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Student-led “Make Me Free” wins Voice4Change. The group aims to use the provided $20,000 to give students at Staples access to free period products in bathrooms for up to a year.

‘Make Me Free’ wins Voice4Change initiative

Hannah Conn '23, Web Opinions Editor April 11, 2022

“Make Me Free” was announced as the winner of the Voice4Change contest in an email sent by Principal Stafford Thomas on Friday, April 8. Voice4Change allowed several student-led groups to propose...

Students quarantining at home will have access to their classes virtually through a new online school accommodation beginning on Jan. 10 in order to mitigate the stress that comes with missing several days of school.

Staples High School temporarily reinstates remote learning

Kiswa Khan ’23, Paper Sports editor January 9, 2022

The recent  increase in Covid-19 cases due to the Omicron variant led to concerns about how quarantined students would cope with their academic workload from home. “We will be implementing a temporary...

The CDC announced that 16 and 17 year-olds are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. The CDC recommends receiving a booster shot six months after the second vaccination.

Vaccine boosters approved for ages 16-17

Amanda Rowan ’22, Web Photostories Editor December 13, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for 16 and 17 year olds in the United States, which are being administered at Walgreens, CVS, and other pharmacies.  “Vaccination...

Cheshire High School’s fan section waved an Israeli flag during the football game versus Staples on Sept. 24.

Staples students accuse Cheshire High School of antisemitism during football game

Amanda Rowan ’22, Photo-stories Editor September 26, 2021

Staples students reported hearing offensive chants and seeing an Israeli flag waved in the Cheshire High School’s student section during the varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 24.  “Late last...

With Westport now classified as an orange town, capacity will revert back to Phase 2.1 regulations as opposed to Phase 3.

Westport under COVID-19 “orange alert,” returns to Phase 2.1

Natalie Bandura '22, Editor In-Chief May 27, 2021

Westport received an orange color coding on the Connecticut COVID-19 Data Tracker map of average daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents on Nov. 5. Following a statement from First Selectman Jim Marpe,...

Michael Newman, 61, was arrested Friday May 21, after a warrant was made for his arrest regarding child pornography.

Former Staples peer advisor arrested, facing possession of child pornography charges

Emma Smith ’22, Staff Writer May 27, 2021

Former Staples peer advisor Michael Newman turned himself into the Westport Police Station on the evening of May 21; he was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography in the third-degree,...

An overview of the major changes resulting from the last COVID-19 guidance across the state.

Masks no longer required indoors if fully vaccinated

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor May 18, 2021

After over a year of mask-wearing and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the end may finally be near with new CDC guidance.  “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things...

Staples students will learn asynchronously at home on Friday, April 9. This schedule change was made because teachers will be receiving their second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, April 8.

Staples to have asynchronous remote day on April 9

Chelsea Strober '21, Associate Managing Editor April 4, 2021

Staples High School will have a remote day on Friday, April 9, according to an email sent out by Principal Stafford W. Thomas Jr. The remote day is due to the large number of teacher COVID-19 vaccinations...

Principal Stafford W. Thomas Jr. announced the commencement of full in-person learning beginning March 25 in an effort to continue schoolwide progression to normalcy.

Staples returns to 100% in-person model effective March

Karina Murray ’22, Features Editor March 18, 2021

Staples High School will return to full in-person learning beginning March 25, according to an email sent by Principal Stafford W. Thomas Jr. on March 17.  Principal Thomas outlined the parameters...

Bedford/Coleytown Middle Schoolers were notified of the closing on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Bedford, Coleytown Middle School switches to full distance as Westport cases rise

Toby Goldfarb ’23, Staff Writer November 17, 2020

As of Nov. 16, Bedford/Coleytown (Westport’s temporarily combined middle school) is fully remote until Nov. 30 due to staffing shortages because teachers were quarantined.   “After the high...

Email sent by Superintendent Dr. Thomas Scarice outlined a remote plan for the upcoming weeks.

Staff, students learning remotely until after Thanksgiving break

Prasaus Yeager ’22, Opinions Editor November 14, 2020

Westport students and staff will be learning remotely until after the Thanksgiving break due to an increase in the number of staff and students quarantining. The decision comes after students were fully...

Nov. 13 press release on westportct.gov detailing First Selectman’s Jim Marpe’s response to the “code red” classification.

Westport COVID-19 cases rise, Westport classified as “code red”

Lilly Weisz ’23, Assistant Creative Director November 14, 2020

Westport became a “code red” town on the COVID-19 CT data map with the weekly number of cases increasing to 53 on Nov. 12.   The rate of cases in Westport increased to 22.4 per 100,000 residents,...

Changes made to Connecticut sports, CIAC delays winter start

Changes made to Connecticut sports, CIAC delays winter start

Finnegan Courtney ’23, News Editor November 10, 2020

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced multiple changes to the original state plan for high schools sports, predominantly for winter ones, canceling sports deemed “high risk” during a press briefing...

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