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Keeping camps closed would ensure safety, authenticity

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, some camps are deciding to remain open but have many restrictions to avoid spreading and receiving the virus.

Carly Kaplowitz '21, Features Editor

April 30, 2020

Summer camp is a place where all your worries subside and there is not a care in the world. There is no stress that you slept through your alarm or forgot to hand your paper in for class, and the biggest anxiety is if you will make it in time to the dining hall before the grilled cheese runs out.  ...

Andrew Yang’s call for Asian Americans to demonstrate patriotism falls short

Andrew Yang’s call for Asian Americans to demonstrate patriotism falls short

Serena Ye '20, Broadcast Editor

April 30, 2020

Today was the day. After several days locked in quarantine in the shelter of my home, I was finally going to step outside and enjoy the fresh air. But as I strolled through the familiar streets, suddenly my neighborhood morphed into a foreign landscape. I was conscious of every step and every breath ...

Activities to stimulate your mind during quarantine

One of the many plays available to watch online is 42nd Street, which was a great production set during the Depression.

Madison Andrews '20, Sports Editor

April 30, 2020

During this difficult time of living during a pandemic, staying at home may drive some crazy from boredom. After being home from school for four weeks already, I have much more free time on my hands. It can be hard to find fun activities to fill the time at home, but I have found a few that keep your...

Prisons must adjust to coronavirus spreading through packed cells

Prisoners packed in tight spaces make it difficult to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and steps must be taken to slow the spread throughout jails.

Karina Murray '22, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

Prisons are packed. The coronavirus is contagious and deadly. These two facts do not blend well. This mixture has served as a recipe for disaster in prisons all around the world, where coronavirus has quickly infected prisoners who practically live on top of one another. So government leaders are faced...

Social distancing accepted into everyday routine

One positive thing that has come out of this quarantine is that I am now able to have dinner with my family every night. It is a nice way to end the day and catch up.

Abbie Goldstein '22, Opinions Editor

April 27, 2020

Talking to one of my friends face-to-face feels like it hasn’t happened in an eternity. As someone who generally sees herself as extroverted and social, coronavirus was a sudden slap in the face. The fact that I could not hang out with my friends or even talk to them from less than six feet away wa...

Reminder: be kind during unsettling times

Westport Front Porch is a popular facebook group that is frequently used by local adults.

Grace Livecchi '21, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

A few weeks ago, my friends and I were sitting in the trunks of our cars at Sherwood–six feet apart as permitted–to celebrate one of our birthdays. All within minutes, a Mercedes pulled up, and without a word of exchange, a man stuck his phone out the window to snap a picture. The photo was quickly...

New A and B day schedule brings timely routine to students during online school

The Saturn app has been re-programmed to show the new A and B day schedules for students during this period of online schooling. Kids will have school from 8:30am-12:15pm everyday, with homework from their teachers to complete after those hours.

Izzy Sareen '22, Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

As unprecedented times come upon us, Staples High School has stepped up to the plate to create an efficient and easy way for students to complete their schoolwork online. During the past month, Staples has gone through many rounds of trial and error to find a way for nearly 2000 students to effectively...

Teachers expressing political views encourages debate, forces students to defend their opinions

When covering a current event or reviewing an event in history, students and teachers' views can align with a political party, allowing for an opportunity to begin a debate.

Tierney Kugel '22, Arts Editor

April 20, 2020

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, the issue of whether it is appropriate for teachers to express their political views during class arises. Many students argue that their teachers cross a line or make them feel uncomfortable when discussing their beliefs. However, this type of discussion wi...

Coming to terms with life under lockdown

Staying at home proves more difficult than it initially seemed, even for introverts.

Abby Fleming '20, Opinions Editor

April 20, 2020

When Westporters found out it would be necessary to social distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I wasn’t worried. I have introverted tendencies and I like to think I’m an expert when it comes to being happy at home. So, while I worried a lot about our community’s health, I was confident in my a...

Pass-fail system decreases motivation, detracts from learning efforts

Parents received an email on Apr. 5 regarding the new grading system occurring in the fourth quarter, in which students will decide how they want their grades to be reported.

Anastasia Thumser '22, Web Opinions Editor

April 20, 2020

March 11 was a routine day for Staples students: classes changed at the ring of the bell, teachers assigned work, messages were received about “Seussical,” sports practices and concerts, the song of the day lady blasted a pleasant German tune. However, by 2:15 p.m. that day, school and all corres...

Colleges become test-optional, relieving students of excess stress

Although standardized testing has been postponed due to these unprecedented circumstances, students still feel the impending stress of working to achieve a higher score. Students utilize textbooks to practice their skills.

Rebecca Kanfer '21, Paper Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

As the 2020 college admissions year comes to a close, aspiring juniors look onward to their upcoming year of the Common Application and the College Board with one noticeable change. Standardized test scores have become unnecessary and furthermore optional with an application for numerous schools due...

Entertainment urges unity

On Ellen’s Channel she opens up about quarantine while adding humor to the whole situation. She reassures people that everything is going to be okay.

Theresa Vandis '22, Assistant Business Director

April 20, 2020

Restaurants, boutiques and even live shows are closed all across the nation. With almost nowhere to go but your own backyard, it is hard to keep busy during this COVID-19 pandemic. Talk-variety show figures Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel and John Krasinski have changed their narratives to be more uplifting...

Multiple educational platforms makes online school harder for students

Google Classroom is one of the most popular educational platforms used by teachers among the many provided.

Ella Bloomingdale '20, Staff Writer

April 20, 2020

Starting online school has been tough for a lot of students. Being taken out of the classroom setting and being stripped of in-class lessons and teachers at school has been a struggle, but as it is a new system, students are learning to get used to it. While for me personally the workload has been a...

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