11:30 a.m. Plants in the Staples greenhouse hang as the sun attempts to break through the clouds on the first day of spring.
This past fall when seniors sat down to begin writing their college essays, limiting their insight into who they are as a person to 500 words seemed like a daunting task. However, all of that is about to change. As of next year, the CommonApp will not only increase this word limit, but change the “topic... Read more »
On Sat. March 9, hundreds of Fairfield County residents were “freezin’ for a reason” in the tenth annual Penguin Plunge. The event generates funds for the Special Olympics and helps the organization fund various projects and events for over one thousands Special Olympics athletes. If a Local... Read more »
It started with just 16 bars of music. That 16 bars would lead to another set of auditions, which lead to another, then another, until Adam Kaplan ’08 finally landed a role in Disney’s “Newsies” on Broadway. “I’ve always wanted to be on Broadway, but I never expected any of this to happen... Read more »
“Not again.” Those were the words of Westport-Weston YMCA Communications Director Scott Smith as he toured the Y building in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. A little over a year after Westport was rocked by Hurricane Irene, in which the Y had suffered some minimal damage and flooding, the outcome... Read more »
When it came to describing James Hickok ‘13 as a four-year goalkeeper for Staples varsity soccer, coach Dan Woog had some choice words. “Hard-working, committed, passionate, and talented.” Hickok’s coach is evidently not the only one to think highly of his talent. At the Staples Boys Soccer... Read more »
6:38 p.m. Tonight marks the first night of Hannukah. Families across Westport will continue to celebrate this Jewish holiday for the next seven nights until Dec. 16. Meanwhile, the countdown to Christmas continues (16 days, 5 hours, 19 minutes).
A pinch of sugar, a dash of flour and a sprinkle of cinnamon- these are the ingredients of Thanksgiving traditions. Although Thanksgiving is a nationally celebrated holiday, every family has their own personal recipes and menus that make their Thanksgiving feasts one of a kind. Spanish teacher Priscilla... Read more »
I would like to preface this by saying the following: I know that Hurricane Sandy devastated people’s homes and business all across the Northeast, including Westport, and I am truly sorry to all of those who were impacted. And the loss of life, which has been profound, is immeasurable and unfathomable.... Read more »
11:30 p.m. A game of quidditch gets heated on the quad of Miami university in Oxford, OH. Students dressed in yellow act as the "snitch", who can be seen taking a quick break to stretch.
For the third year in a row, the Staples football team will be donning pink and “playing for the cure” in the Get Your Pink On football game vs Trumbull on Oct. 19. For the week leading up to the game, volunteer parents from the football team as well as the players themselves have been selling pink... Read more »
A laptop from a library Computer On Wheels cart is missing and may have been stolen, a library media specialist said. The school called the Westport police and filed a report, according to Julia Roberts, Library Media Specialist. “We just told the Police Department what we know, and they will be... Read more »
It is Sept. 15, the day after the first night football game under its own lights in Staples history. The Wreckers pulled off a win against St. Joe’s, and the game went off without a hitch. The students overflowed from the stands in a sea of white shirts and hats, and group cheers could be heard from... Read more »
Sitting through early morning traffic en route to Staples High School is not uncommon; however, come Thurs. Sept. 20, North Avenue traffic will exceed the normal bumper to bumper status. Principal John Dodig was informed by Adam Rosen, Principal of Bedford Middle School, that on the mornings of Sept.... Read more »
Over the course of one school day, a Staples substitute can be called to teach math, English, history, even world language. For some, it may be challenging to have knowledge in each of these diverse subjects. For Jim Goodrich, however, his past life experiences make him 100% qualified to teach it... Read more »
12:00 p.m. With the majority of the senior class on internships, the halls of Staples seemed empty enough. Today, however, some juniors are participating in the Job Shadow Program. Juniors have been placed with a professional in the working world to shadow for one day in order to get a glimpse of certain... Read more »
For a group of Staples science students, May 22 marked the end of a unique experience. The annual Science Symposium took place in the Staples library, and seniors gave their final presentations regarding the projects they have been working on for three years. The library was transformed into... Read more »
In a constant cycle of melodramatic teen shows, overly perky Disney Channel fluff and way too many singing competitions, it can often be difficult for the average TV watcher to get a breath of fresh air. However, Zooey Deschanel’s new hit series “New Girl” is just that. Deschanel’s career... Read more »
11:15 a.m. A cafeteria table remains covered with trash at the end of third lunch. Staples students are reminded daily to clean up their tables before exiting the cafeteria, yet each day tables are littered with remains at the end of the lunch waves. Remember: Clean up your trash and recycle all cans/bottles!
