PTA News and Announcements
The PTA would like to thank all the people who helped make the Staples back to school nights such a success:Kathleen Doyle, Eugenie Ten Cate, Anne Spencer, and Carrie Howard. We also extend our thanks to all the volunteers who worked and donated.
And a big thank you to Barbara Oseguera and Ruth Mannes who coordinated our annual food drive, and to all the parents who brought in food for the Westport Women’s Club Food Closet -- your donations help WWC provide food to those in need.
In this week’s planner…
- PTA Membership + Access to New Student Directory
- Military Opt-Out Link
- Ninth Grade Parent Guidance Presentation
- Financial Aid Application Night
- PSAT Info
- New Families info
- Yearbook Order Link
- Class of 2020: Senior Internships, Senior Portraits, Ads and Baby Photos
- Staples- Hwa Chong Exchange Program 2019: Looking For Host Families
- Westport Continuing Education
- Staples Girls Ice Hockey Cooperative
- Community Events: Vaping Presentation, St. Joseph School College Fair
- Board of Education
Join the SHS PTA!
Kick off the new school year with us! PTA Membership registration is NOW open. Click HERE to join. The REGISTRATION CODE IS westport-2019.
Become a member of the SHS PTA and support the many programs we put on to enhance the learning experience for our kids, and benefit our teachers and staff! We fund building improvements, educational & recreational equipment, grants to teachers, and host many events throughout the year to benefit our school’s community.
One of the best perks of membership is that you get access to the school directory, MobileArq.
Please join the PTA and get access to the new directory!
Parents - click HERE to join.
Staff - click HERE to join.
If you have kids in more than one school you will be able to sign up for all schools at once. All SHS parent volunteers must be PTA members. Please be sure to sign up to stay involved and support the SHS community. For any questions, please email our SHS PTA membership/directory chairs Ritu Johorey email@example.com or Sharuna Mahesh firstname.lastname@example.org
The Military Opt-Out link is now on our website and here:
Summary: "With regard to the student(s) named above, I/we request the Westport Public Schools to withhold directory information (i.e., name, address, phone number) from military recruiters.
The link will be active from now through 9/25/19.
Ninth Grade Parent Guidance Presentation
The Ninth Grade Parent Guidance Presentation will be held on Friday, September 20, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the Staples cafeteria. During this program, school counselors will provide introductory information about Staples, including such topics as finding your people, supporting your child’s academics, managing technology use, fostering resilience, involvement in co-curricular activities, and insight into the adolescent brain.
Financial Aid Application Night
Financial Aid Application Night will be held on Monday, September 23 from 6:30-8:00 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.
PSAT test date at Staples High School is Saturday, October 19th, 2019.
JUNIORS ONLY may sign up with Mr. Carroll in the Staples Guidance Office, during lunch periods only beginning on Monday, September 23rd through Wednesday, October 2nd.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AFTER OCTOBER 2ND.
Cost of a ticket for the PSAT is $50.00, check made payable to Staples High School, PSAT with student’s name on the memo line.
For more information please see attached doc
New to the Westport School District?
The first New Family Coffee will be held jointly with BMS September 17th from 10:00 - 11:30 am, at Aux Delices (44 Church Lane, Westport). It’s a great opportunity to meet other new parents to the Westport public schools.
Newcomer coffees are generally held monthly.
There is also a reception at Wakeman Town Farm on Sunday, September 22nd at 10 am. The reception will include families from SHS and BMS, and kids are welcome.
New Wrecker Wear Fall Line Now Available!
Start the school year right by showing your Staples Spirit with some brand new Wrecker Wear, while supporting the PTA! Check out the great new offerings at the link below and place your order NOW -- items arrive approximately 2 weeks after purchase.
To order a yearbook, place your order by clicking HERE. Please save your order confirmation email for end of year book pick-up and bring to distribution in June. More detailed information regarding the yearbook can be found here.
Class of 2020
Senior Internship Program
Senior Internships are a highly anticipated part of senior year and one of the highlights. Click Here to find out more about the program and visit our homepage.
