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Blake Watkins ’26 sitting in class during his long period, wishing to take a cafeteria break with his class.

Classes that meet during morning long-periods should take cafeteria breaks

Nash Teran ’25, Staff Writer November 16, 2023

I'm not going to sugarcoat it, the second period of the day sucks. Rarely does anyone look forward to walking through a classroom door knowing they are going to have to spend the next 80 minutes of their...

The assessment makeup center is open to students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students utilize assessment makeup center after school hours

Mia Bomback ’25, Features Editor October 26, 2023

The Staples High School assessment makeup center is open after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 3 p.m., allowing students without the required availability during the school day the opportunity...

The graphic provides an example of what Connections looks like. The four white boxes would all have words that associate them together, apart from the other boxes. If the four groupings are correct, the player wins the game.

A sweeping epidemic: New York Times games

Talia Moskowitz ’24, Web Managing Editor October 25, 2023

When The New York Times first came out with the daily Wordle, it was swiftly implemented into millions of Americans’ daily routines. If you peered over the shoulder of any commuter on the train or any...

Once winners are announced on April 18, the top three winners will receive cash prizes. Graphic by Rylie Cordella ’25.

TEAM announces 10th annual Teen Diversity essay contest

Rylie Cordella ’25, Staff Writer February 17, 2023

TEAM (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Westport and their co-sponsor, the Westport Library, announced their essay contest for the 10th year in a row on Feb. 6. This year’s essay topic...

The midterm schedule operates on the same periodic basis as the regular schedule, meaning if students have a free period they do not have to attend school during that time.

Fighting midterm hysteria: students share stories, teachers share tips

Benjamin Buchalter ’25, Staff Writer January 6, 2023

It's that time of year again. As you walk the halls of Staples High School, you can almost smell the anxiety wafting through the halls, drifting from room to room; the terrified anticipation is so thick...

Students jump at the opportunity to steal a piece of gum from a peer. Gum is a highly requested item among peers to share.

Cafeteria lacks necessity: gum

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer January 3, 2023

You’re sitting in math class and open a new pack of gum to take a piece for yourself to help you focus for the test. Next thing you know, the entire pack is gone. The third pack of gum that you bought...

E1 and E2, which are midterms and finals respectively, will account for 20% of a students final grade.

Midterms returns to normal, first time in 3 years

Matthew Stahshower ‘25, Paper Sports Editor December 13, 2022

The last time Staples had a normal midterm week was in January 2020, before the pandemic drastically changed the routine of high schoolers across the world. Since then, midterm exams have been either canceled...

A students future success in school connected to whether a student is sent to regular or advanced math in fourth grade.

Unfair middle school math tracking restricts students in high school math placements

Cassidy Gutman '25, Staff Writer October 26, 2022

In high school, there is a lot of pressure to get good grades and take the “right” classes, especially at Staples. In an already competitive culture, I believe some Staples students are being unfairly...

Even though they are promoted to be safer than tobacco products, e-Cigarettes still cause harm to the human body.

E-Cigarette use declines among students

Benjamin Buchalter '25, Staff Writer October 17, 2022

"Great, another Inklings article about vaping," you say, barely skimming through before moving on to the next story about a new album from a pop artist. Yet despite the messaging that vaping is an omnipresent...

The Course/Schedule Change Request Form is available to all students on the Staples website under the “Students” menu in the student counseling section. Guidance counselor Deborah Slocum helps students make changes in schedules before the deadline of Oct. 13. Slocum is available for meetings with students through appointment.

Students, staff contemplate the Oct. 13 course drop deadline

Liora Perkins '25, Rylie Cordella '25, Web Arts Editor, Staff Writer October 12, 2022

Thursday, Oct. 13 is the deadline to drop a full year or first semester course without a record on a transcript. After the deadline, students who drop a course will have a permanent record of the change...

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