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New graduation requirements inflate coursework for already stressed students

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 time of choosing courses. Throughout the past week, I have heard many kids expressing their desire to...

Girls code into the future of STEM

Girls code into the future of STEM

October 12, 2018

By Lauren Wasserman '19 The next generation: we envision new science; we envision new treatments; we envision new solutions. Yet we continue to restrict half our population from making this possible. We create dreams and set them up to be approximately 50 percent less likely to occur. We do this by ...

Nobel Prize emphasizes exclusion of women from STEM fields

Nobel Prize emphasizes exclusion of women from STEM fields

October 4, 2018

Forty-nine out of 923. One out of 20. A mere 5 percent. According to Quartz, that’s the number of women that have received Nobel Prizes since the prize was founded in 1901. On Oct. 2, physicist Donna Strickland became the third woman to receive the Nobel Prize in physics out of 209 recipients, ...

[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...

[Nov. 2016 News] State revises graduation requirements, administration pauses new courses

[Nov. 2016 News] State revises graduation requirements, administration pauses new courses

November 22, 2016

By Zach Horowitz ’19   For Staples students graduating in 2022, scheduling classes will be a lot different than in previous years due to changes in graduation requirements. The most notable change is the increased requirements for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In th...

Does Staples favor its STEM students?

Does Staples favor its STEM students?

Claire Dinshaw and Molly Liebergall

February 9, 2016

No - Claire Dinshaw  I spend half the school day on the second floor. With four periods of social studies and English classes, I am the prototype humanities student. Therefore, I am well briefed in the humanities vs. STEM conflict. I have heard numerous English students claim that they have been pu...

SpaceX rocket launch breaks barriers, highlights importance of STEM

SpaceX rocket launch breaks barriers, highlights importance of STEM

Molly Liebergall, Web News Editor

December 23, 2015

At 8:29 p.m. on December 21, SpaceX sent shockwaves through the aerospace community with the first landing of an orbital booster vehicle.  Instead of disintegrating after mission completion like most rockets do, the Falcon 9 successfully landed back on Earth and may even have the potential to be reused...

Learning should be simple

Learning should be simple

October 13, 2014

We want to learn. And we want to be taught.  But being smothered by new initiatives can become detrimental to our learning process. In 2010, Westport 2025 was implemented into our curriculum to strengthen students’ critical-thinking, creative, communication and problem-solving skills.In 2013,...

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 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 ...

Students, parents weigh in on middle school STEM proposal

Students, parents weigh in on middle school STEM proposal

Ben Goldschlager, Web News Editor

November 26, 2013

This Monday, Nov. 25, the Board of Education [BOE] had planned on voting on expanding engineering in the middle schools via the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. But, after a meeting which more than 40 people attended and 16 spoke on the proposal, the board, in light of all the ...

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