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Staples High School offered the COVID-19 booster shot for teachers on Nov. 17. They could sign up for a preferred time slot and receive it when convenient.

Westport Public Schools offers booster shot for teachers

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Paper Arts Editor November 21, 2021

Staples High School offered a booster shot clinic on Nov. 17 following the announcement that teachers were eligible to receive it as of Sept. 24. Despite the low transmission rates in school, many...

Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended and we are back to standard time, the sun is now setting extremely early – around 4:30 p.m.. Although the clocks going back allows more daylight in the mornings, it becomes dark by late afternoon, throwing many off their everyday routine.

Daylight Saving Time should be abolished

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Paper Arts Editor November 21, 2021

On Sunday, Nov. 7, the clock struck 1 a.m. twice, marking the official end of Daylight Saving Time (DST). After the first few weeks since its conclusion, I feel it is the perfect time to address why it...

Many student-athletes have athletic early dismissals to get to their game/meet in time, causing them to miss hours of school. Pictured above, the Staples girls’ swim & dive team is on their way to an away meet, where they were dismissed from school around 1 p.m.

Later school dismissal time increases athlete stress levels

Abbie Goldstein '22, Paper Arts Editor October 5, 2021

It’s 2:15 p.m., the time that used to represent the end of the school day, but now signals another half hour of class. Yet, throughout the school, numerous desks are empty and student-athletes are long...

Theresa Vandis ’22, as well as many other students, are feeling overwhelmed as they adapt back to the six 50 minute period schedule. There is less time to complete homework and periods feel rushed with little time to connect with the class. Many students are staying up later and not getting enough sleep as a result.

Return to six-period schedule warrants negative response

Abbie Goldstein, Paper Arts Editor September 24, 2021

Students, bleary-eyed from a late night of homework, grip steaming coffee as they run to their class. Confused freshman frantically check their schedules trying to figure out what the day’s schedule...

Many people post information onto social media without checking its accuracy and credibility, spreading misinformation and bias. This can have harmful consequences on society as a whole.

Social media activism portrays bias, reflects performative actions

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Paper Arts Editor June 7, 2021

What used to be an Instagram feed flooded with birthday posts, photos with friends and funny memes has now been overpowered by misinformed teenagers reposting one-sided infographics, biased photos and...

Mental Health Awareness Month is this May. It spreads awareness, educates and offers assistance for people struggling with mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Month helps destigmatize mental illness through awareness, education

Abbie Goldstein '22, Paper Arts Editor May 17, 2021

A stigma: when one views another in a negative way because of a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that is thought to be or actually is, a disadvantage.  It is a well-known fact that mental...

As the number of vaccinations continues to increase, many families felt it was safe to gather for a Passover seder. Some came together in-person, while others met through Zoom. There are many traditions that are celebrated during the seder, one being having a Seder plate like the one pictured above.

Families gather for Passover celebration

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Paper Features Editor March 31, 2021

Holidays are a time for family members to come together and enjoy each other’s presence, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that. In April of 2020, most families conducted Passover seders over Zoom...

Winter Congress took place through Zoom and utilized the breakout room function to divide members into their designated committees. Zoom was an extremely convenient resource to use and allowed the convention to run smoothly.

Junior State of America engages in virtual Winter Congress

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Features editor March 5, 2021

Each year, members of the national, student-run organization Junior State of America (JSA) long for Winter Congress, a three-day convention in Washington D.C. where students from all over the country come...

A DIY hot chocolate package is fun, inexpensive and made with love. Homemade gifts can be even appreciated even more than store-bought ones because the people receiving the present understand the time and effort put into it. This is a great gift for a winter night during the holiday season.

DIY gift ideas offer festivity to holidays

Abbie Goldstein ’22 and Theresa Vandis ’22 December 22, 2020

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Some swimmers unable to practice with their club teams are signing up for an hour of lane time at Velo-CT, a pool located in Norwalk, Connecticut. This allows them to continue their training and perfect their technique in the water.

Athlete training altered following Lamont’s announcement

Abbie Goldstein ’22 December 7, 2020

Anxious athletes are scrambling to find places to train following Governor Lamont’s announcement that all club and other team sports must pause all activities until Jan. 19. With high school practices...

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