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Dodig graduates with class of 2015

Dodig graduates with class of 2015

Jimmy Ray Stagg, Web Creative Director

June 19, 2015

When John Dodig came to Staples as the interim principal, he was expecting to stay for a year while a search for a long-term principal was conducted. That search was canceled and now, 11 years later, he is stepping away from his position at the helm. Dodig started out as a math teacher at Troup Middle...

Candidate for Principal Withdraws from Consideration

Candidate for Principal Withdraws from Consideration

Andrew Vester, Web Opinions Editor

May 27, 2015

Shelly Somers, the principal of Central Middle School in Greenwich, withdrew herself from consideration for the position of principal at Staples High School.  The statement of Somers’ withdrawal was made by school officials on May 27. The unexpected announcement came a day after Somers met with stude...

Superintendent Landon announces retirement

Superintendent Landon announces retirement

Kit Epstein, Staff Writer

May 14, 2015

On May 11, 2015, the superintendent of the Westport Public Schools, Elliott Landon, announced his retirement for the 2016-2017 school year. An email with the subject line “Retirement Announcement” was sent out to the “Parents and Members of the Westport Community” by Elliott Landon. Accordi...

Internship program flourishes into senior staple

Internship program flourishes into senior staple

Renee Weisz, A&E Editor

April 6, 2015

Sophie de Bruijin ’14 concluded her senior year busy at work in South Africa. For three weeks she had shadowed an orthopedist in Johannesburg, worked at a medical supply manufacturing company, received hands on experience in a private hospital, and volunteered in a public hospital in Sowetto amongst...

March brings slippery conditions

Ben Foster, Staff Writer

March 19, 2015

Yesterday, March 18 snow began to fall again in Westport after days of spring-like weather causing accidents and slippery pathways as staff and students arrived at school. Juliet Kimble ’15  caught a real glimpse of the underrated conditions. “I was coming down a hill about 25 mph and my bra...

Staples chats with principal candidate Louis Moore

Staples chats with principal candidate Louis Moore

Dylan Donahue, Sports Editor

March 17, 2015

The library was unusually crowded during lunch on March 9 as students and teachers alike gathered to meet the second candidate hoping to become principal of Staples in the wake of current principal John Dodig’s retirement. While the candidate Louis Moore, called “Lou” by his friends, is curr...

Students meet and greet potential principal Frank Costanzo

Students meet and greet potential principal Frank Costanzo

Rachel Treisman, Web Features Editor

March 9, 2015

During the lunch waves on March 9, eager students gathered in the Library Learning Center’s “Chat Zone” to get to know one of the candidates for principal of Staples, Frank Costanzo. Costanzo, a self-described fan of chocolate cream pie and the Chicago Bears, is the current principal of the Coo...

Staples executes lockdown drill smoothly

Staples executes lockdown drill smoothly

Kit Epstein, Staff Writer

February 27, 2015

At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, Principal John Dodig announced on the loudspeaker to secure the school for a lockdown drill. All around Staples, teachers locked the doors of classrooms and turned off the lights while students took shelter on the ground, completely out of sight from the door and ...

HAC grades return to original settings

HAC grades return to original settings

Becky Hoving, Staff Writer

January 9, 2015

Right before leaving school for December vacation, students and faculty noticed that letter grades on Home Access Center (HAC) were no longer rounding up; however, as of Friday, Jan. 9, the grading system returned to its traditional rounding settings. In the past, a numerical average ending in .45...

Fire alarm triggered by student’s e-cigarette

Fire alarm triggered by student’s e-cigarette

Taylor Harrington, Breaking News Managing Editor

December 9, 2014

The fire alarm at Staples suddenly sounded at about 9:15 this morning because a smoke alarm was triggered in a boys’ bathroom by vapor from an electronic cigarette. Students and faculty grabbed their raincoats and umbrellas and fought the strong winds and heavy rain outside for about 15 minutes as...

Collaborative Team votes for no homework this Thanksgiving

Jessica Gross, A&E Editor

October 17, 2014

This Thanksgiving break may be homework free, if the Collaborative Team at Staples and the Resilience Project succeed in their efforts. Collaborative Team is the behind-the-scenes group helping to run Staples and is made up of department heads, three Student Assembly leaders, a representative fro...

Security upgrades cost School Board

Security upgrades cost School Board

Megan Root and Katelyn DeAgro

September 19, 2014

In response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, Westport public schools implemented this summer the first half of the Board of Education’s (BOE) $1.4 million plan for school security improvements. Part of this plan includes automatic interior door locks, which is why any student who leaves for the bathroom...

CT officials debate tenure validity

CT officials debate tenure validity

Michael Mathis, Emily Wolfe, Web Opinions Editor, A&E Editor

September 19, 2014

On the fully-lit stage of the Norwich Free Academy auditorium, Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Republican opponent Tom Foley seemed at equal ends. Insults harangued, fingers pointed. It was a tennis-match of accusations and persecutions against the opponent. However, the most powerful moment...

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