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

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.

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 need for clear communication and transparency has surfaced; students, teachers and administration wou...

Board of Education implements optional pass-fail grading 

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.

Remy Teltser ’21, Paper 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 one through three, which ended on April 3, will be reported by traditional grade letters.  Interim Superintendent Da...

Unlimited PowerSchool access toxic to Staples

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.

Remy Teltser ’21, Paper 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 out. Simultaneously, my AP Lang group chat is blowing up talking about how this one essay affect...

Limited Campus Policy is revisited by students

Limited Campus Policy is revisited by students

Mia Daignault ’20 and Abby Fleming ’20

October 11, 2019

Schedule change incorporates new connections period

At the start of the 2019-20 school year, Staples High School administration implemented a new connections block into the four-day rotation schedule. Grade-specific groups of 10-15 students will meet with one teacher every Tuesday and Thursday.

Remy Teltser '21 and Carly Kapowitz ’21

September 20, 2019

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 as they can. But, after seven long hours of working, thinking and processing information, it is not irrational for students to want to leave campus and clear there head by gra...

Consequences in lack of student involvement outweigh participation benefits

Consequences in lack of student involvement outweigh participation benefits

Allie D'Angelo '20

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 perspective, many students refrain from taking advantage of such opportunities to say what we wa...

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 all over social media, from students in New York City going onto the streets with signs prote...

Feminism posters evoke crude responses from students

Photo by Becky Hoving '17

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, the Women's History class taught by Cathy Schager created two interactive banners, asking students to w...

Scheduling committee sets sights for potential future schedule change

Scheduling committee sets sights for potential future schedule change

March 31, 2017

By: Lili Romann ’19 and Daniel Harizman ’19 The Staples’ administration has gathered a committee to explore both the benefits and drawbacks of various schedules in order to maximize work efficiency and eliminate stress. Staples currently possesses a schedule that differentiates each day from the n...

Administration stuck: Help or no help administration scrutinized

Staples High School

Cate Casparius

February 27, 2017

Cate Casparius '19 In an attempt to please the students and parents of Staples High School, the administration seems to be damned if they do and damned if they don’t. I have an incredible amount of respect and empathy for James D’Amico taking the role of head principal at a school recoveri...

Westport community left shocked and outraged after child development courses suddenly stripped

Westport community left shocked and outraged after child development courses suddenly stripped

Margot Mather '17, Features Page Editor

January 30, 2017

By Margot Mather '17 In a meeting on Friday Jan. 27 with concerned parents and teachers, Principal James D’Amico announced that the Child Development 1 and 2 and Child Study courses will be terminated next year, while allowing the preschoolers who are currently enrolled to attend until the end of the...

Possible elimination of B-level English courses generates concern

Possible elimination of B-level English courses generates concern

January 18, 2017

Ian Bernstein '18 The Westport Public School’s administrative staff is considering terminating B-level English classes at Staples High School based on their purpose for student learning. Students and teachers have expressed unfavorable opinions regarding this possible decision, which include...

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