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Twitter displays double standard following threats against Trump

As threats against President Trump were made, Twitter put out a statement highlighting their policy against hate on the site, exposings the double standard between men and women in politics. Graphic by Marina Engler '21
October 25, 2020

Following news that President Trump contracted COVID-19, many flocked to Twitter to voice their opinions and reactions. Among the millions of tweets that rolled in, there was a noticeable amount of tweets...

Open-note assessments provide solution to testing during hybrid learning model

Photo taken by Meg Enquist ’23
Open-note assessments allow students to focus on learning concepts opposed to memorizing the material.
October 25, 2020

The unusual circumstances of this school year have caused teachers to face several new challenges. The most prominent concern is how to handle assessments with the current hybrid model, in which half the...

First Presidential debate proved lack of professionalism, maturity

Trump interrupts Biden during his two minutes on the impact that the coronavirus has and the lives taken from the lack of action taken by the Trump administration. Image taken from taken from C-SPAN
October 25, 2020

When I sat down to watch the Sept. 29 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, I got more than what I expected. And I mean much more. One could argue that there were some hits of the 90-minute...

Trump motivates base while Biden fails to lure undecided voters in first debate

The presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was exactly what I expected it to be—a mess. Both candidates shouted and hurled insults at each other, and seldom answered the questions that were given to them.
October 23, 2020

The presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was exactly what I expected it to be—a mess.  Both candidates shouted and hurled insults at each other, and seldom answered the questions...

Presenting pronouns in classroom creates more comfortable environment

COVID-19 makes school stressful enough. Allowing students to express themselves over online features will only enhance the quality of school days.
October 19, 2020

The first day of school is taxing, no matter who you are. The personal demand to have an excellent first impression on each person you meet, the exceptionally high expectations that you create in your...

New learning style due to hybrid model prepares seniors for college

With the hybrid model, students spend three out of the five days a week learning from home. They meet with their classes only two to three times per week, so a focus has been placed on independent learning.
October 14, 2020

My social media pages are constantly filled with self-deprecating humor from the senior class about all the traditions we have to put our own spin on, given the devastating impacts of COVID.  With...

Physical, vocal displaying of teachers’, administrators’ opinions prove impermissible, distract from learning

When teachers vocally and physically show support for their political and social beliefs, it can distract from learning of students. Therefore, these behaviors should not be permitted in a school environment.
October 10, 2020

In an era with political and social movements taking place one after another, opinions flourish in a school like Staples. Activists are everywhere in Westport, most of which can be found in our school.  With...

Staples needs strong response to COVID-19 cases already present in schools

Weston schools shut down for deep cleaning after positive COVID-19 cases arise.
October 9, 2020

Although it seems like doors just opened yesterday, several schools across the county have already reported cases of COVID-19 among their students and staff members. Westport, Weston and Norwalk have all...

Cancelled Zoom calls due to substitute teachers heightens confusion

An absent teacher publishes an informative Schoology post making students aware of a substitute for the day.
October 9, 2020

Given Staples’ new hybrid learning model, where half of a class attends school while the other half participates virtually, having a substitute teacher can become a confusing and stressful process for...

Mourning Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death has left many Americans in a state of grief. Some struggle with properly mourning Ginsburg and finding a balance between celebrating her achievements while acknowledging her wrongdoings.
October 9, 2020

At five feet tall and 100 pounds, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was small in size, but held enormous power. Justice Ginsburg was a staunch fighter for equality, a champion of womens’ rights and more recently,...

Downtown Westport is changing – and not for the better

Graphic of photos of storefronts on Main Street in downtown Westport.
October 9, 2020

Downtown Westport, particularly Main Street, has become synonymous with great shopping and restaurants amongst residents of Fairfield County over past decades, but today’s downtown is far from it. A...

Virtual learning takes a turn, improves students’ mental health

At home set up for distance learning.
October 9, 2020

Sitting at a desk in an uncomfortable, stiff chair for hours at a time can be tough. Trying to learn and grasp new concepts while shivering, sweating or trying to quiet a growling stomach can be stressful....

Outdoor seating offers safe environment for students to interact during lunch

This is the setup for the outdoor seating tables at Staples High School.
October 9, 2020

Large, white X’s mark the spots at every table, allowing only three people to sit together at a time. As students sit down for lunch, they sigh with relief as they tear off their masks for the first...

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