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Students face new, extreme punishments including having phones taken away and immediate Saturday detentions.

New school policies punish students unwarrantly, merit system more suited

Hannah Conn ’23, Web Managing Editor September 23, 2022

Upon entering my first Connections class of the year, I expected to relax, greet my Connections teacher and talk about the new school year. Instead, we were read the new policy changes regarding our cell...

As of the 2022-2023 school year, students will store their phones in holders for each class period.

Administration introduces, enforces new personal device policy

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief September 20, 2022

Superintendent Thomas Scarice announced on Aug. 25 the enforcement of a new cell phone policy for all Staples classrooms. This policy requires all students to submit their personal devices—such as AirPods,...

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...

Students in a US History Honors class take advantage of good weather to learn while having a mask break outside.

Staples schedule aches with absence of mask breaks

Lilly Weisz ’23, Assistant Creative Director October 8, 2020

I smell my own stale breath circulating inside the face mask I’ve worn all day. My ears feel like they’re being slowly pulled off my head as I desperately tug at the straps to give myself some form...

As the remote learning program progresses, many have expressed confusion due to a lack of clarification or communication from administration and teachers. We hope we can prioritize clarity in the coming weeks.

EDITORIAL: Continuation of remote learning requires clear communication from administration, teachers

April 17, 2020

As school’s resumption is further postponed until May 20, it is critical that we continue examining and improving the remote learning program for the foreseeable weeks. In the past month, a pressing...

The Westport Board of Education has changed fourth quarter grading to an optional pass-fail standard for Staples in an effort to decrease stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Board of Education implements optional pass-fail grading 

Remy Teltser ’21, Web Features Editor April 6, 2020

Staples High School students will have the option to report their fourth-quarter grades using a pass-fail system or with a standard letter grade due to the new distance learning system.  Grades from quarter...

Since PowerSchool was added to the Westport Public School district in 2017, both students and parents have had unlimited access to grades. The constant ability to check the app causes unnecessary stress to students.

Unlimited PowerSchool access toxic to Staples

Remy Teltser ’21 , Web Features Editor November 11, 2019

Hardly seven seconds after receiving an “it’s posted” text message, PowerSchool is loading its web page onto my phone browser. As the all too familiar gray dial spins around, I am internally freaking...

To help reduce the stresses of high school, an open campus should be mandatory

To help reduce the stresses of high school, an open campus should be mandatory

Marlo Von der Ahe ’20 May 13, 2019

As we near the end of the school year, students in all grades are wishing they can enjoy the warm weather, hoping that summer would come sooner. Naturally, students want the school day to pass as fast...

Consequences in lack of student involvement outweigh participation benefits

Consequences in lack of student involvement outweigh participation benefits

Allie D'Angelo '20, Paper News Editor March 6, 2019

As administrative decisions grow ever more consequential, the need for student opinions is greater than ever. However, despite the countless surveys sent out by the administration in an effort to acquire...

Administration limits rights of students to protest during walkout

Administration limits rights of students to protest during walkout

April 10, 2018

By Jack Dennison ’21   One month after the events in Parkland, students nationwide walked out of their school for 17 minutes to protest gun violence in schools. Videos of these walkouts surfaced...

Photo by Becky Hoving 17

Feminism posters evoke crude responses from students

April 18, 2017

By Megan Doyle '18 Feminism posters outside the cafeteria and bridge area on the second floor provoked multiple inappropriate comments to be written and posted on the wall. On Monday, April 17,...

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