Inklings News

Quarter four grade weight reduction may demotivate frustrated students

Maya Hruskar '23, Paper Opinions Editor

May 15, 2020

Another hour spent in front of a computer screen. Lessons that feel like busy work. And above it all, a growing dissatisfaction for school. This quarantine has presented new and unique challenges to everyone, and the relationship between students and their schoolwork is no exception.  Without the fac...

Questions arise with graduation season approaching

Having seniors graduate at their normal time brings up many health concerns and would require all of the families and faculty to wear masks.

Tori Wilson ’22 and Shira Zeiberg ’22, Staff Writer and Assistant Business Manager

May 14, 2020

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Social distancing efforts prove heartbreaking but lifesaving

There are 165 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Westport as of April 7, and social distancing, which Governor Lamont implemented with his stay at home order on March 23, is meant to prevent the outbreak from surpassing what our local healthcare system can manage, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rachel Suggs ’21, Web Managing Editor

May 12, 2020

Precautions against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been immensely disruptive. Schools are canceled, SAT testing centers shut down, AP exams modified, fourth-quarter moved to pass/fail and extracurricular events put on hold due to the outbreak.  Yes, these are all activities that we, as fu...

Distance learning: the savior of the junior class

Molly Gold '21, Creative Director

May 11, 2020

Balancing SAT preparation, beginning the college process, rigorous coursework, extracurriculars, sports and the already insurmountable pressure that students face all add up to create the monster that is junior year. This year, however, our knight in shining armor wasn’t the arrival of summer, but rather t...

Younger students prevail despite distance learning

Prasaus Yeager ’22, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

It’s been nearly seven weeks since classrooms were reduced to Google Meets and Schoology posts. And while distance learning has had a seemingly large impact on high school and college students, one group remains: middle and elementary school students. How are younger students impacted by the ne...

Silver linings shine through in midst of global crisis

Coronavirus lockdowns lead to decreased air pollution worldwide.

Ella Stoler '22, Broadcast Director

May 5, 2020

There's little good to be said about a global pandemic.  The crisis has resulted in economic recession, the collapse of health care systems and ultimately, the death of thousands worldwide. However, amid the panic and uncertainty lies many silver linings. Positivity is the key to successfully coping...

Staples should increase student-teacher interaction through mandatory online conferences

Google Meet or Google Hangout are currently the most popular platforms that teachers are using at Staples High School. While some teachers use them frequently, others continue to post assignments to schoology, depriving students of the face-to-face interaction that they are used to.

Chloe Murray '22, Features Editor

May 3, 2020

A few months ago, nobody could have expected how coronavirus would impact our lives here in Westport. One might have expected that it would eventually hit the United States, after traveling across Asia, then through Europe. However, most people certainly did not see full-time online schooling and quarantini...

4th quarter graded pass/fail or letter grade basis

Students will have the option of choosing a pass/fail or letter grade report of their grades for the fourth quarter (Q4) marking period, the administration announced on April 5.

Lucy Arrow '21, Features Editor

April 21, 2020

Students will have the option of choosing a pass/fail or letter grade report of their grades for the fourth quarter (Q4) marking period, the administration announced on April 5.  Students must decide how they want their grades to be reported by May 27. By choosing the letter grade basis, students...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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