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Students and staff express enthusiasm for Halloween through school traditions

Students and staff express enthusiasm for Halloween through school traditions

Lucy Arrow '21, Paper Features Editor

November 6, 2019

From the wide variety of Halloween school events, including Spooktacular in elementary school to Monster Mash in middle school, all Westport Public Schools have found some way to celebrate the spooky holiday: Halloween. Despite the fact that what was scary in middle school (skeleton cartoons, witch costumes...

Teachers grading tactics can have a negative impact on students’ grades

Teachers grading tactics can have a negative impact on students’ grades

Betti Kobak '22, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

Grades are undoubtedly something that occupies every student's mind at Staples High School. Being able to perform highly in every class, whether it is an AP, honors or A class can be difficult, regardless of course. I know I am constantly looking at PowerSchool, even if I know there are no new grades...

Cell phone holders provide pragmatic solution to class disruption

Cell phone holders provide pragmatic solution to class disruption

Holden Cohen '20, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

Now that a new school year is well underway, there is talk of new rules being enacted. The majority of teachers now require students to keep their phones in backpacks or else they get sent to the assistant principal’s office. By the start of next year, however, there needs to be an official rule, i...

The use of tutors should not be criticized

The use of tutors should not be criticized

Bailey Blaikie ’19

December 10, 2018

The use of tutors has become a topic of discussion throughout the Staples hallways, usually with a negative connotation. Some state that students take advantage of their tutors and have them do their work for them. However, as someone who utilizes tutors in a positive way, I find these comments both offensive and fals...

Classes should complete tests before long breaks

Classes should complete tests before long breaks

Elle Fair '19

December 5, 2018

After a winter holiday break largely comprised of eating, excessive sleeping and endless movie-watching, students do not come back necessarily in the studious mindset that school requires. So, before students and teachers leave for long breaks, all work for the unit that is currently in progress should...

Teachers need to stop ignoring GMS

Teachers need to stop ignoring GMS

Remy Teltser ’21

November 8, 2018

The unpleasant bell sounds off at 8:25 a.m. as my peers file into my math classroom to begin the tiresome second period of the day. Sure, this long period is brutal to sit through, but at least it’s Wednesday and GMS is airing, so there’s something entertaining to look forward to. But as soon as...

Athletes take too many early dismissals

Athletes take too many early dismissals

October 17, 2018

By Elle Fair '19   It’s 1:30 p.m. and the athletes dressed in their blue and white uniforms begin packing up their bags and leaving the classroom right in the middle of a new lesson. With 45 minutes left in the period, athletes are let off the hook and are free to leave school early as t...

District staff unifies in response to contract termination decisions

District staff unifies in response to contract termination decisions

April 26, 2018

By Lili Romann '19 and Daniel Harizman '19 Over 100 Westport Public School District teachers attended the Board of Education meeting Monday, April 23 after 135 non tenured district staff received email notifications Friday, April 20 that their contracts would not be renewed for the upcoming school ye...

Yes, the first amendment does apply to unions

Yes, the first amendment does apply to unions

March 14, 2018

By Jack Beck '18 There is a question before the Supreme Court that could shake unions in the United States to their core. The question is whether or not unions should be allowed to force public workers to pay union dues if those workers disagree with the union’s political agenda. The court heard oral ar...

Why arming teachers would be like fighting fire with fire

Why arming teachers would be like fighting fire with fire

Maddie Phelps '19, Web Managing Editor

March 14, 2018

  It sounded just like fireworks, like the fourth of July. But then it grew louder and louder, the pop, pop, popping of a machine gun flying down the hallways, searching for a body, any body, to pierce through and make its next victim. You’re running to hide, running to save your life; but ...

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