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Test scores should not define future

Test scores should not define future

Mia Daignault '20

November 27, 2018

2020 is the year I graduate, the year I pack up all my bags, and the year I begin my journey elsewhere. But 2018 is the year I prepare myself to choose where I want to begin that journey. This is the year I visit college counselors, guidance counselors and potential schools. But it’s hard to enjoy th...

New SMART Boards prompt questions about appearance vs. necessity

New SMART Boards prompt questions about appearance vs. necessity

May 9, 2017

By: Kayla Sirlin '19 The installation of 6000 series model SMART Boards in math and science classrooms, starting the week of May 1, has elicited strong reactions from both students and teachers alike. While some question the purpose of this new technology, others are pleased by the advances led by ...

[Nov. 2016 Features] Humans of Staples: Neal Soni–Living proof of intrepid success through his many achievements

November 23, 2016

By Izzy Blansfield '18   Neal Soni ’18 is not an average high school student as he balances his packed schedule of five AP-level courses with his love for math, science, robotics, Taekwondo and tutoring, all while going the extra mile to pursue many other passions. For starters, he i...

Top five classes to take

Top five classes to take

Chase Emilio, Staff Writer

February 28, 2016

Throughout my highschool career, I took many many classes that I liked and disliked. Some required, and others I took at my leasure. But there were a select few which I really appreciated. These are my favorite five non required classes that I took over my four years at Staples High School. 1)Pers...

Easily exiting NYC subways thanks to Staples teacher

Easily exiting NYC subways thanks to Staples teacher

Maialie Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer

November 16, 2015

Getting off New York City subway stations is always a little confusing for everyone. But a teacher here at Staples actually created an app to help people out of their sticky subway situations.   Math teacher Ashley Tomlinson, formerly known as Ashley Wegener, made an app with her brother called ...

The surprising history of pencils

The surprising history of pencils

Rebecca Rawiszer, Web Opinions

June 9, 2015

A single pencil is capable of drawing a line 35 miles long, writing about 45,000 words, digesting 17 sharpenings, and always being there for you when you need to doodle. Yet somehow, we still take these magnificent inventions for granted. Pencils are easy to operate, entertaining, and portable. You...

Staples teacher charged with sexual assault

Staples teacher charged with sexual assault

Bailey Ethier, Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2015

Math teacher Theron Kissinger was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault on Jan. 15, according to Westport police. Following an investigation police alleged that Kissinger had “an inappropriate sexual relationship” that began in Nov. 2014 with a female Staples student...

Westport debates the ‘A’ in STEAM: Many continue to debate the balance between fine arts programs and engineering curriculum

Westport debates the ‘A’ in STEAM: Many continue to debate the balance between fine arts programs and engineering curriculum

Jackie Sussman, Assistant Business Manager

October 12, 2014

The Westport Board of Education voted to implement a STEM-based curriculum for all grades in both Coleytown and Bedford middle schools on Dec. 2, 2013 in the hopes that it would foster  a passion for hands-on creativity in STEM areas. STEM is a series of courses that are focused on the application ...

Staples demonstrates new Differential Equations class

Staples demonstrates new Differential Equations class

Emma Berry, Opinions Editor

September 8, 2014

Staples is and has always been a school known for its excellence. When it comes to math, some students have gone above and beyond the typical curriculum. Starting this year, students were given the opportunity to enroll in the brand new differential equations math class. This class has been designed for s...

Staples robotics teams win big at Connecticut State Championships

Staples robotics teams win big at Connecticut State Championships

Ben Goldschlager, Web News Editor

March 10, 2014

This Saturday, March 8, the two Staples robotics teams, i²robotics and Wrecker Robotics, competed in the Connecticut State Champions of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC) at Greens Farms Academy. I²robotics was a part of a three-team alliance that ...

Standards-Based Grading Piloted in Math and Science Classes

Standards-Based Grading Piloted in Math and Science Classes

Ben Goldschlager and Justine Seligson

October 4, 2013

Usually, average is the key word with grading. Quarterly homework is averaged. Semester exams are averaged. Final grades are averaged. A student’s mean among all studied units is the ultimate score. However, this scenario is no longer universal. According to Mathematics Department Chair Frank Corbo,...

The S3 Challenge: Solutions for Superstorm Sandy

The S3 Challenge: Solutions for Superstorm Sandy

Alexandra O'Kane, Staff Writer

May 12, 2013

Each year, the Staples Spectacular Student Challenge provides students with a real-world problem for which they have a single Sunday to discuss and propose a solution.  Following the initial day of proposing a solution in the form of an academic paper, each groups' work is reviewed by a faculty pane...

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