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Students pressured to take AP classes during course selection

Students were required to preregister for next year’s courses in February. Previously, teachers made course level recommendations for each student, which can be used as a guide in determining a students schedule.

Tierney Kugel '22, Paper Arts Edtior

March 16, 2020

As the task of course selection looms over students in March, peer pressure to add more advanced classes to next year’s schedule increases. Many students make it a personal goal to top their previous schedule in terms of workload and class difficulty, rashly adding AP classes to their already packed schedu...

Course selection results in unnecessary stress

Students feel pressured over course selection during the months of January through March.

Maria Krug '22, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

“You are only taking four APs?” says one student. “You weren’t recommended for AP Stat?” replies the other. “You should take at least two more APs senior year than you did junior year,” someone adds. These are common interactions between Staples students once course selection starts to...

Early scheduling for 2020-2021 school year proves to be premature, causes unnecessary stress

The Staples Guidance Department has started to discuss course selection for the 2020-2021 school year. All students have received a course selection “fact sheet”, giving students the information they need to consider when selecting courses for the next school year.

Lucy Arrow, Paper Features Editor

January 2, 2020

On Dec. 12, just like any other day, I walked into my weekly “Connections” meeting hoping to have the traditional 20 minutes of time. Despite my wanting to simply communicate and relax before the day proceeded, I was struck with the stressful news that we would be discussing our schedules for th...

Administration enacts new course selection policy, withholds finalized schedules until August

Administration enacts new course selection policy, withholds finalized schedules until August

Kaela Dockray '20

January 24, 2019

    The Staples administration and guidance department have implemented changes to the course selection and scheduling process, requiring that students wait until August of the upcoming school year to view the names of their teachers and the periods they have for each class. In June, s...

Homework volume does not correlate with rigor

A Staples High School senior works to complete hours of homework. Stanford University researchers identified between 90 and 150 minutes as the “optimal” amount of homework in 2014.

Sophie Driscoll ’19

January 16, 2019

At higher levels of certain courses, difficulty of content increases slightly but volume of homework increases dramatically. However, homework quantity does not correlate with academic rigor. Of course, some students override into high-level classes without the necessary  foundation for success...

Damico reassures unsettled future Accelerated Science teachers

Damico reassures unsettled future Accelerated Science teachers

June 18, 2017

By: Kaya Leitner '19 Accelerated Science is a new course designed to compact three years of curriculum into a two-year science course. Eight sections of the pilot course are anticipated to run for this upcoming school year, and freshman demonstrated great interest in the newly pitched Accelerated Scienc...

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