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Tristan Gonzalez ’24  packs notebooks in his suitcase so he can study for the midterms even whilst on vacation.

Midterms’ quick commencement after break multiplies stress on students, disrupts their vacations

Tristan Gonzalez '24, Staff Writer January 3, 2023

After trudging through four months of school, enduring a stress-inducing and exam-filled week, you finally have a break. As the end of school bell rings, you let out a huge sigh of relief, for now you...

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...

Students reflect on schedule changes

Gabi Gerig ’23, Paper Sports Editor June 10, 2022

The assessment center is no longer proving to be an efficient environment for students to take tests.

Assessment center proves helpful, yet improvements needed

Kiswa Khan ’23, Associate Managing Editor April 27, 2022

Every Staples student knows about the assessment center. When some of us think of it, we think of a cold room, creaking chairs, timers going off, long lines of students, frazzled teachers, missing tests,...

While many colleges are allowing applicants to choose to submit their test scores, stress for the junior class persists.

Junior class navigates pressure from standardized-tests

Lyah Muktavaram ’22, Broadcast Director November 24, 2021

As you walk into school, you are immediately met with the sight of big-name, competitive colleges displayed on sweatshirts, hats and t-shirts. Whispers throughout the hallways between friends reveal conversations...

Teachers prevent online cheating by changing assessments

Teachers prevent online cheating by changing assessments

Lucy Dockter ’23, Staff Writer October 13, 2020

It can always be a challenge to ensure students uphold the honor code as they take tests. This year, as half of the student body is working online at any given time, it has become increasingly difficult...

Students taking assessments should be allowed to use their hand-written notes in all scenarios where it is possible, as to eliminate the possible advantage that remote learners have of test-taking in their own home.

Open-note test format offers desirable solution to sub-issue of hybrid learning

Chloe Murray '22, Public Relations Director October 9, 2020

By now, we have all heard the jealous groans of Cohort A after a teacher announces that Cohort B will take an upcoming test from home, and vice versa. While it would be ideal if teachers could place full...

Schoology is where teachers post assignments and assessments, and students often look here for what work they have to get done. Seeing multiple large assignments causes stress and inevitably requires a large amount of time that could ruin a students weekend.

Lack of coordination around testing unnecessarily increases student workload

Aidan Rogers '22, Creative Director March 23, 2020

A week in the life of a Staples student is much like the month of March; it comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb. Checking Schoology on a Saturday night to see three tests and a presentation in the...

Staples students are beginning to realize what the college life is like as the week before December break approaches.

Staples students should start studying instead of complaining

Jake Navarro '20, Web Opinions Editor January 2, 2020

Every year before break starts, teachers start to pile on tests in the remaining week. So far, I have accumulated four tests from Monday to Wednesday. Although this puts a lot of stress on students, I...


Photo of sign outside of the Assessment Center. It is located on the door of the make-up center.

Assessment center: Is it effective?

Charley Guthartz, Staff Writer December 2, 2019

Many Staples students get the Assessment Center and learning center confused. These two rooms are put into place by the school to be helpful for students. But rarely students are unaware of where these...

As finals approach Claire Fisher’22 crams for her multiple tests. She is stressed but excited for the end of the year to come.

Finals week increases the stress for all students

Shira Zeiberg '22 June 12, 2019

As finals approach, students lose sight of how to keep themselves healthy in the time of stress, as we often find ourselves staying up all night and skipping meals. We need to make sure we are putting...

A Staples sophomore receives a fail on her early morning quiz. Tests given first period decrease students brains the ability to fully comprehend the material given.

First period exams exacerbate student stress

Rebecca Kanfer '21, Paper Sports Editor February 12, 2019

It’s 7:30 in the morning: your eyelids are heavy, you’re moving at a snail's pace and it’s entirely unlikely that you will make it through class without falling asleep. As you sit down at your desk...

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