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While many colleges are allowing applicants to choose to submit their test scores, stress for the junior class persists.

Junior class navigates pressure from standardized-tests

Lyah Muktavaram ’22, Broadcast Director November 24, 2021

As you walk into school, you are immediately met with the sight of big-name, competitive colleges displayed on sweatshirts, hats and t-shirts. Whispers throughout the hallways between friends reveal conversations...

An illustration of how late/missing assignments affects a student’s mental health. In response to these statistics, teachers should wait to submit their grades until the student is healthy and able to submit their assignments.

Teachers’ missing work policies unjustly burden sick students

Aidan Sprouls ’23 , Staff Writer November 22, 2021

Every Staples student who has ever been ill knows the daunting feeling of opening up PowerSchool the day after being absent and seeing that they have received multiple zeros on assignments they missed....

Students commonly see this screen on their powerschool page, showing nothing but empty slots where grades should be. Some teachers decide to wait until the last minute to input their grades for the quarter, leaving students questioning and wondering what their grades will be for the quarter.

Grades entered on last day of the quarter, create frantic students: Do better, teachers

Izzy Sareen ’22, Staff Writer November 19, 2021

It’s the time all students dread: the end of the quarter. For Staples High School students, it’s a little more rough than it may seem. The last two weeks of the marking periods always leave students...

High-achieving students discuss toxic environment, importance of mindset when managing stress

Maya Hruskar ’23, Paper News Editor October 31, 2021

Staples is notorious for producing successful, academically-oriented students; however, the competitive environment can take a toll on the student body, including high-achieving students. Two upperclassmen...

Specific statistics about undiscussed mental illnesses are not always made well-known to the public, and stigmas about such less-known mental illnesses are rampant among the Staples community.

Truths about mental health jarring, education of issues needed

Phoebe Miller ’23, Paper Sports Editor October 25, 2021

In 10th grade, like many students, I struggled with my mental health. The stress of COVID, pressures of being a high school student and the country’s political environment were constantly crowding my...

Tippy and Murphy pose happily for their ID photo for Murphy’s Pet Partners badge.

English teacher Brian Tippy’s therapy dogs spread positivity

Talia Varsano '24, Staff Writer October 25, 2021

English teacher Brian Tippy knew instantly that his dog had the potential to be something special after one eye-opening event. About six years ago, at a vet hospital, his dog Ajax got an eye exam. While...

Many student-athletes have athletic early dismissals to get to their game/meet in time, causing them to miss hours of school. Pictured above, the Staples girls’ swim & dive team is on their way to an away meet, where they were dismissed from school around 1 p.m.

Later school dismissal time increases athlete stress levels

Abbie Goldstein '22, Paper Arts Editor October 5, 2021

It’s 2:15 p.m., the time that used to represent the end of the school day, but now signals another half hour of class. Yet, throughout the school, numerous desks are empty and student-athletes are long...

Theresa Vandis ’22, as well as many other students, are feeling overwhelmed as they adapt back to the six 50 minute period schedule. There is less time to complete homework and periods feel rushed with little time to connect with the class. Many students are staying up later and not getting enough sleep as a result.

Return to six-period schedule warrants negative response

Abbie Goldstein, Paper Arts Editor September 24, 2021

Students, bleary-eyed from a late night of homework, grip steaming coffee as they run to their class. Confused freshman frantically check their schedules trying to figure out what the day’s schedule...

The swim team practice now ends at 6 p.m. this year, which is a change for these athletes whose practice used to end at 5 p.m. This causes these athletes entire homework and night routine to be pushed back an hour, causing additional stress. Photo by Emily Goldstein ’23

Stress increases as a result of the new school year

Emily Goldstein ’23, Paper Features Editor September 23, 2021

After almost a full year of coming into school just twice a week, half-day Wednesdays and modifications to the curriculum in order to accommodate hybrid learning, school started back up in full swing for...

The competitive Staples climate disregards students’ personal identities, instead labeling peers based on their academic and extracurricular-related characteristics.

Staples atmosphere is dehumanizing, labels students

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor May 27, 2021

It was past midnight on a Sunday evening, when I received a text message from one of my friends. She wrote that the advanced math and science courses she is taking are “all she has going for her,”...

Students sit in front of the bright screen for hours which can be physically and mentally draining. These changes in the schooling environment can be a detriment to different aspects of mental health.

Pandemic hits young children’s lives especially hard

Emily Goldstein ’23, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

Singing the ABC’s during snack time and playing with building blocks are fundamental parts of a child’s schooling experience; however, with the pandemic, the lives of elementary school kids have been...

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