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Teachers expressing political views encourages debate, forces students to defend their opinions

When covering a current event or reviewing an event in history, students and teachers' views can align with a political party, allowing for an opportunity to begin a debate.

Tierney Kugel '22, Arts Editor

April 20, 2020

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, the issue of whether it is appropriate for teachers to express their political views during class arises. Many students argue that their teachers cross a line or make them feel uncomfortable when discussing their beliefs. However, this type of discussion wi...

There’s never too much of a break: Schools must preserve Feb. break

For Westport students, Feb. break will take place the week of Feb. 17, and will last for a total of seven days. This break is considered to be a “no homework” break, where teachers are not advised to assign their classes with homework over the seven day break.

Izzy Sareen '22, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

February break provides the much-needed time away from midterms and SAT preps. Some consider this week paradise because it gives students a vacation from the most stressful time of the year. However, in 2015, Westport schools’ Board of Education debated whether February break should not be included wi...

Final exam schedule polarizes students

Final exam schedule polarizes students

Rachel Suggs ’21 and Andreas Lolis ’21, Web news editor and Paper news editor

May 24, 2019



We the People class advances to national competition

The We the People competition is centered around the United States Constitution

Will Matar ’21

March 6, 2019

On April 26-29th, 2019, Staples High School’s We the People Class will be heading to Washington D.C for the national We the People Competition after they won the wildcard. After losing to Trumbull in the state competition, the received wildcard let them continue on. In all 50 states, students take place in the...

JSA debates in Washington, D.C.

The group of students in the club visited the National Mall during some time off from learning about the federal government as it applies to JSA.

Hannah Bolandian '19, Paper Sports Editor

February 26, 2019

The Junior Statesmen of America club (JSA) at Staples traveled to the Winter Congress Convention in Washington, DC on Feb. 7 for the weekend. JSA is a group of high school students who engage in debates at conventions around the country. When not at debates, the group practices after school and en...

Audio clip solicits internet-wide debate

Audio clip solicits internet-wide debate

May 29, 2018

By Dana Perelberg '20 A high school student posted a sound snippet which was re-posted by a social media influencer on May 15 causing it to go viral. The clip that features a male voice saying a single word that sounds like the names “Yanny” and/or “Laurel” has left internet users in a debate. ...

Midterm Date Debate

Midterm Date Debate

January 20, 2018

By Cate Casparius '19 and Julia Rosier '18

Clinton commands in first debate

Clinton commands in first debate

Andrew Vester, Whip

October 4, 2016

Andrew Vester '17 The last few weeks have seen the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, sliding in the polls, while the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has gained momentum. After the first debate, Democrats’ faith in their nominee should be renewed, with almost every major media outlet repor...

Follow our live debate coverage on Twitter

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September 26, 2016

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Democratic candidates veer farther left after first debate

Democratic candidates veer farther left after first debate

Anders Hovstadius, Assistant Web Creative Director

October 25, 2015

Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of Britain once said, "If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain," so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Staples students support Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and form...

Why I stand with Planned Parenthood

Why I stand with Planned Parenthood

Lulu Stracher, Opinions Editor

October 19, 2015

Planned Parenthood is the largest health care provider for women in the United States.  In 2013, it performed almost 865,721 pap smears and breast exams, provided 3,577,348 birth control services and information, and 4,470,597 tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections. These efforts helpe...

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