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Lessons in connections reinforce academic integrity

Many English teachers use Turnitin to clearly see if students are plagiarizing off of other websites for their assignments.

Emily Goldstein, Staff Writer

October 26, 2020

Students slyly open a new tab on Google and cut and paste the essay question into the search bar. It’s so easy, so accessible, a perfect claim statement and analysis comes right onto the screen in a matter of seconds.  Teachers are struggling to keep students from cheating on tests and essays this...

Sophomore research paper combines enjoyable aspects, development of important skills

The sophomore research paper, which students spend about a month on in their English classes, does require a lot of research and writing but can be enjoyable and in the end is important in building long-lasting skills for students.

Lys Goldman ’21

May 24, 2019

You sit at your desk, staring at a blank document on your laptop in front of you. You tap your fingers repeatedly against the keyboard, feeling as if you had unintentionally flipped an off switch in your brain. You search for words but can’t seem to find any that can combine into a cohesive sentenc...

Sophomore research paper provokes anxiety

An average sophomores google drive while enduring the research pape

Emma Dantas '21

May 24, 2019

  There are few things more daunting than sitting in front of an online Google document, knowing a minimum of eight pages needs to be filled with original writing in a persuasive and coherent way for one’s English teacher to grade in order to graduate. As you begin to crack your knuckles, thinking about how you are possibly going to be able to meet the page requirement and get your rough draft in by the end of this week...

Sophomore English classes venture to Bridgeport for book talk

Sophomore English classes venture to Bridgeport for book talk

Amanda Kaplowitz ’19

January 3, 2019

Westport students often hear that we are living in a “bubble.” Many kids go through Staples without ever being exposed to the less privileged towns surrounding us. We graduate high school having never bonded with kids who don’t live in Westport. However, English teachers Danielle Spies and...

New English class brings back valuable childhood memories

New English class brings back valuable childhood memories

October 12, 2018

By Chelsea Fox ’19 Growing up, every kid had a favorite book they forced their parents to read every night. Whether it was a Dr. Seuss classic, a Shel Silverstein poem or a Roald Dahl chapter book, it was a book that made the kids feel loved, safe and supported. A new English class, Children...

Odor reported in Staples’ English hallway causes evacuation, no chemicals detected

Odor reported in Staples’ English hallway causes evacuation, no chemicals detected

Eddie Kiev '20, Web News Editor

October 3, 2018

By Eddie Kiev '20 Staples High School was evacuated from 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Oct. 3 after an odor was reported in the junior and senior bookroom in the English hallway at noon. The Westport Fire Department reported that the odor was caused by a sewage leak. A social studies staff member who preferr...

Teacher Feature: Sam Goldberg

Teacher Feature: Sam Goldberg

October 18, 2017

By Emma Greenberg '18 and Kevin Ludy '19

English students use comedy to critique

English students use comedy to critique

June 13, 2017

By Molly Mahoney ’18 Whether it’s The Onion, Key and Peele or Saturday Night Live, all  of these are bound to leave an audience tearing up from laughter. However, each one’s comedy is rooted in a deeper critique of society today, otherwise known as satire. After studying rhetorical devi...

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...

[Nov. 2016 Features] Evan: A woman of many talents leaves her mark

November 23, 2016

By Megan Doyle ’18   While Fran Evan is technically the paraprofessional  for the English and social studies departments, in the Staples community, she serves as so much more.  Writer, artist and British history enthusiast are all ways to describe Evan. Evan has enjoyed the past 13 years,...

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