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District moves to Distance Learning model amid coronavirus pandemic

Students began Distance Learning on Tuesday March 17. Teachers assign work through platforms such as Google Classroom and Schoology. Students must complete the assignments and submit online for a grade.
March 17, 2020

Westport Public Schools began Distance Learning on Tuesday March 17 in order to continue teaching students while schools are closed due to COVID-19.  The district’s Distance Learning model at the...

Westport institutions adjust to potential COVID-19 spread

Westport Town Hall will be closed to the public on March 12 and 13 for town employees to discuss the process moving forward.
March 11, 2020

Following a party attended by approximately 40 students and adults on March 5, one attendee—who was not a Westport resident— who is now presumptively positive for coronavirus may have infected 14 other...

There’s never too much of a break: Schools must preserve Feb. break

For Westport students, Feb. break will take place the week of Feb. 17, and will last for a total of seven days. This break is considered to be a “no homework” break, where teachers are not advised to assign their classes with homework over the seven day break.
March 3, 2020

February break provides the much-needed time away from midterms and SAT preps. Some consider this week paradise because it gives students a vacation from the most stressful time of the year. However, in...

Dr. David Abbey named interim superintendent of schools

Dr. David Abbey began as interim superintendent of schools on May 8. He served as coordinator of the Westport Regional Center and department of special education at Staples High School from 1981 to 1987.
May 10, 2019

Dr. David Abbey began as interim superintendent of schools on May 8. The Board of Education (BOE) appointed him to the role with a unanimous vote on May 6. Abbey will hold the position until the BOE...

Board of Education appoints Anthony Buono Acting Superintendent of Schools

Assistant Superintendent Anthony Buono (middle) will serve as Acting Superintendent while current Superintendent Colleen Palmer is on a leave of absence due to a medical emergency. Buono will hold the position until an interim or official Superintendent is hired.
April 8, 2019

The Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously (7-0) to appoint former Assistant Superintendent Anthony Buono as the Acting Superintendent of the Westport Public School District on April 8. Buono will...

Westport dares to change D.A.R.E program

Westport dares to change D.A.R.E program
January 4, 2018

By Lauren Wasserman '19 Westport Public Schools has been discussing the possibility of changing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program from being run by the Westport Police Department...

Preservation of February break pleases students

Preservation of February break pleases students
March 1, 2017

Francesca Truitt ’17 The Connecticut state Board of Education approved a bill in January 2016 that requires all schools in each region to follow a uniform school calendar, allowing each town district...

Westport Public Schools ranked best in Connecticut

Staples High School
January 26, 2017

By Madison Sell '18 Just recently, Niche, a website that reviews schools, ranked the Westport Public School district as #1 in Connecticut and #12 nationwide. “I think that we offer an extremely...

Possible elimination of B-level English courses generates concern

Possible elimination of B-level English courses generates concern
January 18, 2017

Ian Bernstein '18 The Westport Public School’s administrative staff is considering terminating B-level English classes at Staples High School based on their purpose for student learning. Students...

Colleen Palmer appointed new Westport Superintendent

Colleen Palmer appointed new Westport Superintendent
January 18, 2016

Dr. Colleen Palmer was officially appointed as the next superintendent of the Westport Public Schools at Monday night's Board of Education (BOE) meeting with a unanimous 6-0 vote. . Palmer, who will...

Niche ranks Staples’ teachers as number one in Connecticut

Niche ranks Staples’ teachers as number one in Connecticut
April 19, 2015

Last week, Niche, an online resource that allows parents to compare various public and private schools by district, ranked Staples High School teachers as first in the state. For those who have not...

Students choose between religious obligations and academic success

Students choose between religious obligations and academic success
September 9, 2014

The publishing of the Westport School Calendar lead to many students' concerns over the lack of recognition for several religious holy days. The most notable religious holy day not being recognized...

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