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Freshmen participate in first mandatory PSAT9

Freshmen participate in first mandatory PSAT9

Roxy Augeri ’20 and Allie D’Angelo ’20

April 2, 2019

Stop shoving tests down our throats

Stop shoving tests down our throats

September 18, 2018

By Maya Brodows ’20   It’s early Saturday morning. Many people of the town remain blissfully asleep, whilst others enjoy the start to a great weekend. Some are playing with their young children, others are flipping pancakes. Yet, for juniors across the country, Saturdays have beco...

Implementing final projects instead of exams will decrease stress levels

Implementing final projects instead of exams will decrease stress levels

June 12, 2018

By Chelsea Fox '19 The end of the year is always a stressful time for students and teachers. With summer only a couple weeks away, I feel like I am always being ambushed with work in the days leading up to finals. However, when teachers opt to give us projects instead of exams, it relieves a large a...

Sophomores prepare for CAPT

Sophomores prepare for CAPT

Grace McCarthy, Staff Writer

March 3, 2014

This year’s sophomore class is expected to take a double hit of standardized testing. Teachers are intensely preparing students; as this is the last grade to take CAPT tests, they aim to finish with a bang. As the month of March begins, sophomores are feeling the heat and the advice they are hearing over...

New test sparks mixed reactions

Ben Goldschlager, Web News Editor

February 28, 2014

Next year, students in grades three through eight and 11 will take Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC), set to replace the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) in mathematics and English literacy. SBAC comes with many changes, but it also comes with concerns, staff said. One big change is that the t...

Juniors Pilot New Test

Juniors Pilot New Test

Andrea Frost, Features Editor

May 7, 2013

Throughout the weeks of May 6 and 13, juniors will be participating in a pilot test that is associated with the Common Core States Standard. Juniors will be randomly selected by the school to take the pilot Math and Writing sections for the new test that will replace CAPT in 2015. Frank Corbo, the K-...

The Best Test, ACTs vs. SATs

The Best Test, ACTs vs. SATs

May 4, 2011

A term well known to the Staples student body. A term that is dreaded by almost all students. This is the term that can define a students future within a matter of a several months. This term is better known as: standardized tests. As applications are being filled and college essays are being written, there is an undulating flow of sophomores and juniors communic...

To Test or Not to Test?

To Test or Not to Test?

April 15, 2011

On March 15 a drug ring of four men was arrested in Danbury after being accused of illegally selling marijuana and anabolic steroids. The major drug bust turned heads in the Fairfield Country area, not because of the jail time that awaits these men, but instead because of the ring’s possible clients, high school athletes. The alleged connection between the drug ring and local student...

Top Five Best Things About Staples

December 21, 2010

In the November 2008 issue of Connecticut Magazine, Staples High School was named the “#1 High School in the State.” While the ranking heavily depended on test scores, percentage of students that attend college, the amount participating in Advanced Placement classes, and various other statistics,...

Do Vacations Give Students a Break?

Do Vacations Give Students a Break?

November 22, 2010

Will McDonald '14 Staff Writer For some students, a total break from school is a distant fantasy. This is because that even over the so-called breaks, the stress that results from the never ending supply of homework does not stop. Many go into the vacations with piles of homework. Other students ...

The Injury Unseen

The Injury Unseen

September 27, 2010

Claire O'Halloran '13 Web Opinions Editor A dark room, a cluttered desk, and a glowing computer screen filled with instructions. This is where the ImPACT concussion test takes place. The ImPACT test records reaction time, memorization, and any symptoms of a concussion. According to the American A...

Solution to a Student’s Concerns- Snapgrades Provides Immediate Answers to a Student Grade Questions

Solution to a Student’s Concerns- Snapgrades Provides Immediate Answers to a Student Grade Questions

September 14, 2010

I hate secrets. Secrets keep me in the dark, searching for answers. They make me anxious, keep me up at night and occasionally cause a cold sweat. Secret grades can provide high school students with both a sweating problem and keeping them up at night. I’m a student who likes to know my grades, and after talking to other students, I don’t ...

5 Steps to Painless Finals

5 Steps to Painless Finals

June 9, 2010

Shannon Moss '11 Staff Writer With finals creeping up in less than a week, Staples students are beginning to hibernate into the corners of their rooms, the quiet rooms at the Westport Public Library, or the nooks of Barnes and Noble, all for three reasons: study, study, study. As a junior, I've completed over ten finals in my a...

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