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BOE appoints Thomas Scarice as superintendent

BOE appoints Thomas Scarice as superintendent

Anastasia Thumser '22, Web Opinions Editor

April 5, 2020

During a virtual meeting on Apr. 2, the BOE unanimously voted to designate the Westport superintendent position to Thomas Scarice, who has been superintendent of Madison Public Schools since 2012. At the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year, he will replace interim superintendent Dr. David Abbey....

New online learning schedule has potential to be beneficial

New online learning schedule has potential to be beneficial

Tierney Kugel '22, Arts Editor

April 2, 2020

As new status updates about school closing come out, teachers and staff are attempting to create a productive and structured plan for distance learning. As of Mar. 25, a new online learning schedule has been released with the potential to lower stress and provide a routine for students.  This new schedule consi...

Inklings Editorial: Spread of COVID-19 displays both a unified, hostile Westport community

Inklings Editorial: Spread of COVID-19 displays both a unified, hostile Westport community

March 31, 2020

As the Westport community concludes its first few weeks grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed both productive community efforts and difficulty following the social distancing and quarantine protocol. We would like to commend the efforts of much of the Westport community; many ha...

Transgenderism in sports and the importance of creating clear regulation

Transgenderism in sports and the importance of creating clear regulation

Emily Stone '20, Business Director

March 28, 2020

Next month, the Connecticut Republican Party is supposed to honor three students that are suing their high schools to prevent transgender and transexual athletes from participating in girls’ sports. Although Connecticut is a state that promotes inclusion and integration, this topic has become highly...

Online school proves to be a challenge for students

Online school proves to be a challenge for students

Julia Kasabian '21, Web Arts Editor

March 27, 2020

Online school is new to almost all of us. We’re so used to going to school, seeing our friends and meeting with teachers, which has all been taken away due to coronavirus.  Online school has proven to be challenging, to say the least. Not only is there more work, it’s harder to complete and ...

Virtual tours inadequately replace college tour experience

Virtual tours inadequately replace college tour experience

Charlotte Smith '21, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Between Spring break, prom, college decision day and graduation, this time of year is packed with important social events for students. The coronavirus has caused a push for social distancing and self-quarantines, meaning most of these milestone affairs have been canceled. The closures of most American...

Ignorant Westporters self inflict coronavirus

Ignorant Westporters self inflict coronavirus

Theresa Vandis '22, Assitant Business Manager

March 25, 2020

Bare, empty shelves are stripped of every can of food, and there is not a roll of toilet paper in sight. When it comes to stocking up for quarantine the people of Westport, Connecticut have no problem buying as much food as they can fit into the trunk of their car. However, when it came to social distancing, people...

Movement to ban racist mascots will satisfy in the upcoming future

Movement to ban racist mascots will satisfy in the upcoming future

Samantha Felner '22, Paper Opinions Editor

March 25, 2020

Dartmouth College, The Chiefs, Stanford University, Golden-State Warriors, and Manchester High School. What do each of these have in common? Each of these sports teams, colleges, and high schools have rightfully altered their team names and mascots to be politically correct. In the type of society that...

Public libraries should close due to coronavirus despite inconvenience caused

Public libraries should close due to coronavirus despite inconvenience caused

Chloe Murray '22, Staff Writer

March 23, 2020

Amidst the chaos of the coronavirus, Westport has closed all public facilities. Beaches, parks, stores, restaurants and libraries are all among the places that have been shut down. Obviously the closure of these facilities is not convenient for anyone, but people who rely on libraries for computers and the...

Westport’s recent aggressiveness is necessary in stopping coronavirus

Westport’s recent aggressiveness is necessary in stopping coronavirus

Alex Massoud '20, Web Sports Editor

March 23, 2020

In the past few days, the city of Westport has taken some drastic steps in their attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, also called the coronavirus. Since Monday, all restaurants and food establishments are only available through pick-up, which needs to take place outdoors, and all haircuts and salons, gyms and fi...

Let’s “wreck” this virus

Let’s “wreck” this virus

Prasaus Yeager '22, Staff Writer

March 23, 2020

Wake up, eat breakfast, maybe watch some Netflix and then sit and stare at a screen for four hours trying to do work. This is now the next big thing; a complete turnaround from the original school day. And who do we have to thank for this exciting new routine? Our dear old friend COVID-19, of course....

Distance Learning fills the void

Distance Learning fills the void

Lauren Hassell '22, Web Features Editor

March 23, 2020

Staples High School and many other schools around the world have been forced to take up e-Learning, whether students are ready for the transition or not. In the midst of the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak, schools have been urged to close their doors. These closures that may last days, weeks or even...

Lack of coordination around testing unnecessarily increases student workload

Lack of coordination around testing unnecessarily increases student workload

Aidan Rogers '22, Staff Writer

March 23, 2020

A week in the life of a Staples student is much like the month of March; it comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb. Checking Schoology on a Saturday night to see three tests and a presentation in the first two days of the week can ruin one's weekend. Then, this chaotic beginning of the week is often...

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