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Rejection of remote teaching proves misguided

Level of teaching should maintain the same regardless if teachers work from home or from the comfort of their home.
November 10, 2020

The weekend of Oct. 17 I received an unsettling email from my math teacher. She informed us her son had been exposed to COVID-19 and had to quarantine for two weeks at home. Reading on, I learned she would...

Teachers openly speak out about school schedule

Heather Wirkus misses the emotional connection she makes with her students in person, however believes safety is more important as of right now.
November 6, 2020

As COVID-19 cases have begun to rise in Fairfield County, the Westport Public School system has been nervously awaiting the news of whether or not the schedule will remain hybrid, go fully remote, or eventually...

Teachers maintaining logical, fair hybrid grading policy essential

Online learning and the hybrid model has changed the way students learn and teachers teach. For that reason, it is necessary that teachers recognize the struggles of managing online learning while they are grading.
October 26, 2020

Many students have had the displeasure of walking into class on the first day of school and hearing their teacher use phrases such as “I don't give out A’s very often,” or, “You're going to have...

Open-note assessments provide solution to testing during hybrid learning model

Photo taken by Meg Enquist ’23
Open-note assessments allow students to focus on learning concepts opposed to memorizing the material.
October 25, 2020

The unusual circumstances of this school year have caused teachers to face several new challenges. The most prominent concern is how to handle assessments with the current hybrid model, in which half the...

Presenting pronouns in classroom creates more comfortable environment

COVID-19 makes school stressful enough. Allowing students to express themselves over online features will only enhance the quality of school days.
October 19, 2020

The first day of school is taxing, no matter who you are. The personal demand to have an excellent first impression on each person you meet, the exceptionally high expectations that you create in your...

Cancelled Zoom calls due to substitute teachers heightens confusion

An absent teacher publishes an informative Schoology post making students aware of a substitute for the day.
October 9, 2020

Given Staples’ new hybrid learning model, where half of a class attends school while the other half participates virtually, having a substitute teacher can become a confusing and stressful process for...

Teachers expressing political views encourages debate, forces students to defend their opinions

When covering a current event or reviewing an event in history, students and teachers' views can align with a political party, allowing for an opportunity to begin a debate.
April 20, 2020

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, the issue of whether it is appropriate for teachers to express their political views during class arises. Many students argue that their teachers cross a line...

Online school proves to be a challenge for students

Online schooling due to Coronavirus has become very challenging for many students, possibly even more challenging than regular school.
March 27, 2020

Online school is new to almost all of us. We’re so used to going to school, seeing our friends and meeting with teachers, which has all been taken away due to coronavirus.  Online school has proven...

Students and staff express enthusiasm for Halloween through school traditions

Student and staff around the school celebrate Halloween through different traditions in class. Different sports teams, such as cheer, dress up for practice in spirit for the holiday along with the English department, who dresses up in a group costume.
November 6, 2019

From the wide variety of Halloween school events, including Spooktacular in elementary school to Monster Mash in middle school, all Westport Public Schools have found some way to celebrate the spooky holiday:...

Teachers grading tactics can have a negative impact on students’ grades

Students are constantly checking their grades on PowerSchool.
October 14, 2019

Grades are undoubtedly something that occupies every student's mind at Staples High School. Being able to perform highly in every class, whether it is an AP, honors or A class can be difficult, regardless...

Cell phone holders provide pragmatic solution to class disruption

An example of what a cell phone holder would look like in each class for students.
October 14, 2019

Now that a new school year is well underway, there is talk of new rules being enacted. The majority of teachers now require students to keep their phones in backpacks or else they get sent to the assistant...

The use of tutors should not be criticized

The use of tutors should not be criticized
December 10, 2018

The use of tutors has become a topic of discussion throughout the Staples hallways, usually with a negative connotation. Some state that students take advantage of their tutors and have them do their work...

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