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Rejection of remote teaching proves misguided

Level of teaching should maintain the same regardless if teachers work from home or from the comfort of their home.
November 10, 2020

The weekend of Oct. 17 I received an unsettling email from my math teacher. She informed us her son had been exposed to COVID-19 and had to quarantine for two weeks at home. Reading on, I learned she would...

Online learning allows students to learn in all conditions

The first snowfall of the school year happened recently, and it left people wondering if snow days will now be online days. Online school instead of snow days is more beneficial because it allows for students to still learn.
November 10, 2020

It’s a winter school day and you wake up naturally with no alarm at 9 a.m.. Looking out the window, the usually green grass is filled with flurries of white snowflakes. You are in a rush to get ready...

Teachers openly speak out about school schedule

Heather Wirkus misses the emotional connection she makes with her students in person, however believes safety is more important as of right now.
November 6, 2020

As COVID-19 cases have begun to rise in Fairfield County, the Westport Public School system has been nervously awaiting the news of whether or not the schedule will remain hybrid, go fully remote, or eventually...

Open-note assessments provide solution to testing during hybrid learning model

Photo taken by Meg Enquist ’23
Open-note assessments allow students to focus on learning concepts opposed to memorizing the material.
October 25, 2020

The unusual circumstances of this school year have caused teachers to face several new challenges. The most prominent concern is how to handle assessments with the current hybrid model, in which half the...

New learning style due to hybrid model prepares seniors for college

With the hybrid model, students spend three out of the five days a week learning from home. They meet with their classes only two to three times per week, so a focus has been placed on independent learning.
October 14, 2020

My social media pages are constantly filled with self-deprecating humor from the senior class about all the traditions we have to put our own spin on, given the devastating impacts of COVID.  With...

COVID-19 induces revisions for audial subjects

Visual representations of the new systems in place: (top to bottom) band members playing through mask holes; choir singers singing six feet apart; a Staples Players radio show.
October 10, 2020

Half of the students in every class operate on a several-second delay. Noses and mouths inside a building are a rare sight. Hallway traffic moves exclusively in one direction.  The hybrid/distance learning...

Virtual learning takes a turn, improves students’ mental health

At home set up for distance learning.
October 9, 2020

Sitting at a desk in an uncomfortable, stiff chair for hours at a time can be tough. Trying to learn and grasp new concepts while shivering, sweating or trying to quiet a growling stomach can be stressful....

Open-note test format offers desirable solution to sub-issue of hybrid learning

Students taking assessments should be allowed to use their hand-written notes in all scenarios where it is possible, as to eliminate the possible advantage that remote learners have of test-taking in their own home.
October 9, 2020

By now, we have all heard the jealous groans of Cohort A after a teacher announces that Cohort B will take an upcoming test from home, and vice versa. While it would be ideal if teachers could place full...

Online clubs enhance students’ COVID-19 experience

Students of Staples High School run online clubs through Zoom meetings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
October 9, 2020

As eager students have returned to school following a new hybrid schedule, an extracurricular activity forgotten in the excitement are clubs. Staples High School declared that clubs would be running online,...

Student presentations bore classes in time of hybrid learning

September 21, 2020

I have a confession: I’m the rare sort of student who actually enjoys presenting in class. Over Zoom, however, I want to tear my hair out while an in-person classmate yammers on and on during a presentation,...

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