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An illustration of how late/missing assignments affects a student’s mental health. In response to these statistics, teachers should wait to submit their grades until the student is healthy and able to submit their assignments.

Teachers’ missing work policies unjustly burden sick students

Aidan Sprouls ’23 , Staff Writer November 22, 2021

Every Staples student who has ever been ill knows the daunting feeling of opening up PowerSchool the day after being absent and seeing that they have received multiple zeros on assignments they missed....

Jen Tooker and Andrea Moore’s plans as they take office as First and Second Selectwomen elects.

Republicans elected to First and Second Selectwomen seats

Jason Stein '22, Staff Writer November 18, 2021

Jennifer Tooker and Andrea Moore will be sworn in as Westport’s first and second select women as of Nov. 12, 2021. After a tight race, according to Westportct.gov, the pair won by a mere 69 votes on...

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, Paper News Editor 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...

Staples students enrolled in the same level classes have a wide variation in the amount of homework they receive depending on their teacher. This is harmful to student health and school culture.

Variations in workload vex Staples students

Lilly Weisz '23, Assistant Creative Director October 29, 2021

Nightmares about pop quizzes on class readings from the night before plague some Staples students, forcing them on a rollercoaster of constant stress and relief with every day of school. Others simply...

Tennis Player Naomi Osaka receives support from fans after withdrawing from the Australian Open.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Australian Open due to Mental health, inspires many

Jalen St. Fort '22, Staff Writer June 15, 2021

On May 31, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open due to recent mental health struggles. She made the announcement on Twitter after refusing to speak to interviewers during...

Volunteers of all ages can help out at the Norwalk Police Department annual coat drive, “Keeping Norwalk Warm.” The event provides coats and outerwear for families who may not be able to provide these items for themselves or their families.

Staples must provide accessible volunteer opportunities for teenage growth, academic success

Lauren Hassell ’22, Staff Writer June 11, 2021

Teenagers are selfish creatures. Volunteerism may not be the first thought that comes to mind when they think about extracurricular activities. However, it should be an important part of a teenager’s...

Mental Health Awareness Month is this May. It spreads awareness, educates and offers assistance for people struggling with mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Month helps destigmatize mental illness through awareness, education

Abbie Goldstein '22, Paper Arts Editor May 17, 2021

A stigma: when one views another in a negative way because of a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that is thought to be or actually is, a disadvantage.  It is a well-known fact that mental...

“Using terms such as ‘depressed’ or ‘ocd’ when not diagnosed with these illnesses can be both triggering and invalidating of those really are.”

Stop trivializing mental illnesses; it invalidates those who struggle

Valerie Dreyfuss ’22, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

Yesterday, I was in a public library and overheard a girl who was studying for a math test. “I am so nervous for this test,” she laughed, “I'm having a panic attack.” Although I understood what...

NEDA Week: Students promote eating disorder awareness

Emily Goldstein ’23 and Ella Shi ’23 March 1, 2021

https://anchor.fm/emily-goldstein6/episodes/NEDA-week-spreads-awareness-on-common-misconceptions-er3gm9

Students sit in front of the bright screen for hours which can be physically and mentally draining. These changes in the schooling environment can be a detriment to different aspects of mental health.

Pandemic hits young children’s lives especially hard

Emily Goldstein ’23, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

Singing the ABC’s during snack time and playing with building blocks are fundamental parts of a child’s schooling experience; however, with the pandemic, the lives of elementary school kids have been...

Sophie Rossman ’21 released her 30-Day “Feel Good” Routine on Jan. 1 in an effort to promote wellness and self-care in the new year and aid individuals who yearn for structure and motivation in a time of uncertainty.

Sophie Rossman’s 30-Day “Feel Good” Routine proves effective during challenging times

Karina Murray ’22, Paper Features Editor February 9, 2021

The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine means that the end of the pandemic is closer than ever, but the various mental health effects that the pandemic has caused still await remedy.  In an effort...

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