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Guidance counselors recommend methods to mitigate war-induced stress, regardless of many students shying from opening up about the topic.

Guidance advice mitigates Russian-Ukraine war stress, some skeptical

Samantha Sandrew '25, Staff Writer April 11, 2022

You sit in class watching the minutes tick by while the teacher continues their lecture. You have seen the news. You know that every movement the clock hands make is filled with destruction. 11:42. Dead....

The virtual calm room features four rooms: a relaxation room, a creativity room, a physical wellness room and a reading room. The reading room includes links to books about topics such as the importance of sleep and the inner workings of the teenage brain, as well as pleasure books such as “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Flies.”

Guidance department’s “Virtual Calm Room” takes positive step toward improving mental health

Karina Murray ’22, Associate Managing Editor March 4, 2022

 “During the pandemic, a larger than average share of young adults (ages 18-24) report symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder (56%),” KFF, a non-profit health journalism organization, reported. Among...

While many colleges are allowing applicants to choose to submit their test scores, stress for the junior class persists.

Junior class navigates pressure from standardized-tests

Lyah Muktavaram ’22, Broadcast Director November 24, 2021

As you walk into school, you are immediately met with the sight of big-name, competitive colleges displayed on sweatshirts, hats and t-shirts. Whispers throughout the hallways between friends reveal conversations...

The nearing Nov. 1 deadline creates extreme stress for the class of ’22. Seniors who choose to apply for an early decision or early action school will be applying to college in the next week.

Crunch time: guidance counselors offer seniors advice for following weeks

Samantha Felner ’22, Associate Managing Editor October 25, 2021

In the upcoming days, seniors will be wrapping up the last bits of their early applications and hitting that big “submit” button. With the Nov. 1 early decision deadline quickly approaching, tensions...

Ms. Paruta attended Sacred Heart University for her undergraduate college and got her bachelor of psychology and earned her masters in Marriage and Family therapy from Fairfield University.

New drug and alcohol counselor, Carolee Paruta, provides student guidance

Lily Caplan ’22 , Managing editor April 27, 2021

This year has been filled with difficult changes and a new way of life; however, many things have also changed for the better, one being the addition of a new Staples drug and alcohol counselor. The...

This year brought an unprecedented obstacle for the guidance department as they had to help navigate seniors through the college process while hybrid learning occurred and the ability to help students in person was no longer allowed.

Guidance department steps up, plays key role in helping seniors navigate college process

Marina Engler '21, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

As I settle into my role as a second semester senior, I can safely attest that the road to getting to this point in the year was far from smooth. Unlike everyone else who has had to adapt to the new reality...

In order to boost student morale, Staples must introduce an anonymous helpline for students to converse about mental health, stress or personal issues.

Implementation of an anonymous helpline will boost student morale, wellbeing

Lauren Hassell ’22, Web Arts Editor January 22, 2021

The onset of social isolation came hand-in-hand with disruption to daily routines. From the inability to socialize without the use of video chatting platforms to the stress of the inescapable, formidable...

Among other adjustments being made, the guidance department is now active on Twitter, posting updates regularly on their feed to keep students informed.

COVID-19 introduces changes to the guidance department

Tallula Stvan '21, Paper Arts Editor November 8, 2020

Like many things in and outside of Staples, the guidance department looks different this fall due to COVID-19. The counselors have made accommodations to help students in a safe and organized fashion.  This...

Staples leaves students unprepared for next academic year

Hannah Conn '23, Staff Writer May 17, 2020

This year, students, staff, parents and teachers alike have gone through an unprecedented time, so it’s not a surprise that our education has been altered as a result. What is a surprise, however,...

The Staples Guidance Department has started to discuss course selection for the 2020-2021 school year. All students have received a course selection “fact sheet”, giving students the information they need to consider when selecting courses for the next school year.

Early scheduling for 2020-2021 school year proves to be premature, causes unnecessary stress

Lucy Arrow , Paper Features Editor January 2, 2020

On Dec. 12, just like any other day, I walked into my weekly “Connections” meeting hoping to have the traditional 20 minutes of time. Despite my wanting to simply communicate and relax before the day...

Staples students start a petition to try to get student outreach counselor Ed Milton back at Staples after he was released by the Town of Westport. The petition now has well over 360 signatures after one week and is flooded with comments from the Staples community begging for his return.

Staples teens fight to bring Ed Milton back to campus

Reilly Caldwell '20, Features Editor October 8, 2019

Staples students started a petition that has since received over 360 signatures to reinstate Teen Awareness Group advisor and student outreach counselor Ed Milton after he was released by the Town of Westport....

The new requirements are aiming to prepare students for their futures and give local school systems the flexibility to create a wide variety of learning pathways. The changes to the Staples requirements are pending Board of Ed approval.

New graduation requirements inflate coursework for already stressed students

Claire Redmer ’21 February 18, 2019

As a student at Staples, I am in an environment in which striving to take the most intense classes possible is no rarity. This characteristic of the community has become especially noticeable during the...

A staples student inputs their classes into a digital schedule. Students in the Staples community will benefit from not receiving teachers names or periods on their schedules because it will reduce unnecessary stress.

New schedule determination quells anxiety and chaos

Emma Dantas '21 February 5, 2019

After cracking her knuckles and sitting down with her daughter’s schedule in front of her, she frantically types the names of next year’s teachers into While reading reports on the...

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