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BOE Discusses New Courses, Budget

BOE Discusses New Courses, Budget

January 8, 2010

Jordan Shenhar ‘13 Staff Writer On Jan. 5, the Board of Education voted unanimously to add four computer-science programs at Staples next year, discussed adding Mandarin Chinese as a middle-school course, and continued to plan the budget for the 2010-11 school year. Principal John Dodig attended the early part of the meeting to lobby for the addition of Introducti...

Copenhagen Conference

Copenhagen Conference

December 22, 2009

Victor Hollenberg '10 & Lucas Hammerman '10 Editor-in-Chief and News Editor Representatives from 192 nations came together in Copenhagen, Denmark at the United Nations Climate Change Conference from Dec. 11–18 with the intention to come to an agreement on a new framework for climate change mitigation...

Crosswords Accepted at Collaborative Team Meeting

Crosswords Accepted at Collaborative Team Meeting

December 22, 2009

At a Dec. 16 meeting, the  Collaborative Team decided that the New York Times crosswords and other puzzles distributed by the library would not be discontinued. At a previous meeting, the notion was raised that students disrupt class by completing the puzzles. Principal John Dodig reiterated that teachers can prohibit anything disruptive i...

Second Chances: Juvenile Offenders Learn Lessons After Arrest

Second Chances: Juvenile Offenders Learn Lessons After Arrest

December 22, 2009

Haris Durrani '11 Opinions Editor Note: The arrested student interviewed for this article asked for anonymity. His name has been changed. A juvenile arrest is a traumatic experience for most, but it might also teach important life lessons. Nevertheless, some question the juvenile justice system’s effectiveness and ability to provide opportunities for all y...

It’s Farmville, But Real

It’s Farmville, But Real

December 22, 2009

Farrel Levenson '11 Opinions Editor On Dec. 2, the Board of Finance (BOF) voted 7-0 to approve a lease between the Town and the Westport Green Village Initiative (GVI) Farm, Inc. for the restoration of Wakeman Farm and the building of a community farm at 134 Cross Highway at $1.00 per year for seven years. As noted in the Dec. 2 BOF meeting packet, ...

Staples Escapes First Wave of Swine Flu, More to Come

Staples Escapes First Wave of Swine Flu, More to Come

December 22, 2009

Petey Menz '11 News Editor Since the World Health Organization declared H1N1 a pandemic on June 11, Staples’ student body largely avoided catching Swine Flu. That changed on Nov. 16 when, according to Principal Dodig, more than 11 percent of the student body was absent. “There were 170 to 180 some...

From Letter to Blog, College Acceptances Become More Competitive, Stressful

From Letter to Blog, College Acceptances Become More Competitive, Stressful

December 22, 2009

Emily Cooper '11 & Michael Nussbaum '11 Business Manager & Sports Editor Each year, nearly all Staples seniors endure the college process, one way or another But, one thing students manuever through today are the technological advances with new networks such as Twitter, Facebook and C...

Orphenians Caroling Downtown (Slideshow)

December 17, 2009

Photos by Lexi Preiser '10 and Dana Rappaport '11 The Staples Orphenians spread holiday cheer on Dec. 5 as they went caroling throughout downtown Westport. To listen to the Orphenians live, come see Candlelight on Dec. 18 and 19 in the Staples High School auditorium. Performances will be at 7:00 ...

December Vacation Destinations

December Vacation Destinations

December 16, 2009

Emily Goldberg ‘12 Web Sports Editor With December break around the corner, Staples students are not only preparing for various holiday festivities, but some are also preparing for long car, plane, and train rides to various places around the globe.             Shira Clement ’12 is gett...

Rec Basketball Seizes Staples

Rec Basketball Seizes Staples

December 12, 2009

Natasha Gabbay '10 Web Managing Editor Thursday, December 10th marked the first night of junior and senior boys’ recreational basketball games. Rec basketball has become a norm for Staples male students, and over one hundred boys showed up to represent their teams on the courts at Be...

Bernie McGrenahan: Funny man, serious message

Bernie McGrenahan: Funny man, serious message

December 10, 2009

Although Bernie McGrenahan’s comedy is hilarious, his message is as serious as it gets. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Teen Awareness Group (TAG) brought this comedian with a message to Staples to satisfy one of two senior health requirements mandated by the state. He started off the show by trying ...

In-School Suspensions Supply Beneficial Punishment

In-School Suspensions Supply Beneficial Punishment

December 9, 2009

On July 1, 2009, the Connecticut State Department of Education mandated that schools aim to lower the number of students being suspended outside of school for violating district rules, but this law was quickly rescinded. The alternative to suspending so many students outside of school would be an increase in the number of in-school suspensions. “The stat...

Season’s First Snowfall Brings No Delay

Season’s First Snowfall Brings No Delay

December 9, 2009

  School opened as usual Wednesday, Dec. 9, with some delayed bus arrivals but no delayed school for Westport students. According to the National Weather Service, one inch fell over night along the coastal parts of town, a little more fell in inland areas, but it all turned to slush as ...

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