Inklings News

Connecticut residents must fall in line or face fines

Anna Diorio '23, Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

A decision must be made. Connecticut residents must choose whether they care more about the well-being of others or their own sense of personal freedoms. On Sept. 15, Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 9B, which authorized provisions including placing fines on those who fail to wear masks...

Student presentations bore classes in time of hybrid learning

Lilly Weisz '23, Assistant Creative Director

September 21, 2020

I have a confession: I’m the rare sort of student who actually enjoys presenting in class. Over Zoom, however, I want to tear my hair out while an in-person classmate yammers on and on during a presentation, words barely audible through the class microphone. My eyes glaze over as I open up a Bu...

Reopening school in fall risky, should not be done

Jack Dennison '21, Broadcast Director

June 3, 2020

The coronavirus has been a major factor influencing everything in 2020, and the scariest part of it is the uncertainty of when many things can open. On May 5, Ned Lamont closed schools for the rest of the year. Although the closure is supposed to last until fall, there has been discussion as t...

Reopening economy will save more lives than national lockdown

As the US reaches its third month of quarantine and as unemployment continues to rise, we need to start thinking about getting our economy running again.

Graham Wood '20, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

It’s been three months since Staples closed its doors in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Staples students, Westport residents and essentially the rest of America have locked up and stayed in their homes as shelter-in-place orders have swept across the nation. With the exception ...

Opening restaurants are huge step in right direction

Holden Cohen '20, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

As the days go on and on with little change, it seems as if we might be moving in the right direction for returning to some sort of normality. Connecticut governor Ned Lamont announced restaurants can open on May 20 for outdoor seating only. This is exactly what people needed to hear.  Most ...

Seniors attempt to salvage their internships

Holden Cohen '20, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

In the past, when the school year came to an end and the hallways became significantly less crowded, underclassmen could really sense the entire class of students. This was the senior class, as they go off on their internships to either learn something in their career choice or destress from the grue...

Staples leaves students unprepared for next academic year

Hannah Conn '23, Staff Writer

May 17, 2020

This year, students, staff, parents and teachers alike have gone through an unprecedented time, so it’s not a surprise that our education has been altered as a result. What is a surprise, however, is how underprepared Staples has left its current and future students.  When I reflect on gettin...

Congress must curb continuous coronavirus spending

As a result of Congressional spending, the US deficit skyrocketed in the month of April. By this year’s end, the Congressional Budget Office projects that the deficit will be $3.7 trillion.

Andreas Lolis '21, Breaking News Editor

May 17, 2020

These are unprecedented times. Never have so many people been isolated from society.  The effects of social distancing impact more than just the social aspect of our lives. The American economy is in dire straits. Congress has responded with massive spending, including a $2 trillion stimulus pack...

Social distancing becoming optional, still obligatory

Graphic by Lia Chen ’20

Lia Chen ’20, Staff Writer

May 17, 2020

At long last, after what has felt like an eternity, summer is finally beginning to approach us. All around our community, there are signs that life seems to be returning to normal: the weather is starting to warm up; seniors are embarking on their internships; Compo has reopened; On May 20, Connecticu...

Gradual CT opening necessary, crucial

The Westport Library announced plans to begin curbside pick-up of books and other materials as soon as June 15th.

Dana Perelberg '20, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

In March, businesses and parks were forced to close their doors due to COVID-19. Westport began to resemble a ghost town as people cleared the streets and buildings became empty. Two months have passed, and the town is slowly beginning to open up again. On May 15 parks and beaches were able to open u...

SAT tests must return or applying to college will be a challenge

Although it is hard to think of a way to resume SAT testing during this pandemic, we must find a way or else both colleges and students will endure the consequences.

Marlo Von der Ahe ’20, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

As the coronavirus keeps life at a standstill, not only has education halted, but the option to take SAT tests has also stopped. This presents a dilemma to students looking to apply to college next year. Since standardized testing is one of the biggest ways for colleges to assess students on whether or...

AP exams persist through pandemic, not in students’ best interest

Marina Engler '21, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Entering my junior year, I already had the month of May marked on my calendar. Starting in September, I began to learn content that would eventually be crammed into an hour long AP test. However, as the coronavirus swept across the world, the manner in which the AP tests are now being given is n...

Quarter four grade weight reduction may demotivate frustrated students

Maya Hruskar '23, Paper Opinions Editor

May 15, 2020

Another hour spent in front of a computer screen. Lessons that feel like busy work. And above it all, a growing dissatisfaction for school. This quarantine has presented new and unique challenges to everyone, and the relationship between students and their schoolwork is no exception.  Without the fac...

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