Inklings News

PSAT provides inefficient preparation for freshman

Freshmen and sophomores are required to take the PSAT in early March to test their skills.

Maria Krug '22, Staff Writer

March 14, 2020

The SAT: a standardized test juniors take in October measuring their knowledge and skill in school subjects. The score received will then be used to help you succeed in college and your career after that. At Staples High School, freshmen and sophomores are required to take the PSAT around March to...

Course selection results in unnecessary stress

Students feel pressured over course selection during the months of January through March.

Maria Krug '22, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

“You are only taking four APs?” says one student. “You weren’t recommended for AP Stat?” replies the other. “You should take at least two more APs senior year than you did junior year,” someone adds. These are common interactions between Staples students once course selection starts to...

Builders Beyond Borders trip undermined by prior assumptions

The Builders Beyond Borders club visited four countries during their 2020 trip.

Jake Navarro '20, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

The Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua are all counties known for their white beaches and their light blue bodies of water; however, they are also the four sites that Builders Beyond Borders visited for their annual trip. There is an unsupported assumption that little work is accomplishe...

There’s never too much of a break: Schools must preserve Feb. break

For Westport students, Feb. break will take place the week of Feb. 17, and will last for a total of seven days. This break is considered to be a “no homework” break, where teachers are not advised to assign their classes with homework over the seven day break.

Izzy Sareen '22, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

February break provides the much-needed time away from midterms and SAT preps. Some consider this week paradise because it gives students a vacation from the most stressful time of the year. However, in 2015, Westport schools’ Board of Education debated whether February break should not be included wi...

Counties leaves attendees feeling overdressed

Students gathered with friends before the dance to take pictures with their friends and their dates before they arrived at the dance.

Charlotte Smith '21, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

After having attended the Counties assembly dance (one of the most stressful events of junior year), I felt that the event was very underwhelming. The first problem that I found was that the designated attire was not fitting to the venue and agenda of the night. I spent weeks on end stressing about...

College Roomates: Search for your new best friend

Many struggle with their search to find a roommate as their senior year of high school comes to an end. Some soon- to-be college freshmen find their roommates through Facebook or through mutual friends, while others go random and hope to bond over similar living preferences.

Emma Van Riper '20, Social Media Director

March 3, 2020

As I approach the third month of knowing where I’m going to college, the panic for the awaited roommate search has begun. With social media nowadays, it’s easy to communicate with people going to the same college as you -- but is all of this necessary? In the class of 2024 Facebook groups, you...

AP Western European History must be considered as an area study class

Sophomore students at Staples have begun their quest for the perfect courses to fill up their junior year courses. Pre-registration for courses for next year open up on February 14th. Each grade of students has a specific week they are required to to meet with their guidance counselor to discuss their plan for their next year of classes.

Izzy Sareen '22, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

Going into junior year of high school is stressful for most students, and preparation for the allegedly most difficult year of high school begins  three-quarters of the way through sophomore year at Staples High School.  Students are required to have their courses for junior year selected and finali...

Valentine’s Day deserves appreciation for all kinds of love

Valentine’s Day is all about nice gifts but more importantly, the people who you give them to.

Brooke Dembin '22, Assistant Business Director

February 14, 2020

With Valentine's Day comes chocolate, flowers, pink hearts and oversized stuffed animals. It’s a day dedicated to celebrating your love for others and grandly displaying your affection. However, we tend to overlook the true meaning of this holiday. We get the impression that this holiday is solely...

Kids rush to pick career paths too young

Students are becoming more and more pressured into picking their career paths too young.

Evi Tarshis '20, Paper Arts Editor

February 13, 2020

It is more common than not that you will come across a high schooler who has a perfect sense of what they want to do with his or her life. For me there was no question: it was always Communications. I’ve spent two years of my life exploring the world of journalism and all of its perks and insights...

Instagram, please remove likes

 Instagram announced the removal of likes in November 2019. The change is expected to take place later this year.

Molly Gold '21, Paper News Editor

January 15, 2020

As I scroll through Instagram, posts from friends, celebrities, meme accounts and puppies pass across my screen. Often, before even looking at the actual photo, my eyes instinctively go directly to the bottom left corner of their post: the amount of likes that the post received. Similarly, immediately...

Yang distinguishes himself through plan for American democracy

Andrew Yang addresses a crowd of supporters at a gun violence event in Des Moines, Iowa. He supports creating an effective nationwide gun licensing program, banning assault weapons and supporting the mentally ill to prevent gun violence.

Andreas Lolis '21, Paper News Editor

January 15, 2020

I’m sick of Donald Trump’s presidency. I’m sick of the Tweets, I’m sick of the poor policy and I’m sick of utter chaos from our federal government. But I’m also sick of talking about Trump. In order to stop talking about him, we need to beat him. There are over a dozen Democrats currently...

Making midterm studying efficient and enjoyable

Making midterm studying efficient and enjoyable

Amanda Rowan '22, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020


Later start times will ultimately not prove beneficial

Many students wake up as early as 6:00 AM to prepare for school.

Tierney Kugel '22, Paper Arts Editor

January 13, 2020

Many students fantasize about having a schedule that allows them a full eight hours of sleep. For students who wake up between 6:00-7:00 a.m., mornings can be painful. Students naturally turn to Staples’ early start time for blame; however, pushing back school start times would only further complicate the schedules of parents and teachers, forcing studen...

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