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TV Production Classes Spice up Communication Time

TV Production Classes Spice up Communication Time

December 22, 2010

A crowd of students is congregated around two tables pushed together in the center of the room. The general murmur of talking dies down as teacher Jim Honeycutt begins to speak, and the students attentively listen to the day’s agenda. Today they will be continuing work filming and editing the stories...

Student Teachers Use Staples as a classroom

Student Teachers Use Staples as a classroom

December 22, 2010

Michelle Maher is a graduate student at at the University of Connecticut who is working to get her master’s degree in education. As a requirement for the course, Maher was required to teach high school level students for four months. Maher taught Introduction to Psychology and U.S. History and government, two social studies courses normally taught by teachers Carol Avery a...

Holiday Break: How Does It Affect Academics?

Holiday Break: How Does It Affect Academics?

December 17, 2010

This school year, the holiday break will take place from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, and while Staples students are typically anxious for the break after weeks of intense academics, it can ultimately take a toll on students’ retention of knowledge. Although teachers typically do not stop teaching until the last bell rings...

To Change or Not to Change

To Change or Not to Change

December 13, 2010

Will McDonald Staff Writer The boys’ locker room has not been renovated in decades, but due to a school rule that prohibits changing clothing anywhere else, the locker room is the only choice that students have. However, many students elect to ignore the rule and instead change in the school bathrooms. Some actually thi...

CLUELESS: Personal Finance Course Aims to Teach Students How to Manage their Money

CLUELESS: Personal Finance Course Aims to Teach Students How to Manage their Money

December 7, 2010

Image via Wikipedia The world of money comes with an entire complex language of its own. Students usually know and are very familiar with these two phrases, “how much?” or “charge it,” and, with the help of mommy and daddy’s money this is all they need to know. However, after kids graduate from high school and...

December 6, 2010 | Telling a Story Through Ceramics

December 6, 2010 | Telling a Story Through Ceramics

December 6, 2010

9:40 a.m. Emma Tolkin '12 works on her self sculpture for a project in Ms. Jeselnick's ceramics class....

Evident Disparities in Boys, Girls Locker Rooms

Evident Disparities in Boys, Girls Locker Rooms

December 3, 2010

Though Danny Horelik ’12 plays for varsity football on a field quite different from the one on which uncle – and former Staples student and professional football quarterback – Skip Lane played, Horelik gets ready for gym class in a facility that is nearly the same. This is because according ...

Using a SMART board requires smarts:Teachers divided on usage of SMART boards

Using a SMART board requires smarts:Teachers divided on usage of SMART boards

December 3, 2010

When students walk into a science, math, English or social studies class, they are almost guaranteed to see a SMART Board. These big electronic whiteboards seem to have found their way at the front of most classrooms on the second and third floors, and are used to display notes, worksheets, websites, movies and more. However, whil...

December 1, 2010 | African Drum Circle

December 1, 2010 | African Drum Circle

December 1, 2010

9:03 a.m.  Members of an African Studies class enhance their learning experience with a hands-on tutorial about African drumming in the auditorium rotunda. ­­ ...

Are Kitchens Really Mean?

Are Kitchens Really Mean?

November 29, 2010

Matt Walton '14 Staff Writer They can be found everywhere, shouting, berating, and screaming all across television. On Iron Chef America, viewers can enjoy watching these hosts shouting Japanese war chants before starting the competition. On perhaps the most famous example of these shows, Hell...

Playing Catch-Up

Playing Catch-Up

November 15, 2010

It is 7:30 a.m. on the first day of school in 2008, and the bell has just rung. Hannah Bjornson ’11 takes a seat in her Biology Honors class and waits for class to begin. As a new sophomore to Staples High School, Bjornson is required to take classes that she did not complete while at her old high school. Although she is...

Down to the Wire

Down to the Wire

November 15, 2010

Despite the fact that next year's town budget will not be adopted until the first Tuesday in May, several figures in town politics have expressed concern that next year's budget for the Westport Public Schools will increase by 0%. "I certainly think that the Board of Finance and the RTM have indica...

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, ...

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