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Virtual learning takes a turn, improves students’ mental health

At home set up for distance learning.

Margot Richlin '23, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

Sitting at a desk in an uncomfortable, stiff chair for hours at a time can be tough. Trying to learn and grasp new concepts while shivering, sweating or trying to quiet a growling stomach can be stressful. Listening to the kid sitting next to you tap his pencil for an hour while you’re trying to t...

Online learning places unnecessary strain on student mental health

Students face long hours of school work to complete assignments on time, some times having to do more than four classes a day to reach the due date in time.

Hannah Conn '23, Staff Writer

May 3, 2020

As Staples students and staff transitioned fully into online classes and schoolwork, we were sent a newsletter. The new A/B day schedule was implemented to help us balance our work between two days instead of having eight classes a day. This schedule, however, has proven to be just as hard to keep up w...

Grim Reality Day broadens focus to mental health

On May 7, Teen Awareness Group put together “Grim Reality Day,” shifting the focus from just drunk driving, like the club has done in the past, to all substance abuse and mental health awareness like depression and suicide.

Remy Teltser ’21 and Molly Gold ’21, Features Editor and News Editor

June 3, 2019

Grim reality day captivates with powerful message

Grim reality day captivates with powerful message

Hannah Bolandian '19 and Maddie Phelps '19

May 9, 2019

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Students across Staples weigh in on morning practices

Students across Staples weigh in on morning practices

Carolyn Gray ‘19 and Madison Andrews ‘20

March 27, 2019

Take a break!

Take a break!

December 21, 2017

By Brianna Zeiberg '19 Recently, a new rule has been implemented throughout the district to reduce student stress during breaks: the removal of all homework. During all extended weekends and long breaks, such as December, February and April break, students are expected to take a break from their ...

Sexual harassment: Why we need to focus on mental health

Sexual harassment: Why we need to focus on mental health

November 5, 2017

By: Ian Bernstein ’18 More than half, or 54 percent, of U.S. women have experienced unwanted and unwelcome sexual attention from men, according to a national ABC News and Washington Post poll. Let this sink in. Let the fact that most women have suffered from sexual harassment at some point i...

Thirteen Reasons Why imparts an important message

Thirteen Reasons Why imparts an important message

May 3, 2017

By Sasha Narang '18 If the names Clay Jenson and Hannah Baker don’t sound familiar to you by now, it’s safe to say that you’ve probably been living under a rock. The newly-released, popular Netflix series based off of Jay Asher’s teen novel, “Thirteen Reasons Why,” has caused students to question  whether the story’s message ...

[April 2017] Stigmas associating mental health with violence must be addressed in schools

[April 2017] Stigmas associating mental health with violence must be addressed in schools

April 26, 2017

By: Channing Smith '17 A few weeks ago my friends dragged me to see the movie “Split.” The thriller flick features a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder who abducts three girls who attempt to manipulate his multiple personalities in order to escape. The theater shrieked and swelled with noise...

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...

Once upon a time, sports were played for enjoyment

Once upon a time, sports were played for enjoyment

Jesse Levinson, Staff Writer

December 17, 2015

The word “fall” was once benign to me. When the leaves began to change and the outside air became just the slightest bit colder, I referred to the upcoming months as “soccer season.” The same can be said for winter; when the onslaught of snow prevented me from dribbling outside, I knew it wa...

The Threat from Within

The school has a specific procedure to prevent violence or self harm that may stem from  mental instability.

Eliza Llewellyn and Hannah Foley

April 12, 2013

Whether it’s a parent phone call to the Assistant Principal’s office, a hushed referral to a guidance counselor, or a blip on an administrator’s walkie-talkie, an alertness lingers in the wake of Sandy Hook. Outside of the classroom, politicians discuss school safety, pointing fingers at gun...

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