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Members on the Staples STEM trip pose in front of Mediterranean Sea.

STEM students and staff embark on meaningful trip through Northern Italy and France despite last minute obstacles

Hannah Salpeter ’25, Staff Writer April 2, 2024

With only 30 days left, group leader and trip organizer – chemistry teacher Dominick Messina – scrambled to put together an entirely new agenda to replace one that was a year in the making. The original...

Post-Tour Student Survey conducted through EF Educational Tours, 2019, found the following statistics indicating the successes and importance in their mission and the trips they offer.

Japan STEM trip offers meaningful travel opportunity

Zoe Alpert ’25, Broadcast Director October 16, 2023

Students will attend a STEM trip hosted in Tokyo, Odaiba, Tsukaba and Yamanashi Japan in February 2024. Math teachers Maggie Gomez and Ann Didelot, as well as science teachers Maxim Kolb and Joanne Klouda,...

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...

The new requirements are aiming to prepare students for their futures and give local school systems the flexibility to create a wide variety of learning pathways. The changes to the Staples requirements are pending Board of Ed approval.

New graduation requirements inflate coursework for already stressed students

Claire Redmer ’21, Social Media Director February 18, 2019

As a student at Staples, I am in an environment in which striving to take the most intense classes possible is no rarity. This characteristic of the community has become especially noticeable during the...

Girls code into the future of STEM

Girls code into the future of STEM

October 12, 2018

By Lauren Wasserman '19 The next generation: we envision new science; we envision new treatments; we envision new solutions. Yet we continue to restrict half our population from making this possible....

Nobel Prize emphasizes exclusion of women from STEM fields

Nobel Prize emphasizes exclusion of women from STEM fields

October 4, 2018

Forty-nine out of 923. One out of 20. A mere 5 percent. According to Quartz, that’s the number of women that have received Nobel Prizes since the prize was founded in 1901. On Oct. 2, physicist Donna...

[Nov. 2016 Features] Humans of Staples: Neal Soni–Living proof of intrepid success through his many achievements

November 23, 2016

By Izzy Blansfield '18   Neal Soni ’18 is not an average high school student as he balances his packed schedule of five AP-level courses with his love for math, science, robotics, Taekwondo...

[Nov. 2016 News] State revises graduation requirements, administration pauses new courses

[Nov. 2016 News] State revises graduation requirements, administration pauses new courses

November 22, 2016

By Zach Horowitz ’19   For Staples students graduating in 2022, scheduling classes will be a lot different than in previous years due to changes in graduation requirements. The most notable...

Photo Dramatization: With a variety of courses offered at Staples, students often have to carry a load of book similar to these.  However, the recent focus on math and science courses begs the question, does Staples favor its STEM students?

Does Staples favor its STEM students?

Claire Dinshaw and Molly Liebergall February 9, 2016

No - Claire Dinshaw  I spend half the school day on the second floor. With four periods of social studies and English classes, I am the prototype humanities student. Therefore, I am well briefed...

SpaceX rocket launch breaks barriers, highlights importance of STEM

SpaceX rocket launch breaks barriers, highlights importance of STEM

Molly Liebergall, Web News Editor December 23, 2015

At 8:29 p.m. on December 21, SpaceX sent shockwaves through the aerospace community with the first landing of an orbital booster vehicle.  Instead of disintegrating after mission completion like most...

Learning should be simple

Learning should be simple

October 13, 2014

We want to learn. And we want to be taught.  But being smothered by new initiatives can become detrimental to our learning process. In 2010, Westport 2025 was implemented into our curriculum to strengthen students’...

Westport debates the ‘A’ in STEAM: Many continue to debate the balance between fine arts programs and engineering curriculum

Westport debates the ‘A’ in STEAM: Many continue to debate the balance between fine arts programs and engineering curriculum

Jackie Sussman, Opinions Editor October 12, 2014

The Westport Board of Education voted to implement a STEM-based curriculum for all grades in both Coleytown and Bedford middle schools on Dec. 2, 2013 in the hopes that it would foster  a passion for...

Staples robotics teams win big at Connecticut State Championships

Staples robotics teams win big at Connecticut State Championships

Ben Goldschlager, Web News Editor March 10, 2014

This Saturday, March 8, the two Staples robotics teams, i²robotics and Wrecker Robotics, competed in the Connecticut State Champions of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)...

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