PTA News and Announcements
In this week’s planner…
- PTA Membership + Access to New Student Directory
- Important Information From Guidance
- Important Information From the Nurse’s Office
- Westport Public Schools Innovation Fund 2019-2020 Application Now Available
- National Honor Society Drives for The Caroline House and Books2Connect
- Picture Retake Day
- Winter Sports Registration Now Open
- Staples Music News
- New Families info
- Show Your School Spirit with Wrecker Wear
- Yearbook Order Link
- Class of 2020: Senior Internships, Senior Portraits, Ads and Baby Photos
- Staples- Hwa Chong Exchange Program 2019: Looking For Host Families
- Recent Vaping Presentation: Link is Now Available
- 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
Important Information from Guidance
College Interview Workshop for Seniors
Friday, October 18 during lunch waves in the College and Career Center
A college admissions representative will answer questions, talk about the purpose of and what to expect during a college interview.
FAFSA Day Connecticut
Saturday, October 19 from 11:30am-2:30pm is FAFSA Day Connecticut at Norwalk Community College! Participants will receive free, hands-on assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) walking away with the satisfaction of knowing they have accomplished one of the biggest steps in getting ready to go to college. Please click here to register and review important information that you need to bring to the event.
Free ACT Practice Test
Saturday, October 19 from 9:30am-1:30pm at the Fairfield Public Library - Main Library
Free ACT or SAT Practice Tests
Saturday, October 19 from 10:30am - 2:30am at the Pequot Library
Students will receive a complimentary score report to pinpoint strengths and areas for development.
Life After High School - Transition Topics & Issues Training Series
Tuesday, October 29 from 6:30-8:30pm at Fairfield Warde High School
This presentation is for students with IEP or 504 plans (and their parents or guardians) who intend to go to a two or four year college or university after receiving their diploma. Please email your registration to: Chris Librandi, Transition Specialist
Important Information from the Nurse’s Office
FRESHMEN PARENTS: Physicals are required during the ninth grade year. A valid physical is one performed during the ninth grade year after June 1. It can be submitted to the nurse anytime while your child is in ninth grade. Ninth graders who have not submitted a valid form by the start of tenth grade will be excluded from school until the requirement is met.
Physicals must be on the CT Health Assessment Record commonly known as the blue form. This is the only physical required for high school unless your child is participating in school athletics.
SPORTS PHYSICALS: A physical is required yearly for students participating in school sports. Sports physicals are valid for 13 months and must be submitted on the CT Health Assessment Record (blue form) to the nurse before try-outs.
EARLY DISMISSAL: If your child contacts you during the school day that they are not feeling well, please direct them down to the nurse's office. Only students who have been seen by the nurse will be dismissed through the nurse's office. Doctors’ appointments or any other pre-planned absence should be handled by calling attendance, the front desk or your child’s grade level assistant.
- SHS Nursing Department
Westport Public Schools Innovation Fund 2019-2020 Application Now Available
The Westport Public Schools is looking for innovative, passionate, creative thinkers who are Westport Public School students, staff, or Westport community members who have projects or innovative ideas that would not normally be considered part of our typical educational offerings that they would like to see brought to life. The District would like to invite those interested to apply for an Innovation Fund Grant . The first round of grant applications will be reviewed on November 1, 2019.
You can find more information about the Innovation Fund here.
National Honor Society Drives Happening Now
Two separate drives are taking place for The National Honor Society.
The Caroline House is an organization in Bridgeport that works to educate women and children who are learning English as a second language. If you would like to send supplies with your student to school or make a donation, we are looking to collect the following items:
Dry Erase Markers
Paper Clips, All Sizes
1 Subject Notebooks
This drive will take place through 10/18.
Books2Connect is an organization that provides books to nearby, low-income students. and the collection box will be in the lobby of Staples High School. If you would like to send books with your student to school, we are looking to collect gently used books for kids grades k-8.
This book drive will run through 10/25
Collection Boxes are in the Staples lobby. Thank you for your support.
Picture Retake Day
Student pictures retakes will be taken on October 15th. The photographer will be there all day up by the auditorium.
Winter Sports Registration Now Open
Winter sports registration opens October 1st at staplesathletics.com. Registration will be closed on November 17, 2019 at midnight.
All winter sports begin Dec. 5th, except girls basketball, boys ice hockey and wrestling which will begin on December 2nd.
Plan NOW! If you are not registered and/or do not have a physical you will not be permitted to participate.
Here's information to keep in mind to prepare for registration.
1. Parent and athlete must register together, students do not register alone as forms require parental consent.
2. Have a valid Physical Examination on file in the School Nurse's office, forms available at http://shs.westport.k12.ct.us/uploaded/files/health-form-har3.pdf
Physical Examination Requirements:
- Prior to the first tryout/practice session, all prospective student-athletes are required to pass a physical exam by a physician.
- Completed physical examination forms must be on file in the School Health Office prior to the first tryout/practice session.
- The physical examination is valid for 13 months, and must cover athletes for the entire sports season (including tryout period). Should the physical examination expire during the course of the sports season, the athlete will be required to be examined prior to the date of the physical examinations expiration, otherwise continued participation is prohibited.
Staples Music News
OCT 16 Symphonic Band (11/12) & Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm, SHS Black Box Theater
OCT 17 Freshman, Sophomore, Symphonic & Chamber Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm, Saugatuck Elementary School
OCT 18 Fall Parlor Choral Concert, 7:30pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport
Staples Music Parents Association Fall Meeting Oct. 2
Find out how you can be a part of the Staples Music family at the SMPA meeting Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:00pm (SHS Choral Room 458). Music Directors and SMPA Board members will be there with sign-up opportunities and to answer questions.
New to Staples? Join the SMPA via the SMPA Facebook page and be up on the latest news and info.
Questions? For more info. about the SMPA, contact SMPA President Lauren Goodman at email@example.com.
New to the Westport School District?
The next New Family Coffee will be held jointly with BMS October 18th from 10:00 - 11:30 am, at Mystic Market (60 Charles Street, Westport). It’s a great opportunity to meet other new parents to the Westport public schools.
Newcomer coffees are generally held monthly.
Please contact Stefanie Moskovit, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alma Sarelli, email@example.com with any questions.
Show Your School Spirit with Wrecker Wear
Show your Staples Spirit with some brand new Wrecker Wear, while supporting the PTA! Click here to check out the great new offerings 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
Dr. Dahl Vaping Presentation Link Now Available
If you missed the Sept. 25, 2019, “Vaping: the Youth Epidemic” presentation, given by Yale senior researcher, Tricia Dahl at Town Hall, it was recorded and the link is now available to watch at your leisure.
Please watch the Vaping video presentation with your children (recommended for children in 4th to 12th grades or at your discretion) and use this as an opportunity to have a conversation around this topic.
Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria Monday, October 21st 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