Inklings News

AP exams persist through pandemic, not in students’ best interest

Marina Engler '21, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Entering my junior year, I already had the month of May marked on my calendar. Starting in September, I began to learn content that would eventually be crammed into an hour long AP test. However, as the coronavirus swept across the world, the manner in which the AP tests are now being given is n...

Unique study techniques for the upcoming midterms

Cooper Tirola ’23 uses Staples’ standing desk to exercise while studying for the upcoming midterms. This example is just one of the many studying techniques explained in the podcast.

Shira Zeiberg '22 and Ella Stoler '22

January 27, 2020

Students take advantage of Westport’s educational environments

The library often hosts events including musical performances. On Jan.12, the library hosted a jazz band to play for the community.

Molly Gold ’21 and Chelsea Strober ’21

January 16, 2020

The Westport Library attracts students seeking a place to study in the stress of midterm week

The Westport Library offers multiple levels to allow students collaborating on projects or students studying individually to work their best.

Chloe Murray '22, Staff Writer

January 13, 2020

Papers pile up on the desk crammed in the corner of your bedroom as your mom yells from the kitchen to come empty the dishwasher. Your printer beeps and an ‘out of paper’ error message appears, preventing the 25-page ‘Midterm Review Guide’ PDF file from printing.  Midterm tests are undoubtedly stressful, ...

Removing midterm make-up day hurts students

The midterm season is tough enough, but the removal of the midterm make-up days will cause students to push past flu symptoms and potentially make-up tests after and before school.

Eli Corenthal ’19

December 18, 2018

Midterm season is quickly approaching and there are many new changes unfamiliar to Staples students. The most significant one, perhaps, is the lack of a make-up day built into the midterm schedule. Instead, there are review days––four periods spanning two hours each before exams––but no day to...

Karaoke Friday at Staples defeats purpose of library

Karaoke Friday at Staples defeats purpose of library

Lucy Arrow '21

December 3, 2018

When the second lunch bell rings, I finish my lunch and walk to the library to finish homework. I sit down at an empty table, unpack my materials and work on my assignments. About 30 seconds in, I hear the beginning notes of “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and dread what will soon be the worst...

Study reveals violent video games stimulate aggression in players

Study reveals violent video games stimulate aggression in players

October 5, 2018

By Amanda Kaplowitz ’19 The results of a study conducted by Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire between 2010 and 2017 were published on Oct. 1, 2018, and revealed evidence linking violent video games to physical aggression in teens who frequently play them. According to USA Today, 24 stud...

Students differ on perspectives toward AP exams

Photo from the Odyssey Online

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...

Undetected literacy lounge proves to be hidden gem

Undetected literacy lounge proves to be hidden gem

February 8, 2017

By: Molly Mahoney '18 An Edgar Allan Poe action figure mounts the bulletin board. Green and purple chairs scatter the floor. Posters of historical and literary legends line the walls. Inviting floor lamps and a variety of Trader Joes snacks beckon newcomers. Nestled in between the social studies department...

Midterm exam break proven to be myth

This year’s midterm schedule consists of a regular school day on Monday Jan. 11, Midterm periods one and four on Jan. 12, exams two and three on Jan. 13, exams six and seven on Jan. 14, a staff development day on Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, exams five and eight on Jan. 19 and exam make-up day on Jan. 20.

Renee Weisz, A&E Editor

December 23, 2015

Although in the past two years midterm exams have been followed by a five-day break from school, this year’s exams do not follow this same pattern. The week begins with a regular school day on Monday, Jan. 11. Three days of exams follow from Jan. 12-14. Then, a staff development day takes place ...

Resilience project provides reprieve for students

Resilience project provides reprieve for students

Cooper Boardman, Opinions Editor

December 5, 2014

The Resilience Project, run by the guidance department in an effort to help students cope with stress, is back for its third year in the Staples community. The project was first introduced two years ago by guidance counselors Deborah Slocum, Victoria Capozzi and Leslie Hammer.  They began by emailing...

Gaining Independence – Students Create Independent Studies

Gaining Independence - Students Create Independent Studies

October 1, 2010

Justine Abelow ’11 created her own class. She teaches herself the material. She is taking an independent study. Abelow took Introduction to Psychology as a junior, but wanted to further her knowledge and challenge herself by taking the AP course not offered by Staples. She is doing this by pursuing...

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