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Young boys may spend their time on the weekends outdoors catching fish or swimming in nearby waters.

Traveling abroad provides purpose, value learning new cultures

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer March 23, 2023

Over the past February break, I had the special opportunity of traveling to South America and exploring parts of Colombia. When my parents first shared their idea of this destination, I was definitely...

An artificial intelligence robot named ChatGPT was created by OpenAI and released in November 2022. Students and teachers have debated how and when to use the tool for academics as its popularity rises.

ChatGPT dominates school debate; helping or hurting?

Talia Varsano , Paper Arts Editor March 21, 2023

Chat GPT’s popularity continues to exponentially grow as students uncover its abilities. In fact, according to Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, ChatGPT had more than 1 million users in its first five days...

Personal Financial Management should be a graduation requirement to ensure that students are able to make informed financial decisions.

Personal Financial Management necessitates new graduation requirements

Meg Enquist ’23, Business Director March 20, 2023

While working on a problem set in AP Statistics, one of my classmates asked the teacher about tax day. This question, unrelated to the problem set, sparked a larger conversation about taxes among the class....

In modern days, Valentine’s Day has become less of a holiday centered around love, and more focused on how much money one spends. It is imperative that people remember that this holiday should be embraced and used as a way to showcase genuine feelings of affection for loved ones, and not to conform to society’s consumerist expectations.

Modern Valentine’s Day centers around money, must refocus on love

Jolie Gefen ’24, Web News Editor February 14, 2023

Valentine's Day, a holiday that used to be dedicated to love and affection, has transformed into a consumerist spectacle in recent years. What was once a day to express love through small gestures, thoughtful...

The AP African-American Studies course has sparked Republican criticism and served as a lightning rod in the debate over parents’ influence in education.

Gutting AP African-American studies sets dangerous precedent

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer February 14, 2023

For over a decade, the College Board has put in time and tireless work to create an AP course that covers a subject seriously lacking in traditional high school history courses: Black and African-American...

A new proposal by the math department suggests removing the display of the decimal points in PowerSchool.

Math department proposes removal of decimal point display in PowerSchool gradebook

Mia Kirkorsky ’24, Business Manager February 14, 2023

It’s thanks to the website we all know and love that students and parents have 24/7 access to their grades- shoutout PowerSchool! Through Westport Public School’s online system of reporting grades,...

As the spring quickly approaches, dances are an integral part of Staples tradition. People, however, tend to gloss over the fact that their dresses are often one of the largest perpetrators of fast fashion, leading to environmental catastrophe.

School dances: fast fashion triggers environmental response

Caitlin Jacob ’24, Paper Features Editor February 13, 2023

Is it short dresses or long dresses? What’s the theme? School dances are an integral part of high school. Many have embraced the highly-anticipated dress shopping process. Staples students are granted...

Mr. Klein’s Accounting classes follow the Century 21 Accounting Textbook. For the 2022-2023 school year, Mr. Klein ran both Accounting courses.

Accounting: uncovering the hidden gem of the math department

Toby Goldfarb ’23, Web Managing Editor February 10, 2023

Throughout my high school experience, I have felt pressured to succumb to the “Staples norm” of overloading AP classes and neglecting my personal interests in the name of a weighted GPA. Many of my...

I was finally given a phone right before I started high school. It definitely comes in handy when it comes to texting my mom when to pick me up from after school activities or using it to help scan documents to submit for school work. But these are all uses that I didn’t require in middle school. The time my mom had to pick me up from after school activities was always consistent and my schoolwork never required a phone for assistance. Although I complained about not having a phone, now that I can take a step back and look rationally at my middle school experience, I never really needed one. It honestly benefited me more to not have one that it harmed me, if it even harmed me at all.

Why I’m happy I was forced to wait until high school to get a phone

Lily Hultgren ’25, Features Editor February 7, 2023

It’s a groggy Monday morning and as I slump into my chair I look around to see that everyone is hunched over their phones, tapping away to their heart’s content, scrolling through video clip after...

A playbill of the 1984 Players production of “Cabaret.” This play takes place in WWII Germany, which means it obviously contains swastikas. This has become an issue for some because of the symbol’s history.

Censoring offensive symbols doesn’t change anything

Matthew Saw ’23, Web Arts Editor February 6, 2023

Staples High School has had a very long history of theatrical performances. If you take a quick look in front of the auditorium, there are many playbills hanging in remembrance of previous performances....

Course selection can be very stressful and students often take classes they feel look good on their transcripts. However, taking classes of genuine interest is much more beneficial and engaging.

A guide to course selection; strive for enjoyment

Margot Richlin ’23, Audience Engagement Manager January 22, 2023

Throughout the past three years of high school, I have found myself struggling to decide which courses I want to take for the following year during course selection. As a current senior, I have been reflecting...

As a result of going through experiences before any younger siblings, eldest siblings often suffer from anticipatory anxiety about being unsure of things like the college application process, what classes to take, and general life advice, putting them at a disadvantage in comparison to their peers who fall in a different spot in their family’s birth order.

Make it stop!: Eldest children face excessive and unnecessary pressures, anxiety

Rachel Olefson ’25, Staff Writer January 16, 2023

As my sixteenth birthday began to approach with the start of the new year, my already-terrible anxieties pertaining to just about everything in my life started to worsen and flood my brain with questions:...

When absorbed in ones insecurities, it becomes all they think about and are reminded of it anywhere they go, such as security signs suddenly mocking people with braces, despite their real intentions.

Smile! You’re on camera: lessons from a braces late bloomer

Nina Bowens ’25, Features Paper Editor January 10, 2023

In fall of seventh grade, I was overjoyed. I had finally convinced my mom that I was responsible enough to get Invisalign, a clear retainer like tray that works the same way braces do. She doubted my capabilities,...

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