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PSAT provides inefficient preparation for freshman

PSAT provides inefficient preparation for freshman

Maria Krug '22, Staff Writer

March 14, 2020

The SAT: a standardized test juniors take in October measuring their knowledge and skill in school subjects. The score received will then be used to help you succeed in college and your career after that. At Staples High School, freshmen and sophomores are required to take the PSAT around March to...

Course selection results in unnecessary stress

Course selection results in unnecessary stress

Maria Krug '22, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

“You are only taking four APs?” says one student. “You weren’t recommended for AP Stat?” replies the other. “You should take at least two more APs senior year than you did junior year,” someone adds. These are common interactions between Staples students once course selection starts to...

College Roomates: Search for your new best friend

College Roomates: Search for your new best friend

Emma Van Riper '20, Social Media Director

March 3, 2020

As I approach the third month of knowing where I’m going to college, the panic for the awaited roommate search has begun. With social media nowadays, it’s easy to communicate with people going to the same college as you -- but is all of this necessary? In the class of 2024 Facebook groups, you...

GFA eliminates AP courses

GFA eliminates AP courses

Rebecca Kanfer '21, Paper Sports editor

February 25, 2020

The bell rings. Students stuff their pencils and papers back into their bags. Anxious looks are shot towards the teacher collecting the tests. The class exits as murmurs about the exam stream down the hallway. Stress and anxiety build as students await their grade. This experience is common among students...

Students decide if Senior Skip Days are useless or useful

Students decide if Senior Skip Days are useless or useful

Samantha Felner '22 and Jack Lev '20

February 10, 2020

The Westport Library attracts students seeking a place to study in the stress of midterm week

The Westport Library attracts students seeking a place to study in the stress of midterm week

Chloe Murray '22, Staff Writer

January 13, 2020

Papers pile up on the desk crammed in the corner of your bedroom as your mom yells from the kitchen to come empty the dishwasher. Your printer beeps and an ‘out of paper’ error message appears, preventing the 25-page ‘Midterm Review Guide’ PDF file from printing.  Midterm tests are undoubtedly stressful, ...

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

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 proceeded, I was struck with the stressful news that we would be discussing our schedules for th...

Early Decision application outcomes create too much stress for seniors

Early Decision application outcomes create too much stress for seniors

Lily Kane '20, Broadcast Director

January 2, 2020

As a senior in high school, it is virtually impossible for me to escape the ever-increasing stress of the college process until I am in a school I’m happy with. For many seniors in my same position, these two weeks of mid-December are perhaps the most stressful of the entire year. With early decisio...

Premature Counties preparation warrants unnecessary stress

Premature Counties preparation warrants unnecessary stress

Molly Gold '21, Paper News Editor

January 2, 2020

A week before the first day of school, the rising junior class was sent into a panic. We were not anxious over the immense amount of expected schoolwork, college visits we anticipated or the increased pressure from our parents; rather, we were scrambling to find dates to Counties: a dance that was s...

Finals week increases the stress for all students

Finals week increases the stress for all students

Shira Zeiberg '22

June 12, 2019

As finals approach, students lose sight of how to keep themselves healthy in the time of stress, as we often find ourselves staying up all night and skipping meals. We need to make sure we are putting our mental health before our grades because one will not thrive without the other. Students need a remi...

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