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Italian teachers take a step toward no midterm testing

Italian teachers take a step toward no midterm testing

January 19, 2018

By Bailey Blaikie '19 Imagine walking into the classroom during midterms and not having to worry about a 200 point test. This year, that is the case for many classes, including Italian. There are multiple teachers who assigned a project instead of giving a test. Mrs. D’Amore and Mrs. Noonan’s...

Special note to seniors awaiting college decisions: take a chill pill

Special note to seniors awaiting college decisions: take a chill pill

January 15, 2018

By Ian Bernstein '18 Attention anxious seniors, It’s mid-January; the leaves are long gone, the air is bitter and the birds are no longer chirping. The days are short with long hours of darkness, casting a spell of fatigue and discouragement. You’ve probably just applied to your regular decision...

Take a break!

Take a break!

December 21, 2017

By Brianna Zeiberg '19 Recently, a new rule has been implemented throughout the district to reduce student stress during breaks: the removal of all homework. During all extended weekends and long breaks, such as December, February and April break, students are expected to take a break from their ...

Midterms may become even more stressful

Midterms may become even more stressful

December 11, 2017

By Lauren Wasserman '19 Midterms: what a time. From the second they start, students download countdown apps, constantly waiting for these dreadful tests to end. In past years, students had two tests per day for four straight days and 50 minutes in between each test. The perfect amount of time for...

Test correction policies promote learning

Test correction policies promote learning

October 28, 2017

By Lauren Wasserman '19 “Test corrections will be offered this year.” This is a policy that every student hopes to hear on the first day of school. Test correction policies give students the opportunity to redo the problems they got wrong on a test, and write an explanation for why it was wrong. If t...

Improvements in guidance requested

Improvements in guidance requested

October 25, 2017

By Ella Bloomingdale ’20 Although Staples has an office full of counselors theoretically willing to address our various problems, it is sometimes difficult for students to sit down one-on-one with their counselors. Often, it can be a struggle to find a mutually convenient time to meet with guid...

Bad grades or no acceptance letter: which would you choose?

Bad grades or no acceptance letter: which would you choose?

October 18, 2017

By Olivia Ronca '18 As a senior in high school, you have decided to apply to 15 colleges. Your email begins to flood with messages from both the guidance department and your guidance counselor: “College Visit from University of Connecticut.” If you scroll through your school email account withi...

The problem with summer assignments

The problem with summer assignments

June 16, 2017

By Kevin Ludy '19 The 2016-2017 school year is coming to a close and students are getting ready for summer, but one thing is spoiling the joyous mood: summer assignments. Every year, Staples releases the summer assignment list for AP classes. These rigorous tasks are intended to prepare students...

Preparing for Finals

Preparing for Finals

June 12, 2017

By: Alexa Moro and Alex Reiner

Promoting mindfulness and decreasing stress with the Zen Den

Promoting mindfulness and decreasing stress with the Zen Den

June 10, 2017

By Olivia Foster ’18 The frenzied and fast-paced lifestyle that characterizes the lives of many high school students may be quelled with a simple and relaxing solution: Zen Dens. These places of serenity and solitude cultivate relaxation and peacefulness of mind. They will make a debut in the g...

Students differ on perspectives toward AP exams

Students differ on perspectives toward AP exams

May 19, 2017

By Sasha Narang '18 Although May brings warm temperatures and spring fever, it’s also the dreaded month of exams for students who take advanced placement (AP) classes at Staples. While some students are buried in review books at the library until closing hours, others have decided to sit back and re...

Students should be able to move non AP-tests on days of AP finals

Students should be able to move non AP-tests on days of AP finals

May 18, 2017

Adam Wenkoff '18 The two weeks of AP final exams are, for many, the most stressful weeks of the year.   Students taking finals in their AP courses should be able to move their other tests to a day where they don’t have a final.   With 10 percent of each class grade depend...

The New Trend of Fidget Cubes

The New Trend of Fidget Cubes

March 30, 2017

By Kevin Ludy '19   It’s almost finals week and everyone can feel the stress spreading throughout Staples. Luckily, there's a way to reduce stress while in class, and the answer is fidget cubes.   Fidgeting is a natural thing for people where you make small movements with your ha...

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