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 2020. Please email the internship office, Michelle Howard and Denise Pearl at email@example.com. Click Here for more information on hosting.
Portrait Deadline December 18.
Portrait Selection Deadline: January 22.
Seniors have special portraits taken for the yearbook. Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch is our official photographer. Prestige mails a pre-assigned portrait sitting time at the end of junior year with sittings beginning in May. If you cannot make the appointment, you must reschedule your sitting by clicking HERE or call Prestige at 1-800-426-9533. You cannot have a photo taken without an appointment. Only senior portraits taken by Prestige are allowed to be used in the senior section of the yearbook (no school ID photos, no home photos, no other professional portraits, etc). Once you receive your portrait proofs, approximately 2 weeks after your photo session, please choose a vertical pose for your yearbook submission...a blue background is preferred (no props, expressive gestures, animals, etc. allowed). Contact Prestige with your Proof #. You are under no obligation to purchase portrait packages. If you do not have a photo taken by Prestige by the last available appointment, Dec. 18, you WILL NOT be pictured in the senior portrait section of the yearbook.
Photographers will be shooting at Staples on the following dates (in front of SHS Auditorium)
SEPTEMBER 6, 9, 10: 2PM-8PM
OCTOBER 4-5: 2PM-8PM
NOVEMBER 21-22, 25-26: 2PM-8PM
DECEMBER 16-18: 2PM-8PM
LAST DAYS to have portrait taken and be included in the YBK!!
Deadline Oct. 15. Click HERE to purchase an ad. Click the "Buy a Yearbook Ad" link. Because we have a limited number of pages, ads are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Groups of seniors may buy additional "friends" ads. No late ads will be accepted.
Senior Baby Pictures
Deadline Oct. 15. Baby pictures submitted are from infant to Kindergarten age. Click HERE to submit a baby picture.
Staples- Hwa Chong Exchange Program 2019: Looking For Host Families
December 2-15, 2019: Staples High School is proud to once again host exchange students (25 sophomore boys along with 2-3 teacher chaperones) 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.
Please click here to take a look at the video from a previous exchange program for an overview of the program:
For more information or to volunteer, please contact the World Languages Coordinator, Maria Zachery at 341-5131 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Westport Continuing Education
Spark fun and learning with Westport Continuing Education’s after school programs and programs for adults!
Fall registration is open now - check out our new, mobile-friendly website.
The Staples Girls Ice Hockey Cooperative is Recruiting New Players!
Staples, along with Westhill and Stamford High Schools (SWS – Girl’s Ice Hockey), is a fantastic joint varsity ice hockey cooperative that is looking to welcome prospective players to the family.
If you love winter sports; if you love to skate; if you love hockey; or, if you are just an athlete looking for a new challenge, we absolutely want to talk to you. You will learn a great sport, in a great environment with great teammates. But only if we know how to find you.
Off ice fitness training starts soon and on ice training begins mid-November. Please join us!
Students contact: Madison Andrews - email@example.com
Parents contact: Terri Andrews -firstname.lastname@example.org, John Morgan – email@example.com, Regina Miniutti – firstname.lastname@example.org
September 24th from 7pm-8:30pm - College Fair at St. Joseph High School
Students and parents are invited to attend at the St. Joseph High School gymnasium - 2320 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull, CT.
September 25th from 7pm-8pm – “Vaping: The Youth Epidemic” featuring Tricia Dahl from Yale School of Medicine & TRY.
Westport Human Services and the Westport Prevention Coalition welcome Tricia Dahl, Senior Researcher from the Yale School of Medicine, Tobacco Research Center in Youth (TRY). An expert on the topic of youth vaping, this will be one of the most comprehensive programs on a topic that is making headlines around the country. The program is intended for both parents and students. Youth attendance is highly recommended. Space is limited, to register click here.
Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria Monday, October 7th at 7:30 pm. Click HERE for the meeting agendas. 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.
Netta Levy (Beebe) and Claudia Shaum
Staples High School PTA Co-Presidentsshs_pta@westportps.org