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Music Program Participation Dwindles

Music Program Participation Dwindles

Andrew Vester, Whip

October 30, 2016

  By: Andrew Vester '17 Drums sound, strings vibrate and clarinetists take their finally breaths before diving into a dramatic piece. This is the daily scene in the recitals for the music programs at Staples.  The Staples High School music programs have long been recognized for their succe...

Yoga and meditation benefits the Staples community

Yoga and meditation benefits the Staples community

October 27, 2016

Sasha Narang '18 As I finally reach the end of my first quarter as a junior, I can confidently say there is one thing that has gotten me through the stressful nights of cramming for tests: yoga and meditation. It would take me hours to count the number of times I’ve been told that “junior...

Staples Students Crossing the Finish Line

Staples Students Crossing the Finish Line

October 13, 2016

By: Lili Romann ’19 and Daniel Harizman ’19 Sweat dripping, mind racing, heart pounding. Pencils dig into her palm and leave their abstract portrait of lead. She convinces herself that it will all come to an end soon, but she can see no end. Students withstanding their senior year at Staples...

“Junioritis” prevails: peace of mind increases proficiency

“Junioritis” prevails: peace of mind increases proficiency

Jesse Levinson, Web Opinions Editor

May 5, 2016

I’m currently in the clutches of what is said to be the most stressful and work-heavy year of high school, but it doesn’t really seem that way to me. As a junior, I’m expected to slave over my desk each night and spend every waking moment of my free time preparing for any upcoming tests. No...

5 Reasons For and Against Attending Morning Practices

5 Reasons For and Against Attending Morning Practices

Josiah Tarrant, Staff Writer

March 31, 2016

When the clock in the locker-room strikes 5:21 a.m., I, along with many other Staples athletes, am preparing for a morning practice. While the rest of Staples is asleep in cozy, comfy beds, this select group of swimmers, baseball players and hockey players are pushing themselves to their mental and ...

Midterm exam break proven to be myth

Midterm exam break proven to be myth

Renee Weisz, A&E Editor

December 23, 2015

Although in the past two years midterm exams have been followed by a five-day break from school, this year’s exams do not follow this same pattern. The week begins with a regular school day on Monday, Jan. 11. Three days of exams follow from Jan. 12-14. Then, a staff development day takes place ...

It’s a sin to kill a book worm

It’s a sin to kill a book worm

Izzy Ullmann, Features Editor

December 14, 2015

We are taught from the day we enter elementary school that reading is a fundamental tool for all students. It is a nonnegotiable statement. Reading simply helps us flourish. Being a high school student, I can quote a variety of appreciated speeches by Sherman Alexie about the transitive benefits of reading, or Ralph Waldo Emerson...

Home Access Center provides too much access

Home Access Center provides too much access

Jesse Levinson, Staff Writer

November 30, 2015

“Maybe if I keep refreshing it a new grade will come out,” I thought to myself as I slouched over my desk in class, discreetly holding my phone between my legs. For what had undoubtedly been the fifth time in five minutes, I methodically dragged my finger down the screen and watched as the app g...

Speaking up proves to be a powerful tool for students

Speaking up proves to be a powerful tool for students

Olivia Foster, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

The college process is a daunting one; however, it can be substantially more helpful if you apply one simple tool: your own voice. “The Science of Sounding Smart,” a report from “Harvard Business Review,” by Juliana Schroeder and Nicholas Epley, shows that while many people believe their ideas and intelli...

Reflecting on homecoming

Reflecting on homecoming

Emma Lederer, staff writer

October 20, 2015

Music blasted and horns tooted as seniors sped into the parking lot of Compo Beach, ready to celebrate homecoming with the annual motorcade. The scene was of absolute madness, and I meant that in the best way. Everyone was running around and greeting friends and acquaintances alike while gearing up to ...

How Seniors can wipe out distractions

Maialie Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer

October 20, 2015

Is it true Senioritis has already hit? Seniors are going a bit crazy with Early Action and Early Decision deadlines coming up within the next month. It can all get a bit overwhelming and sometimes, scratch that most of the time, all we want is a break from the chaos. Once we get that break, though, we...

Loving class outside

Loving class outside

Alexa DiLuca, staff writer

June 10, 2015

After spending 25 minutes in a stuffy, overheated classroom, my legs had already begun to stick to the chair. I was more than halfway through the period, but all I could think about was how much I wished my clothes weren’t clinging to my sweaty limbs.   “Class, we are going to go outside for a demonstration,” my teacher said.   My eyes lit up as I heard...

The do’s and dont’s of the college process

The do’s and dont’s of the college process

Nicole DeBlasi, Staff Writer

May 12, 2015

The college process and filling out applications can seem daunting. This is especially true in a town like Westport where there is so much competition and so much talk about everyone’s plans after graduation Now that the class of 2016 will be starting their college applications soon, I thought I wo...

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