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Administration cancels final exams, aims to reduce stress

In an email April 15, Principal Thomas announced that final exams for full year and second semester classes are cancelled as a result of the distance learning model for COVID-19.
April 16, 2020

Final exams for the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled, Principal Stafford Thomas announced in an email on April 15.  “Due to the challenging and uncertain times we are all currently facing,...

Midterm review period holds a permanent spot on exam schedule

Staples’ newly implemented exam schedule where E1 and E2 represent the review days
February 6, 2019
The newly instated review period will continue to be scheduled for years to follow due to an abundance of positive feedback from Staples students and teachers.

Implementing final projects instead of exams will decrease stress levels

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.
June 12, 2018

By Chelsea Fox '19 The end of the year is always a stressful time for students and teachers. With summer only a couple weeks away, I feel like I am always being ambushed with work in the days leading...

Midterms may become even more stressful

Midterms may become even more stressful
December 11, 2017

By Lauren Wasserman '19 Midterms: what a time. From the second they start, students download countdown apps, constantly waiting for these dreadful tests to end. In past years, students had two tests...

Argument Erupts Among Seniors Over Requirement of AP Testing

Argument Erupts Among Seniors Over Requirement of AP Testing
May 24, 2016

It’s that time of the year - seniors have left the Staples High School halls after finishing the stressful testing that fourth quarter brings. What was the cause of it? AP tests. AP testing has taken...

Midterm exam break proven to be myth

This year’s midterm schedule consists of a regular school day on Monday Jan. 11, Midterm periods one and four on Jan. 12, exams two and three on Jan. 13, exams six and seven on Jan. 14, a staff development day on Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, exams five and eight on Jan. 19 and exam make-up day on Jan. 20.
December 23, 2015

Although in the past two years midterm exams have been followed by a five-day break from school, this year’s exams do not follow this same pattern. The week begins with a regular school day on Monday,...

Tips and tricks of the final midterm stretch

Tips and tricks of the final midterm stretch
January 13, 2015

It’s 8:50 p.m., the Westport Library is making the tenth announcement in the hour that the library will be closing at 9. The floor around my chair is littered with flashcards I have given up on and empty...

Come May, AP students are crunched for time

May 30, 2014

It was the week of AP final exams. Tension ran high. Blood pressures spiked. Confidence levels dwindled. Pressure was on. It is easy to feel unprepared when finals roll around—they have a not-so-funny...

Forensics students must come to school on make-up day

Forensics students must come to school on make-up day
January 20, 2014

Students are greatly anticipating the break before and during Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the week before are reserved for multiple, exhausting exams. With make-up...

Snow Day on Wednesday Means Exams Would Be Pushed Back

January 10, 2011

Early predictions of a snow day on Wednesday, Jan. 12 have caused the school's administration to develop a contingency plan for the upcoming midterm exams. "I sent out an email about three weeks ago...

Stress Relief Between Exams

Photo By Petey Menz '11
January 15, 2010

One small corner in a very large school was the setting for a class party after the semester exam was completed. Exam schedules pack two big tests into one day, but the half hour break, unheard of...

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