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PTA News and Announcements

2019-20 Course Selection
All students must meet individually with their school counselor throughout the rest of March to discuss plans, ensure all requirements are met, and finalize all selections, including alternate choices for electives. Course requests are not set until students have met with their school counselor.
Friday, March 29th is the deadline for all changes to course requests and to override a teacher’s recommendation. As students plan courses, know that it is expected that schedules remain firm and students are committed to their scheduled courses for the full school year. For more information, review the Program of Studies and visit the SHS Guidance website.

From the Staples Guidance department and Resilience Project
In the wake last week's disheartening college admission scandal, please take a moment to read Heidi Stevens' insightful article from the Chicago Tribune.

SAT for Juniors On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
ALL JUNIORS will take the Connecticut SAT. The Connecticut SAT is a State requirement for graduation.SAT Testing will significantly impact the schedule for the day. Thus, a special schedule has been created for the day. The schedule has been posted at the front desk, outside the main office, outside of guidance, in the cafeteria, and on the SHS Website.

Welcome to the Real World
Wed April 10th, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
On Wednesday, April 10, all seniors will participate in the first ever "Welcome to the Real World" event where students will further their knowledge of personal finance and health issues before leaving Staples for the next phase of their lives. During the financial reality fair portion of the day, students will be tasked with choosing a job and deciding how they will spend their salary by walking from table to table around the gym where they will decide among options for transportation, housing, food, etc. Parents will staff each of these tables and help students choose their real world options. It is a one morning commitment and requires no special training, although any parents with finance backgrounds could help in the "financial counseling session" at the end of the fair.
Due to an overwhelming volunteer response from our senior parents, we have only a few spots left to volunteer at this event. If you are interested in volunteering, we are filling a waitlist at this time.
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Welcome to the Real World
is sponsored by a grant from the

Staples Players Presents Curtains
Staples Players presents Curtains, a must-see musical mystery comedy! Performances are March 22nd & 23rd at 7:30 pm and March 23rd at 3 pm. Buy your tickets online at—or at the door 30 minutes prior to performances, as available.

Prospective College Athlete Night
The Guidance Department’s Prospective College Athlete Night for Students and Parents will take place on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the SHS Auditorium. Molly McCarthy, Assistant Athletic Director for NCAA Compliance and Student Athlete Services at Central Connecticut State University, and Mike Whalen, Wesleyan University Director of Athletics and former Division I and Division III college coach, will discuss NCAA eligibility, recruiting and application timelines, choosing the right school academically and athletically, and what to expect as a college student-athlete. There will also be a Q & A session with current collegiate student-athletes. Students in all grade levels and their parents are invited to attend.

Special Education News
Sip ‘n Chat
Join us to chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents. Our next few meeting dates are below, no need to RSVP.
Wednesday, April 10th
Wednesday, May 15th
Wednesday, June 12th
Location: Panera Bread (next to HomeGoods), from 9:30-10:30 am

Join us for Teen Movie Night at Toquet Hall on March 22nd Friday Night 7:00-9:00 Pm

Come to our Teen Night movie presentation of The Guardians of the Galaxy Bring a school friend or school buddy and enjoy some free pizza, (water bottles provided). Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at snack bar while watching this imaginative and fun movie!!! This is a drop off event for children receiving special education in Westport (Grades 6-12 only). For additional information please reference this flyer.RSVP Merrily Bodell

SHS PTA Book Club
We will meet from 11am - 12pm in room 2037 at Staples on the following Thursdays: 4/4 and 5/23. Mark the dates in your calendar, take a break from your daily routine, and feel free to bring your lunch.
The book that we will discuss is “The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock: A Novel” by Imogen Hermes Gowar. If you’ve finished the above book we’ll also be discussing “This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel and “George” by Alex Gino This book club is open to EVERYONE in the Westport School community. Hope to see many of you there!

Annual Academy Night: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation will be holding its annual Academy Night for students and recent graduates who are interested in attending one of our nation’s preeminent military academies – U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Naval Academy. This is a great opportunity for students to meet with representatives and cadets/midshipmen from each of the academies. This event will also give students a chance to meet with the service academy coordinators from each of our congressional offices to learn more about our individual nomination processes. In addition, we hope to have representatives from several collegiate ROTC programs, the National Guard, and the Military Reserves who will be able to discuss other paths to military service and commissioning programs for aspiring military officers.
The doors will open at 4:30 PM. The program is scheduled to begin promptly at 5:00 PM at the MG Maurice Rose Armed Forces Reserve Center, 375 Smith Street, Middletown, CT.

Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness
On Thursday, April 25th, 2019, we are excited to bring Connecticut State Trooper Kate Cummings, along with our School Resource Officer, Ed Wooldridge, for a parent presentation on Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness.
This session will have helpful information for parents, including:
  • Current social media trends and adolescent behavior online
  • Discussion of your child's digital footprint
  • Resources to keep you and your family safe
The session will be from 10:00 AM to Noon on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in the Staples High School Auditorium. Please use this form to RSVP for the presentation.

A Better Chance of Westport Annual Dream Event
Since 2002, A Better Chance of Westport has been giving motivated, outstanding students of color the opportunity to achieve their dreams through education. Our scholars apply toA Better Chance from around the country in the hope of building a better future through education at Staples High School and becoming involved in the Westport community. To date, all graduates of our program have gone on to attend four-year colleges and have grown to become leaders.
A Better Chance of Westport holds its annual fundraiser (The Dream Event) on March 30th at Rolling Hills Country Club, and Staples parents have the opportunity to contribute to a program that deeply benefits these young scholars (while also adding diversity to our community). The Dream Event is responsible for generating the majority of funds needed to run the program, allowing the boys to move to Westport, live in a home near the high school (The Glendarcy House) and receive the support and resources necessary to ensure their development. Please join us in making a difference in these Staples Student's lives, while helping our community grow and thrive!
Please click on this link to help fund the program’s operations:Donate to A Better Chance of Westport
If you have any questions, please contact Joanne DiNapoli,

Westport Continuing Education Summer Programs
Registration is now open for Westport Continuing Education Summer Programs . Westport Continuing Education provides high quality summer camps, classes, and workshops to over 2,200 kids. Led by dedicated educators, certified teachers, and professionals, our full or half-day programs are offered from June 24 - August 2. Options (for kids entering K-12) include Arts, STEAM, Filmmaking, Sports, Cooking, and Theater programs. Additional High School options include College Essay Boot Camp, Driver Ed, SAT/ACT Prep, and Academic credit courses.

Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria on Monday, April 1st at 7:30 pm. Click HERE for the meeting agenda link. 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.