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Internet usage escalates due to Covid-19

 Chart shows the change in internet usage since the virus outbreak in Websites and Apps.

Maria Krug '22, Web Opinions Editor

May 12, 2020

No traveling, no restaurants, no movie theaters and no school. COVID-19 has impacted so many lives around the world, as well as daily routines. Because people are stuck at home with not much to do, boredom and stir-craziness have caused people to spend more time online than ever.   An increase i...

Social distancing efforts prove heartbreaking but lifesaving

There are 165 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Westport as of April 7, and social distancing, which Governor Lamont implemented with his stay at home order on March 23, is meant to prevent the outbreak from surpassing what our local healthcare system can manage, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rachel Suggs ’21, Web Managing Editor

May 12, 2020

Precautions against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been immensely disruptive. Schools are canceled, SAT testing centers shut down, AP exams modified, fourth-quarter moved to pass/fail and extracurricular events put on hold due to the outbreak.  Yes, these are all activities that we, as fu...

Trump administration lacks transparency, misinforms public amid COVID-19 crisis

Allison Gillman '23, Opinions Editor

May 11, 2020

The world is in a time of crisis; there’s no sugarcoating it. In the United States, we look to the White House for information and guidance, trusting our elected officials to be transparent and united behind a common goal.  Having said that, why is our commander in chief sending us mixed messa...

Distance learning: the savior of the junior class

Molly Gold '21, Creative Director

May 11, 2020

Balancing SAT preparation, beginning the college process, rigorous coursework, extracurriculars, sports and the already insurmountable pressure that students face all add up to create the monster that is junior year. This year, however, our knight in shining armor wasn’t the arrival of summer, but rather t...

Google meet etiquette lacks serious participation

Students continuously sleep in their beds during class calls.

Tori Wilson ’22, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

I have always struggled with the aspect of waking up early for school. I tend to be late for class, however, with the new schedule rotation, I am able to manage waking up in time to get ready for online class. Numerous students are treating these school days as a joke and are not attending classes...

Virtual graduation leaves students heartbroken

Charlotte Smith '21, Social Media Director

May 11, 2020

  Due to the effects of COVID-19 on the United States, many high schools and colleges have started to consider having a “virtual graduation” for the class of 2020 instead of an in-person graduation in late summer. Whether you are a high school or college student, everyone deserves an i...

Silver linings shine through in midst of global crisis

Coronavirus lockdowns lead to decreased air pollution worldwide.

Ella Stoler '22, Broadcast Director

May 5, 2020

There's little good to be said about a global pandemic.  The crisis has resulted in economic recession, the collapse of health care systems and ultimately, the death of thousands worldwide. However, amid the panic and uncertainty lies many silver linings. Positivity is the key to successfully coping...

Quarantine turns people into screen addicts

The coronavirus leads to an increase in screen time.

Brooke Dembin '22, Assitant Creative Director

May 3, 2020

Quarantine has started getting to my head. I actually find myself whispering to myself as if I’m expecting a response back.  In order to prevent this psychosis, I resort to going on my phone.  During the day, I sit at my desk for about five hours straight doing schoolwork. After what feels like ...

Colleges’ test-optional policies lack benefits to applicants

Many universities have adopted new test optional policies, no longer requiring students to submit their ACT, SAT and subject test scores.

May 3, 2020

As News broke that many colleges are becoming test optional. While many students are celebrating the change, arguing that it will relieve pressure and increase their chances of getting into their dream schools, others are less enthusiastic.  These test-optional policies will ultimately work agai...

Social media spreads kindness

Charlie Zuckerman ’18 scrolls Instagram while at home. Social media is being utilized constantly during the pandemic, as it is a great way to stay connected.

Lucy Zuckerman '22, Staff Writer

May 3, 2020

Ever since cell phones and social media became a part of everyday life, it became much easier to contact people than it was before. Now in the middle of a global pandemic, social media is a vital part of our daily lives. During this time it is important to stay healthy and active, but we also need so...

Online learning places unnecessary strain on student mental health

Students face long hours of school work to complete assignments on time, some times having to do more than four classes a day to reach the due date in time.

Hannah Conn '23, Staff Writer

May 3, 2020

As Staples students and staff transitioned fully into online classes and schoolwork, we were sent a newsletter. The new A/B day schedule was implemented to help us balance our work between two days instead of having eight classes a day. This schedule, however, has proven to be just as hard to keep up w...

Staples should increase student-teacher interaction through mandatory online conferences

Google Meet or Google Hangout are currently the most popular platforms that teachers are using at Staples High School. While some teachers use them frequently, others continue to post assignments to schoology, depriving students of the face-to-face interaction that they are used to.

Chloe Murray '22, Features Editor

May 3, 2020

A few months ago, nobody could have expected how coronavirus would impact our lives here in Westport. One might have expected that it would eventually hit the United States, after traveling across Asia, then through Europe. However, most people certainly did not see full-time online schooling and quarantini...

Coronavirus highlights importance of optimism

From school closures to unemployment to the coronavirus’ tremendous death toll on the U.S. population, this pandemic has affected every facet of society.

Kaela Dockray '20, Managing Editor

April 30, 2020

Making sense of these past few weeks has not been easy. From the lines of anxious shoppers donning masks outside grocery stores to headlines stating that the coronavirus’ death toll has now surpassed 50,000 in the US alone, it feels as though we are living in a dystopian universe taken from a scene...

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