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PTA News and Announcements


Congrats to SHS Teacher of the Year Nominees!
The PTA would like to congratulate this year’s SHS Teacher of the Year nominees Heidi Howden, Lenny Klein and Linda McClary!

Join the PTA - Staff link now available!
Every Staples family and staff member is encouraged to become a member of the SHS PTA. It is your forum for sharing concerns and suggestions and is your key source for information. Additionally, our annual membership enables us to fund over 40 events and programs each year and “additional donations” help fully fund the teacher appreciation luncheons and Wrecker mini-grants. PTA membership also gives you access to the online directory. Staff - click here to join (if asked for a code, enter “westport”/see attached directions if needed). Parents - click here to joinQuestions - contact Ritu Johorey or Wendy Brown

Special Ed News
Sip ‘n Chat - Come meet, exchange ideas and ask questions with other Special Ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools. Wednesday, Sept. 20th, 9:30 -10:30am, Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East, next to Home Goods). Next Sip 'n Chat date - Thursday, October 19th.

Volunteer opportunities at Staples
Sign-up to volunteer using the 2017-2018 Parent Volunteer online sign-up. Questions - contact Kathleen Doyle, or Ruth Mannes,

Guidance Department Common Application Workshop
The Guidance Department will be offering a Common Application Workshop for Seniors on Friday, September 22 during all three lunch waves in the Library Ask Classroom. Please come for valuable information and answers to your questions about the Common Application as well as the Coalition Application. Be sure to bring your computer. This meeting is for senior students only.

Financial Aid Night
Financial Aid Night will be held on Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Staples auditorium. Julie Savino, Executive Director of Financial Assistance at Sacred Heart University, will present to students and families about the sources and types of financial aid, application process, determining eligibility, and useful tips and tools.

Transcript Requests and Senior Parent Coffee Follow-Up
The Guidance Department will begin accepting transcript requests on Monday, September 18. Please visit our web site and utilize our Guide to Post-High School Planning and College Applications for more information on this process. If you missed the Senior Parent Coffee on Friday, you can access the handout from the presentation. Video will be available shortly.

Class of 2017 - PSAT
Juniors (only!) will be able to take the PSAT on Saturday October 14th. Tickets cost $50 and will be on sale from Monday September 18th till Tuesday October 3rd at the Guidance Office during all three lunch waves. For more information please see attached flyer.

Class of 2018 - Senior Internship Program
Senior Internships are a highly anticipated part of senior year. We encourage you to find out more about the program. Click here for specific information on eligibility, timeline and how to choose an internship. Visit our homepage for more information.

Interested in hosting a Staples Senior Intern at your business or know someone who is? We are always looking for new sites to add to our list for the Spring of 2018. Please email the internship office, Michelle Howard and Denise Pearl at Click here for more information on hosting.

The Principal Tweets
Did you know our Principal, James D’Amico, is on twitter? For updates follow @StaplesMrD.

Subscribe to Inklings
Stay in the know about news at Staples High School, Westport and beyond. Click here and complete the online form to subscribe to Inklings, Staples High School's award winning and student run newspaper.

Hwa Chong Exchange Program 2018: Looking For Host Families
March 5-16: Staples High School is proud to once again host exchange students (sixteen sophomore boys) from The Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore. Please consider becoming a host family. As a host family, you need to be available to provide transportation, meals (primarily breakfast/dinner), accommodation in your home, and be willing to expose the students to local social and cultural opportunities. Take a look at the video from a previous exchange program for an overview of the program, click here. For more information or to volunteer, please contact the World Languages Coordinator, Maria Zachery at 341-5131 or

Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria today, Monday, September 25th at 7:30 pm. Click here for the current meeting agenda. This meeting can also be viewed live on channel 78 or via computer on the district’s website or by clicking here: BOE Meeting Live Stream

Community Bulletin Board Information - click here!

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