Inklings News

Multiple educational platforms makes online school harder for students

Google Classroom is one of the most popular educational platforms used by teachers among the many provided.

Ella Bloomingdale '20, Staff Writer

April 20, 2020

Starting online school has been tough for a lot of students. Being taken out of the classroom setting and being stripped of in-class lessons and teachers at school has been a struggle, but as it is a new system, students are learning to get used to it. While for me personally the workload has been a...

Pass-fail system decreases motivation, detracts from learning efforts

Parents received an email on Apr. 5 regarding the new grading system occurring in the fourth quarter, in which students will decide how they want their grades to be reported.

Anastasia Thumser '22, Web Opinions Editor

April 20, 2020

March 11 was a routine day for Staples students: classes changed at the ring of the bell, teachers assigned work, messages were received about “Seussical,” sports practices and concerts, the song of the day lady blasted a pleasant German tune. However, by 2:15 p.m. that day, school and all corres...

Executive order requires use of face coverings in public in Connecticut to slow spread of COVID-19

Some citizens have used bandanas as face coverings when going out in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Others have used homemade cloth masks, surgical masks and more to protect themselves. Beginning April 20 at 8:00 p.m., these face coverings will be required in public if one cannot keep a safe social distance.

Lys Goldman ’21, Paper News Editor

April 20, 2020

Connecticut residents will be required to wear a face covering in public spaces effective Monday, April 20 if they cannot stay at least six feet away from others, as stated in an executive order signed by Governor Lamont on April 17. In addition to anyone who cannot maintain a safe social distance...

EDITORIAL: Continuation of remote learning requires clear communication from administration, teachers

As the remote learning program progresses, many have expressed confusion due to a lack of clarification or communication from administration and teachers. We hope we can prioritize clarity in the coming weeks.

April 17, 2020

As school’s resumption is further postponed until May 20, it is critical that we continue examining and improving the remote learning program for the foreseeable weeks. In the past month, a pressing need for clear communication and transparency has surfaced; students, teachers and administration wou...

Coronavirus hinders holiday plans

Ella Alpert '22 and Katie Simons '22

April 15, 2020

Pass-fail system remains uncertain

Students have many different opinions in lieu of the new option to keep letter grades or switch to a pass-fail system for quarter four.

Emma Dantas ’21 and Carly Kaplowitz ’21

April 15, 2020

Walkers at Compo Beach ignore social distancing rules

Some walkers at Compo Beach are not moving over to keep six ft apart, and instead forcing others into the street to keep that distance.

Samantha Felner '22 and Betti Kobak '22

April 15, 2020

BMS offers drive-through COVID-19 testing

Bedford Middle School (BMS) offered Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests on April 7 to Westport and Weston residents, following the first round of testing on March 31.

Annabelle Iannone, Web News Editor

April 13, 2020

Bedford Middle School (BMS) offered Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests on April 7 to Westport and Weston residents, following the first round of testing on March 31.  “I think it’s great that we have testing available for our town,” Hamza Islam ’20 said. “But if we don’t make testing available...

Technology helps students overcome social distancing

The application Zoom allows many people to video chat at once and is a great way to stay in touch with friends. Many students have been using this and find it effective.

Abbie Goldstein '22, Paper Opinions Editor

April 13, 2020

The coronavirus has closed businesses, schools and recreational locations nationwide, severing human connection as a result. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is critical to maintain six feet of distance from others in order to slow the spread of the virus. This pres...

Passover during pandemic: virtual Seders strengthen community

Due to the current pandemic, families will be celebrating Passover Seder with family and participating in traditional services virtually, utilizing platforms like Zoom.

Remy Teltser ’21, Paper Features Editor

April 13, 2020

Smells of brisket and matzah ball soup fill the house. The table is set with Elijah’s cup and the traditional Seder plate, a set of eight symbolic foods that help in recounting the story of Passover. Where there are usually 20 people packed throughout the dining room and kitchen, Passover 2020 is j...

Gov. Lamont pushes school return to May 20

Students have been out of school since March 12. Learning has been able to continue online.

Molly Gold ’21, Paper News Editor

April 11, 2020

All Connecticut schools will remain closed until May 20 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an announcement made by Governor Ned Lamont on April 9. The announcement was made via Twitter at 2:24 p.m and was followed by a livestreamed news briefing at 4 p.m. The date also applies to small businesse...

Westport residents trudge on despite COVID-19 quarantine

Residents occupy Southport beach despite official beach closure due to Covid-19

Graham Wood '20 and Emily Stone '20

April 6, 2020

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