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Acceptance rates for the class of 2026 reach an all time low due to miscalculated yields and over-enrollment.

Class of 2026 acceptance rates plummet

Jason Stein ’22, Staff Writer April 4, 2022

For the class of 2026, college acceptance among the top 100 colleges is at an all-time low according to U.S. News. Last year, Northeastern University’s acceptance rate was 18%. This year it’s 7%. Northeastern...

Mask mandate lifted in Staples High School, giving students the choice of wearing a mask. Staples students Peter Loranger ’24 (left) and Flora Williams ’24 (right) are respectful of each other’s choice to wear or not wear a mask.

Lifted mask mandates return Staples to a pre-pandemic lifestyle

Paige Tighe ’24, Staff Writer March 30, 2022

After two unusual years of mandates and restrictions, Staples high school lifted its mask mandate on Feb. 28, giving students the right to choose if they want to wear a mask. Personally, I made the choice...

Society has lost the art of meaningful conversations. Staples students spend the majority of their days on their phones and should make a more sincere effort to deepen their friendships.

The lost art of conversation; society must improve

Shira Zeiberg '22, Staff Writer March 30, 2022

Do you remember the last time you had a meaningful conversation with someone? I mean a real conversation that was held in person and  not over Facetime, Facebook, text, through Snapchat, Instagram or...

Schoology has been used as a platform for submitting homework assignments during the various learning models associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meg Enquist ’23 , Assistant Business Manager March 14, 2022

Submitting assignments digitally: positive outcome of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, students and teachers have adapted to a variety of learning models. One...

Students are required to wear their masks in class all day for seven consecutive hours, and sometimes longer for afterschool activities. Some teachers allow for their classes to go outside or to the cafeteria for five to 10 minutes of the class period in order to give their students a break from breathing in the mask.

Mask breaks are still a must have, even during the brunt of winter

Izzy Sareen '22, Staff Writer March 8, 2022

It’s the topic on everyone’s minds: COVID-19 cases. As we move deeper into winter, more and more cases are being reported not only within Staples High School, but across the world. The Omicron variant...

Staples takes precaution of COVID-19 to ensure safety for staff and studentsx

Staples takes precaution of COVID-19 to ensure safety for staff and students

Ava Cordella ’24 March 8, 2022

Masks, the symbol of the pandemic. The imminent end of most mandates signals a return to normality.

Lifting the mask mandate provides a breath of fresh air

Sarah Marron ’24, Web Sports Editor March 1, 2022

In a few weeks, the world will have lived through two full years of the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus has killed around 920,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control...

Masks: a staple of the last 20 months, but now, they’ll likely be a thing of the past in schools come Feb. 28, due to Governor Ned Lamont lifting the state wide mask mandate in schools.

Governor announces school mask mandate to end Feb. 28

Finnegan Courtney ’23, News Editor February 11, 2022

After nearly a year and a half of masks being worn within schools, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that masks will no longer be state required within schools starting March 1. Instead, individual...

Students oppose further plastic divider use

Students oppose further plastic divider use

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor January 27, 2022

The plastic dividers at lunch: you may or may not know them because it is likely that  someone has already tossed them under the table. They were first introduced last year, at the peak of the COVID-19...

There are multiple COVID-19 testing sites around Westport and they all experience the same traffic-related issues on a regular basis. Sometimes these testing sites run out of COVID tests, which creates even more backlog.

Long waits at COVID-19 testing sites create frustration

Izzy Sareen '22, Staff Writer January 14, 2022

Imagine this: You’ve just discovered you were exposed to COVID-19, and you need to get tested in order to get back to your daily obligations such as work, school, sports and other things. You get up...

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