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[Nov. 2016 News] State revises graduation requirements, administration pauses new courses

[Nov. 2016 News] State revises graduation requirements, administration pauses new courses

November 22, 2016

By Zach Horowitz ’19   For Staples students graduating in 2022, scheduling classes will be a lot different than in previous years due to changes in graduation requirements. The most notable change is the increased requirements for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In th...

New authentic courses proposed to upgrade our English curriculum

Photo by Caroline Blevins '18

October 26, 2016

By Caroline Blevins ’18 English teacher Kim Herzog and culinary teacher Cecily Gans have been creating a new food literature course for about a year now. They recently proposed this course to the collaborative team; hoping that their course would be considered and eventually added to the English...

The do’s and dont’s of electing electives

The do’s and dont’s of electing electives

Kacey Hertan, Business Managing Editor

February 10, 2015

This week, my bewildered eighth grade sister has been begging for advice on what electives to take next year. Now, this is not the most important decision in life nor is it worth stressing about; however, choosing enjoyable electives can seriously enhance the high school experience. Of course,...

Accelerated Students: Sophomores in APs

Accelerated Students: Sophomores in APs

May 27, 2011

AP courses at Staples usually conjure images of upperclassmen slaving away on an endless supply of work. However, what some may not realize is that sophomores are also in on these challenging courses. “It’s actually not as stressful as one would think,” Danielle Frost ’13, who is in an AP St...

New Lenient Internship Policies Welcome More Participants

December 22, 2010

As the end of second quarter approaches, seniors begin to anticipate the many advantages that come with being a second semester senior. The senior internship program is one of the privileges that a number of students in the senior class take advantage of.   As a common cure for “senioritis,” students...

Student Teachers Use Staples as a classroom

Student Teachers Use Staples as a classroom

December 22, 2010

Michelle Maher is a graduate student at at the University of Connecticut who is working to get her master’s degree in education. As a requirement for the course, Maher was required to teach high school level students for four months. Maher taught Introduction to Psychology and U.S. History and government, two social studies courses normally taught by teachers Carol Avery a...

A Cut into the Dissection Program at Staples

A Cut into the Dissection Program at Staples

October 11, 2010

Although she is now a senior, Jenn Hoets ’11 has much to recall from her freshman year biology course.  She thinks back to classes spent discussing evolution at length and extracting DNA to study during lab periods.  And of course there is the memory of walking into her classroom to a series of ominously...

The College Credit Crisis: Examining the Relevance of AP Classes at Staples High School

The College Credit Crisis: Examining the Relevance of AP Classes at Staples High School

September 29, 2010

Isaac Stein '12 and Brendan Rand '11 Senior Writer and News Editor No matter what classes they are taking, a mountain of AP textbooks is not an uncommon sight for students like Sean Christie '12, who study in the library. | Photo by Isaac Stein '12 According to the College Board AP ...

Alex & Grace’s Top Ten of 2010- What We Will Miss Most About Staples High School

June 23, 2010

Alex Nitkin and Grace Shay Class of 2010 1 - Fire drills, lockdowns and evacuations: Call them safety preparations or rude interruptions, but to us, they were wel-come breaks from tedious classes. Who doesn’t love having time outside, even if it is freezing cold? Most of all, we’ll miss tho...

A Class With Zest: Culinary Course both Practical and Popular

Graphic by Farrel Levenson '11

May 28, 2010

Ed Hickson '11 Staff Writer A frequent sight in the hallways is of a student walking around with aromatic-smelling snacks on a saran-wrapped plate. However, students are not bringing these in from home; these delicious foods are courtesy of the culinary classes in the Family and Consumer Sc...

BOE Discusses New Courses, Budget

BOE Discusses New Courses, Budget

January 8, 2010

Jordan Shenhar ‘13 Staff Writer On Jan. 5, the Board of Education voted unanimously to add four computer-science programs at Staples next year, discussed adding Mandarin Chinese as a middle-school course, and continued to plan the budget for the 2010-11 school year. Principal John Dodig attended the early part of the meeting to lobby for the addition of Introducti...

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