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Superintendent of Westport Public Schools Thomas Scarice was one of the administrators that spoke at the event.

Community reacts to event addressing antisemitism, racism, bias in Westport Public Schools

Lily Hultgren ’25, Paper Features Editor March 21, 2024

Members of the Westport community gathered in Temple Israel on March 13 for the event “Addressing Incidents of Antisemitism and Bias in our Schools.” The event, hosted and facilitated by Temple Israel,...

By regularly following the news, teens are able to stay more informed with what is going on in the world. Today, teens can have access to the news even on their phones, where they are able to view news articles, broadcasts and more from a variety of different publications.

Why teens should make an effort to follow the news

Lily Hultgren '25, Paper Features Editor February 6, 2024

Before my junior year, I honestly never kept up with the news. I had only a vague idea about some current events, especially because they often aren't covered in our classes at school. While I was interested...

Art teacher Stephanie Sileo’s Printmaking and Studio Art Foundations classes created printmaking pieces using LEGOs.

New projects, recently added classes, independent exploration: art department welcomes variety of creative opportunities

Lily Hultgren '25, Paper Features Editor December 18, 2023

For Staples students, whether you want to be an aspiring artist, learn a new skill or destress from a busy school schedule, there are many opportunities in the art department to tap into your creativity...

Many attendees at the American Parkinson Disease (APDA) Connecticut Chapter’s Optimism Walk come to support friends or family members of theirs who have Parkinson’s disease.

American Parkinson Disease Association Optimism Walk celebrates community

Lily Hultgren '25, Paper Features Editor October 10, 2023

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Connecticut Chapter held its annual Optimism Walk at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event’s purpose was to bring people...

Even though I am half Thai, I often feel like I don’t have a right to say I am as I am not “Asian enough.” I don’t speak Thai, I don’t know that much about the culture and I was born and raised in the U.S. These reasons make me feel as if I am an imposter when I say that I am biracial.

Embracing biracial identity involves conversation, acceptance

Lily Hultgren '25, Paper Features Editor June 14, 2023

“What is your ethnicity?” a friend asks me as we exchange casual questions to get to know each other better.  My reply: “I’m half white, and half Asian.”  Right after I utter that one...

The girls’ tennis team comes together for a pre-match team huddle at home.

Girls’ tennis bounces back, bonds as team

Lily Hultgren ’25, Paper Features Editor May 16, 2023

The sun beats down on the shoulders of the girls as they huddle together, listening intently to their captains who are sharing strategy and words of encouragement. Their eyes are alive with the fire of...

In 2022, 183 seniors received the Seal of Biliteracy. An additional 117 juniors were also qualified to earn the Seal. The Class of 2018 were the first Staples students to obtain the Seal of Biliteracy after Governor Dannel Malloy signed Public Act 17-29 on June 6, 2017, which established the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy.  Graphic by Lily Hultgren 25.

Seal of Biliteracy assessment approaches, teachers, students reflect

Lily Hultgren ’25, Paper Features Editor February 16, 2023

This March, Staples juniors and seniors who are currently enrolled in a world language class will be taking the Seal of Biliteracy language proficiency assessment, the STAMP (Standards-based Measurement...

I was finally given a phone right before I started high school. It definitely comes in handy when it comes to texting my mom when to pick me up from after school activities or using it to help scan documents to submit for school work. But these are all uses that I didn’t require in middle school. The time my mom had to pick me up from after school activities was always consistent and my schoolwork never required a phone for assistance. Although I complained about not having a phone, now that I can take a step back and look rationally at my middle school experience, I never really needed one. It honestly benefited me more to not have one that it harmed me, if it even harmed me at all.

Why I’m happy I was forced to wait until high school to get a phone

Lily Hultgren ’25, Features Editor February 7, 2023

It’s a groggy Monday morning and as I slump into my chair I look around to see that everyone is hunched over their phones, tapping away to their heart’s content, scrolling through video clip after...

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