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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...

EDITORIAL: Continuation of remote learning requires clear communication from administration, teachers

As the remote learning program progresses, many have expressed confusion due to a lack of clarification or communication from administration and teachers. We hope we can prioritize clarity in the coming weeks.

April 17, 2020

As school’s resumption is further postponed until May 20, it is critical that we continue examining and improving the remote learning program for the foreseeable weeks. In the past month, a pressing need for clear communication and transparency has surfaced; students, teachers and administration wou...

New online learning schedule has potential to be beneficial

The new online learning schedule consists of two alternating days, an A day and a B day. Both days begin at 8:30 and end at 12:15.

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...

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

Photos such as this one, published on Westport’s 06880 blog, have circulated on local platforms and social media groups, garnering mixed reactions. Some comments criticize students for leaving the house, while others commend their creativity.

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 has sparked many controversial debates as it touches upon a sensitive subject that is not widely spoken about.

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 schooling due to Coronavirus has become very challenging for many students, possibly even more challenging than regular school.

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

Dominican colleges walking virtual tour. Students are being forced to base their college decision on a simple video like this one.

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

This sign at LaGuardia Airport warns of the coronavirus weeks before schools close.

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

Countless organizations, including Dartmouth College, Stanford University, the Kansas City Chiefs, Clevland Indians, Golden State Warriors and Manchester High School have changed their outright derogatory mascots shown here. Each mascot has been changed into things with no offense to any specific ethnic group.

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

The Westport Public Library decided to close its doors indefinitely on March 12 to achieve social distancing.

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

At Town Hall, timely and quick decision making to help “flatten the curve” of coronavirus may prevent the rampant spread of disease in Westport.

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

Meditating can be a great way to calm yourself and switch to a more positive mindset.

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

On March 16, Principal Stafford Thomas Jr. sent a video regarding updates on e-learning to Staples’ students and parents. In the video, Thomas reassured students the program would allow the continuation of their education during the disruption of Staples’ closure.

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...

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