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Moody Forcasts

Moody Forcasts

March 12, 2010

Sammie Hardy '11 Staff Writer Recently, the weather of Westport has thrown most residents off-guard. From the sudden snow-days in almost March and the surprising warm afternoons in late February, the weather really does have a mind of it’s own. Besides the obvious benefits like, cancellations...

Understanding Adoption

Understanding Adoption

March 12, 2010

Alicia Lourekas '12 Staff Writer While some high school students begin their search for colleges, some teenagers are on a different kind of search. A search for their biological parents. According to the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, just over 2 percent of all American children are adopted. But, for the other 98 percent, it may be hard to understand what an adopted child g...

Playing Chicken: Westporters Raise Chickens in Suburban Backyards

Playing Chicken: Westporters Raise Chickens in Suburban Backyards

March 12, 2010

Emily Goldberg '12 Web Sports Editor When attending a dinner party, bringing a gift for the host is a common and polite gesture. Guests will often bring their host flowers or a scented candle. When Charlotte Smith’s ’12 family attends a gathering, they bring fresh eggs produced from their very own chickens. Five years ago, the Smith ...

Three Meals that Aren’t as Healthy as they Look

March 12, 2010

Eliza Hamburger '10 Opinions Editor 1. CHICKEN FRIES Every Friday, chicken fries are available in the cafeteria and the student body is abuzz with excitement. Unfortunately, while the fries may taste delicious, they aren’t very nutritious. Chicken fries have virtually no redeeming qualitie...

The Ups and Downs of Student Elevator Use

The Ups and Downs of Student Elevator Use

March 12, 2010

Dana Rappaport '11 Web Opinions Editor To some, the Staples elevator is a free ride that provides leisurely access to different floors and is accessible at the push of a button. It is truly a peculiar phenomenon that students are not rushing into the crammed area in order to avoid the agonizing trip of walking up a flight of stairs. Students Wh...

Web Censorship: Filtering of Social Networking Sites an Area of Contention Between Students and Faculty

Web Censorship: Filtering of Social Networking Sites an Area of Contention Between Students and Faculty

March 12, 2010

Isaac Stein '12 Staff Writer Staples High School has always fostered an open environment for print materials to be read by students. According to Staples librarian Robin Stiles, no book has been censored in her five years of service. “We celebrate the fact that [the Staples library] has many of the books that have been banned in other places. W...

PPSAT Shown Valuable in the Pre-College Process

PPSAT Shown Valuable in the Pre-College Process

March 12, 2010

Monica Mula '10 Web Opinions Editor Each year around mid–March, the stress levels among the grades are drastically different. Sophomores have just finished the long weeks of CAPT testing, while all other grades have enjoyed weeks of sleeping in and feel well-rested and refreshed. Now comes the ti...

Rotary Exchange Program Offers Unique Opportunities

March 12, 2010

While many seniors spend the summer after graduation ordering their dorm room necessities and connecting with potential future college roommates, a select few are making sure their passports are in order. They have put off college for one year to physically immerse themselves in a foreign country. The...

Rebuilding the World with Builders Beyond Borders

March 12, 2010

 Alicia Lourekas ’12 Web Sports Editor In just a week, 30 B3 (Builders Beyond Borders) students can dig big trenches with heavy tools, make cement block lines to transport materials, build houses and latrines, bring sufficient water supply to impoverished countries, along with many other community...

Chartwells Considers Posting Calorie Counts in Cafe

March 12, 2010

Rachel Chernok '10 & Joy Eisenberg '10 A&E Editor and Sports Editor On the mornings that Steve Lamando ’10 doesn’t have time to eat breakfast at home, he’ll pick up a bacon, egg, and cheese from the cafeteria during his free. But of course the breakfast sandwich must be the kind ...

Timing of AP Tests Affects Teaching Habits

March 12, 2010

Alix Neenan '12 Graphics Editor When Dr. Joel Kabak’s Advanced Placement Biology students log on to his website, they are welcomed by a clock that shows how many days, hours, minutes, and seconds they have until the AP exam. Time appears to be a primary issue when it comes to AP classes, espe...

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

March 10, 2010

Grace Shay '10 Managing Editor For high school students, celebrating a birthday with friends and family can help assuage the stress of homework, tests, and extracurricular activities. At Staples, the administration displays a flashing “Happy Birthday” electronic sign in the front lobby that rotates through a list of students who a...

Online Tutoring Grows in Popularity

Online Tutoring Grows in Popularity

March 9, 2010

Grace Shay '10 Managing Editor A Staples student’s typical after-school schedule often includes hours of athletic practice, extracurricular clubs, family chores, and homework. For some, it can be challenging to find extra time while balancing all these obligations. Squeezing in a face-to-face sessi...

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