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How to manage stress during quarantine

How to manage stress during quarantine

Abby Fleming '20 and Mia Daignault '20

April 28, 2020

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Activities to fight quarantine dullness

Activities to fight quarantine dullness

Maria Krug '22, Staff Writer

April 18, 2020

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PSAT provides inefficient preparation for freshman

Freshmen and sophomores are required to take the PSAT in early March to test their skills.

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

Students feel pressured over course selection during the months of January through March.

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

Many struggle with their search to find a roommate as their senior year of high school comes to an end. Some soon- to-be college freshmen find their roommates through Facebook or through mutual friends, while others go random and hope to bond over similar living preferences.

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

A student shows her packed schedule with two of her AP classes being in the afternoon.

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

The senior section of the cafeteria sits empty during free period while many decide to stay at home during senior skip day.

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 offers multiple levels to allow students collaborating on projects or students studying individually to work their best.

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

The Staples Guidance Department has started to discuss course selection for the 2020-2021 school year. All students have received a course selection “fact sheet”, giving students the information they need to consider when selecting courses for the next school year.

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

 Many students apply to their schools through the common application, a software that helps distinguish which applications are early decision (ED) and which are early admission (EA). Applicants are only allowed to apply to one ED school, but can often times also apply EA elsewhere.

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

Photos in the group usually receive comments praising the girls’ fashion choices. A few pictures are typically posted every day.

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...

The evolution of school dances

As seniors look back on Counties they’ve realized it brought a lot of unnecessary stress and have regrets for not enjoying the dance. Current juniors are in the midst of that stressful time and seniors are going into Red and Whites with a fresh perspective.

Abby Fleming '20 and Mia Daignault '20

December 26, 2019

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