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Instagram trends have brought people together

Instagram challenges are the new trend that are bringing people together.

Jake Navarro '20 and Ethan Frank '20, Staff Writers

May 14, 2020

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Westport Registrar of Voters announces deadlines for 2020 election registration

By Monday, voters will need to make a final decision on which party they will be a member of for the 2020 election and whether or not to switch.

Finnegan Courtney '23, News Editor

May 11, 2020

The Westport Registrar of Voters decided that May 11 would be the last day for registered voters who are currently in a political party to switch parties. All new or unaffiliated voters who wish to register as a member of a political party must do so by Aug. 10. In order to vote in a primary, Connecticut voters must be registered as members of that primary’s party. ...

Lamont closes public schools until fall

Connecticut schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

Jack Dennison '21, Broadcast Director

May 6, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont officially canceled in-person classes at all Connecticut public schools until the fall. This comes as the state approaches 30,000 coronavirus cases. In a press release, Lamont expressed disappointment in the circumstances that led to his decision. “I was holding out hope t...

We The People breaks records in unprecedented times

The We The People team discovered they had won their division over a Zoom call with teacher Suzanne Kammerman.

Serena Ye '20, Broadcast Director

April 30, 2020

The We The People class placed fifth at the 2020 National Finals Challenge held from Saturday, April 25 to Sunday, April 26.  In addition to finishing the highest Staples High School has ever placed, the team also received the Division C award as the highest-scoring team from the Northeast. In li...

Longshore Golf Course and Compo Beach parking lots plan to reopen May 15

On May 15, Longshore Golf Courses and Compo Beach parking lots will be reopening for the public with restrictions.

Lucy Arrow '21, Paper Features Editor

April 30, 2020

As of May 15, Longshore Golf Course and Compo Beach parking lots will be reopening after their closure since March 14 in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Although these locations are reopening, restrictions are being placed to maintain safety. At the beach parking lots, the spaces avail...

College and Career Center revises plan to keep senior internships

Students will have three options to choose from as their “Reimagined Senior Internship.”

Emily Stone '20, Business Director

April 29, 2020

The College and Career Center announced April 28 that senior internships for the 2020 school year will take place as scheduled.  According to an email sent out to the senior class, students will be able to choose from three different research based options that will act as their internship experience. ...

Westport utilizes pandemic drone to test for COVID-19 symptoms

Westport utilizes pandemic drone to test for COVID-19 symptoms

Lia Chen '20, Associate Managing Editor

April 22, 2020

Westport will be the first town in Connecticut to use drones to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their “Flatten the Curve Pilot Program” announced on Tuesday. The drones will be able to detect COVID-19 symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and fevers from up to 190 feet away using a specialized...

Westport cancels summer events due to COVID-19

The 2020 Fourth of July fireworks and Memorial Day Parade in Westport are canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Caroline Donohue '20, Business Director

April 21, 2020

The 2020 Memorial Day Parade and Fourth of July fireworks in Westport have been canceled this year to prevent community spread during the coronavirus pandemic. The town of Westport released a statement of cancelation on April 20.  First Selectman Jim Marpe and other Westport officials are working to ho...

Executive order requires use of face coverings in public in Connecticut to slow spread of COVID-19

Some citizens have used bandanas as face coverings when going out in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Others have used homemade cloth masks, surgical masks and more to protect themselves. Beginning April 20 at 8:00 p.m., these face coverings will be required in public if one cannot keep a safe social distance.

Lys Goldman ’21, Paper News Editor

April 20, 2020

Connecticut residents will be required to wear a face covering in public spaces effective Monday, April 20 if they cannot stay at least six feet away from others, as stated in an executive order signed by Governor Lamont on April 17. In addition to anyone who cannot maintain a safe social distance...

Administration cancels final exams, aims to reduce stress

In an email April 15, Principal Thomas announced that final exams for full year and second semester classes are cancelled as a result of the distance learning model for COVID-19.

Charlotte Armstrong ’21, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Final exams for the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled, Principal Stafford Thomas announced in an email on April 15.  “Due to the challenging and uncertain times we are all currently facing, our leadership continues to look at ways to reduce the stress associated with COVID-19’s impact ...

Gov. Lamont pushes school return to May 20

Students have been out of school since March 12. Learning has been able to continue online.

Molly Gold ’21, Paper News Editor

April 11, 2020

All Connecticut schools will remain closed until May 20 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an announcement made by Governor Ned Lamont on April 9. The announcement was made via Twitter at 2:24 p.m and was followed by a livestreamed news briefing at 4 p.m. The date also applies to small businesse...

Board of Education implements optional pass-fail grading 

The Westport Board of Education has changed fourth quarter grading to an optional pass-fail standard for Staples in an effort to decrease stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remy Teltser ’21, Paper Features Editor

April 6, 2020

Staples High School students will have the option to report their fourth-quarter grades using a pass-fail system or with a standard letter grade due to the new distance learning system.  Grades from quarter one through three, which ended on April 3, will be reported by traditional grade letters.  Interim Superintendent Da...

Staples implements daily A/B schedule

A/B schedule will be put in place starting March 26. During each time period students will have Zoom meetings available and other ways to communicate with teachers.

Shira Zeiberg ’22, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Staples will begin an A/B schedule starting Thursday, March 26 where students meet with classes from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m for the duration of the distance learning academic plan.  On A days, periods one through four will meet and on B days periods five through eight will meet. Some Staples students ...

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