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Students evaluate Zoom and Hybrid Model

November 26, 2020

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Students react to Staples quarantine

November 26, 2020

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Rejection of remote teaching proves misguided

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

Online learning allows students to learn in all conditions

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.
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...

Teachers openly speak out about school schedule

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

Clubs strive to continue virtually despite COVID-19 setbacks

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

Online clubs enhance students’ COVID-19 experience

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

Jewish high holy days celebrated COVID-19 style

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.
October 1, 2020

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...

Student presentations bore classes in time of hybrid learning

September 21, 2020

I have a confession: I’m the rare sort of student who actually enjoys presenting in class. Over Zoom, however, I want to tear my hair out while an in-person classmate yammers on and on during a presentation,...

Social media spreads kindness

Charlie Zuckerman ’18 scrolls Instagram while at home. Social media is being utilized constantly during the pandemic, as it is a great way to stay connected.
May 3, 2020

Ever since cell phones and social media became a part of everyday life, it became much easier to contact people than it was before. Now in the middle of a global pandemic, social media is a vital part...

Staples should increase student-teacher interaction through mandatory online conferences

Google Meet or Google Hangout are currently the most popular platforms that teachers are using at Staples High School. While some teachers use them frequently, others continue to post assignments to schoology, depriving students of the face-to-face interaction that they are used to.
May 3, 2020

A few months ago, nobody could have expected how coronavirus would impact our lives here in Westport. One might have expected that it would eventually hit the United States, after traveling across Asia,...

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