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

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.

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 2015, Westport schools’ Board of Education debated whether February break should not be included wi...

Classes should complete tests before long breaks

A Staples student takes a test.

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 and teachers leave for long breaks, all work for the unit that is currently in progress should...

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 student’s 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 boring to be home just because all my friends were gone and I realized how I can only handle so...

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 wake up earlier, stay after school later and undergo an hour long break with crowded halls and pa...

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 the eyes. While many students advocate to push these midterms before break in order to enjoy their...

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Francesca Truitt, News Page Editor

June 9, 2016

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The best books to read during the break

The best books to read during the break

Sophie Driscoll, Staff Writer

February 22, 2016

February break is the perfect time to read. Whether relaxing on a beach, cozied up in front of a fire or lounging at home, these books will keep you entertained all week long.   “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” by Haruki Murakami   After losing the people he cared ...

Staples community enjoys classic Thanksgiving traditions

Staples community enjoys classic Thanksgiving traditions

Kit Epstein, Opinions Editor

November 29, 2015

On Wednesday, November 25, the final bell rang earlier than usual for the half day ending at 11:40 a.m. This ring signaled cheers among students and faculty alike -- Thanksgiving break has arrived. Falling on a Thursday every year, Thanksgiving gifts Staples students with a four day weekend filled wit...

Giving thanks, but no Thanksgiving

Photo contributed by Annabelle Lyme '16.

Alix Sommers, Assistant Business Manager

November 25, 2015

The warm aroma of a juicy turkey, baked pies and mashed potatoes fills the kitchen as family members carrying additional homemade goodies walk inside greeting each other with hugs. Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in the United States during the third Thursday in November. It’s a d...

Calendar changes for 2016-2017 school year spark opinions

Becky Hoving, Staff Writer

March 4, 2015

According to a draft of the 2016-2017 Westport Public School calendar posted on the Board of Education website, February break will be shortened to three days of vacation, including a Staff Development day, rather than a full week off of school. This change, though, will only affect current sophomores...

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