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The AP African-American Studies course has sparked Republican criticism and served as a lightning rod in the debate over parents’ influence in education.

Gutting AP African-American studies sets dangerous precedent

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer February 14, 2023

For over a decade, the College Board has put in time and tireless work to create an AP course that covers a subject seriously lacking in traditional high school history courses: Black and African-American...

Students in AP Music Theory during period 4, featured in the middle of a busy day with Mr. Giampietro and Ms. Mascaro. Photograph by Audrey Curtis

AP Music Theory blends creativity, challenge for musically gifted students

Charlotte Berner ’25 and Audrey Curtis ’25, Staff Writer and Web Features Editor September 20, 2022

Staples High School is known for its award winning music programs: the band, the orchestra and  the chorus. But what course displays it all? AP Music Theory.  The AP Music Theory course provides students...

In addition to the High School Partnership Program, Norwalk Community college can be a great resource for Staples Students during and after high school. NCC’s library and professors can be accessed by interested students, and the school is one of many local options for post high school education.

Norwalk Community College classes provide academic enrichment for Staples students

Aidan Rogers '22, Creative Director October 11, 2021

From AP pottery and drawing to high level arts and sciences, the course catalogue at Staples High School is particularly diverse. However, there are gaps in this long list of classes for students pursuing...

Implementing B and C-level courses in departments that do not have them would allow struggling students to learn and absorb more information from school and achieve better grades, without having to stumble their way through semesters.

Lack of lower-level courses perpetuate competitive community, student struggle

Morgan Han-Lemus ’23, Staff Writer May 25, 2021

Requirements for Staples courses are constantly being updated; however, correct course leveling is something that Staples has been struggling with for years. The majority of math classes offer down to...

The College Board has implemented changes to their registration and cancellation policies regarding the Advanced Placement exams. This renders them the ability to charge students the full price of a normal test.

Changes to Advanced Placement test justifies College Board to charge full price

Marina Engler '21, Staff writer November 25, 2020

Uncertainty of the future seems to be looming over everyone as the pandemic once again begins to surge. While the future has become impossible to predict, we have time and time again found ways to adapt...

AP exams persist through pandemic, not in students’ best interest

Marina Engler '21, Staff writer May 15, 2020

Entering my junior year, I already had the month of May marked on my calendar. Starting in September, I began to learn content that would eventually be crammed into an hour long AP test. However, as...

Staples juniors have begun to purchase their parking stickers. They are available until they are sold out. Students must put their sticker on their windshield in order to legally park in their assigned spot.

Junior parking sales begin

Mia Daignault May 24, 2019

Junior parking tickets went on sale on May 13. They cost $20 and are available for purchase in the Assistant Principal’s office until they have all been sold out. As seniors begin to depart for internships,...

A Staples High School senior works to complete hours of homework. Stanford University researchers identified between 90 and 150 minutes as the “optimal” amount of homework in 2014.

Homework volume does not correlate with rigor

Sophie Driscoll ’19 January 16, 2019

At higher levels of certain courses, difficulty of content increases slightly but volume of homework increases dramatically. However, homework quantity does not correlate with academic rigor. Of course,...

College Board cracks down on AP memes

College Board cracks down on AP memes

May 21, 2018

By Adam Wenkoff '18

Students should be able to move non AP-tests on days of AP finals

Students should be able to move non AP-tests on days of AP finals

May 18, 2017

Adam Wenkoff '18 The two weeks of AP final exams are, for many, the most stressful weeks of the year.   Students taking finals in their AP courses should be able to move their other tests...

Solving the Inconsistency and Confusion that Final Exams Bring to AP Classes

Solving the Inconsistency and Confusion that Final Exams Bring to AP Classes

May 17, 2017

Ben Pearl ’18 Advanced Placement exams officially ended on Friday, May 12. Accordingly, I thought it would be appropriate to offer a solution to the problem students and teachers face every spring:...

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

Succeeding without advanced placement classes

May 9, 2017

Phoebe Mendelson ’17   Over the course of my four years at Staples, I’d like to think that I’ve learned and gained insight on a few things, one of them being that there are many experienced...

Return of the Nerf Guns: A.P. Assassination soon to come

Return of the Nerf Guns: A.P. Assassination soon to come

May 8, 2017

By Nicole Dienst ’18 The long standing tradition of A.P. Assassination is beginning on May 15, the same day that senior internships start. The competition is for seniors who took at least one advanced...

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