Inklings News

California wildfires prompt significant concern

The dangerously polluted orange skies in 
California have taken over the sky even after 
the fires have been extinguished. If inhaled, 
people can experience the effects of what is 
similar to smoking 20 packs of cigarettes.

Sydney Chinitz '23, Staff Writer

October 25, 2020

The orange-yellow and red colors blend together in the sky as the blistering flames creep further along the West Coast and continue to destroy everything in its path. The wildfires began in a blaze after what was supposed to be a festive gender reveal party went south, and a pyrotechnic machine ex...

Delayed reopening of Staples detrimental, requires reevaluation

The Westport school district has debated the most effective and safe way to handle the COVID-19 pandemic since March, when schools first closed in order to protect students and staff.

Anastasia Thumser ’22, Web News Editor

October 25, 2020

As I approach the sixth hour of my day spent staring at a computer screen, my eyes glaze over as I’m overcome with a wave of fatigue. I struggle to pay attention to the fourth bobbing head of a teacher I’ve seen during my day of distance learning, but the screech of a faulty microphone jolts me aw...

Autumn brings festive new drinks to Starbucks

Tori Wilson '22 and Shira Zeiberg '22

October 14, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/victoria-wilson-586223953/autumn-brings-festive-new-drinks-to-starbucks-1

Students are learning through a hybrid method this year. Last names a-k go into school Monday and Tuesday and last names l-z go in Thursday and Friday. The rest of the days are remote learning and Wednesday is a half day where everyone is remote so the building can be cleaned between cohorts.

Emma Dantas ’21 and Carly Kaplowitz ’21

October 13, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/carly-kaplowitz/remote-vs-in-school-2

Freshmen adjust to high school during a global pandemic

Alex Gordon ’24, Ruby Kantor ’24 and Alice Anderson ’24 eat lunch with the new dividers to accommodate for school with COVID-19. With the new regulations, students must sit three or four to a table, with X’s on every other seat.

Hannah Kail ‘22 and Lily Caplan ‘22

October 13, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/user-154303966/freshman-adjust-to-high-school-during-a-global-pandemic-1

Junior counties dance cancellation causes mixed emotions

The annual County Assembly Charity Ball- known to students as counties- has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Valerie Dreyfuss ’22 and Shira Zeiberg ’22 Assistant Business Manager

October 6, 2020

Long dresses, suits and corsages consume the thrilling day as students prepare. Outfits are bought and dates are planned months in advance. Families get together for pictures of their children and watch them depart for the long awaited evening. Students carpool, some rent party buses, and make their way...

Gap-years become increasingly popular amid COVID-19 limitations

Gap-years become increasingly popular amid COVID-19 limitations

Remy Teltser ’21, Managing Editor

September 26, 2020

After a day of virtual classes and meeting professors online, college students put on their masks and voyage across campus to the closest cafeteria for some grab-and-go food, returning back to their single-bed dorms. For university attendees, a student’s freshman year experience has been nothing but...

High school football players protest in Hartford over season’s cancellation

Cameron Manna '21, Staff Writer

September 11, 2020

High school football players from across the state assembled on the steps of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford on Wednesday to protest the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s (CIAC) decision to cancel their season.                                 ...

Eversource response to Tropical Storm Isaias frustrates Westport, elicits PURA investigation

Tropical Storm Isaias was the fourth biggest storm to hit Connecticut, following Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. The majority of Westport lost power for an extended period of time.

Natalie Bandura '22, Paper News Editor

August 30, 2020

The aftermath of tropical storm Isaias has elicited an investigation into Eversource’s storm preparation and response rate by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), in light of widespread discontent with the efficiency of Eversource’s power line repairs among both private citizens...

Episode three of ‘The Last Dance’ surprises basketball fans across the world

Michael Jordan drives to the hoop with determination

Logan Gornbein '21 and Teddy Dienst '20, Staff Writers

May 18, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/teddy-dienst/the-last-dance-episode-3

This is a Wreckording Episode 6: We the Champions

On a brand new episode of ‘This is a Wreckording’ Ethan and Principal Thomas are joined by members of the We the People team to discuss their state and national triumph over the competition this year.

Ethan Frank '20

May 11, 2020

This is a Wreckording Episode 6

FUTURE ACTION

April 5, 2020

Prior to the publication of Michel’s letter, TEAM Westport has worked with students and faculty through multiple events over a span of years in order to promote inclusion and diversity at Staples High School. TEAM Westport Chair Harold Bailey Jr. said, despite varied initiatives, there has been lit...

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