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Teaching in Underprivileged Schools

Teaching in Underprivileged Schools

April 15, 2010

Haris Durrani '11 Opinions Editor The children were fighting again. Social Studies teacher Daniel Heaphy and a fellow middle school teacher each wrapped a student in their arms and pulled back. The student in Heaphy’s grasp used a free hand to push a desk frantically toward his opponent. ...

Fluency and Truancy; Do our Students Care about World Language?

April 15, 2010

Melanie Mignucci '12 Video Editor Sebastian Salgado ’12 enters his Spanish 3 Honors classroom with nonchalance, backpack slung over one shoulder, and bunkers down in his seat on the far left– front row, behind the computer, next to the window. From then on, his mind wanders off. He’ll chat...

Staples Students Take Part in EMS Training

Staples Students Take Part in EMS Training

April 12, 2010

Leah Bitsky '12 Staff Writer On Sundays night, when most Staples students are finishing up their last minute homework assignments, some are going to class from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to train to be a part of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS). “It’s definitely a huge time commitment...

Eight Percent Is Not Enough: What It’s Like to Be a Minority at Staples

March 30, 2010

 Haris Durrani ’11 Opinions Editor It’s different living brown in a nearly all-white town for 16 years. In elementary-school I once preferred playing with a white friend rather than a Chinese friend because Chinese was not “vanilla.” When I visited my grandmother’s Washington Heights...

Substitutes, Students Cope With Long Term Teacher Absences

March 12, 2010

Annie Nelson '11 Features Editor  With maternity leaves, illnesses and other personal reasons, teachers can be gone from the classroom for as much as a semester’s time. However, these absences are ameliorated by the presence of a qualified substitute teacher who can lead the class in the teacher...

Downward Dog and Cobra and Tree Pose, Oh My! The Chronicles of a Not-so-Relaxing Yoga Class

Downward Dog and Cobra and Tree Pose, Oh My! The Chronicles of a Not-so-Relaxing Yoga Class

March 12, 2010

Carlie Schwaeber '12 Web News Editor Yoga is a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquility, etc., as dictionary.com proclaims. So according to that website, yoga is supposed to be relaxing. I prove this definition wrong. My sister loves yoga and is really good at it, and often brings me along. Usually I h...

To Curve or Not to Curve: The Debate Over Curving Test Scores In Advanced Placement Courses

To Curve or Not to Curve: The Debate Over Curving Test Scores In Advanced Placement Courses

March 12, 2010

Ross Gordon '11 and Jesse Heussner '11 News Editor and Features Editor Vinny Amaru ’11 studied his Advanced Placement (AP) US History textbook for weeks. Disregarding all distractions from families and friends, Amaru began to review the history of America until late into the night. He was rewarde...

The Ups and Downs of Student Elevator Use

The Ups and Downs of Student Elevator Use

March 12, 2010

Dana Rappaport '11 Web Opinions Editor To some, the Staples elevator is a free ride that provides leisurely access to different floors and is accessible at the push of a button. It is truly a peculiar phenomenon that students are not rushing into the crammed area in order to avoid the agonizing trip of walking up a flight of stairs. Students Wh...

CAPT Testing Delayed Due to Lack of Test Booklets

CAPT Testing Delayed Due to Lack of Test Booklets

March 10, 2010

On Thursday, March 11, at 7:45 a.m., Staples sophomores were scheduled to take their final CAPT test- Interdisciplinary Writing Session III, a supplemental test.  Other students would not come in until 10:20 a.m., when first period was to start. However, at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10, the Staples High School admin...

Turning up the Pressure on AP Courses

Turning up the Pressure on AP Courses

March 2, 2010

Emily Cooper '11 Business Manager Five to Eight students in an average-sized class of 22, an anonymous, Staples High School social studies teacher, feels are not prepared to handle the difficulty or workload of her Advanced Placement course. That means that up to 25 percent may not belong in the advan...

Be a Punk or Grab your Trunks: Swimming at Staples Examined

Be a Punk or Grab your Trunks: Swimming at Staples Examined

February 24, 2010

Kelsey Landauer ‘12 Staff Writer The one place that you can see your classmates without any pants on—the Staples Pool house. This chlorine-filled haven is not only a great way to cool down and relax  in the middle of the day but also a graduation requirement. Staples requires that every student part...

Budget and Questions Slow Adoption of Graphic Novels Course

Budget and Questions Slow Adoption of Graphic Novels Course

February 24, 2010

Petey Menz '11 News Editor During the fall of 2009, English teacher Jesse Bauks, art teacher Carla Eichler and English K-12 Coordinator Lisabeth Comm geared up to present a graphic novels course, hoping that it would be included in the 2010-11 curriculum. However, Superintendent Elliott Landon decided the...

Fresh Priorities for Frosh: Freshmen Manage First Year Pressures

Fresh Priorities for Frosh: Freshmen Manage First Year Pressures

January 29, 2010

Mike Nussbaum '11 Sports Editor When an English 1 Honors class was asked to describe their first semester of Staples in one word, mixed responses of “big”, “huge”, “fun”, “intense”, and “challenging” lit up the room. Halfway through their freshman year, the class of 2013 is mana...

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