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Some Staples teachers provide study guides or make time for extra review and questions during class in order to help students prepare for exams.

Midterm weighting, schedule revised as COVID cases rise

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

Principal Stafford W. Thomas Jr. announced on Jan. 7 that midterms would begin on a later date, the week of Jan. 19, as well as count for a quarter two grade, as a result of the new COVID-19 conditions. Taking...

As the COVID-19 test positivity rate in Westport has increased rapidly to 253 new cases from Jan. 2 to Jan. 6, Westport Public Schools has put into place a temporary online learning option for symptomatic and vulnerable students.

Westport Public Schools to adopt temporary remote learning option for symptomatic, vulnerable students

Jake Fitzpatrick ’22, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

Westport Public Schools are planning to include a remote option for students who have symptoms of COVID-19 as of Jan. 28. This decision came along with news from the Connecticut Department of Public that...

Ice skaters of all skill levels enjoy spending time with family and friends on Saturday night, Dec. 18, 2021.

Westport PAL ice skating rink reopens amidst COVID-19

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

The Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore reopened on Dec. 10, marking the rink's 25th season.  Due to the rink being outdoors, many Westport residents anticipated the opening amidst COVID-19.  “I...

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, Paper Sports 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 Features 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...

The mask mandate in Westport was reinstated as of Dec. 27, meaning all indoor public settings will require masks.

Mask mandate reinstated for public areas in Westport

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Staff Writer December 24, 2021

First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker announced that the mask mandate in Westport Connecticut, is being reinstated on Thursday Dec. 23, as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the town. Currently, according...

Greenwich High School began winter break two days early due to a dramatic increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

Greenwich High begins winter recess early citing rise in COVID-19 cases

Caroline Coffey ’22, Staff Writer December 23, 2021

Superintendent Toni Jones of Greenwich Public Schools announced on Dec. 21 that Greenwich High School would begin December break early due to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases within the school district....

Staples High School families received an email Dec 16. addressing potential violence and updates on the investigation into the reported threats.

Vague threats concerning Connecticut public schools prompts panic among school administrators, families

Ella Stoler ’22, Photostory Editor December 17, 2021

 Districts state-wide plan to monitor local schools on Dec. 17 due to recent threats of school violence circulating TikTok. While the social media threats were not deemed credible by law enforcement officials,...

Omicron, a more contagious COVID-19 variant, has officially been detected in Connecticut.

Omicron variant arrives in Connecticut, US

Phoebe Miller ’23, Sports Editor December 16, 2021

The World Health Organization classified a new COVID variant dubbed “Omicron,” a Variant of Concern after it was discovered on Nov. 26 in South Africa. According to medical scientists, the variant...

Connecticut leaders dispute over affordable housing law reform

Connecticut leaders dispute over affordable housing law reform

Phoebe Miller ’23, Sports Editor December 14, 2021

For a year, town and state leaders have demanded reform of Connecticut’s 8-30g affordable housing law, The law, passed in 1989 in the 8-30g section of Connecticut General Statutes, guarantees that...

The current COVID-19 vaccine mandate for teachers and other school employees.

Vaccine rates for Connecticut school employees rise to 90%

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Staff Writer December 13, 2021

90% of school employees in Connecticut are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Nov. 22, while Westport Public School employees have a vaccination rate of more than 95%, according to the Connecticut...

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving behaviors changed significantly throughout the course of the pandemic. Speeding rates increased dramatically and still have not returned to normal levels.

Connecticut sees increase in traffic-related deaths, traffic on roads

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor December 13, 2021

Connecticut has recently experienced a 16% increase in traffic-related deaths, indicated by data from the state Department of Transportation. As of Nov. 12, there were 290 cases of traffic-related deaths...

Throughout early December, several schools in Fairfield County have seen misleading threats against high schools, most recently, Greenwich High School.

Fairfield County schools experience surge of threats

Jason Stein ’22, Staff Writer December 13, 2021

A threatening message, which the police labeled as ‘disturbing’ was found in a Greenwich High School bathroom early Thursday morning, Dec. 9. With the involvement of the Greenwich Police Department,...

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