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Board of Education implements optional pass-fail grading 

The Westport Board of Education has changed fourth quarter grading to an optional pass-fail standard for Staples in an effort to decrease stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remy Teltser ’21, Paper Features Editor

April 6, 2020

Staples High School students will have the option to report their fourth-quarter grades using a pass-fail system or with a standard letter grade due to the new distance learning system.  Grades from quarter one through three, which ended on April 3, will be reported by traditional grade letters.  Interim Superintendent Da...

Restaurants adapt to social distancing guidelines

Westport restaurants have implemented curbside pickup and delivery services in response to First Selectman Jim Marpe’s Executive Order #1 that ordered the closing of all on-site restaurants services, effective March 16.

Ella Bloomingdale '20, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Westport restaurants have implemented curbside pickup and delivery services in response to First Selectman Jim Marpe’s Executive Order #1 that ordered the closing of all on-site restaurants services, effective March 16. “The new rule has surprisingly made my family and I eat out more,” Abby Rag...

Students react to updates in COVID-19 management

COVID-19 has been dealt with in various ways by the federal and state governments, the town of Westport and Staples High School.

Lea Rivel ’22 and Prasaus Yeager ’22

April 3, 2020

Westport accumulates 1/5 of all Connecticut COVID-19 cases

Connecticut state officials reported on March 23 that the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Westport has surpassed 70, which is one fifth of the state’s confirmed cases, while Westport only represents 1% of the state’s population.

Evi Tarshis '20, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Connecticut state officials reported on March 23 that the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Westport has surpassed 70, which is one fifth of the state’s confirmed cases, while Westport only represents 1% of the state’s population.  “Last week the number of testing sites and...

Quarantunes bring happiness to listeners

Music is a great way to relax when work gets overwhelming in times like these.
Quarantunes Playlist

Aidan Rogers '22, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

EDITORIAL: Spread of COVID-19 displays both a unified, hostile Westport community

Photos such as this one, published on Westport’s 06880 blog, have circulated on local platforms and social media groups, garnering mixed reactions. Some comments criticize students for leaving the house, while others commend their creativity.

March 31, 2020

As the Westport community concludes its first few weeks grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed both productive community efforts and difficulty following the social distancing and quarantine protocol. We would like to commend the efforts of much of the Westport community; many ha...

Seniors react to remote learning curriculum, COVID-19 updates

Principal Stafford W. Thomas, Jr. sent out an update to all students on Monday, March 16. He discussed remote learning, noting that students will spend multiple hours a day engaged within online coursework.

Eddie Kiev ’20 and Audrey Bernstein ’20

March 29, 2020

Remote learning promotes communication

For Distance Learning, teachers depend on online platforms to communicate with students. Teachers use Khan Academy, a resource for educational videos, to assign schoolwork. Google Classroom, Schoology and Google Hangout are other popular platforms.

Charlotte Armstrong '21, Staff Writer

March 27, 2020

Samira Saad ’21 rises out of bed at 9:00 a.m. and after a languid breakfast, she opens her laptop to Schoology. Over the next few hours, she rotates between typing up work and taking pictures of her notes. At 2:00 p.m., she retires her schoolwork and has the rest of her day open. Saad’s routi...

Virtual tours inadequately replace college tour experience

Dominican colleges walking virtual tour. Students are being forced to base their college decision on a simple video like this one.

Charlotte Smith '21, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Between Spring break, prom, college decision day and graduation, this time of year is packed with important social events for students. The coronavirus has caused a push for social distancing and self-quarantines, meaning most of these milestone affairs have been canceled. The closures of most American...

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