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Colleges become test-optional, relieving students of excess stress

Although standardized testing has been postponed due to these unprecedented circumstances, students still feel the impending stress of working to achieve a higher score. Students utilize textbooks to practice their skills.
April 20, 2020

As the 2020 college admissions year comes to a close, aspiring juniors look onward to their upcoming year of the Common Application and the College Board with one noticeable change. Standardized test scores...

Eighteen seniors to graduate with high honors

Eighteen seniors to graduate with high honors
April 19, 2018

By Isa Didio ’18   Eighteen Staples seniors have been notified that they will be graduating with the achievement of “high honors,” which means they are at the top 4 percent of the graduating...

Finding enthusiasm in learning: How being a second semester senior has made me a better student

Finding enthusiasm in learning: How being a second semester senior has made me a better student
March 14, 2017

Izzy Ullmann '17 For three and a half years of high school I found myself refreshing the MyHAC app, anxiously calculating how many points I needed for an A and begging my teachers to round up my grades. It...

Staples seniors recognized for the High Honors Society

Staples seniors recognized for the High Honors Society
March 9, 2017

By Julia Rosier '18 Eighteen Staples seniors received an email on March 3, 2017 notifying them of being in the top 4 percent of their class, which qualified them for the High Honors Society. “I...

Naviance induces stress among juniors

Naviance induces stress among juniors
March 30, 2016

There are plenty of perks to junior year: the arduous effort put into standardized testing preparation, the GPA-demolisher classes––better known as Advanced Placement classes––and the stress and...

In-between Ivies and “bottom tier” schools – a senior shares the struggle of being deemed “average”

In-between Ivies and “bottom tier” schools – a senior shares the struggle of being deemed “average”
March 28, 2016

As college decisions, both rejections and acceptances, are released, there is a sense of frustration amongst the denied students who were deemed ‘too average.’ The people who received what seems like...

Home Access Center provides too much access

Remy Laifer '17 stresses over the Home Access Center App
November 30, 2015

“Maybe if I keep refreshing it a new grade will come out,” I thought to myself as I slouched over my desk in class, discreetly holding my phone between my legs. For what had undoubtedly been the fifth...

Administration debates class leveling system

March 10, 2015

Core classes at Staples High School are offered at various levels to appeal to the learning needs of all students. However, while physics has five different class levels — honors, A, B, AP physics B...

Let’s take a break from the breaks

Let's take a break from the breaks
January 15, 2015

Please don’t get me wrong, I like days off from school. Scratch that. I LOVE days off from school. This year in particular, we have the longest possible December break, a February break, and an April...

Looking past the grades

Looking past the grades
January 14, 2015

I am not an efficient studier. I do everything that administrators tell a student not to do: cramming the night before a big test, staying up until 1 am before a midterm and pittering away precious study...

Students grapple with academic stigmas and attitudes

Students grapple with academic stigmas and attitudes
November 10, 2014

Every student, every day, walks past the same pink flier hanging dutifully outside guidance. As conversation floods the hallway with students chatting about tests and grades, many may not notice this sign,...

Hiding Behind Easier Classes: Using and Abusing Course Selection to Garner a Higher GPA

October 1, 2010

It is one of the most talked-about, worried-over and anxiety-filled acronyms at Staples. It strikes fear into the hearts of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors alike. It has even, perhaps, overtaken...

High Stakes, Higher GPAs

October 1, 2010

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...

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