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Some students use the break to start studying for the rough road of midterms ahead.

Upcoming midterms hinders full enjoyment of winter break

Alice Frascella '25, Web Arts Editor December 22, 2023

When I was in middle school, winter break used to be a time for complete relaxation. No school, no work and no worries. I would sleep in and hang out with my family all day, my little cousins and I would...

The assessment makeup center is open to students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students utilize assessment makeup center after school hours

Mia Bomback ’25, Features Editor October 26, 2023

The Staples High School assessment makeup center is open after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 3 p.m., allowing students without the required availability during the school day the opportunity...

Students are faced with several final exams to study for simultaneously as the year comes to a close and final exams week begins.

Wilton High School’s elimination of final exams means Staples should follow suit

Zoe Alpert ‘25, Broadcast Director June 2, 2023

Gathering every test, homework assignment and note sheet from the past 10 months to prepare for finals is a stress like no other. The end of the year brings an overwhelming sense of dread as students manage...

The assessment center in room 2055 frequently fills up to its maximum capacity of 15 students, resulting in a demand for adding improvements to the space.

Overcrowded assessment center demands upgrades

Audrey Curtis ’25, Web Features Editor February 15, 2023

Let’s face it, numerous students have been out sick due to a variety of illnesses, whether it’s RSV, Covid-19, influenza or just a common cold. Those who  have been out of school are missing too many...

Seen above, this is the current schedule for January 2022 for the exam season. Students are given two review days and a long weekend between exam days to help ease stress and provide additional study periods

Staples faces first midterm season since January 2020

Hannah Conn ’23, Web Opinion's Editor November 23, 2021

Thinking back to 2019-20, it’s hard to picture what exactly happened during the mid-term exam week. There are faint memories of therapy dogs in front of the auditorium, warm cookies outside of guidance...

In an email April 15, Principal Thomas announced that final exams for full year and second semester classes are cancelled as a result of the distance learning model for COVID-19.

Administration cancels final exams, aims to reduce stress

Charlotte Armstrong ’21, Staff Writer April 16, 2020

Final exams for the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled, Principal Stafford Thomas announced in an email on April 15.  “Due to the challenging and uncertain times we are all currently facing,...

Staples’ newly implemented exam schedule where E1 and E2 represent the review days

Midterm review period holds a permanent spot on exam schedule

Evi Tarshis '20, Staff Writer February 6, 2019
The newly instated review period will continue to be scheduled for years to follow due to an abundance of positive feedback from Staples students and teachers.
Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

Implementing final projects instead of exams will decrease stress levels

June 12, 2018

By Chelsea Fox '19 The end of the year is always a stressful time for students and teachers. With summer only a couple weeks away, I feel like I am always being ambushed with work in the days leading...

Midterms may become even more stressful

Midterms may become even more stressful

December 11, 2017

By Lauren Wasserman '19 Midterms: what a time. From the second they start, students download countdown apps, constantly waiting for these dreadful tests to end. In past years, students had two tests...

Argument Erupts Among Seniors Over Requirement of AP Testing

Argument Erupts Among Seniors Over Requirement of AP Testing

Erin Lynch and Sasha Narang May 24, 2016

It’s that time of the year - seniors have left the Staples High School halls after finishing the stressful testing that fourth quarter brings. What was the cause of it? AP tests. AP testing has taken...

This year’s midterm schedule consists of a regular school day on Monday Jan. 11, Midterm periods one and four on Jan. 12, exams two and three on Jan. 13, exams six and seven on Jan. 14, a staff development day on Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, exams five and eight on Jan. 19 and exam make-up day on Jan. 20.

Midterm exam break proven to be myth

Renee Weisz, A&E Editor December 23, 2015

Although in the past two years midterm exams have been followed by a five-day break from school, this year’s exams do not follow this same pattern. The week begins with a regular school day on Monday,...

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