When a British 17-year-old, Nick D’Aloisio, sold an app to Yahoo for $30 million this March, Staples students and teachers questioned the potential that their future may or may not hold. “I honestly want to start learning how to program now,” said Taylor Jacobs ’14 after hearing about the... Read more »
I saw A Chorus Line on Broadway sometime before I was ten. All I can remember was that the girl that kept screaming “tits” had grown up in Westport, and that the production was pretty good. When watching the Staples Players production of A Chorus Line, I can honestly say that I felt as if I was... Read more »
The cast of Staples Players’ “A Chorus Line” was not expecting their closing show to be anything more than a closing show. But when Terre Blair, widow of the composer of the original “A Chorus Line,” Marvin Hamlisch, walked into the Staples auditorium to view the performance for the second... Read more »
11:06 a.m. Four days after Nemo, the sun beats down on the Courtyard as the snow starts to melt away. A perfectly shoveled path allows students to walk through without getting their shoes wet.
Since 1978, there has been a 1,120 percent increase in the cost of college tuition, according to Businessweek.com. The cost far surpasses the cost of living, which rose 300 percent in the same time period. College tuition—whether public or private—has increased, dramatically. Many students wonder... Read more »
11:00 a.m. The energy in the cafeteria is palpable as students catch up with their friends on the first day back from break.
Everyone knows that Chanukkah means eight nights of presents, but there’s really much more to this holiday. So here are eight facts to wow your friends with between games of dreidel. 1. Hanukkah is the only major Jewish holiday not mentioned in the Torah. 2. The letters on the Dreidel stand for... Read more »
A Staples student may have been the first to come up with the now-national plan to rally around Newtown, wearing school colors on Monday. With tragedy striking so close to home, Staples students had been searching for a way to support Newtown and the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Right... Read more »
Although we all wish it was still summer, that season is long gone now and it’s time to get our grades up. If you didn’t like the way your grades turned out first quarter, there is still plenty of time to turn the year around. 1) Organize: Go through your binders and file away papers you are unlikely... Read more »
“Why does it cost so much to go to this dance?” “Why is there so much pressure for my daughter to find a date?” “What [are you] going to do about [the several students that got drunk at the dance]?” In previous years, Principal John Dodig’s phone didn’t stop ringing with parents... Read more »
Every year, students go all out in full blue-and-white attire, paint their faces, and constantly scream cheers down to the players at the Homecoming football game. In another annual tradition, students purchase their tickets to see the Staples Players’ fall musical. But this year, many will have... Read more »
Picture this: a fellow freshman and his junior sister stand on the side of North Avenue with their thumbs up hoping that a car will give them ride. Suddenly, the hallways of Staples explode with chaos. As papers fly in every direction, students run aimlessly and Principal Dodig projects his voice on... Read more »
11:31 a.m. Issy Pieper '14 and Valerie Fitton '14 are wearing pajamas in school today, and so is the rest of the girls' field hockey team in order to rally up spirit for their game this afternoon. Similarly, the girls' swim team is dressed up for their meet today. However, the swim team is also wearing... Read more »
11:33 a.m. Recently, the lunch ladies have been heavily encouraging students that buy a meal to take a fruit, as well. Buckets of fruit now sit at each cash register in the cafeteria. However, many students don't end up actually eating the fruit that they are forced to take.
As soon as the lights turned off, flashes from cameras turned on, and shrieks and screams flooded the room. The high-pitched squeals have only just begun and won’t stop until the night ends or voices are lost, which ever happens first. So it goes at a One Direction concert. At 8:55pm the madness... Read more »
Many students jump for joy at the fact of missing school, but I only see it as a huge burden. Making up assessments, missing explanations of the new essay or project, and being a day behind on the most recent material is nothing more than a drag. There have been countless days when I am ready to escape... Read more »
Missing just one day of school can be tough – making up work, tests, and learning the new material is never an easy task. It’s necessary to miss school if one is truly sick, but are field trips really worth the repercussions of being absent? “Sometimes field trips are an essential part of a... Read more »
11:43 a.m. During all three lunch waves today, members of Builders Beyond Borders have been encouraging students to go on the trip during next year's February or April break. They showed a five minute long video in the Library to help students understand what the trips are like. "Right now when you're... Read more »
1:41 p.m. Staples students have been signing this banner throughout the day in honor of Justin Slosberg, a student who has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia. Students are encouraged to wear purple and orange on Monday to show their support for our peer.
