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Two students will be joining Westport’s Board of Education, come the 2023-24 school year.

Westport BOE debating, soon voting on student member proposal for 2023-24

Finnegan Courtney '23, Staff Writer May 5, 2023

The Westport Board of Education (BOE) will be tentatively adding two student members to their panel come next school year as a part of the Westport Public Schools district’s strategic plan for next school...

An overview of the new 2023-2024 town and school budget, recently passed by the Board of Finance. Graphic by Finnegan Courtney 23.

Board of Finance approves school, town budget for 2023-24 school year

Finnegan Courtney, Executive TV Producer March 28, 2023

The Board of Finance (BOF) unanimously approved the proposed 2023-2024 school year budget for the district and followed by the entire 2023-2024 town budget on March 17, completing the final step of the...

The AP African-American Studies course has sparked Republican criticism and served as a lightning rod in the debate over parents’ influence in education.

Gutting AP African-American studies sets dangerous precedent

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer February 14, 2023

For over a decade, the College Board has put in time and tireless work to create an AP course that covers a subject seriously lacking in traditional high school history courses: Black and African-American...

The current two-schedule format is flawed, but has a seemingly simple solution.

Inconsistency with ‘Communication’ time underlines larger issue

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer December 13, 2022

The schedule at Staples High School has and remains an often discussed issue, be it by students, teachers or parents. In my time at Staples alone, I’ve seen many different schedules come into place and...

Within the last few months, swatting cases have increased countrywide, heightening concern among school communities.

Connecticut swatting incident highlights growing national problem

“Lockdown procedures activated. Lockdown procedures activated. An emergency has been reported. Please follow the building lockdown procedures.”  Snapping out of their early morning stupor, students...

While the town of Westport may originally have planned on seeing all of Staples’ repaved by next year, that appears to not be the case.

Staples’ repaving project incomplete, timetable of completion unknown

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer September 21, 2022

Over this past summer, the Westport Public School district completed a partial repaving of some Westport schools’ parking lots including Staples’ potholes. The roads near the fieldhouse and pool were...

Staples’ football field will serve as this year’s graduation location, for just the second time in recent school history.

Class of 2022 set to graduate

Finnegan Courtney, TV Show Producer June 10, 2022

Graduation is a right of passage. Here at Staples, around 400 seniors will be graduating as part of the Class of 2022 in an outdoor ceremony on Friday, June 16. “Having it outside is amazing,” Principal...

“The Fallout” could just be the movie of the year, but it also heartbreakingly tells a tale that has become all too real to our generation.

‘The Fallout,’ a defining film of Gen Z, tells heartbreaking yet real story

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer February 15, 2022

Every once in a while, a film comes along that defines a generation. “Rebel Without A Cause,” “All The President's Men,” “Star Wars,” “The Breakfast Club,” “The Social Network,” and...

Students oppose further plastic divider use

Students oppose further plastic divider use

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor January 27, 2022

The plastic dividers at lunch: you may or may not know them because it is likely that  someone has already tossed them under the table. They were first introduced last year, at the peak of the COVID-19...

Recently, the second season of ‘Euphoria’ premiered in an excellent follow-up to its acclaimed first season.

‘Euphoria’ season premiere satisfies, lives up to acclaimed first season

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor January 26, 2022

HBO’s critically acclaimed and award-winning teen drama ‘Euphoria’ returned on Jan. 9 with the first of its eight-episode second season after its incredible first season, and I’ll admit: it...

Recently, Bedford Middle School was announced as one of the  top 10 middle schools in the state.

Bedford ranked eighth on top middle schools list in Connecticut

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer November 1, 2021

Recently, U.S. News released a list of the top middle schools in each state, including Connecticut. On the Nutmeg State’s list, Bedford Middle School (BMS) ranked eighth on the list with Coleytown Middle...

The first of planned Wellness Activity Days occurred on Oct. 20, yet many students chose to depart prior.

Wellness day presented unfair procedures regarding attendance

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer October 29, 2021

Mental health is a very serious issue across the country, and teenagers are feeling the effects in full blast. To combat this, however, Staples recently instituted a ‘Wellness Activity Day’ to take...

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