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Principal search on hold while experts are called in

Principal search on hold while experts are called in

Megan Doyle, Staff Writer

October 5, 2015

The search process for finding a new permanent principal at Staples is changing and is currently on hold until directed otherwise. The Board of Education suggested hiring a search firm to effectively find new, interesting candidates for this important role. Last year, as a way to find applicants, the town of Westport placed ads featured in the New York Tim...

Superintendent Landon announces his retirement after 2015-16 school year

Max Biblicoff, News Editor

June 19, 2015

Just months after Staples principal John Dodig announced his plans to retire, another public figure in the Westport school system, superintendent Elliott Landon, has announced his intentions to retire as well. Landon announced via email earlier this month that the upcoming 2015-16 school year will be...

Candidate for Principal Withdraws from Consideration

Candidate for Principal Withdraws from Consideration

Andrew Vester, Web Opinions Editor

May 27, 2015

Shelly Somers, the principal of Central Middle School in Greenwich, withdrew herself from consideration for the position of principal at Staples High School.  The statement of Somers’ withdrawal was made by school officials on May 27. The unexpected announcement came a day after Somers met with stude...

BOE discusses health survey, continuing ed. and goals

School psychologist Valerie Babich shares her findings from the health survey with the Board of Education (BOE).

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

May 7, 2015

On May 4, the Board of Education (BOE) discussed the results of the Westport/Weston/Wilton Student Health Survey, modifications to Westport Continuing Education and the BOE’s goals for 2015-2016. The health survey required that a minimum of 100 students were tested in each grade level. The questions...

Proposed budget for 2015-16 school debated by BOE and Landon

Anders Hovstadius and Becca Rawiszer, Staff Writers

March 10, 2015

During the February Board of Education meeting, a budget increase was proposed by Superintendent Elliott Landon. The majority of the budget increase goes into two categories: literacy coaches and school security. Literacy coaches are professionals who work directly with teachers in their professional...

Hear us out

Hear us out

December 5, 2014

At Staples, it’s easy for us to meet with a teacher if we’re stuck on a math problem. It’s easy for us to get any book we would ever need from the school library. It’s easy for us to be involved in one of the hundreds of clubs. But voicing our opinions and concerns is not so easy. Yes, we...

BOE discusses K-12 start times

BOE discusses K-12 start times

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

November 21, 2014

On Nov. 17, the Board of Education (BOE) met to discuss the idea of changing elementary, middle and high school starting times. This topic hasn’t been up for debate since 2004; however, the BOE was inclined to revisit it because they are concerned for the well being of students. The main worry is ...

Students required to bring their own devices

Sixty percent of students already bring devices to school, Director of Technology Natalie Carrignan pointed out at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

October 28, 2014

On Oct. 20, The Board of Education (BOE) met in the Staples Cafeteria to discuss the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Initiative, which requires all students to bring their own technological devices to class in the 2015-16 school year. English teacher Kim Herzog, Assistant Superintendent James D’Amico and...

Security upgrades cost School Board

Security upgrades cost School Board

Megan Root and Katelyn DeAgro

September 19, 2014

In response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, Westport public schools implemented this summer the first half of the Board of Education’s (BOE) $1.4 million plan for school security improvements. Part of this plan includes automatic interior door locks, which is why any student who leaves for the bathroom...

Westport warms to possibility of solar panels

Westport warms to  possibility of solar panels

Justine Seligson, Photo Coordinator

May 30, 2014

Imagine a form of energy that is completely clean, renewable and inexpensive in the long run. It has none of the filth of fossil fuels. Using it on a large-scale basis would allow many people to enjoy the typical benefits of electricity, while at the same time live without the guilt of burning dirty...

Women’s Advocacy Club campaigns for contraception

Women’s Advocacy Club campaigns for contraception

Kaila Finn, Web News Editor

May 19, 2014

Last year, the Staples' Women's Advocacy Club (WAC) unveiled their campaign to stock the nurse's office with condoms. These efforts were met with an overwhelming positive response from students who, teeming with curiosity, crowded around the cafeteria booth for information. This interest has persisted, motiv...

Board of Education discusses solar energy

AP environmental students filled the back of the audience to show their support for the solar photovoltaic system proposal.

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

April 9, 2014

On a rainy Monday night, April 7, the Staples cafeteria quickly filled up with concerned AP environmental students for the Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The major topics that were covered included the Green Task Force Committee’s proposal for solar panel installations at school buildings and the ...

Board of Finance approves proposed BOE budget

Board of Finance approves proposed BOE budget

Eliza Llewellyn, Web Managing Editor

March 21, 2014

Thursday night’s Board of Finance meeting sparked debate and discussion, but ultimately resulted in the approval of the BOE’s proposed budget in a 4-3 vote. The budget proposal, a 4.82 percent increase over last year’s, reflected alterations made in a closed-session BOE meeting earlier that...

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