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The problem with summer assignments

The problem with summer assignments

June 16, 2017

By Kevin Ludy '19 The 2016-2017 school year is coming to a close and students are getting ready for summer, but one thing is spoiling the joyous mood: summer assignments. Every year, Staples releases the summer assignment list for AP classes. These rigorous tasks are intended to prepare students...

Preparing for Finals

Preparing for Finals

June 12, 2017

By: Alexa Moro and Alex Reiner

Promoting mindfulness and decreasing stress with the Zen Den

Promoting mindfulness and decreasing stress with the Zen Den

June 10, 2017

By Olivia Foster ’18 The frenzied and fast-paced lifestyle that characterizes the lives of many high school students may be quelled with a simple and relaxing solution: Zen Dens. These places of serenity and solitude cultivate relaxation and peacefulness of mind. They will make a debut in the g...

Students differ on perspectives toward AP exams

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May 19, 2017

By Sasha Narang '18 Although May brings warm temperatures and spring fever, it’s also the dreaded month of exams for students who take advanced placement (AP) classes at Staples. While some students are buried in review books at the library until closing hours, others have decided to sit back and re...

Students should be able to move non AP-tests on days of AP finals

Students should be able to move non AP-tests on days of AP finals

May 18, 2017

Adam Wenkoff '18 The two weeks of AP final exams are, for many, the most stressful weeks of the year.   Students taking finals in their AP courses should be able to move their other tests to a day where they don’t have a final.   With 10 percent of each class grade depend...

The New Trend of Fidget Cubes

The New Trend of Fidget Cubes

March 30, 2017

By Kevin Ludy '19   It’s almost finals week and everyone can feel the stress spreading throughout Staples. Luckily, there's a way to reduce stress while in class, and the answer is fidget cubes.   Fidgeting is a natural thing for people where you make small movements with your ha...

Administration stuck: Help or no help administration scrutinized

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Cate Casparius

February 27, 2017

Cate Casparius '19 In an attempt to please the students and parents of Staples High School, the administration seems to be damned if they do and damned if they don’t. I have an incredible amount of respect and empathy for James D’Amico taking the role of head principal at a school recoveri...

Sympathy is necessary during college season

Sympathy is necessary during college season

Kit Epstein, Breaking News Editor

December 23, 2016

Kit Epstein '17 When I was a junior, I truly believed that I was at my wit’s end. In my mind, I couldn’t possibly be more stressed out than I was among AP classes, SAT prep testing and college touring. Now, junior year looks like a nice walk in the park, a delicious slice of chocolate cak...

[Nov. 2016 Features] Westport Yarns offers stress relief

November 23, 2016

By Daniel Harizman ’19   Westport Yarns, the small local yarn store located at 582 Post Road East, owned by Beth Schaefer, has been around for just over a decade. The small business aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of knitting. Run by owner Beth Schaefer and her quartet, ...

[Nov. 2016 News] Wellness class promotes mindfulness in action and thought

[Nov. 2016 News] Wellness class promotes mindfulness in action and thought

November 22, 2016

By Julia Rosier ’18 & Frenchy Truitt ’17   The Wellness class, also known as the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Class (DBT), guides students and provides tips to reduce stress and maintain mindfulness. The class, being taught by Dr. Alycia Dadd, Yasu Wade, Lauren Burkhart, Jenna Gio...

[Oct. 2016 Opinions] How to avoid stress while applying to college

November 22, 2016

By Becca Rawiszer '17   Dear stressed out seniors, All of you have probably had a college-induced panic attack once in your high school career. We’ve all been there. We’ve all crammed for that ACT or SAT and tried to maintain a seemingly unattainable GPA.  A year from now, however, ...

Orchestra Stress Days Allow Students to Better Manage School

Orchestra Stress Days Allow Students to Better Manage School

November 14, 2016

By: Julia Rosier '18 and Alex Reiner '18 As the stress of schoolwork accumulates, orchestra teacher Adele Valovich, provides her students with an opportunity to relieve that stress during one orchestra period a semester. She allows her students to go to library if their school work piles up. “I...

Juniors left clueless about standardized testing

Juniors left clueless about standardized testing

November 11, 2016

Junior year equals the year of standardized testing and preparing for college. Basically, it equals a year of stress on top of stress on top of stress. And unless you have older siblings or particularly involved parents, it’s common for students to have no clue what they’re in for. Coming from...

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