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Some Staples teachers provide study guides or make time for extra review and questions during class in order to help students prepare for exams.

Midterm weighting, schedule revised as COVID cases rise

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

Principal Stafford W. Thomas Jr. announced on Jan. 7 that midterms would begin on a later date, the week of Jan. 19, as well as count for a quarter two grade, as a result of the new COVID-19 conditions. Taking...

As the COVID-19 test positivity rate in Westport has increased rapidly to 253 new cases from Jan. 2 to Jan. 6, Westport Public Schools has put into place a temporary online learning option for symptomatic and vulnerable students.

Westport Public Schools to adopt temporary remote learning option for symptomatic, vulnerable students

Jake Fitzpatrick ’22, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

Westport Public Schools are planning to include a remote option for students who have symptoms of COVID-19 as of Jan. 28. This decision came along with news from the Connecticut Department of Public that...

Omicron, a more contagious COVID-19 variant, has officially been detected in Connecticut.

Omicron variant arrives in Connecticut, US

Phoebe Miller ’23, Sports Editor December 16, 2021

The World Health Organization classified a new COVID variant dubbed “Omicron,” a Variant of Concern after it was discovered on Nov. 26 in South Africa. According to medical scientists, the variant...

Students celebrate their winter break in a variety of ways. While some will not be traveling due to the Omicron variant, others will be traveling to their designated destination.

Students differ in plans for upcoming holiday break

Julia Leitner ’23, Web Sports Editor December 16, 2021

With winter break right around the corner, several Staples students are gaining excitement for their upcoming plans. After a year of restricted travel, COVID-19 precautions and limited opportunities, many...

The CDC announced that 16 and 17 year-olds are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. The CDC recommends receiving a booster shot six months after the second vaccination.

Vaccine boosters approved for ages 16-17

Amanda Rowan ’22, Web Photostories Editor December 13, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for 16 and 17 year olds in the United States, which are being administered at Walgreens, CVS, and other pharmacies.  “Vaccination...

American airports are filled with visitors as the travel ban for dozens of countries has now ended.

America terminates the international travel ban for dozens of countries

Jolie Gefen ’24, Staff Writer November 18, 2021

Travelers from countries around the world are now allowed back in America as of Nov. 8. After almost two years of strict pandemic restrictions, travelers are now able to enter the United States. Although...

There is an influx of students taking art classes including the Introduction to Drawing class pictured above.

Staples art department attempts normalcy despite influx in students

Toby Goldfarb ’23, Web News Editor October 19, 2021

Due to recent changes in graduation requirements that decreased the number of physical education credits for class of 2023 and beyond, there is a higher demand for primarily introductory art classes. As...

Restaurants in Connecticut are now able to dine at full capacity, which has allowed for a resurgence in popular Westport dining spots such as the Spotted Horse in downtown Westport.

Restrictions ease as Connecticut prepares for new phase

Amanda Rowan '22, Photostory Editor May 27, 2021

Outdoor dining restrictions have eased in Connecticut, and many Westport restaurants followed suit, as of May 1. Governor Ned Lamont announced that the state will now allow individuals to be served at...

With Westport now classified as an orange town, capacity will revert back to Phase 2.1 regulations as opposed to Phase 3.

Westport under COVID-19 “orange alert,” returns to Phase 2.1

Natalie Bandura '22, Editor In-Chief May 27, 2021

Westport received an orange color coding on the Connecticut COVID-19 Data Tracker map of average daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents on Nov. 5. Following a statement from First Selectman Jim Marpe,...

Since the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-15 year olds, many students are receiving their first dose, even at drive-in clinics.

Pfizer vaccine authorized for children ages 12-15 by FDA

Prasaus Yeager ’22, Staff Writer May 25, 2021

Middle school students and underclassmen can now receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ages 12-15 on May 10.  According...

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