PTA News and Announcements
Important Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, January 19th
Winter Sports Start
Tuesday, January 26th
Last Day of Q2
School Picture/Proofs & Student ID Distribution, Retake Day
Distribution of Pictures/Proofs and Student ID - THIS WEEK students who did not yet receive them can pick them up:
- During all four lunch waves on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. There will be staff (GLA's and AP staff) outside the Auditorium handing out the remaining photos for cohort A and B students.
- Students will be socially distanced while picking up photos, and plexiglass will be between the staff and students so there will be no large groupings of students between the different cohorts and lunch waves.
- Any remaining photos, including distant learners/absent students will be mailed home.
Retake Day - We will schedule this date with Lifetouch once all student pictures are distributed via in-person and then mailed home.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during these novel times Questions: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your student’s Grade Level Assistant Principal.
INTERNSHIPS ARE ON! All seniors received information about their three options for the spring. Please ask your student to review the information, visit our site and make their selection by January 29, 2021.
If your student has any questions, ask them to email email@example.com
Class of 2024 Community Service Project
Class of 2024, in the fall, your class committee sent out a survey to see what cause, as a class, wanted to support. The results of the survey were that your class wanted to collect monetary donations to purchase meals to send to first responders and essential workers. We have reached out to Garden Catering who has a program called "Nugs not Hugs" where they collect donations to send meals to first responders and essential workers. Please use the link below to send your donations and use the code STAPLES when you check out.
*** don't forget to use the code STAPLES***
Ms. Levy and Miss Pendolphi
2021-22 Course Selection
The 2021-22 Staples High School Program of Studies is posted on the Staples website. Throughout the month of January, teachers will present information regarding course and level options within their subject area and make recommendations for their students. Recommendations will be viewable on PowerSchool starting Monday, February 8. From February 8-12, students will pre-register for courses through PowerSchool. All students will then meet individually with their school counselor throughout the rest of February and March to discuss plans, ensure all requirements are met, and finalize all selections, including alternate choices for electives. Detailed information can be found in the email message sent from Principal Thomas and on the SHS Guidance website.
Course Selection Informational Webinar
Thursday, February 4 from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
School counselors and administrators will review the course selection process and timeline, discuss considerations when planning a course of study, share tips for parents/guardians to support their child, and answer questions you may have. Students will receive similar information through Connections meetings with their school counselor throughout this month. This program will be recorded; Zoom link to follow.
Senior Parents: Updating Naviance, Mid-Year Transcripts, and ED Students
- Please encourage your children to inform their counselor and update Naviance as they hear their decisions.
- Once semester grades are finalized, mid-year transcripts will automatically be sent by the guidance office to any colleges for which students have already submitted a transcript request, whether or not they are required by the college. No additional forms are required. If the student was accepted early decision, we will send the mid-year transcript only to that college.
- If a student has been accepted early decision to a college, they MUST withdraw their applications to all other colleges immediately. This includes colleges they have already been accepted to and colleges they have applied to but have not yet received a decision from.
Staples Tuition Grants Application is open
Staples Tuition Grants (STG) provides tuition assistance to Staples High School seniors with demonstrated financial need, helping to close the gap between what their family can afford and the expected cost of tuition at the student’s chosen college or trade school. Deadline for applications is Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. For more information or to apply: https://www.
Junior Post-High School Planning
If you were unable to attend Post-High School Planning Night, here are links to the recording of the opening session and handout.
We also encourage you to utilize the following resources:
- Naviance video tutorial and handout
- Staples High School Guide to Post-High School Planning and College Applications
- SHS Guidance Class of 2022 Schoology Course
- Navigating the College Search webinar recording
- Staples Guidance Web Site
School counselors are available for individual planning meetings with juniors and their families. To schedule a meeting with your child’s school counselor, contact guidance department secretary Fran Geraci at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-341-1225.
USA Gap Year Virtual Fairs
USA Gap Year Fairs is hosting virtual events to connect students, families, and counselors with the most up to date information about gap year options and summer opportunities in 2021.
Saturday, Jan 23 from 12:30 - 3:00 pm: NATIONAL Virtual Gap Year Fair
Saturday, Feb 6 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm: NATIONAL Virtual Gap Year Fair
Fairfield Public Library Free Live Online Practice SAT & ACT Exams
SAT: Saturday, January 23 9am - 1pm
ACT: Saturday, February 27 9am - 1pm
This virtual test will give your student the opportunity to work on pacing and endurance in a safe setting that best simulates the test day environment. Students will take the test online with a live proctor through Revolution Prep. To register, visit www.revolutionprep.com/
TH!NK UK: Virtual Event
Monday, January 18 - Friday, January 22
This is a week-long virtual event specifically for students in North America. TH!NK UK will cover everything from submitting UCAS applications, writing a personal statement, right through to student life in the UK. Twenty universities across the UK are participating in this event, which will give students a taste of what it’s like to study a variety of subjects in the UK.
To see the full schedule and register for the event please go to: https://gck.fm/vkavl.
US Coast Guard Information Sessions
Thursday, January 21 from 9:00 - 11:30am and from 12:30 - 3:00pm.
Petty Officer Second Class Chris McCormick from the Coast Guard Recruiting Office in Hartford, will conduct two information sessions for interested students. The first 15-20 minutes will be a presentation followed by a Q&A session. Students do not need to attend the entire time. Petty Officer McCormick will remain online to answer questions or go over any information that a student may have missed. To register for the event, please visit:
For the AM session:
For the PM session:
Understanding Financial Aid and Paying for College
Thursday, January 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
We’re fortunate to welcome back expert college planning and financial aid consultant Bill Smith for this webinar.. Distinct from our fall financial aid night focused on the filing of FAFSA applications, in this program Mr. Smith will discuss assessing eligibility for need- and merit-based aid, how to identify colleges that might meet need and offer merit aid, and creating a plan to pay for college. It promises to be an informative program geared toward students and families beginning the college exploration process at varying levels of need.
To register, please visit:
Westport Continuing Education Online Programs
Registration is now open for online programs for adults, teens and kids! View the schedule on the Westport Continuing Education website here >> the winter / spring 2021 brochure is online here >> Westport Continuing Education (WCE), a division of Westport Public Schools, provides high quality educational and enrichment programs for adults, teens, and kids. Options for K-5 programs in-person will be announced in January.
Please make sure that you are on our email list to get the most recent information. You can join the Westport Continuing Education mailing list here >>
Claudia Shaum & Tami Benanav
SHS PTA Co-Presidents
Board of Education links:
Community Bulletin Board Information - click HERE.