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Student-led “Make Me Free” wins Voice4Change. The group aims to use the provided $20,000 to give students at Staples access to free period products in bathrooms for up to a year.

‘Make Me Free’ wins Voice4Change initiative

Hannah Conn '23, Web Opinions Editor April 11, 2022

“Make Me Free” was announced as the winner of the Voice4Change contest in an email sent by Principal Stafford Thomas on Friday, April 8. Voice4Change allowed several student-led groups to propose...

Masks: a staple of the last 20 months, but now, they’ll likely be a thing of the past in schools come Feb. 28, due to Governor Ned Lamont lifting the state wide mask mandate in schools.

Governor announces school mask mandate to end Feb. 28

Finnegan Courtney ’23, News Editor February 11, 2022

After nearly a year and a half of masks being worn within schools, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that masks will no longer be state required within schools starting March 1. Instead, individual...

The temporary remote learning option for symptomatic or quarantined students will be redacted on Jan. 28 due to zero students in isolation or quarantine at Staples and Coleytown, and merely seven at Bedford.

Live streamed classes discontinued in Staples, middle schools

Anastasia Thumser ’22, Web Managing Editor January 28, 2022

Staples High School, Bedford Middle School and Coleytown Middle School will discontinue live streamed classes through the Google Meets platform on Jan. 28. The decision was made due to a lack of necessity...

Recently, Bedford Middle School was announced as one of the  top 10 middle schools in the state.

Bedford ranked eighth on top middle schools list in Connecticut

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor November 1, 2021

Recently, U.S. News released a list of the top middle schools in each state, including Connecticut. On the Nutmeg State’s list, Bedford Middle School (BMS) ranked eighth on the list with Coleytown Middle...

With blood supply dangerously low across the country, Westport’s VFW recently held a blood drive.

Local blood drive hopes to alleviate dangerously low blood levels

Finnegan Courtney ’23, News Editor October 19, 2021

The United States, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is facing an unprecedented low blood supply, with some types being well below the levels considered acceptable. Recently, Westport held a local blood drive...

The effects of a viral TikTok trend can be felt all across the state, even in our own town at Bedford Middle School, where bathrooms such as these were vandalized and stolen from.

Property stolen, destroyed at Bedford Middle School due to viral TikTok trend

Finnegan Courtney ’23 September 20, 2021

A recent TikTok trend that has involved theft, destruction of property and vandalism at schools has spread to Westport, specifically, Bedford Middle School (BMS), resulting in restrictions on student freedom...

The Westport Board of Education returned to in-person meetings, like the one pictured above from two years ago, for the first time since March of 2020 (reused photo from previous Inklings BOE article).

Westport BOE returns to in-person meetings

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor June 10, 2021

The Westport Board of Education (BOE) returned to in-person meetings at Staples High School on June 7 for the first time since before the pandemic began in March of 2020. This announcement comes as Connecticut...

An overview of the major changes expressed in Superintendent Thomas Scarice’s update, including an update on mask policy.

Westport schools update COVID guidance, masks at recess not required

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor June 4, 2021

As part of the announcement that Westport schools will not be offering district learning next year, Superintendent Thomas Scarice also announced that masks will no longer be required outside at recess...

Michael Newman, 61, was arrested Friday May 21, after a warrant was made for his arrest regarding child pornography.

Former Staples peer advisor arrested, facing possession of child pornography charges

Emma Smith ’22, Staff Writer May 27, 2021

Former Staples peer advisor Michael Newman turned himself into the Westport Police Station on the evening of May 21; he was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography in the third-degree,...

The 2018 Memorial Day parade in Westport will be somewhat different from this year due to COVID-19 regulations and protocols.

Memorial Day parade returns to Westport for May 2021

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor May 26, 2021

Westport, for the first time in two years, will be celebrating Memorial Day with a parade through the town on May 31, starting at 9 a.m. “We know it will be different this year than in years past,...

An overview of the major changes resulting from the last COVID-19 guidance across the state.

Masks no longer required indoors if fully vaccinated

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor May 18, 2021

After over a year of mask-wearing and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the end may finally be near with new CDC guidance.  “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things...

A still image of a Webb Road residents security camera depicts a car break-in occurring on March 15 at 2:17 a.m.

Unlocked cars result in continual car break-ins

Grace Livecchi ’21, Social Media Director March 26, 2021

Multiple cars surrounding Whitney Street in Westport were broken into on March 15. Security cameras revealed the break-ins took place by a single individual in multiple intervals. The first was between...

Maskless students eat lunch in a crowded cafeteria in a 75% capacity school model.

Staples follows in footsteps of middle, elementary schools, progresses to 75% in-person capacity

Abigail Nevin '23 & Chloe Murray '22, Staff Writer & Opinion Editor March 9, 2021

Staples implemented a 75% capacity in-person learning model starting March 1, in which students attend school in-person three days a week. High school parent Heather Lyons approves of the decision to...

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