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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

Class of 2019 - Senior Parents!

Thank you so much to the families that have donated to support the Graduation Events to celebrate the Class of 2019! We are working to reach 100% participation from senior families this year. So far, 40% have contributed, and with your help we can reach our goal! Please CLICK HERE to find our Paypal link or send a check made payable to "SHS PTA" to SHS PTA - GEMS, 70 North Avenue, Westport, CT 06880, with your child's name in the notes line.

Check out our Graduation Tab on the SHS website under PTA by clicking HERE. All Graduation information as well as year-end event forms are posted on the site.

We are grateful to the following businesses for contributing to the Graduation Events: Black Duck Cafe, Freudigman & Billings, Gault Family Companies, Posh Nails, and The Princeton Review of Westport

2019 Class Speaker

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 .

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. Please click here for more details.

College Admission Panel
The Staples Guidance Department would like to invite all sophomores, juniors, and their parents/guardians to attend the College Admission Panel on Thursday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Staples Auditorium. Representatives from a range of colleges and universities will be on hand and share valuable insights from their firsthand experience about the process of searching for and applying to colleges. This program is always informative, and we look forward to seeing you there. Note: this program will not be filmed.

Senior Meetings With School Counselors & Post-High School Plan Naviance Survey
Seniors must complete the Post-High School Plan Survey in Naviance (About Me tab-->My Surveys-->Surveys Not Started-->Post-High School Plan Survey (Class of 2019)). This survey must be completed by Friday, May 10th. Seniors must also meet with their school counselor this week to review admission decisions and update post-high school plans. This meeting will take about five minutes. No appointment is necessary; just stop by the guidance office during the lunch waves.

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, May 15
Wednesday, June 12
Location: Panera Bread (next to HomeGoods), from 9:30-10:30 am

District-Wide Special Education Spring Coffee: “Building Resilience for Transition”

Join us for a panel discussion on the challenges of traditional academic transitions and learn specific strategies to help your child build resilience for these transitions:
  • Pre-K to Kindergarten
  • 5th grade to 6th grade
  • 8th grade to 9th grade
  • 12th grade to post-secondary education
When: Thursday, May 16, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Where: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East, Westport

Panelists will include: Dr. Melissa Sakowich, Stepping Stones school psychologist; Dr. Abigail Judge, GFS school psychologist; Dr. Kelly Barker, BMS school psychologist; Mr. Daniel Cohen, Staples school psychologist; Mrs. Rosie Curtis, SpEd Advocate and Parent. Please RSVP to

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!

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 Westport program 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.

Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria on Monday, May 6th 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.