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The Nile Virus is not the first mosquito related virus to spread in Connecticut in recent years. Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Zika Virus have both also had a Connecticut presence.

Advisory warning: Nile virus-infected mosquitos spread across Westport

Rylie Cordella ’25 and Alice Frascella ’25 September 22, 2023

Aspetuck Health District of Westport released an advisory on Sept. 7 warning residents of an increasing rate of mosquitoes with Nile Virus. The advisory focuses on infected mosquitoes found in Westport...

The playground, along with the classroom used for Little Wreckers will remain in place for the 2023-24 school year as the programs ability to open is decided.

Little Wreckers Preschool moves out of Staples due to low enrollment, financial concerns

Caitlin Jacob ’24, Communications Coordinator September 20, 2023

The Little Wreckers preschool program left Staples High School for the 2023-24 school year due to a decline in enrollment. The project had been designed to provide Westport Public School employees with...

The library parent volunteer fair, held on Sep. 13 in the library, offered an opportunity for parents to learn the ropes of volunteering for the LMC.

Parent Volunteer fair provides opportunities for involvement at LMC

Jack Robinson ’26, Web Opinions Editor September 19, 2023

The Staples Library Media Center held a meeting for parent volunteers on Sep. 13, which took place in the LMC, from 9:30a.m.10:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting was to let the parent volunteers, of which...

The library was closed from 8pm-1pm from Tuesday to Thursday last week for testing, as well as certain rooms around the building. Photo by Nile Jean 24.

Juniors take mandatory NGSS science test

Nile Jean ’24, Staff Writer June 6, 2023

From May 30 through June 1, all juniors were required to take the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) test.The test is one of the few standardized tests Staples students must take to graduate, including...

Colleges share statistics about the usage of AI on campus.

Teachers utilize new technology to catch AI-written student essays

Nina Bowens ’25, Executive TV producer June 4, 2023

Turnitin, a plagiarism detection site, recently released a new update to detect AI-written essays, and teachers have already utilized it to crack down on the influx of AI-usage in Staples students’ work.  Thousands...

In terms of system-wide emails regarding emergencies and rumors at Staples, the 2022-2023 school year has been one of the busiest. From multi-hour emergency lockdowns to a car crashing into the building, the school email list has been the primary way for parents to learn about incidents at Staples.

Administration email dispels weapon rumor

Benjamin Buchalter ’25, Staff Writer May 30, 2023

The Westport Public School system sent out an email to students and parents at Staples High School on May 22 correcting rumors alleging that a Staples student had posted an image of themselves brandishing...

Following Greens Farms Elementary School’s Principal Kevin Cazzetta’s retirement, Brian Byrne will be the new principal.

Greens Farms Elementary School welcomes new principal

Storey Ahl ’25, Staff Writer May 30, 2023

Following the retirement of Greens Farms Elementary School (GFS) Principal Kevin Cazzetta, Brian Byrne will take Cazzetta’s place beginning on July 1. Brian Byrne is coming from an elementary school...

CAVA, a Mediterranean restaurant, is set to open adjacent to Westport Hardware. The restaurant’s menu consists of various types of Mediterranean bowls and pitas.

Mediterranean Restaurant CAVA coming to Westport

Storey Ahl ’25, Staff Writer May 22, 2023

CAVA, the nation's largest Mediterranean restaurant chain, will open a location in The Village Center, adjacent to Westport Hardware. Construction is set to begin in June. An application for a permit...

Prior to the event starting, senior members were responsible for folding the printed pamphlets that were handed out to the attending family.

National Honors Society welcomes new members

Maddie Bell ’23, Staff Writer May 6, 2023

The Staples National Honor Society chapter hosted their annual induction night for seniors and juniors on Wednesday, April 26 in the Staples auditorium. In an email to senior members, Grade-level assistant...

Two groups, Westport Pride and the WPS Pride Coalition are throwing a fundraiser event in which they are selling LGBTQ+ merchandise commemorating the Stonewall riots. The merchandise can be purchased up until Sunday, May 5. Graphic by Hannah Conn 23. (Please be advised that the graphic above is not the merchandise being sold.)

Westport Pride, WPS Pride Coalition create fundraiser, sell merchandise commemorating Stonewall, LGBTQ+ Pride

Hannah Conn ’23, Staff Writer May 5, 2023

Through Sunday, May 7, the Westport Pride Group and the WPS Pride Coalition have a fundraiser selling two different t-shirts in preparation of the upcoming National LGBTQ+ Pride month, June, and commemoration...

The Make Me Free Initiative, created by Camille Kolek ’23, Miriam Hurley ’23 and Adelia Purcell ’23, will supply Staples High School bathrooms with complimentary period products. Currently, free period products are only available in the nurses’ office. Graphic by Mia Bomback 25.

State approves funds for Make Me Free to implement Voice4Change-winning initiative

Mia Bomback ’25, Paper Features Editor May 5, 2023

The state of Connecticut has, after a year-long wait, approved funds for the installation of menstrual products in Staples High School’s girls’ and gender-neutral bathrooms as part of the Make Me Free...

Above shows the events that transpired before and during the investigation, which would ultimately find the alleged comments to be false.

Investigation finds no evidence of Anti-Semitism at Staples High School trip to Germany

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Web Opinions Editor May 5, 2023

An investigation into antisemitic comments made during the recent Staples High School trip to Germany found no evidence of the event according to Superintendent Thomas Scarice. The alleged incident...

Staples students were left confused as to why science classes lunch wave was changed from wave one to three.

Surprise change of science lunch wave leaves Staples community confused

Cameron Almonte ’23, Staff Writer April 27, 2023

Staples administrators changed the lunch wave period from first to third on April 24 for students who have science classes during the lunch wave. Students were left confused as they did not receive an ...

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