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An armed Westport police officer walks towards Staples to evaluate the swatting threat.

Staples High School receives fake shooter threat causing lockdown

Maya Hruskar ’23, Creative Director October 23, 2022

Staples High School and 16 other schools in Connecticut received “swatting” calls on Oct. 21, causing lockdowns and police responses at each school. “Swatting” calls are when somebody falsely reports...

One of Michael Sansur’s students, Izzy Alafoyiannis ’24, works on a project in one of his technology education classes last spring. Sansur died in a car accident on I-95 on Saturday Oct. 15.

Staples High School teacher killed in I-95 car accident

Meg Enquist ’23, Business Director October 18, 2022

Technology Education teacher Michael Sansur was killed in a car accident on Saturday Oct. 15. Sansur was stopped in the left lane on I-95 for an unknown reason when his vehicle was struck from behind around...

In a report created by Colliers Project Leader for the Westport Finance and Facilities Subcommittee earlier this year, it was recommended that $600,000 of a $8.16 million improvement plan should be used on electrical improvements and repairs.

Long Lots Elementary School fire causes evacuation for students

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Web Opinions Editor May 26, 2022

Students and staff were evacuated from Long Lots Elementary School after a fire was discovered by a school officer within one of the auditorium walls on Wednesday May 25. The school officer pulled the...

Bedford teacher Arthur Ellis (pictured above) turned himself in on April 27 due to sexual assault allegations. Ellis was officially charged with sexual assault in the fourth degree and risk of injury to a minor. Ellis has posted bail and is awaiting trial on May 6.

Bedford teacher turns himself into police after sexual assault accusations

Ella Shi ’23, Managing Editor April 29, 2022

Bedford Middle School teacher Arthur Ellis turned himself into the Westport Police Department on April 27 after a warrant for his arrest was made. Ellis is charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and...

Student-led “Make Me Free” wins Voice4Change. The group aims to use the provided $20,000 to give students at Staples access to free period products in bathrooms for up to a year.

‘Make Me Free’ wins Voice4Change initiative

Hannah Conn '23, Web Managing Editor April 11, 2022

“Make Me Free” was announced as the winner of the Voice4Change contest in an email sent by Principal Stafford Thomas on Friday, April 8. Voice4Change allowed several student-led groups to propose...

Acceptance rates for the class of 2026 reach an all time low due to miscalculated yields and over-enrollment.

Class of 2026 acceptance rates plummet

Jason Stein ’22, Staff Writer April 4, 2022

For the class of 2026, college acceptance among the top 100 colleges is at an all-time low according to U.S. News. Last year, Northeastern University’s acceptance rate was 18%. This year it’s 7%. Northeastern...

Westport restaurants are now able to permanently offer outside seating as long as it does not exceed 75% of their indoor space.

Westport allows restaurants to increase year-round outdoor dining

Jason Stein ’22, Staff Writer March 21, 2022

Westport restaurants are now able to utilize outdoor dining year-round.  Originally, Westport businesses were given the ability to offer outdoor dining as a tool to survive in the COVID-19 pandemic....

Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze, which originated under the roof’s sheathing, on top of the National Hall building in Westport. Westport and Norwalk departments collaborated on this effort.

Fire erupts at National Hall; multiple departments respond

Giselle Oldani ’22, Web Managing Editor February 17, 2022

The Westport Fire Department received calls of a building fire at 2 Post Rd W around 3:50 p.m. on Feb.15. Arriving units reported heavy smoke from the roof of the three-story building. Firefighters searched...

Due to declining COVID rates in Westport schools, Superintendent Thomas Scarice has made a recommendation to the Westport Board of Education to make mask wearing optional for students after Feb. 28.

Superintendent recommends end to Westport Public Schools mask mandate

Natalie Bandura ’22, Editor-in-Chief February 16, 2022

Superintendent Thomas Scarice announced his intention to make a recommendation to the Westport Board of Education to end the school mask mandate in a staff email sent out on Feb. 11. Under his recommendation,...

Masks: a staple of the last 20 months, but now, they’ll likely be a thing of the past in schools come Feb. 28, due to Governor Ned Lamont lifting the state wide mask mandate in schools.

Governor announces school mask mandate to end Feb. 28

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer February 11, 2022

After nearly a year and a half of masks being worn within schools, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that masks will no longer be state required within schools starting March 1. Instead, individual...

The temporary remote learning option for symptomatic or quarantined students will be redacted on Jan. 28 due to zero students in isolation or quarantine at Staples and Coleytown, and merely seven at Bedford.

Live streamed classes discontinued in Staples, middle schools

Anastasia Thumser ’22, Web Managing Editor January 28, 2022

Staples High School, Bedford Middle School and Coleytown Middle School will discontinue live streamed classes through the Google Meets platform on Jan. 28. The decision was made due to a lack of necessity...

Students quarantining at home will have access to their classes virtually through a new online school accommodation beginning on Jan. 10 in order to mitigate the stress that comes with missing several days of school.

Staples High School temporarily reinstates remote learning

Kiswa Khan ’23, Associate Managing Editor January 9, 2022

The recent  increase in Covid-19 cases due to the Omicron variant led to concerns about how quarantined students would cope with their academic workload from home. “We will be implementing a temporary...

Haskell is the Senate Chairman of the joint Transportation Committee, Vice Chairman of the Government Administration & Elections Committee and serves on several other state committees.

Haskell seeks intermission from Senate position to begin law school

Mishael Gill ’23, Paper Managing Editor January 6, 2022

Senator Will Haskell announced Jan. 3 that he will not be running for reelection and plans to take a break from public service to pursue law school. “There are a lot of exciting things going on, but...

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