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A stairway at Staples goes empty without students present. Currently, students get nine days and three week-long vacations off during the course of the year, with vacation days more common towards the beginning of the year and vacation weeks more common towards the end.

Extra vacation days prove disappointingly implemented

Benjamin Buchalter '25, Staff Writer September 22, 2022

Everybody loves a day off from school. Whether it's a week-long vacation away from school or a Monday off, waking up and not having to go to school is probably one of the best feelings in the world. A...

The summer of 2022 is the first since the onset of the pandemic that is free of COVID-19 travel restrictions, with over 50% of the U.S. population vaccinated.

Students express excitement towards varying summer plans

Mishael Gill ’23 and Margot Richlin '23, Paper Managing Editor and Audience Engagement Manager June 7, 2022

As the calendar flips to June, students sigh in impatience, shuffling their feet from class to class. There’s an air of anticipation in the air, as the focus on school shifts to discussions about beach...

Bighorn sheep are one of the most renowned animals in Palm Springs. They are easy to find on the golf course or in the mountains.

Spring break inspires reflection

Gabriella Gerig '23, Sports Editor May 3, 2022

For the first time in three years, thousands of people swarmed to Coachella Valley with great anticipation. I, too, was one of those people... in theory, that is. In reality, I was heading to a place half...

With things starting to go well again in the community, why are we rushing to be mask free so soon?

Mask mandate lifted, Staples shouldn’t rush to be maskless

Jalen St. Fort '22, Staff Writer March 9, 2022

Governor Ned Lamont announced on Feb. 7 that the statewide mask mandate in schools and child care centers would be lifted on March 28. School districts and each individual school then were able to determine...

During February break, students resort to the beaches or the ski slopes for a moment of respite.

Summer sands, ski slopes call to students on February break

Caroline Coffey ’22, Staff Writer March 3, 2022

Come February break Staples students are quick to exchange their backpacks for suitcases and set into motion the plans that have occupied their attention prior to the final tone of the bell.  The prospect...

This year’s snow day policy is back to the policy before COVID, which is that the first few snow days will be added on to the end of the year, and then if more are needed they will be taken from April break.

Taking away days from April break is unfair, snow day policy must be altered

Genevieve Frucht ’24, Paper News Editor December 6, 2021

This school year has brought back many aspects of pre-COVID-19 normalcy, including the snow day policy. Exclusively for the 2020-2021 school year, there were no back-to-back snow days; if a second snow...

Many students who stayed in Westport over the break occupied their time off by playing sports, spending time with friends and going to Compo beach.

Spring break brings students opportunities to engage in various activities

Natasha Taubenheim ’22, Staff writer April 24, 2021

Pink flowers budding, birds singing, increased sunshine and gorgeous green grass thawing. The excitement of stepping into the warm, outdoor air and feeling the sun brush against your skin is unmatched....

Students traveling for vacation raises COVID concerns

Jake Gersh ’21 March 19, 2021

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COVID restrictions cancel December break plans

Lexie Moskovit ’21, Web sports editor December 22, 2020

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1981968542

Staples students share their personal experiences with traveling during the pandemic and discuss whether or not it is worth risking exposure to the virus.

Students reflect on unfamiliar travel experience during COVID-19

Abigail Nevin ’23, Staff Writer December 21, 2020

With COVID-19 restricting travel for almost a year, families have finally started to venture out and experience safe yet cautious vacation opportunities. This strange yet accessible way of traveling has...

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