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Staples schedule aches with absence of mask breaks

Students in a US History Honors class take advantage of good weather to learn while having a mask break outside.
October 8, 2020

I smell my own stale breath circulating inside the face mask I’ve worn all day. My ears feel like they’re being slowly pulled off my head as I desperately tug at the straps to give myself some form...

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...

Board of Education implements optional pass-fail grading 

The Westport Board of Education has changed fourth quarter grading to an optional pass-fail standard for Staples in an effort to decrease stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 6, 2020

Staples High School students will have the option to report their fourth-quarter grades using a pass-fail system or with a standard letter grade due to the new distance learning system.  Grades from quarter...

Unlimited PowerSchool access toxic to Staples

Since PowerSchool was added to the Westport Public School district in 2017, both students and parents have had unlimited access to grades. The constant ability to check the app causes unnecessary stress to students.
November 11, 2019

Hardly seven seconds after receiving an “it’s posted” text message, PowerSchool is loading its web page onto my phone browser. As the all too familiar gray dial spins around, I am internally freaking...

To help reduce the stresses of high school, an open campus should be mandatory

To help reduce the stresses of high school, an open campus should be mandatory
May 13, 2019

As we near the end of the school year, students in all grades are wishing they can enjoy the warm weather, hoping that summer would come sooner. Naturally, students want the school day to pass as fast...

Consequences in lack of student involvement outweigh participation benefits

Consequences in lack of student involvement outweigh participation benefits
March 6, 2019

As administrative decisions grow ever more consequential, the need for student opinions is greater than ever. However, despite the countless surveys sent out by the administration in an effort to acquire...

Administration limits rights of students to protest during walkout

Administration limits rights of students to protest during walkout
April 10, 2018

By Jack Dennison ’21   One month after the events in Parkland, students nationwide walked out of their school for 17 minutes to protest gun violence in schools. Videos of these walkouts surfaced...

Feminism posters evoke crude responses from students

Photo by Becky Hoving '17
April 18, 2017

By Megan Doyle '18 Feminism posters outside the cafeteria and bridge area on the second floor provoked multiple inappropriate comments to be written and posted on the wall. On Monday, April 17,...

Scheduling committee sets sights for potential future schedule change

Scheduling committee sets sights for potential future schedule change
March 31, 2017

By: Lili Romann ’19 and Daniel Harizman ’19 The Staples’ administration has gathered a committee to explore both the benefits and drawbacks of various schedules in order to maximize work efficiency...

Administration stuck: Help or no help administration scrutinized

Staples High School
February 27, 2017

Cate Casparius '19 In an attempt to please the students and parents of Staples High School, the administration seems to be damned if they do and damned if they don’t. I have an incredible amount...

Westport community left shocked and outraged after child development courses suddenly stripped

Westport community left shocked and outraged after child development courses suddenly stripped
January 30, 2017

By Margot Mather '17 In a meeting on Friday Jan. 27 with concerned parents and teachers, Principal James D’Amico announced that the Child Development 1 and 2 and Child Study courses will be terminated...

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