PTA News and Announcements
Our next coffee is rescheduled for Wednesday, March 14th, at Aux Delices (1035 Post Road) from 10:00 - 11:30 am. Please join us if you are new to the Westport Schools this 2017-2018 school year. We look forward to meeting you in person. Any questions? Contact Laura Gladstone or Stefanie Moskovit
PTA Book Club
Whether you are a regular or a newcomer, please join us for the rescheduled PTA Book Club to be held on Friday, March 16th from 10:00 - 11:00 am in the Staples Library. We will be reading Dashka Slater's new nonfiction book, The 57 Bus. Slater originally wrote about the incident that occurred between two teenagers taking the 57 bus home from school in Oakland, CA in a 2017 New York Times article. She then did further research to write her book, which explores in more detail both the agender community and the juvenile justice system.
Special Ed News
Sip and Chat - 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, March 14th, 9:30 - 10:30 am at Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East, next to Home Goods). Upcoming dates: April 19th and May 16th.
Local Summer Day Camp presentation - Wednesday, March 14th 7:00 pm, Westport YMCA. Join us for a presentation on local summer programs in the area for children with special needs. Representatives from these camps will be available to take questions! RSVP to Jen Putman.
Technology and Student Learning in the High School and Post-Secondary Environments - Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 9:30 am, Staples High School Faculty Dining Room. A presentation with Staples High School special education staff, Ms. Laura Giovanetti Assistive Technology Consultant with Cooperative Educational Services, and Mr. Bo Zamfir from the Center for Adaptive Technology at Southern CT State University. Our presenters will discuss how teachers and students use technology at Staples High School to improve learning, and will discuss how technology is used at the post-secondary level to assist students in teaching their post-secondary goals.
College & Career Center
There will be a Connecticut Community College Fair on Thursday, March 15th at Housatonic Community College at 6:00pm. Students will learn more about the merits of community college and the programs that are offered at the four colleges.
For more information and to access the current College & Career Center Newsletter, please click here.
2018-19 Course Selection
Current Juniors and Sophomores: Course selection is ongoing. We understand that some students may have missed appointments or not had an opportunity to meet - that's ok. Please schedule an appointment with your school counselor as soon as possible if you haven't done so already.
Current Freshmen: Individual student/counselor appointments Monday, March 12 - Friday, March 16
The Course Catalog is posted on the Staples website. Viewable through the PowerSchool Student/Parent Portal are course recommendations from teachers and course requests for students who have already met with their school counselor. The last day for changes to course requests will be Thursday, March 29th.
Thanks to a very generous Wrecker Mini-Grant from the PTA, the Staples Resilience Project is excited to welcome Harlan Cohen to SHS on March 21st! Harlan is a New York Times bestselling author, nationally syndicated advice columnist, and speaker who has visited over 400 college campuses. He is the author of five books including, The Naked Roommate: and 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College and The Naked Roommate for Parents Only! Harlan is a frequent guest on television and radio programs and has appeared on the Today Show.
In a special morning presentation for seniors only, Harlan offers advice to students on handling the challenges they may face next year: getting along with difficult roommates; overcoming loneliness and homesickness; and finding the confidence to step outside of their comfort zone to make new friends. Immediately following his presentation, we welcome back eight recent graduates, eager to share their own personal experiences and advice through Staples' Alumni College Panel, which Harlan will moderate.
For parents only: At 12:45 pm in the SHS Auditorium, Harlan Cohen will present for parents of students in grades 9-12: "Five Simple Rules For College Parents." Harlan will share some unexpected realities about life in college today and how parents can best support their children during the big transition ahead. To learn more about Harlan's message, please visit www.HarlanCohen.com.
Harlan Cohen's core message about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable, actively finding your "people" and your "places," and having the "patience" to allow for change is well timed and important for our graduating seniors. This promises to be a fun and valuable program!
Specifics regarding the student schedule for the morning will be sent separately. Attendance is mandatory for seniors. Thank you for your support!
Merrily We Roll Along
Performances are March 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 7:30 pm and March 18 at 3:00 pm. Buy your tickets online beginning March 3rd at staplesplayers.com—or at the door, beginning 30 minutes prior to performances, as available. Recommended for ages 8+.
Bedford Acting Group - Alice in Wonderland
Click here to buy tickets to the Bedford Acting Group’s magical production of Alice in Wonderland! Performances will be held on Friday, March 23 @ 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 24 @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 25 @ 2:00 pm.
Ticket prices are $15 or $12 for adults and $10 for students (children ages two and under are free). Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis. Questions about tickets? Contact Stacey Lessing.
Coleytown Company - James and the Giant Peach
Coleytown Company’s James and the Giant Peach, is a musical for the whole family to enjoy. James and the Giant Peach combines amazing songs with a creative story that children and adults alike will recognize as a favorite. Click here for more information.
Performances will be held on Friday, March 23 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 and 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 25 at 1:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online click here
Mental Health Presentation - New Date and Location
Please join us on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm in the Long Lots Elementary School Auditorium for an informative and timely presentation on DBT Skills in Schools. Dr. Alec Miller will be providing a presentation to parents on the current mental health crisis and how DBT programs are effectively used in schools to support adolescents in their social and emotional development. Although this presentation is geared toward parents of secondary students, all parents are welcome. Please see the attached flyer for more details.Questions? Contact: Nancy Wilson at or Stacie Curran
Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria today, Monday, March 12th, at 7:30 pm. Click here for the current meeting agenda. The meeting can also be viewed live on channel 78 or via computer on the district’s website or by clicking here.
Community Bulletin Board Information - click here