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A or AP?: U.S. History Honors in Danger of Elimination

A or AP?: U.S. History Honors in Danger of Elimination

May 27, 2011

U.S. History Honors, a course originally created nine years ago by a Board of Education (BOE) directive to create more honors-level courses at Staples, is on the verge of extinction. “I think in general, we don’t want too many levels in social studies,” James D’Amico, 6–12 Social Studies Department Coordinator, said. D’Amico says that the department is divided whe...

New ‘Global Themes’ Course to Replace ‘Western Humanities’

New ‘Global Themes’ Course to Replace ‘Western Humanities’

November 12, 2010

Starting next year, incoming freshman will have an entirely new history experience. The new curriculum will differ not only in the material that freshman will learn, but also how they will be taught and tested. This change occurred on Oct. 12 when the Board of Education approved a new class, Global Themes, ...

New Course, “Global Studies,” Approved in BOE Meeting

New Course, “Global Studies,” Approved in BOE Meeting

October 26, 2010

On Mon., Oct. 25, the Board of Education met to discuss important action items, including trends in standardized testing, and the addition of a new Social Studies course, beginning in the ’11-’12 school year. The Board also accepted the gift of a Boston baby grand piano to Bedford Middle School, and ...

The College Credit Crisis: Examining the Relevance of AP Classes at Staples High School

The College Credit Crisis: Examining the Relevance of AP Classes at Staples High School

September 29, 2010

Isaac Stein '12 and Brendan Rand '11 Senior Writer and News Editor No matter what classes they are taking, a mountain of AP textbooks is not an uncommon sight for students like Sean Christie '12, who study in the library. | Photo by Isaac Stein '12 According to the College Board AP ...

Senior Prom Runs Without Incident

Ian Phillips '10 is one of many students who had a fun filled evening as he crowd-surfs over senior prom attendees. | Photo contributed by Tate Cooper '10

June 8, 2010

Petey Menz '11 Executive Editor The Staples Senior Prom was held last Saturday, June 5, at the Stamford Hilton from 7 to 11 p.m. After the dance, a post-prom celebration organized by the Staples PTA was held at the Compo Beach Pavilion; this event continued until 1 a.m. “It was an excel...

Seniors Prepare for Internships, Teachers Expect Smaller Classes

Photo courtesy of SXC

April 16, 2010

On Sept. 1, Scott Grundei ’10 walked into his Advanced Placement (A.P.) English Literature class of 20 other students.  On May 17, Grundei will walk into a class of two – just himself and his English teacher, Christina Richardson. Since nearly three-quarters of the senior class is about leave Staples on...

JSA Beats Weather Down to D.C. for “Winter Congress”

Members of the JSA club pose at the

March 2, 2010

Each year the Junior State of America (JSA) club visits Washington, D.C. for “Winter Congress,” a gathering of high school students in a mock Congress convention. Normally, they are greeted with balmier than Westport weather.But instead of a short respite from arctic temperatures, the 40 students on the c...

Crosswords Accepted at Collaborative Team Meeting

Crosswords Accepted at Collaborative Team Meeting

December 22, 2009

At a Dec. 16 meeting, the  Collaborative Team decided that the New York Times crosswords and other puzzles distributed by the library would not be discontinued. At a previous meeting, the notion was raised that students disrupt class by completing the puzzles. Principal John Dodig reiterated that teachers can prohibit anything disruptive i...

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