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On March 1, Staples began its new 75% capacity schedule with hybrid students now attending three days a week. Students and teachers alike are excited to see new people in-person. However, some feel there are still issues to fix and that distance learning has not yet overstayed its welcome.

Staples community settles into 75% capacity

Lilly Weisz ’23, Assistant Creative Director March 13, 2021

The hallways are packed with people, full of the faces and footsteps of students, some who feel as though they haven’t seen each other for a million years. Shouts of “ohmygodhi” fill the air as peers...

During COVID-19 some Westport dance studios have implemented a hybrid schedule where dancers go into the studio or dance from home via Zoom. Because of the difference in surroundings, dancers have a different experience based on their location.

Dance studio’s hybrid model changes class experience

Audrey Kercher ’23, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Tying hair up in a bun, lacing up pointe shoes and pulling on light pink tights. This is the typical routine for dancers preparing for class. However, logging onto Zoom is now a part of the preparation...

The Zoom platform should still be used during the full-in person school model to allow students to virtually participate in class when they are sick or in quarantine.

Elements from hybrid-learning model should be implemented in return to full in-person school

Meg Enquist '23, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

The challenges associated with educating students amid the Coronavirus pandemic has led to changes in scheduling, along with other policies and protocols. As students and teachers prepare for the potential...

Students evaluate Zoom and Hybrid Model

Emma Dantas ’21 and Carly Kaplowitz ’21 November 26, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/carly-kaplowitz/updated-zoom-fatigue

Students react to Staples quarantine

Hannah Kail ’22 and Valerie Dreyfuss ’22 November 26, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/valerie-dreyfuss/y2matecom-staples-students-react-to-a-2nd-lockdown

Level of teaching should maintain the same regardless if teachers work from home or from the comfort of their home.

Rejection of remote teaching proves misguided

Emma Dantas '21, Staff Writer November 10, 2020

The weekend of Oct. 17 I received an unsettling email from my math teacher. She informed us her son had been exposed to COVID-19 and had to quarantine for two weeks at home. Reading on, I learned she would...

The first snowfall of the school year happened recently, and it left people wondering if snow days will now be online days. Online school instead of snow days is more beneficial because it allows for students to still learn.

Online learning allows students to learn in all conditions

Audrey Kercher ’23, Staff Writer November 10, 2020

It’s a winter school day and you wake up naturally with no alarm at 9 a.m.. Looking out the window, the usually green grass is filled with flurries of white snowflakes. You are in a rush to get ready...

Heather Wirkus misses the emotional connection she makes with her students in person, however believes safety is more important as of right now.

Teachers openly speak out about school schedule

Abigail Nevin '23, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

As COVID-19 cases have begun to rise in Fairfield County, the Westport Public School system has been nervously awaiting the news of whether or not the schedule will remain hybrid, go fully remote, or eventually...

Westport Senior Center adapts to COVID-19 restrictions

Westport Senior Center adapts to COVID-19 restrictions

Lily Klau '23, Staff Writer November 2, 2020

From art, to dance, to current events to exercise, the Westport Senior Center offers it all.  Post-retirement life can get lonely and boring for many seniors, and it can be hard to gather the motivation...

Chamber Music Club, among others, utilize Google Classroom as a key method of keeping in touch and posting updates.

Clubs strive to continue virtually despite COVID-19 setbacks

Lyah Muktavaram ’22, Web Features Editor October 27, 2020

With topics ranging from aerial photography to cybersecurity, the Staples community fosters a variety of unique clubs and activities. However, many were uncertain how clubs would fare during a global pandemic.  Club...

Students of Staples High School run online clubs through Zoom meetings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Online clubs enhance students’ COVID-19 experience

Audrey Kercher '23, Staff Writer October 9, 2020

As eager students have returned to school following a new hybrid schedule, an extracurricular activity forgotten in the excitement are clubs. Staples High School declared that clubs would be running online,...

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services could not be held in person due to COVID-19. Many synagogues in Westport and across the country instead held services via livestream or Zoom. People were still able to observe the holidays from their homes without making contact with others.

Jewish high holy days celebrated COVID-19 style

Snacking on apples and honey, hanging out with family and friends, attending services and fasting looked a lot different this year when Jewish families celebrated Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Due...

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