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Kindergarteners in Connecticut must turn five on or before Sept. 1 beginning the 2024 to 2025 school year. In previous years, kids young for their grade (who turn five after Sept. 1 but before Jan. 1 of their kindergarten year) have been proven to be under-prepared for school and eventually fall behind compared to their older counterparts.

New age cutoff for kindergarteners will equalize kids on social, educational levels

Demi Sasson ’25, Paper Opinions Editor October 10, 2023

Back in 2015, I met this girl at my summer camp that lived in New York, whose birthday was in mid September. I was going into third grade at the time, while she was going into second, despite the fact...

An artificial intelligence robot named ChatGPT was created by OpenAI and released in November 2022. Students and teachers have debated how and when to use the tool for academics as its popularity rises.

ChatGPT dominates school debate; helping or hurting?

Talia Varsano, Paper Arts Editor March 21, 2023

Chat GPT’s popularity continues to exponentially grow as students uncover its abilities. In fact, according to Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, ChatGPT had more than 1 million users in its first five days...

Westport public schools ranked within the top two for both writing and math according to the average score of all 2022 SATs

Staples ranks highly for SAT scores

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Web Opinions Editor October 27, 2022

Staples ranked  the first for schools with the highest SAT math scores and second for reading and writing, as assessed by Patch, a local news website. Student scores ranged with an average score of 618...

Multilingualism has been proven to have many uses, yet in America, foreign language education is severely lacking, in comparison to the rest of the world.

Foreign language education lacks in America, Westport community

Anna Diorio '23, Broadcast Director October 17, 2022

The issue of foreign language education in the United States is one that is as old as America itself.  The founding fathers sought to establish an “intellectual agenda” for the new country. Looking...

Statistics given that allow for Connecticut schools to be ranked 2nd in the country when compared to other schools in US states according to WFSB.

Connecticut schools rank in the top three for education quality

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Web Opinions Editor September 23, 2022

Connecticut was ranked number two for the states with the best schooling systems on July 25 by wfsb (eyewitness news). In 2020, Connecticut schools were ranked third in the country according to the Connecticut...

According to US News, most of the schools within the top five are within the towns surrounding Staples High school and three of the five schools are public.

Staples High School ranks highly among other Connecticut schools

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Web Opinions Editor May 12, 2022

In late April, Staples High School was ranked as the fifth best high school in Connecticut by US News and the number one best public high school in Connecticut by Niche. “It is always nice to be recognized...

On Tuesday, March 8. the Florida Senate passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill,  which has caused controversy due to it limiting any discussion of gender identity and sexual identity in elementary classrooms.

“Don’t Say Gay” bill damaging to queer students, surrounding communities 

Lea Rivel ’22, Social Media Director March 14, 2022

The Florida Senate passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, known more commonly as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, with a vote of 12-8 on Tuesday, March 8. Under the bill, teachers would not be allowed...

Students who have the financial ability to do so often utilize online resources that may cost upwards of hundreds of dollars for SAT tutoring with the promise of improved scores.

The SAT perpetuates unjust educational system

Jared Leonard ’22, Opinions Editor May 12, 2021

The Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, allows college admission officers to better evaluate the knowledge of students and their ability to succeed in a college environment. Well, not really. The very...

Student presentations bore classes in time of hybrid learning

Lilly Weisz '23, Creative Director September 21, 2020

I have a confession: I’m the rare sort of student who actually enjoys presenting in class. Over Zoom, however, I want to tear my hair out while an in-person classmate yammers on and on during a presentation,...

New rules for sexual assault on college campuses released

New rules for sexual assault on college campuses released

Abby Fleming, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

New rules have been created regarding sexual assault on college campuses, the most notabe that victims can be cross-examined during hearings. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos announced this new rule...

On March 16, Principal Stafford Thomas Jr. sent a video regarding updates on e-learning to Staples’ students and parents. In the video, Thomas reassured students the program would allow the continuation of their education during the disruption of Staples’ closure.

Distance Learning fills the void

Lauren Hassell '22, Web Features Editor March 23, 2020

Staples High School and many other schools around the world have been forced to take up e-Learning, whether students are ready for the transition or not. In the midst of the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak,...

Students from the period five Latin class venture down to the courtyard to complete their assignment on a sunny day.

Outdoor learning: a way to help motivate students

Emma Van Riper ’20, Social Media Director May 16, 2019

As summer is approaching and the weather is getting nicer out, it makes sense that students are asking their teachers to hold class outside for once. After being inside hour after hour, day after day,...

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