated with romance and budding relationships, it's easy to feel excluded if you find yourself without a valentine. However, regardless of your current relationship status, the Staples Horticulture class managed to make the whole school feel included this Valentine’s Day. The process...

Westport native incites global change

Radiology specialists volunteering with Rad-Aid help educate other doctors on Grenada in order to create an effective radiology program.

Ella Alpert '22, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

Around 90 miles North of Venezuela, in the Eastern Carribean sea, approximately 20miles long and 12 miles wide, lies the island of Grenada. Home to around 110,00 people, the island is made of mountainous terrain and white sand beaches. However, the beautiful scenery can’t protect the people from the pro...

GFA eliminates AP courses

A student shows her packed schedule with two of her AP classes being in the afternoon.

Rebecca Kanfer '21, Paper Sports editor

February 25, 2020

The bell rings. Students stuff their pencils and papers back into their bags. Anxious looks are shot towards the teacher collecting the tests. The class exits as murmurs about the exam stream down the hallway. Stress and anxiety build as students await their grade. This experience is common among students...

JSA members excited for Winter Congress

Staples JSA members are excited to arrive in Washington D.C. for their Winter Congress. They will be sightseeing as well as participating in a simulated Congress.

Abbie Goldstein '22, Paper Opinions Editor

February 25, 2020

The national student-run organization Junior State of America (JSA) has a chapter at Staples High School, which allows students to engage in political debates, write bills for a mock congress, meet people from all over the country, participate in activism campaigns and find their voice. Throughout...

Discussion highlights the benefits and drawbacks of student choice

Students were able to vote towards chicken sliders or hamburgers through taste testing outside the Cafeteria.

Amanda Rowan '22, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

Chicken sliders and hamburgers were put to the test on Jan. 24 through a student voting process outside the cafeteria to figure out which is a more popular purchase for students. Many Staples students have expressed their concerns about student choice foods. Some feel like it is an ineffective way of...

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