The ballot box overflows with tickets. The fate of each candidate rests in these small slips of paper. No, these are not the results of one of the many Republican primaries taking place throughout the country. These are the Senior Superlative elections. Before the votes are tallied, before the photos... Read more »
When Lindsay Kiedaisch ’14 walked into Tumble Bugs for her first gymnastics class at the ripe age of four, she had no idea she would fall in love with the sport. Now, 11 years and countless hours of practice, competition, and dedication later, she has emerged as a dominant athlete on the Staples Gymnastics... Read more »
3:15 p.m. Stop N Shop in Westport, CT advertises green bagels this St. Patrick's Day. All around town Westport residents are sporting their green and celebrating.
10:03 a.m. The University of Miami welcomes visitors and students all year round. It is currently 85 degrees and sunny in Coral Gables, FL.
In an interview before the actual show, country singer Miranda Lambert described the impending Grammys as a night in which the viewers could, “let music heal.” As poetic as this statement was, I was completely expecting this idea to fly out the window as soon as the show began. Instead, the 2012... Read more »
It’s a Thursday night. The gym reeks of sweat while the squeaks of basketball shoes hitting the floor echo throughout the room. No, this isn’t Staples’ basketball. This weekly occurrence has gained notoriety throughout school: the Boys Rec Basketball games. Rec basketball has been available... Read more »
A nearly empty bag of candy hearts in the Social Studies Offices helps get teachers in the spirit for the upcoming Valentines Day. Around the school, couples will be celebrating this Tuesday, and the Teen Vital Voices club will be selling heart shaped lollipops on Feb. 10. The lollipops will be delivered... Read more »
Today marked the half way point in Staples' midterm week. Students seem to have already ditched their midterm review materials as soon as the bell rang at 12:30. The remaining midterms are period 6 and 7 tomorrow, and periods 5 and 8 on Monday.
On a June day in 1993, Alice Addicks arrived at Staples High School only expecting to be working for three days helping make sure students weren’t cutting class during the final weeks of school. During one of those final days, Addicks climbed through a cafeteria window in the old Staples... Read more »
2:03 p.m. The message board at the front of the school proudly displays Staples' newest title: The number one high school in Connecticut, voted on by Connecticut Magazine.
Molly Barreca Opinions Editor For the first time in 30 days, the people around the globe who participated in No Shave November and Movember will be wiping the dust off of their shaving kits. Although No Shave November is simply for fun, Movember raises awareness to men’s health issues in great... Read more »
It’s 7:05, and as many buses roll into Staples, many cars without junior parking stickers roll into the parking lot at Wakeman. For some, this becomes the beginning of the odyssey of walking to school. For others, it is time to board their Razor scooters and ride off into the sunrise. It seems simple.... Read more »
It’s Monday, commonly the most hated day of the week. However, for some of us, Monday can only mean one thing: new pictures added on Facebook. As the bus grumbles closer and closer to my house, my anticipation bubbles over. I’ve been waiting all day for the moment when I can sprint inside, power... Read more »
Since its beginning 10 years ago, American Idol has been the birthplace of multiple Grammy winning artists, umpteen #1 Singles on the Billboard Top 100 and even one Oscar winner. And after this 2011 season, it looks as though Idol may have discovered another hidden gem. Lauren Alaina began her career... Read more »
2:15 p.m. Blaney Rotanz '12, Megan O'Shea '13 and Caroline Kearney '12 celebrate the end of a week at Staples. Coming off a huge win against Darien at the FCIAC semifinals, the Wreckers field hockey team prepare to take on the FCIAC tournament. Last year the Wreckers lost in the first round to... Read more »
Hannah Lewis '14, Annie Kessler '13, Emerson Lovell '12 and Shelby Schulman '12 celebrate pajama day by snoozing in the library. Many students donned their favorite PJs, slippers, and even brought stuffed animals to school. Today marks the beginning of Spirit Week, the week leading up to the Homecoming... Read more »
They shoot, she saves. That is the typical series of events for Jessie Ambrose ‘12, who plays goalie for the varsity girl's soccer team. However, during a tough battle versus Greenwich on October 5th, Ambrose managed to change the game. With less than a minute left before the final whistle,... Read more »
Imagine this: you wake up on the morning of your 16th birthday, and as you walk outside to catch the bus, what do you find? A brand new, 4 door Jeep. Your mother happily hands you the keys and says “Happy Birthday!” And you ride off into the morning sunrise and pick up all of your friends along... Read more »