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PTA News and Announcements

Please show your appreciation for the SHS Staff!

Please help us show your appreciation for the Staples High School Staff! We are inviting them to the Faculty Dining Room during the 3 lunch waves on Wednesday, May 8 for a Cookie Fest.
Looking for volunteers to bake/bring 2-3 dozen finger food desserts or fruit for the event. Please click here to sign up.

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Kanfer or Abby Goldstein

Welcome to the Real World
Wed April 10th, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
On Wednesday, April 10th, 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

Attention Senior Parents!

All senior parents were sent an email yesterday requesting a suggested contribution of $65 to help support a number of Graduation Events. You can make your contribution by clicking HERE or please make checks payable to SHS-PTA and send to: SHS-PTA GEMS, 70 North Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.
We want to thank Posh Nails and the Black Duck Cafe for their contributions to the Graduation Events.

Class Speaker for Graduation
The Class Speaker is a student who will address the Graduation crowd, separately from the Valedictorian. We are looking for seniors who have a compelling message or story for your graduating class that in some way relates to our Guiding Principles: Socially and Emotionally Aware, Kind with Sincerity, Principled in Thought and Action, and Learning Always .
  • Your speech could include elements such as
  • what you valued most about your Staples experience
  • influence of personal experiences outside of school
  • obstacles you have overcome to reach this point
  • how you have demonstrated growth toward becoming a “global student” and as a person ...or anything else you can think of!

If you would like to be considered to be the Class Speaker for 2019, please submit draft of your speech to Mrs. Romano in the main office by Thursday, May 2nd at 2:30pm.

    There is no GPA requirement to be the Class Speaker- while we all know grades are important, there are many interesting stories to tell among your class of 480 students, and yours could be the one to inspire over 4,000 people at Graduation. Please click here for more details.

    College Admission Testing Presentation
    Charlie O’Hearn, CEO and Founder of Summit Educational Group, will return to Staples on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 PM in the Staples Auditorium. Charlie will offer expert, in-depth information and guidance regarding the SAT and ACT, differences between the tests and how to decide where to focus, and considerations on timing of taking the tests.

    Annual Academy Night: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    On Wednesday, April 24th, 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.

    Post-High School Options Fair (students only)
    Please look for this information fair during the lunch waves in the hallway outside the SHS Auditorium on Friday, April 26th.

    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

    SHS PTA Book Club

    We will meet from 11am - 12pm in room 2037 at Staples on Thursday, May 30th. Take a break from your daily routine, and feel free to bring your lunch.

    We will be discussing Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime.” This book club is open to EVERYONE in the Westport School community. Hope to see many of you there!

    Building a Bridge Between High School & Adult Service Agencies
    Library Media Center, Tuesday April 23, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
    An informational session for Parents of Students Grade 6 through 12 featuring speakers from: DDS, BRS, Westport Town probate judge, Abilis, SHS Transition Coordinator and a parent. Lecture with Q & A following.

    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 Needs Your Support!
    A Better Chance (ABC) of Westport has been transforming the lives of academically gifted, inter-city young men at Staples High School since 2002. The bounty of what these young men receive in Westport during their four years of high school is equally as important as the benefits they bring to our community.

    VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED! The entire ABC Westportprogram is privately funded and supported by the Westport community. GET INVOLVED! The rewards of helping with the program and knowing these fine young men are everlasting for your families and our community. To learn more, please visit our website at

    Staples Tuition Grants (STG): Get to Know Us!

    "Your grant continues to inspire me and I look forward to encouraging future Staples graduates in pursuing their goals. But first, I need to complete my degree and find a job. You have made this possible.

    With SHS PTA’s initial gift of $100 back in 1943, Staples Tuition Grants (STG) was born. Ever since, STG has been a Staples community tradition of families helping families with college tuition. Last year 113 Staples graduates with demonstrated financial need received grants totaling $304,000. This is who we are and this is what we do.

    Donations can be made to STG’s Westport Families Scholarship Award, which was established by our town’s PTAs, by clicking HERE or by mailing a check to Staples Tuition Grants, P.O. Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881. Please think of STG when recognizing a special teacher, school counselor, or staff member at any time throughout the year.

    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.