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February break returns despite state schedule

February break returns despite state schedule

Sophie Call, Staff writer

March 30, 2016

On March 28, the Westport Board of Education (BOE) voted to keep February break in place for another two years. Until yesterday, the district had been told that this year’s break would be the last, due to a statewide mandated schedule. “Break is so important for students,” Jeffrey Shepard ’18 said. ...

Colleen Palmer appointed new Westport Superintendent

Colleen Palmer appointed new Westport Superintendent

Justin Schwebel, Staff Writer

January 18, 2016

Dr. Colleen Palmer was officially appointed as the next superintendent of the Westport Public Schools at Monday night's Board of Education (BOE) meeting with a unanimous 6-0 vote. . Palmer, who will begin her role as superintendent on July 1, will replace Dr. Elliot Landon. Landon who has worked fo...

New principal not yet appointed

New principal not yet appointed

Jane Levy, Editor-in-Chief

May 22, 2015

Elliott Landon sent an email on Wednesday May 20 to the staff of the Westport Public Schools, in which he stated that Greenwich Public Schools’ press release announcing the hiring of current principal of Central Middle School, Shelley Somers, as the new Staples High School principal was premature and...

BOE discusses health survey, continuing ed. and goals

BOE discusses health survey, continuing ed. and goals

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

May 7, 2015

On May 4, the Board of Education (BOE) discussed the results of the Westport/Weston/Wilton Student Health Survey, modifications to Westport Continuing Education and the BOE’s goals for 2015-2016. The health survey required that a minimum of 100 students were tested in each grade level. The questions...

BOE discusses therapy and a new school calendar

BOE discusses therapy and a new school calendar

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

March 18, 2015

On March 16, the Board of Education (BOE) met in the Staples cafeteria to discuss Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and finalize the uniform school calendar for 2016-2017. Valerie Babich and Alycia Dadd, school psychologists, presented the board with a PowerPoint explaining the benefits of DBT. ...

Board of Education discusses solar energy

Board of Education discusses solar energy

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

April 9, 2014

On a rainy Monday night, April 7, the Staples cafeteria quickly filled up with concerned AP environmental students for the Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The major topics that were covered included the Green Task Force Committee’s proposal for solar panel installations at school buildings and the ...

Staples robotics teams win big at Connecticut State Championships

Staples robotics teams win big at Connecticut State Championships

Ben Goldschlager, Web News Editor

March 10, 2014

This Saturday, March 8, the two Staples robotics teams, i²robotics and Wrecker Robotics, competed in the Connecticut State Champions of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC) at Greens Farms Academy. I²robotics was a part of a three-team alliance that ...

Blame, solutions swirl around $2 mill shortfall

Blame, solutions swirl around $2 mill shortfall

Eliza Llewellyn, Web Managing Editor

January 31, 2014

At the Dec. 11 Board of Finance meeting, news of a shortfall of roughly $1.9 million shook the board. Since then, questions have revolved around who’s to blame and how to make up the deficit. “I was shocked when I heard the amount,” Board of Finance member Mike Rea said.  “It was a perfect storm,...

A Smarter Balance?

A Smarter Balance?

Nicole DeBlasi, Web A&E Editor

October 10, 2013

On Oct. 7, the Westport Board of Education met at Staples. One of the most pressing issues discussed was the implementation of a new standardized test called Smarter Balanced Assessments, which will replace CAPT and CMT. Smarter Balanced Assessments, unlike CAPT or CMT, will be taken on computers, beginning, tentat...

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