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Midterm exams prove counterproductive

Midterm exams prove counterproductive

Quinn Hughes, Opinions Editor

January 14, 2015

Everyone knows the mind-numbing and painstakingly long lead up to the infamous Midterm week. The primary purpose of the midterms is to assess how well a student has retained information from a semester; however, midterms negatively reflect a student’s understanding of the content due to the increase...

Accomplish the midterm, or drop and give me twenty

Accomplish the midterm, or drop and give me twenty

Molly Liebergall, Staff Writer

January 14, 2015

Soldiers trudge through their barrack, scuffing the linoleum floors.  Empty coffee cups line the walls and incandescent bulbs drown the hallways in a dull whiteness.  The soldiers, outfitted with sweatpants, Vineyard Vine’s long-sleeves and moccasins, carry the latest Ticonderoga Number 2 pencils. They...

Tips and tricks of the final midterm stretch

Tips and tricks of the final midterm stretch

Emma Berry, Opinions Editor

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 Red Bull cans. The first two days of midterm exams have come and gone and it seems as though...

The four people you’ll see during this week

The four people you’ll see during this week

Zachary McCarthy, Staff Writer

January 13, 2015

Midterms are kind of like coffee, Red Bull or antidepressants: they change people’s energy level and come with several unwanted side effects. Because of this, you may see some people acting a tad differently in your classes, this includes both students and teachers. Here are some archetypes to jog your...

Midterm dress code

Midterm dress code

Alexa Davis, Staff Writer

January 13, 2015

The aroma of coffee and stress fill the cafeteria as anxious students gather together on their first Monday of midterms. Tensions are high as kids cram in their last minutes of studying while shoving a chocolate chip muffin in their mouths in order to fill their knotted stomachs. The good thing about...

Test day techniques

Test day techniques

Grant Sirlin, Staff Writer

January 13, 2015

The ominous cloud that hovers over Staples High School after the sunshine of Winter Break has finally arrived. This stressful environment is contagious, intoxicating almost every student who comes back lacking motivation.   Although midterm week is one of the most essential weeks of the school year, students need to realize that every year this storm comes, and every year it passes...

Students talk midterms

Students talk midterms

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

January 11, 2015

As midterms come near on Jan. 12th, Staples students are rushing to finish all of their projects and review material from the entire semester. The majority of students have a mixture of tests and alternate assignments to prepare for. Emily Snow’s ’15 midterms this year consist of all tests, except ...

Teachers soar above and beyond

January 9, 2015

You’re up past midnight, gulping down your third can of Red Bull, sick of studying derivatives of inverse functions and the law of diminishing marginal returns. You walk into class later that day, exhausted, wearing your favorite sweatshirt, and you slump down in a chair to determine 10 percent of your ...

Stressed students return to school

Stressed students return to school

Gabrielle Feinsmith, Associate Managing Editor

January 8, 2015

Exhausted and irritated faces roam the hallways as students return from the 12 day holiday break. Students have no choice but to put lounging around to rest, grab a cup of coffee and start studying for midterm exams. “It’s really hard to come back to break because all we have to look forward to is midterms,...

Staples’ Collaborative Team successfully moves midterms

Staples’ Collaborative Team successfully moves midterms

Claudia Chen, Features Editor

November 10, 2014

On Nov. 5, after a push from both teachers and students, the administration decided to move the first day of midterm exams from Thursday, Jan. 8 to Monday, Jan. 12. According to Principal John Dodig, the Collaborative Team, a group of teachers and parents that discuss how to improve Staples’ environment,...

Forensics students must come to school on make-up day

Forensics students must come to school on make-up day

Justine Seligson, Staff Writer

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 day seen as another day off, in addition to an already long weekend, it seems like the light at the e...

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