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Petition requesting delay of field construction has been denied

Student checks out the recently created field petition with 1,106 signatures, in front of the newly finished field, with no track.

Samantha Felner '22, Paper Opinions Editor

October 3, 2019

Despite efforts from the football team and Westport residents, the petition requesting a delayed construction of the new high school football field and track was denied. With the start of the field construction in early May, it was contracted that fall would be the time frame that the track would be...

Committee appoints Chase Dunlap as Staples Assistant Principal

New permanent Staples Assistant Principal Chase Dunlap holds one master and two bachelor degrees and previously worked as Assistant Principal at Westhill High School, and before that as a social studies teacher at Westhill, Brien McMahon and Manchester High schools.

Natalie Bandura '22, Paper News Editor

October 3, 2019

A committee of teachers, parents, administrators and one student selected former Westhill High School Assistant Principal Chase Dunlap to serve as a permanent 10th grade assistant principal at Staples, replacing interim Assistant Principal Karyn Morgan. Dunlap accepted the offer and plans to assume his position the week of Oct. 28. The committee appointed Dunlap...

Company faces backlash after releasing school-shooting-themed hoodies

Many students and staff members have been killed in school shootings. Graphic by Siri Kanter ’20.

Siri Kanter ’20, Associate Managing Editor

October 1, 2019

The New York fashion company BStroy launched a collection of sweatshirts on Sept. 15 with bullet holes through them and the names of schools and universities where mass shootings have occurred. The mens’ collection, SAMSARA, includes the names “Marjory Stoneman Douglas,” “Sandy Hook,” “Columbine”...

Westport Weston Health District promotes flu safety through vaccine clinics

CVS promotes flu shots by offering certain days where you can get one for free.

Evi Tarshis '20, Arts Editor

October 1, 2019

The Westport Weston Health District announced that they will continue to conduct vaccine clinics over the next few months specifically for influenza (flu). With the flu season approaching, Connecticut is working to promote flu vaccines for everyone across the state. Violet Feldman ’20 has received...

Walmart ends sales of ammunition for military style weapons

Walmart ends sales of ammunition for military style weapons

Ella Alpert '22, Staff Writer

September 19, 2019

Walmart announced that they will no longer sell ammunition for military-style weapons, and customers will not be allowed to carry firearms in Walmart stores. Walmart owns about 20% of the ammunition market. “That share now could fall to as little as 6%,” according to an article written by The Washington...

Salmon population declines due to human activity

An excess of salmon fishing may contribute a decrease in the salmon population.

Abbie Goldstein '22 and Serena Ye '20

September 18, 2019

The salmon population has been steadily decreasing in the New England region in recent years. While there is no specific direct cause to this trend, it can be predicted that human activity, climate change and overfishing are fueling the problem. This led to a major impact on nearby ecosystems and food...

Hate symbols discovered in Staples

Hate symbols found in the bathrooms were painted over the night of Sept. 12.

Dana Perelberg '20, Paper Managing Editor

September 15, 2019

Multiple hate symbols––including a carving of a swastika––were uncovered at Staples High School on the evening of Sept. 12.  Upon the discovery of a swastika carved into a bathroom stall door, the administration called in the Westport Police Department to assist them in inspecting the sch...

BOE names Stafford Thomas Jr. principal of Staples

Stafford Thomas Jr. addresses the Board of Education at the meeting where he was announced as Principal of Staples High School on June 20. Thomas graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and proceeded to earn a law degree and Masters in Education Administration from Boston College.

Andreas Lolis '21, Paper News Editor

June 25, 2019

The Board of Education unanimously approved Stafford Thomas Jr. as Principal of Staples High School on June 20. The Principal seat was vacated by James D’Amico, who earlier this year announced his resignation effective at the end of June. While Thomas doesn’t have any specific potential pol...

Westport Sunrise Rotary kicks off June with annual duck race

Rubber ducks floated down the Saugatuck River on June 6 during the Great Duck Race.

Evi Tarshis '20, Arts Editor

June 10, 2019

The Westport Sunrise Rotary held their annual Great Duck Race on the Saugatuck River on Saturday, June 1 . In its ninth year, the Great Duck Race attracted thousands

Junior parking sales begin

Staples juniors have begun to purchase their parking stickers. They are available until they are sold out. Students must put their sticker on their windshield in order to legally park in their assigned spot.

Mia Daignault, Staff Writer

May 24, 2019

Junior parking tickets went on sale on May 13. They cost $20 and are available for purchase in the Assistant Principal’s office until they have all been sold out. As seniors begin to depart for internships, students in 11th grade can purchase parking passes, permitting them to park on campus. Staples...

The Westport Library adds final touches to renovation project

The Westport Library has been undergoing two years of reconstruction. Their official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on June 23, a day for the library to showcase their upgraded features and new improvements. Photo by Serena Ye '20

Serena Ye ’20, Broadcast Editor

May 13, 2019

The Westport Library has been undergoing two years of reconstruction. Their official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on June 23.

Dr. David Abbey named interim superintendent of schools

Dr. David Abbey began as interim superintendent of schools on May 8. He served as coordinator of the Westport Regional Center and department of special education at Staples High School from 1981 to 1987.

Sophie Driscoll '19, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019

Dr. David Abbey began as interim superintendent of schools on May 8. The Board of Education (BOE) appointed him to the role with a unanimous vote on May 6. Abbey will hold the position until the BOE finds a permanent superintendent. “It is gratifying to find someone of Dr. Abbey’s caliber to lead our schools th...

Palmer continues to receive transportation benefits, salary while on medical leave

 Dr. Colleen Palmer announced her resignation on March 14. Until Aug. 1, Palmer will continue to receive her annual base salary, insurance benefits and transportation allowance.

Audrey Bernstein ’20 and Allie D'Angelo ’20

May 2, 2019

Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer will continue to receive her annual base salary and insurance benefits while on leave for medical reasons until her retirement on Aug. 1. Palmer will additionally be receiving a transportation allowance through her leave time, according to the Separation Agreement between Palmer...

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