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This was taken on a Monday evening in San Diego. We went on our daily walk around the neighborhood after my two family friends had finished school, by this time I was long done with school and had finished all my homework. I would usually do my work while everyone was still in school, to get it out of the way.

Online school from California provided needed mental break

Lily Caplan ’22, Sports Paper Editor February 12, 2021

Imagine waking up at 4:45 a.m. so you can attend school between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. five days a week.  That was my experience when, on Dec. 29, I traveled to San Diego, California to visit family friends...

Full return to school ideal, provides better education

Full return to school ideal, provides better education

Anastasia Thumser ’22, Web News Editor February 11, 2021

As I groggily walk into Staples on Friday morning, navigating the one-way hallways to get to my first period class, I’m disappointed, but not surprised, to see only a few students in the classroom. The...

APO attendance code grants students unprecedented freedom

APO attendance code grants students unprecedented freedom

Rachel Suggs '21 and Natalie Bandura '22, Web Managing Editor and Paper News Editor December 18, 2020

In a world where logging onto Zoom five minutes after waking up counts as full attendance, the hybrid model has given students the best of both worlds: they can see friends and teachers in person twice...

Teachers adapt to distance learning, all-remote model

Julia Herlyn ’23 and Lily Klau ‘23 December 11, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/julia-herlyn-597933721/teachers-adapt-to-distance-learning-all-remote-model

Students can slow the spread of COVID-19 by taking measures such as having “Zoom holidays” with their families. Otherwise, many are at risk for contracting COVID; the schools must take preventative measures (such as closing until the new year) in order to ensure our safety.

Students should not return to schools until after holiday season

Julia Herlyn '23, Staff Writer November 25, 2020

At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, it seemed inevitable that schools would shut down within weeks (or even days) of reopening. My friends and I placed bets on when we thought our days under...

Online learning and the hybrid model has changed the way students learn and teachers teach. For that reason, it is necessary that teachers recognize the struggles of managing online learning while they are grading.

Teachers maintaining logical, fair hybrid grading policy essential

Tierney Kugel ’22, Paper News Editor October 26, 2020

Many students have had the displeasure of walking into class on the first day of school and hearing their teacher use phrases such as “I don't give out A’s very often,” or, “You're going to have...

Students are able to utilize various applications to cheat (and violate academic integrity) during the hybrid model and distance learning. This inhibits students’ understanding of material and falsely represents their mastery in a concept.
Graphic by Julia Herlyn ’23

Academic integrity suffers in age of COVID-19, distance learning

Julia Herlyn ’23, Staff Writer October 25, 2020

In 2020, information is at the tips of our fingers. With the simple click of a button, a student can easily find formulas, tutorials, translations and summaries that can serve as blessings at some times,...

The Westport school district has debated the most effective and safe way to handle the COVID-19 pandemic since March, when schools first closed in order to protect students and staff.

Delayed reopening of Staples detrimental, requires reevaluation

Anastasia Thumser ’22, Web News Editor October 25, 2020

As I approach the sixth hour of my day spent staring at a computer screen, my eyes glaze over as I’m overcome with a wave of fatigue. I struggle to pay attention to the fourth bobbing head of a teacher...

Students embrace hybrid schedule as school year begins

https://soundcloud.com/anastasia-thumser/hybrid-podcast-edited

Issues with 80-minute periods need to be addressed

Tierney Kugel '22, Paper News Editor October 2, 2020

With the start of a new school year, we all knew things would be different from how they used to be. One of the major changes that has been implemented are the 80-minute class periods, and while there...

Full-time remote students need more direct attention

Rachel Suggs '21, Web Managing Editor October 2, 2020

Learning about algebraic limits in pajama bottoms. Cooking grilled cheeses while discussing Charlotte Bronte’s portrayal of complex female characters. Chasing after my runaway dog during a small...

School closures highlight economic inequality across Connecticut

School closures highlight economic inequality across Connecticut

Claire Redmer '21, Editor-in-Chief June 22, 2020

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order closing public schools on March 15, beginning an unprecedented time of completely online schooling. While this served as a dramatic change for...

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...

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