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Czech foreign exchange student joins Staples community

Czech foreign exchange student joins Staples community

Justine Seligson, Photo Editor
September 9, 2014 • 763 views
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When Martin Dolezal boarded his plane in the Czech Republic heading for a year-long stay in the United States, he had no sincere expectations for what would be on the other side. Basing his previous knowledge on America off of media, friends’ stories and overall stereotypes, his preconceptions would... Read more »

Sophomore takes seventh in state writing contest

Sophomore takes seventh in state writing contest

Aileen Coyne, Staff Writer
June 5, 2014 • 640 views
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Staples sophomore Sam Sheppard placed seventh in the Connecticut Young Writers Trust Competition for a piece she submitted, written in English class. This was Sheppard’s first time entering a writing competition and was selected from hundreds of pieces. Sheppard first heard about the competition from Soundings advis... Read more »

Sophomores balance control and choice on their research paper

Sophomores balance control and choice on their research paper

Jackie Cope and Jessica Gross
March 16, 2014 • 1,996 views
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Often referred to as “the guinea pig year,” the 2014 sophomores have been no strangers to change. The once solid foundations of junior year have become shakier and shakier as this year goes on. So far, sophomores have been told they will get to choose between AP Language or AP English Literature, a c... Read more »

Writing for Real: Two Students Win National Awards

Writing for Real: Two Students Win National Awards

Zoe Brown, Features Editor
May 13, 2013 • 1,534 views
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“If you want to encourage students to be writers, they need to be writing for a real audience,” said Julie Heller, 6-12 Coordinator for English. “They need to be publishing their work.” One way to do so is by entering writing contests. In April, two students, Katie Cion '14 and Katie Zhou '14, ... Read more »

To Take or Not to Take? Juniors and Seniors Deciding on an English Class

To Take or Not to Take? Juniors and Seniors Deciding on an English Class

October 5, 2010 • 1,287 views
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Image via Wikipedia 1, 2, 3…Go! As Staples juniors set in to their busiest year of high school, many have already begun the complicated process of completing the research paper. Looking at how the paper is completed, it seems now that not only is the process of the research paper dictated by th... Read more »

High Stakes, Higher GPAs

High Stakes, Higher GPAs

October 1, 2010 • 629 views
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Image by Feras Hares via Flickr Editorial There’s something vaguely disturbing about the number of kids who take AP classes simply to boost their GPAs. However, these classes also come with a significant amount of coursework, so to truly reap the benefits of the higher–weighted AP classes requires student... Read more »

Seniors Prepare for Internships, Teachers Expect Smaller Classes

Seniors Prepare for Internships, Teachers Expect Smaller Classes

April 16, 2010 • 1,359 views
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On Sept. 1, Scott Grundei ’10 walked into his Advanced Placement (A.P.) English Literature class of 20 other students.  On May 17, Grundei will walk into a class of two – just himself and his English teacher, Christina Richardson. Since nearly three-quarters of the senior class is about leave Staples on... Read more »

To Curve or Not to Curve: The Debate Over Curving Test Scores In Advanced Placement Courses

To Curve or Not to Curve: The Debate Over Curving Test Scores In Advanced Placement Courses

March 12, 2010 • 3,973 views
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Ross Gordon '11 and Jesse Heussner '11 News Editor and Features Editor Vinny Amaru ’11 studied his Advanced Placement (AP) US History textbook for weeks. Disregarding all distractions from families and friends, Amaru began to review the history of America until late into the night. He was rewarde... Read more »

I Hate it When People Can’t Talk Good

I Hate it When People Can’t Talk Good

December 6, 2009 • 2,477 views
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Mel Mignucci '12 Video Editor Recently, it seems that nobody can speak correctly. Grammar Nazis everywhere seethe with rage when u rite like dis. No lulz, no roflcopter; I am not jk.  I saw a sign today that spelled championship like ‘chmpionshiop.’ I desperately hope it was an inside joke, or else I wil... Read more »

“K” Calls it Quits: Gerald Kuroghlian Retires After 42 Years of Teaching

“K” Calls it Quits: Gerald Kuroghlian Retires After 42 Years of Teaching

June 19, 2009 • 2,573 views
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One of the most loved English teachers at Staples, Dr. Gerald Kuroghlian is set to retire after a 42-year teaching career this June. Kuroghlian’s departure will result in a huge loss for the English department. “We will miss him terribly,” said Lis Comm, the English department head. “He is Mr. Stapl... Read more »