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The do’s and dont’s of the college process

The do’s and dont’s of the college process

Nicole DeBlasi, Staff Writer

May 12, 2015

The college process and filling out applications can seem daunting. This is especially true in a town like Westport where there is so much competition and so much talk about everyone’s plans after graduation Now that the class of 2016 will be starting their college applications soon, I thought I wo...

It’s time to break up with snow

Julia Greenspan, Staff Writer

April 7, 2015

Hey snow, Don’t get me wrong, things were great at first. During the first weeks of winter we had great times together watching “Friends” marathons and enjoying the days off from school. But after a while you kind of just got, you know, clingy. Like, really clingy. I was constantly trying t...

What’s up with that

What’s up with that

Becky Hoving, Staff Writer

March 31, 2015

Sleep is weird. For seven hours-- or more if you’re lucky-- you lay on a special rectangle, shades drawn, blankets and pillows arranged to perfection, sometimes even with specific relaxing music or a silky sleep mask over your eyes. For all these hours, you lay still, without need to go to the bathr...

SBAC leaves students dreaming of CAPT

SBAC leaves students dreaming of CAPT

Alison Morrison, Staff Writer

March 2, 2015

Ah, CAPT. Those pesky tests in mid-March that left sophomores drained while the rest of the school caught a few extra hours of sleep. I relished those days when the earliest I had to be in school was a lovely 10:40 a.m. This year, CAPT was dropped in favor of the Smarter Balance Assessments, which...

Midterm exams prove counterproductive

Midterm exams prove counterproductive

Quinn Hughes, Opinions Editor

January 14, 2015

Everyone knows the mind-numbing and painstakingly long lead up to the infamous Midterm week. The primary purpose of the midterms is to assess how well a student has retained information from a semester; however, midterms negatively reflect a student’s understanding of the content due to the increase...

Test day techniques

Test day techniques

Grant Sirlin, Staff Writer

January 13, 2015

The ominous cloud that hovers over Staples High School after the sunshine of Winter Break has finally arrived. This stressful environment is contagious, intoxicating almost every student who comes back lacking motivation.   Although midterm week is one of the most essential weeks of the school year, students need to realize that every year this storm comes, and every year it passes...

It’s time to stop pressing the snooze button on school start times

It’s time to stop pressing the snooze button on school start times

Fritz Schemel, Sports Editor

December 14, 2014

Every night, anytime between 10:30 p.m. and 12 a.m., or sometimes even later, I flick off my light, exhausted from the loads of homework, ready to get some rest. But it’s not possible for that rest to come. Less than seven hours later, my alarm blares, alerting me that it’s time to get up out...

An hour is saved, while sanity is hopelessly lost

Alison Morrison, Staff Writer

December 7, 2014

As the clocks switched for Daylight Savings Time on Nov. 2, over 70 countries, including the U.S., fell back an hour and everything changed. All of a sudden, what I thought was 7:30 a.m. was actually 6:30 a.m. and my body panicked on the inside. I wouldn’t call my internal clock perfect, but I can u...

In with the new foods, out with the nutritional benefits

In with the new foods, out with the nutritional benefits

Sophia Hampton, News Editor

October 10, 2014

There are two things as a high school student I have come to value above most other things: food and sleep. When I have to sacrifice one for the other, it’s an altogether unfortunate situation. But here I am, a senior girl, waking up 20 minutes earlier to pack myself a lunch because I can’t rely...

Starbucks fuels Staples students’ dependence on caffeine

Starbucks fuels Staples students’ dependence on caffeine

Emily Olrik, Staff Writer

October 5, 2014

“Hi, I’ll have a venti iced skinny hazelnut macchiato with sugar-free syrup, an extra shot, light ice and no whip.” I’m lost at this point. Is this even English? What does it all mean? This is a coffee order that is available at Starbucks. A coffee enthusiast may consider this order a walk in the park, but I cons...

School start time changes prompt discussion

School start time changes prompt discussion

Kacey Hertan, Business Manager

September 19, 2014

If you’ve never given in to the temptation of catching a few minutes of rest in the back of a dim classroom first period, you probably drink too much caffeine. According to the Center for Advancing Health, only 8 percent of high schoolers get enough sleep on the average school night. The new 15...

Morning source of coffee has vanished

Morning source of coffee has vanished

Benjamin Foster, Staff Writer

September 7, 2014

The morning rush to the cafeteria is a little less hectic this year since the state government has mandated schools to cease serving students coffee. In order to get coffee, students will need a major growth spurt and a suit and tie because only teachers and administrations have the privilege of a ...

How I reached the endzone

How I reached the endzone

Eliza Llewellyn, Staff Writer

June 20, 2014

It’s 12:30 a.m., and the only thing I’m running on is the throaty, soulful voice of Eric Thomas, the self-named “hip hop preacher” talking about success. The video showcases running back Giovanni Ruffin pushing through plyometric exercises and throwing a football, accompanied by semi autotuned...

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