Inklings News

Staples leaves students unprepared for next academic year

Hannah Conn '23, Staff Writer

May 17, 2020

This year, students, staff, parents and teachers alike have gone through an unprecedented time, so it’s not a surprise that our education has been altered as a result. What is a surprise, however, is how underprepared Staples has left its current and future students.  When I reflect on gettin...

Early scheduling for 2020-2021 school year proves to be premature, causes unnecessary stress

The Staples Guidance Department has started to discuss course selection for the 2020-2021 school year. All students have received a course selection “fact sheet”, giving students the information they need to consider when selecting courses for the next school year.

Lucy Arrow, Paper Features Editor

January 2, 2020

On Dec. 12, just like any other day, I walked into my weekly “Connections” meeting hoping to have the traditional 20 minutes of time. Despite my wanting to simply communicate and relax before the day proceeded, I was struck with the stressful news that we would be discussing our schedules for th...

Staples teens fight to bring Ed Milton back to campus

Staples students start a petition to try to get student outreach counselor Ed Milton back at Staples after he was released by the Town of Westport. The petition now has well over 360 signatures after one week and is flooded with comments from the Staples community begging for his return.

Reilly Caldwell '20, Features Editor

October 8, 2019

Staples students started a petition that has since received over 360 signatures to reinstate Teen Awareness Group advisor and student outreach counselor Ed Milton after he was released by the Town of Westport. Students both involved and not involved in TAG attended the Board of Education (BOE) meeting...

New graduation requirements inflate coursework for already stressed students

The new requirements are aiming to prepare students for their futures and give local school systems the flexibility to create

Claire Redmer ’21

February 18, 2019

As a student at Staples, I am in an environment in which striving to take the most intense classes possible is no rarity. This characteristic of the community has become especially noticeable during the time of choosing courses. Throughout the past week, I have heard many kids expressing their desire to...

New schedule determination quells anxiety and chaos

A staples student inputs their classes into a digital schedule. Students in the Staples community will benefit from not receiving teachers names or periods on their schedules because it will reduce unnecessary stress.

Emma Dantas '21

February 5, 2019

After cracking her knuckles and sitting down with her daughter’s schedule in front of her, she frantically types the names of next year’s teachers into While reading reports on the amount of homework given, ratings on a teachers fairness and an assessment of how understanding they ...

Improvements in guidance requested

Improvements in guidance requested

October 25, 2017

By Ella Bloomingdale ’20 Although Staples has an office full of counselors theoretically willing to address our various problems, it is sometimes difficult for students to sit down one-on-one with their counselors. Often, it can be a struggle to find a mutually convenient time to meet with guid...

Bad grades or no acceptance letter: which would you choose?

Bad grades or no acceptance letter: which would you choose?

October 18, 2017

By Olivia Ronca '18 As a senior in high school, you have decided to apply to 15 colleges. Your email begins to flood with messages from both the guidance department and your guidance counselor: “College Visit from University of Connecticut.” If you scroll through your school email account withi...

Promoting mindfulness and decreasing stress with the Zen Den

Promoting mindfulness and decreasing stress with the Zen Den

June 10, 2017

By Olivia Foster ’18 The frenzied and fast-paced lifestyle that characterizes the lives of many high school students may be quelled with a simple and relaxing solution: Zen Dens. These places of serenity and solitude cultivate relaxation and peacefulness of mind. They will make a debut in the g...

Meet Ed Milton: the Unsung Savior for Staples Students

Meet Ed Milton: the Unsung Savior for Staples Students

October 17, 2016

By: Ian Bernstein '18 Nestled in a small office across from the cafeteria exists one of the most valuable resources offered to Staples students: Ed Milton. Milton, a member of the Westport Youth Commision, accepted his position as the student outreach counselor on the basis of his love for the...

Staples Students Crossing the Finish Line

Staples Students Crossing the Finish Line

October 13, 2016

By: Lili Romann ’19 and Daniel Harizman ’19 Sweat dripping, mind racing, heart pounding. Pencils dig into her palm and leave their abstract portrait of lead. She convinces herself that it will all come to an end soon, but she can see no end. Students withstanding their senior year at Staples...

Mental health speaker welcomed to Westport

Mrs. Harpel shows how mental health issues can be very surprising and fields questions from the audience

Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer

March 24, 2016

Parents and administrators gathered on Wednesday March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Bedford Middle School auditorium to listen to suicide expert Joanne Harpel. Harpel has over 20 years of experience in dealing with these issues with her work in the some of the biggest mental health institutes in America. She...

Midterm exam break proven to be myth

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.

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, Jan. 11. Three days of exams follow from Jan. 12-14. Then, a staff development day takes place ...

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