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New graduation requirements inflate coursework for already stressed students

New graduation requirements inflate coursework for already stressed students

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...

Homework volume does not correlate with rigor

Homework volume does not correlate with rigor

Sophie Driscoll ’19

January 16, 2019

At higher levels of certain courses, difficulty of content increases slightly but volume of homework increases dramatically. However, homework quantity does not correlate with academic rigor. Of course, some students override into high-level classes without the necessary  foundation for success...

U.S. Honors students partake in National History Day

U.S. Honors students partake in National History Day

Jenny Lupoff, Staff Writer

March 13, 2015

Since the beginning of second semester, students in the U.S. History honors classes have been collaborating with their groupmates for the National History Day Contest, which will be held at the regional level on March 21 at Fairfield University. Each year, the grades 6-12 history contest revolves aro...

Administration debates class leveling system

Andrea Frost, Breaking News Editor

March 10, 2015

Core classes at Staples High School are offered at various levels to appeal to the learning needs of all students. However, while physics has five different class levels — honors, A, B, AP physics B and AP Physics C — most Staples High School electives listed in the course catalog can only be taken...

Administration debates class leveling system

Andrea Frost, Breaking News Managing Editor

March 9, 2015

Core classes at Staples High School are offered at various levels to appeal to the learning needs of all students. However, while physics has five different class levels — honors, A, B, AP physics B and AP Physics C — most Staples High School electives listed in the course catalog can only be taken...

A or AP?: U.S. History Honors in Danger of Elimination

A or AP?: U.S. History Honors in Danger of Elimination

May 27, 2011

U.S. History Honors, a course originally created nine years ago by a Board of Education (BOE) directive to create more honors-level courses at Staples, is on the verge of extinction. “I think in general, we don’t want too many levels in social studies,” James D’Amico, 6–12 Social Studies Department Coordinator, said. D’Amico says that the department is divided whe...

Playing Catch-Up

Playing Catch-Up

November 15, 2010

It is 7:30 a.m. on the first day of school in 2008, and the bell has just rung. Hannah Bjornson ’11 takes a seat in her Biology Honors class and waits for class to begin. As a new sophomore to Staples High School, Bjornson is required to take classes that she did not complete while at her old high school. Although she is...

High Honors Dinner 2010

High Honors Dinner 2010

June 9, 2010

Stevie Klein News Editor On Jun. 8, 2010 Staples' High Honors Dinner was held outside the auditorium to honor seniors who are at the top of their class.  ...

May 28, 2010 | A Cultural Experience

May 28, 2010 | A Cultural Experience

May 28, 2010

9:17 a.m. Curtis Chen '11 and Amanda Googe '11 enjoy their Columbian cuisine in Norwalk, CT, prior to their Spanish 4 Honors field trip to New York City. Photo by Devin Skolnick '11 ...

Fluency and Truancy; Do our Students Care about World Language?

April 15, 2010

Melanie Mignucci '12 Video Editor Sebastian Salgado ’12 enters his Spanish 3 Honors classroom with nonchalance, backpack slung over one shoulder, and bunkers down in his seat on the far left– front row, behind the computer, next to the window. From then on, his mind wanders off. He’ll chat...

Inside the Honors Studio: Gabe Schindler Details His Experiences with Paints, Pencils

Inside the Honors Studio: Gabe Schindler Details His Experiences with Paints, Pencils

January 29, 2010

Emily Kowal '12 Web A&E Editor With the help of Bob Marley, Gabe Schindler ’11 turns to the art studio daily to cope with the stress and pressures of high school. After a full day of classes, tests, and quizzes, Schindler is able to enjoy 45 minutes of relaxation. “When I draw, I get into a trance where all I can focus on is the piece and the music playing,...

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