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The overcrowding of multiple assessments immediately following April break has dropped an unfair overload of work on students in a short span of time and has caused an unhealthy amount of stress for students.

A stressful time: finals, AP exams, honors societies and a cherry on top

Anna Diorio ’23, Broadcast Director May 3, 2022

It’s the week after April break for Staples students and times could not be more stressful—especially for AP students.  Why?  Perhaps it's because of the back-to-back final exams that have...

During February break, students resort to the beaches or the ski slopes for a moment of respite.

Summer sands, ski slopes call to students on February break

Caroline Coffey ’22, Staff Writer March 3, 2022

Come February break Staples students are quick to exchange their backpacks for suitcases and set into motion the plans that have occupied their attention prior to the final tone of the bell.  The prospect...

Haskell is the Senate Chairman of the joint Transportation Committee, Vice Chairman of the Government Administration & Elections Committee and serves on several other state committees.

Haskell seeks intermission from Senate position to begin law school

Mishael Gill ’23, Paper Features Editor January 6, 2022

Senator Will Haskell announced Jan. 3 that he will not be running for reelection and plans to take a break from public service to pursue law school. “There are a lot of exciting things going on, but...

Staples will transition to a  75% in-person hybrid model beginning on March 1, despite teachers yet receiving vaccinations. While teachers, staff and child care personnel are set to be vaccinated throughout March as per Governor Ned Lamonts updated vaccine distribution plan, the uncertainty of the time table incites concerns among staff and students.

Staples moves to 75% capacity hybrid model; elementary, middle schools open fully in-person

A 75% capacity hybrid model, in which students are divided among four cohorts with three in person at a time, will be implemented at Staples starting March 1. Under this model, hybrid learners will attend...

Homework assigned over the holiday break forces students to focus on school assignments rather than festive activities like decorating a Christmas tree

Homework during the holidays puts damper on festivities

Audrey Kercher ’23, Staff Writer December 23, 2020

Imagine there’s only one day left of school before the long-awaited December holiday recess. The only thing that stands between you and endless free time on top of holiday joy is one more day of classes…...

For Westport students, Feb. break will take place the week of Feb. 17, and will last for a total of seven days. This break is considered to be a “no homework” break, where teachers are not advised to assign their classes with homework over the seven day break.

There’s never too much of a break: Schools must preserve Feb. break

Izzy Sareen '22, Staff Writer March 3, 2020

February break provides the much-needed time away from midterms and SAT preps. Some consider this week paradise because it gives students a vacation from the most stressful time of the year. However, in...

A Staples student takes a test.

Classes should complete tests before long breaks

Elle Fair '19 December 5, 2018

After a winter holiday break largely comprised of eating, excessive sleeping and endless movie-watching, students do not come back necessarily in the studious mindset that school requires. So, before students...

WPS eliminates Wednesday before Thanksgiving

WPS eliminates Wednesday before Thanksgiving

November 12, 2018
Westport Public Schools no longer has school on Wednesday Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving, to allow for a more family-oriented break. With the day typically having lots of absenteeism from the student body, the administration found the day to lack educational productivity.
Something to bake over holiday break

Something to bake over holiday break

January 2, 2018

By Caroline Blevins ’18

A students guide to staycation

A student’s guide to staycation

March 9, 2017

By: Nicole Dienst '18 The plethora of vacation instagrams and snapchat stories, whether it be telluride or Anguilla, can be quite overwhelming when you're in Westport for vacation. "Over break it's...

New midterm schedule generates unwanted stress

New midterm schedule generates unwanted stress

Max Appell January 11, 2017

Max Appell '18 Why fix something that isn’t broken? It may be a cliche, but it’s true. The new midterm schedule takes everything that was already stressful and makes it ten times worse. Having to...

In defense of midterms after break

In defense of midterms after break

Margot Mather January 4, 2017

Margot Mather '17 You hear midterm stress before you see it. The tapping of nervous feet, the violent scribbling of trig identities and derivatives and occasional sniffles as tears well up around...

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