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Possible elimination of B-level English courses generates concern

Possible elimination of B-level English courses generates concern

January 18, 2017

Ian Bernstein '18 The Westport Public School’s administrative staff is considering terminating B-level English classes at Staples High School based on their purpose for student learning. Students and teachers have expressed unfavorable opinions regarding this possible decision, which include...

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...

[Sept. 2016 News] Sex-education curriculum under speculation

October 11, 2016

By Claire Dinshaw '17 Editor-in-Chief and Becky Hoving '17 Managing Editor President Obama is attempting to cut all federal funding for abstinence-only sex education by removing a $10 million per year grant that supports these programs in his 2017 proposed federal budget. “Congress has already spent over $2 billio...

Course additions expand Staples’ curriculum

Course additions expand Staples’ curriculum

Claudia Chen, Paper Managing Editor

November 30, 2015

On Nov. 23, the Board of Education unanimously approved nine new courses at Staples High School for the 2016-17 school year. The courses are AP Music Theory, Mandarin Chinese 5, AP Chinese Language and Culture, Gothic and Horror Literature, Sports Literature and Research, Earth Science, Creative Techno...

Choosing classes is a game of chance

Graphic by Grace Foley '18

Julie Bender, Web Opinions Editor

March 9, 2015

There’s only one reading assignment that I’ve gotten in all of high school that I’ve actually been excited to start, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that it wasn’t chapter one of my Biology textbook. When course catalogs are passed out, it immediately sparks both the excitement...

Learning should be simple

Learning should be simple

October 13, 2014

We want to learn. And we want to be taught.  But being smothered by new initiatives can become detrimental to our learning process. In 2010, Westport 2025 was implemented into our curriculum to strengthen students’ critical-thinking, creative, communication and problem-solving skills.In 2013,...

Westport debates the ‘A’ in STEAM: Many continue to debate the balance between fine arts programs and engineering curriculum

Westport debates the ‘A’ in STEAM: Many continue to debate the balance between fine arts programs and engineering curriculum

Jackie Sussman, Assistant Business Manager

October 12, 2014

The Westport Board of Education voted to implement a STEM-based curriculum for all grades in both Coleytown and Bedford middle schools on Dec. 2, 2013 in the hopes that it would foster  a passion for hands-on creativity in STEM areas. STEM is a series of courses that are focused on the application ...

New APUSH curriculum rewrites history class

New APUSH curriculum rewrites history class

Dylan Donahue, Sports Editor

September 7, 2014

The saying goes “you can’t change history.” However, the College Board has moved to change the way it is taught for the 2014-2015 school year. They have changed the curriculum for Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) courses. The course has been reorganized into seven larger themes:...

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