It’s time for change - not the change in your pocket, but the change from Uggs to sandals. Spring has arrived and your heavy chunky sweaters need to switch to light weight cardigans and jean jackets. The dramatic transition from winter clothes to spring clothes is sure to have you digging deep in your... Read more »
Although I have never been a huge “gamer,” I have definitely gone through my fair share of Nintendo, Gamecube, and Wii phases. However, I can honestly say that at this moment I cannot remember the last time I sat down on my couch, with a console in my hand, and played a traditional video game. The... Read more »
7:51 a.m. Staples students celebrate the first day of spring by wearing shorts, even though this morning is muggy with a slight chill. This first week of spring is forecasted to be full of sunshine and beautiful weather.
Imagine a high school where teachers barely know their students’ names. In this school, a lack of teachers has led to unwieldy classroom sizes where no individualized interaction occurs, and where some students slip between the cracks and are led down a path towards failure without teachers even... Read more »
In honor of the increasingly popular “Hunger Games” trilogy and the upcoming movie adaptation, the Westport Public Library will be holding its own simulation of the Hunger Games. The event will take place on March 9, and all students in grades six through 12 are eligible to sign up. Tickets are... Read more »
Students are counting down the days until March 8, the much anticipated opening of Urban Outfitters on Post Road East, Westport, Conn. About one year ago, Feb. 15, a large group of workers began putting the building together, under the direction of David Waldman Realty. Since then, high school students... Read more »
A gigantic brick school, about double the size of any school I’ve ever been in with classroom numbers that go up to almost 4,000 – if entering high school wasn’t intimidating enough, entering this school just made it even worse. The school consists of close to 200 staff members and almost 2,000... Read more »
“Staples students try to be respectful. They at least try to keep their eyes open,” said Holly Sulzycki, an English teacher at Staples. Staples students do try to stay awake in class and pay attention, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. There are a good number of students who struggle every... Read more »
Staples has decorated the trees in the front of the school with little snowflakes, but that doesn't cut it. The winter spirit is appreciated, but students want real snow to fall!
Cinderella, the baker, his wife, Rapunzel, Jack, and Little Red all have one wish, and so do the members of Staples Players: to be apart of this year’s Spring Musical, “Into the Woods.” “Into the Woods” is a musical with music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim and book written by James... Read more »
Maybe it’s different for other Staples High School students, but it definitely doesn’t take me thirty minutes to eat lunch. I think that most people would agree that only a small portion of lunch is actually taken up by eating. Don’t get me wrong, the school lunch break is practically the highlight... Read more »
Justin Bieber has been relentlessly posting Facebook and Twitter updates about his upcoming Christmas album, “Under The Mistletoe.” On Nov. 1, it hit iTunes and skyrocketed to the No. 2 album within less than 24 hours. This album was full of surprises and I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised. My... Read more »
Not only did Steve Jobs create an iconic company that will be remembered forever, he is an icon whose legacy will be profound for years to come. Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple whose products many Staples students use daily, passed away onOct. 5, 2011. David Pogue, a Westport resident, is a technology... Read more »
Footloose is not your typical movie musical revival. Unlike Hairspray (the version with Zac Efron, of course) or Bye Bye Birdie, this movie has no scenes where the leading male actor starts confessing his love in song to the leading female actress or somehow an entire room knows the same exact choreography... Read more »
Knife fights. Dancing like nothing you’ve seen before. The fall 2011 Staples Players production of “West Side Story” will treat its audience and challenge its performers. “We can’t go into autopilot, we have to think it through and do it full out,” says Tyler Jent ’13 who will be playing... Read more »