PTA News and Announcements
In this weekly…
- Your Voice Matters: Selecting the Westport Superintendent of Schools
- Please Support the Staples Staff Appreciation Holiday Luncheon
- Connections Update
- Reflections Theme Search Contest for 2021-2022
- Reflections Art Contest 2019-2020
- Important Information From Guidance and the College & Career Center
- Special Education Coffee
- Staples players presents Mamma Mia
- New Staples logo wear-WINTER ITEMS ADDED
- Yearbook Order Link
- Class of 2020: Cap and Gown/Diploma Information; Deadline extended for baby pictures and ads; Senior Portraits
- Westport Continuing Education Summer Programs Survey
- Board of Education
- SAVE THE DATE: December 6th 10:00 AM - Principal Coffee to discuss course selection and balance, we will also vote on the updated PTA bylaws.
“Your Voice Matters – Selecting the Westport Superintendent of Schools”
The Westport Board of Education will be hosting two evening opportunities for community members to share their insight on the hiring of the next Superintendent of Schools.
On Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, December 10, Dr. Joseph Erardi, the search
consultant working with the Westport Board of Education, will be facilitating one-hour meetings dedicated to gathering community input for the superintendent’s hiring committee.
The November 25 and December 10 meetings will start at 7:00 p.m. and they will be held in the library at Staples High School.
Any resident needing additional information on the community conversation should contact Dr. Erardi at 571-480-0313.
Please Support the Staples Staff Appreciation Holiday Luncheon
Please help our wonderful staff celebrate the holidays! Contribute food, beverages or donate money to support the Annual Staff Holiday Luncheon.
The PTA will be hosting the Staff Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 6th for all 250+ staff members. Please consider donating to help us make the luncheon special:
● For food and beverages contributions or to volunteer, please click here.
● If you don’t have time to cook and would prefer to make a monetary donation, we will take care of the rest!
● To make a donation by PayPal, please click here. Alternatively, you can drop off or mail a check (payable to SHS PTA) to Kristina Schwarz at 7 Maplewood Avenue.
Any questions, please contact Kristina.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance,
Maggie Blau | Kristina Schwarz | Rebecca Mace | Chrys Lygnos |
Connections Update and Amazon Wish List
Connections serves as an intentional time to: communicate school-related information, foster meaningful connections between students and staff members, and create a safe environment where students feel comfortable to hold open discussions throughout their Staples career. November’s Connections theme is Gratitude. Here is a link to our newsletter sent to students for the week of November 11 and other archived newsletters.
You may also want to listen to “This is a Wreckording.” This link will take you to the inklings news website where Ethan Frank discusses the Connections program with Principal Thomas.
Here is the link: This is a Wreckording.
Attached you will find the Amazon wish list of high interest items that Principal Thomas refers to in his podcast. Our plan is to have these materials contained in bins that are shared and accessible to staff throughout the building. Additionally, some materials were requested by individual teachers to serve groups that meet outside of classrooms who do not have access to equipment and supplies like those in classroom locations.
Thank you so much for helping us enhance the Connections program.
Reflections Theme Search Contest
Give us your idea for the PTA Reflections Theme for 2021-22!!! The search is on for the winning idea that will inspire the creativity and imagination of future students. Make sure you don’t repeat a prior year theme. Prior year themes are on the back of the entry form.
Prize: $100 for the winning idea chosen by the National PTA.
Submit Theme Search Entry Form: Scan OCR on poster/use weblink on poster/pu form at the front desk.
Due Date: November 15, 2019, at the latest.
Reflections Art Contest 2019-2020 - “Look Within”
The PTA’s cornerstone arts program, Reflections offers students the opportunity
to be recognized on the local, state and national level for their unique artistic interpretation of the theme. Entries are due January 6, 2020.
Entry forms, Rules and Guidelines are available at https://bit.ly/2o7bhEj
and on the CT PTA website ctpta.org/reflections.
For questions: Anne Alcyone (email@example.com)
Important Info from Guidance and College & Career Center
Senior First Quarter Grades
First quarter grades are optional, not required, for most colleges. This information can be found on the college’s web site, your application portal, or by contacting the college directly. Students may choose to send first quarter grades for early action, early decision, rolling, or priority deadline applications. Regular decision applications with a deadline January 1 or later do not need first quarter grades sent as the application will include mid-year (semester) grades.
To request first quarter grades to be sent to colleges, download and complete the request form on the SHS Guidance website or Naviance, then return the form to Mrs. Fugitt in the Guidance Office between 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
NYC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Friday, November 12 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Free and open to the public. For more information:
Life After High School - Transitional Training Series: State and Federal Support Programs
Tuesday November 19, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Fairfield Warde High School. Presenters from DDS and BRS will discuss what your child/young adult with a disability might be eligible for and how to apply. For more information and to RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
United States Service Academies
Representatives and/or current students from the service academies will be visiting the Staples College and Career Center in November. These talks are best suited for juniors who would like to learn more about the academy and the admissions process. If interested in attending, please contact Ms. Zeigler in the College and Career Center at email@example.com .
Air Force ROTC - November 6 at 9:15am
Coast Guard Academy - November 14 during lunch waves
Naval Academy - November 26 during lunch waves
Military Academy at West Point - November 26 during lunch waves
Special Education Coffee
On Thursday, November 14th we will be hosting a coffee for parents of students receiving special education services at Staples. The topic for this meeting is post secondary transition. You will also get to meet our new Special Education Coordinator - Micah Lawrence, and your school’s representatives.
RSVP to one of your school’s representatives:
Stacie Curran (firstname.lastname@example.org)/Susan Porretta (email@example.com)/Sharuna Mahesh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Staples Players presents Mamma Mia
Staples players presents Mamma Mia, a hilarious tale of love and friendship told through ABBA’s timeless hits. Buy your tickets here: staplesplayers.com—or at the door 30 minutes prior to performances, as available.
NEW Staples Logowear - WINTER ITEMS!
Check out the new Winter Logowear items now available! Keep toasty warm with hats, scarves, gloves, fuzzy headbands, fleeces & more. They make great holiday gifts for students, parents or family members. Order placed by December 1st will be available week of December 16th - just in time for the holidays! Happy shopping!
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
Cap/Gown and Diploma Information
To help us order the correct size for your cap/gown and correct spelling of your diploma, please complete the online order form on our website http://shs.westportps.org/ under Special Announcements labeled Cap/Gown and Diploma.
Please complete the form and click submit. When submitting your name online, please be aware of all capital letters and spaces when typing. The way in which the name is submitted is how it will appear on the diploma.
Make your check or money order for $50.00 payable to STAPLES CLASS OF 2020.
Staples High School
70 North Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
ATTN: Mrs. Romano
You can also drop your check off in the Main Office to Mrs. Romano.
DEADLINE for payment is JANUARY 6 2020.
Senior Yearbook Ads and Senior Baby Picture
The Senior Yearbook Ads and Senior Baby Picture submission deadline for the 2020 Yearbook has been extended to Nov 4th.
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!!
Westport Continuing Education Summer Programs Survey
Westport Continuing Education is currently developing programs for Summer 2020 for students in grades K-12. We’d appreciate your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey about programs you would like to see offered through WCE.
WCE will be giving away a $15 discount for selected summer programs to 8 participants!
Please complete the survey here: https://forms.gle/BbdrewCTNSHeCDoh9
Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria Monday, December 2nd 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-Presidents