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Teachers prevent online cheating by changing assessments

Teachers prevent online cheating by changing assessments
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...

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

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.
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...

Lack of coordination around testing unnecessarily increases student workload

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.
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 should start studying instead of complaining

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

Assessment center: Is it effective?


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

Finals week increases the stress for all students

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

First period exams exacerbate student stress

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.
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...

Classes should complete tests before long breaks

A Staples student takes a test.
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...

Staples achieves highest average SAT score in Connecticut

Staples achieves highest average SAT score in Connecticut
September 21, 2018

By Jack Dennison '21 The Staples High School class of 2019 earned the highest average SAT score in the state. Daniel Westphal ’19 was happy to learn of the distinction. “Staples having the highest...

Italian teachers take a step toward no midterm testing

Italian teachers take a step toward no midterm testing
January 19, 2018

By Bailey Blaikie '19 Imagine walking into the classroom during midterms and not having to worry about a 200 point test. This year, that is the case for many classes, including Italian. There are...

Smaller quizzes are passing the test

Smaller quizzes are passing the test
January 11, 2018

By Emma Van Riper ’20 In preparation for a test, all you can do as a student is study your hardest in hopes for a good grade. But, no matter the subject, large tests overwhelm students due to their...

Preparing for Finals

Preparing for Finals
June 12, 2017

By: Alexa Moro and Alex Reiner

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...

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