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Students pressured to take AP classes during course selection

Students were required to preregister for next year’s courses in February. Previously, teachers made course level recommendations for each student, which can be used as a guide in determining a students schedule.

Tierney Kugel '22, Paper Arts Edtior

March 16, 2020

As the task of course selection looms over students in March, peer pressure to add more advanced classes to next year’s schedule increases. Many students make it a personal goal to top their previous schedule in terms of workload and class difficulty, rashly adding AP classes to their already packed schedu...

The problem with summer assignments

The problem with summer assignments

June 16, 2017

By Kevin Ludy '19 The 2016-2017 school year is coming to a close and students are getting ready for summer, but one thing is spoiling the joyous mood: summer assignments. Every year, Staples releases the summer assignment list for AP classes. These rigorous tasks are intended to prepare students...

AP test costs aggravate students

AP test costs aggravate students

Andrew Vester, A&E Editor

March 17, 2016

For students who have taken AP tests, the feeling of taking them is all too familiar.  After grinding to keep up with the accelerated, advanced content for the entire year, you get to spend your April break studying for AP tests and the first two weeks of May taking standardized tests.  On top of ...

Getting through the first quarter of AP classes

Getting through the first quarter of AP classes

Becca Rawiszer, Opinion Web Editor

October 29, 2015

The first quarter of junior year is a long and windy road. There is the struggle of balancing standardized test preparation with the heavier school workload, the stress of thinking about college and, of course, the lethal AP classes that many students aren’t used to. The thing about AP classes is that teachers will warn you, guidance counselors will w...

Students grapple with academic stigmas and attitudes

Students grapple with academic stigmas and attitudes

Emily Olrik and Margaux MacColl

November 10, 2014

Every student, every day, walks past the same pink flier hanging dutifully outside guidance. As conversation floods the hallway with students chatting about tests and grades, many may not notice this sign, but it hangs there to remind them of what they may not understand. In bold, black text it reads,...

Students and teachers reflect on summer assignments

Students and teachers reflect on summer assignments

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

September 1, 2014

When most people think of summer, traveling with family, spending days at the beach with friends, and having extra time to relax is what comes to mind. However, Staples students also have the stress of summer assignments lingering in their minds. “I had three summer assignments [for] AP Physics, AP Government and AP Calculus... all of ...

Unpleasant surprise for AP students on finals

Adam Kaplan, Sports Editor

June 10, 2014

For all of the AP students who thought they could skip the final, now that AP tests are done, think again. Principal John Dodig sent an email out to all teachers of AP classes on Monday, stating that students must attend their final period and use the time appropriately -- in other words, no watchin...

I dub thee an easy AP

I dub thee an easy AP

Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

May 30, 2014

Nowhere in writing do the words “easy” and “AP” appear in the same sentence; however among Staples students, these polar opposites often mesh into one common oxymoron: “easy AP.” While some classes are dubbed with this title for eternity, others tend to move up and down in supposed ranking. James...

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