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Dr. Daniel Cortright leads the BMS Science Olympiad team to victory. Cortright started out as the assistant coach in 2017 and became head coach in the 2021-2022 season.

Bedford Middle School Science Olympiad team places first in state tournament, advances to national competition

Ella Harrington‘25, Web News Editor March 29, 2024

The Bedford Middle School (BMS) Science Olympiad team placed first  at the Science Olympiad state competition in Coventry on March 16. Many participants received individual awards as well. With this victory,...

The Andes Cloud Forest is one of the 5 ecological zones of Ecudaor. It is considered the richest hotspot on Earth, containing around 15-17% of the world’s plant species, and almost 20% of plant diversity.

Cloud forests, lava tunnels and white water rafting. Get ready for a 10 day trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Ayaan Olasewere ’25, Web Features Editor October 9, 2023

Imagine you are in the middle of an Ecuadorian cloud forest, gasping in awe, as you behold the beautiful greenery, wispy clouds and enchanting animals. Chemistry teacher Dominick Messina is counting down...

Science teacher Tracy Soffa loves the environment at Staples and encourages the kindness and enthusiasm that each student brings to class everyday.  One piece of advice that Soffa has is to not be afraid to ask questions. Teachers are there to help explain things in all different ways. Never be afraid to reach out.

Get to know science teacher Tracy Soffa

Ava Chun '25 and Alexis Jacobs '26 September 26, 2023

Science teacher Tracy Soffa enters her first year at Staples High School but not her first year of teaching. After 24 years of teaching at West Hartford, Easton and in Virginia, Soffa now teaches Physics...

The library was closed from 8pm-1pm from Tuesday to Thursday last week for testing, as well as certain rooms around the building. Photo by Nile Jean 24.

Juniors take mandatory NGSS science test

Nile Jean ’24, Staff Writer June 6, 2023

From May 30 through June 1, all juniors were required to take the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) test.The test is one of the few standardized tests Staples students must take to graduate, including...

Staples students were left confused as to why science classes lunch wave was changed from wave one to three.

Surprise change of science lunch wave leaves Staples community confused

Cameron Almonte ’23, Staff Writer April 27, 2023

Staples administrators changed the lunch wave period from first to third on April 24 for students who have science classes during the lunch wave. Students were left confused as they did not receive an ...

The group visited the Panama Canal and took a boat ride with a biologist along the canal, observing local wildlife in the process.

Students hike, snorkel and save the wetlands on seven-day Panama trip

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief March 6, 2023

For chemistry teacher Dominick Messina, deciding to spend his vacation on a trip with over a dozen students was an easy decision. “I studied abroad when I was in school, so I think I knew what I was...

Juniors took the Next Generation Science Standard test on May 25 and 26. This test is a graduation requirement and focuses primarily on different types of science taught throughout middle and high school.

Juniors take required NGSS test for graduation

Karlie Saed '23, Photostory Editor June 1, 2022

Juniors took the Next Generation Science Standard [NGSS] test on May 25 and 26.  This test is one of the required tests students have to take in order to graduate Staples. Juniors were broken up into...

The annual We the People competition usually takes place in Washington D.C. but will not be happening due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 causes cancellations of school competitions

Dana Perelberg '20, Paper Managing Editor March 12, 2020

The national We the People and Science Olympiad competitions had their plans altered due to the persistent spread of COVID-19. The We the People national competition was supposed to be held in Washington...

Iannetta helps students through open dialogue

Iannetta helps students through open dialogue

October 28, 2018

By Andreas Lolis '21

Underwater robotics team advances to international competition

Underwater robotics team advances to international competition

May 23, 2018

By Melanie Lust '19 After months of designing, tweaking, breaking and fixing, a team of student engineering enthusiasts took on a particularly difficult challenge: constructing a robot that can keep...

Esteemed physicist, Stephen Hawking, dies at 76

Esteemed physicist, Stephen Hawking, dies at 76

March 16, 2018

By Melanie Lust '19 Stephen Hawking, Iconic theoretical physicist best known for his his discoveries of certain properties of black holes and his quest to unify the fields of quantum mechanics and general...

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