PTA News and Announcements
Important Upcoming Dates:
Important Upcoming Dates
TODAY, Tuesday April 6th 8:00 am
Live stream of DEI Committee meeting (Equity Study)
Monday, April 5th, Tuesday April 6th, & Wednesday April 7th
Full In-School Days for Everyone
Thursday April 8
½ Day Remote Learning for Everyone
Friday April 9
Asyncronus Learning Day for Everyone
APRIL BREAK - Enjoy!
Senior Class End of Year Events - Update
Principal Thomas shared some exciting news this week about upcoming Senior events:
Please be aware that all events will follow COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions which are relevant to the date of the event. These are save the date notices, and we will proceed to make plans that may or may not change based on Covid. So, please keep an eye out for detailed updates regarding these events as they approach, but be sure to mark your calendars now!
Spirit Week: Week of April 26th- April 30th
Spirirt Week is a great way to show school pride and have a little fun. All students and staff are encouraged to participate (there may even be prizes for the most spirited people!).
Monday, April 26th: Pajama Day
Tuesday, April 27th: Color Wars
- Freshmen: Green
- Sophomores: Purple
- Juniors: Yellow
- Seniors: Red
- Teachers: Black
Wednesday, April 28th: Nationality Day
Thursday, April 29th: Twin Day
Friday, April 30th: Staples Logowear/Senior Shirts
Senior Prom - May 14th & 15th 7-10PM @ Staples!
Based on the number of students in the graduating class, we are planning to host Prom over 2 days - each student will be able to sign up for one date . Proms will be held in the courtyards and surrounding areas on May 14th and 15th. Details to follow.
Senior Picnic Celebration - Wednesday, June 2, 11:00AM - 1:00pm
This will be an event for Seniors to get together and have some outdoor fun. There will be games, activities, food trucks etc. More details to follow.
Graduation - June 17th & 18th.
Graduation will be outdoors-most likely in the football stadium. We will have a rain date. The number of guests per graduate is unknown at this time but our committee meets weekly and will be able to better predict the ceremony times and number of guests in the coming weeks. There are numerous factors impacting the planning of this event, but we are looking to have two ceremonies, most likely a morning and an evening ceremony. The state has not yet issued its graduation ceremony guidance - this may impact these plans one way or another.
Graduation Party - June 19th
The PTA is working to plan a great - and Covid safe - party for the Seniors post-graduation with food, fun, music and prizes! Stay tuned for details!
NOTE: for all events, the number of guests will ultimately be determined by the CT DPH’s Covid-19 restrictions at the time of the event as well as the capacity of our facilities.
Thank you for your continued patience as we work to plan end-of-year celebrations. We are working on dates for Awards and Yearbook distribution as well. However, we will not be having Baccalaureate this year. The team is working hard to provide events that will be safe, as well as fun ways for you and your family to celebrate.
Go Wreckers! Go Class of 2021!
This Is A Wreckording -Episode #4
Listen as principal Thomas and guests discuss and try to predict the spring ahead: https://soundcloud.com/wwpt-
Equity Study Under Way
The District, as part of the Strategic Plan (which is in progress), has undertaken an Equity Study, beginning last week. The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools has been hired to work with the District to look at disproportionality. Per the Superintendent, the district will look at:
- Policy & Access
- Culture & Climate
Learn more about the NYU Metro Center here: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/
The second meeting of the BOE's DEI Committee, which is overseeing the study, will take place this morning at 8:00am. It can be livestreamed on Westportps.org or seen on Optimum channel 79. Please note these meetings are not recorded.
How to Register as a Distance Learner
The instructions are the same for opting into DL as they are for opting out:
1.Email your student’s GLA, AP & counselor. This process could take up to 5 days.
2.The Counselor, AP or GLA in receipt of the parent's email responds to the parent to acknowledge receipt, share the possible 5 days timeline and need to confirm class/cohort sizes, and will be back in touch with a confirmation email.
1. After (4) unexcused APOs in a marking period, parents and students will be required to meet with a school administrator or designee to discuss the possibility of moving to the Distance Learning Program and the potential impact of additional unexcused APOs.
2. If there is an assessment on the day a student is APO, teachers reserve the right to have a student make up the assessment when they return to school.
3. Parents are required to speak to school personnel if their child is APO. If the absence is for any reason other than illness or if the parent does not call to notify the school (on the day of the absence), then the absence will be marked as an unexcused absence. All unexcused absences will be reported to parents, will accrue and may potentially affect earning credit at Staples.
Volunteer With The SHS PTA!
Ever wonder what the SHS PTA does at the high school? Well, now is your chance to find out first hand!
Staples PTA Nominating Committee is looking for parent volunteers for the 2021-22 school year. Bringing in new volunteers with fresh ideas is an annual goal. We have developed a brief survey to help parents who want to get involved find opportunities that suit their talents, skills, and availability.
Don’t worry....completing the survey does not commit you to anything! A member of our Nominating Committee will be in touch to provide more information and discuss ways you can get involved.
Click here to take the survey.
Virtual Calm Room
The Staples Guidance Department has created a Virtual Calm Room that is available on our website for all students and staff to utilize. This is a great way to unwind, relax, and practice self-care. There are several types of rooms and activities for students to explore and enjoy.
Prospective College Athlete Night - recording now available
We hope you were able to join us for this informative presentation on the college process for prospective student-athletes. If you were not able to attend, here is a link to the recording (available until May 1).
College Night for the Visual and Performing Arts - recording now available
We hope you were able to join us for this informative presentation on the college process for students planning to major in the arts. If you were not able to attend, here is a link to the recording (available until May 1).
Military Service Academy Information Session
Wednesday, April 21 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
A representative from Congressman Himes’ office as well as recent graduates and admission representatives from some of the service academies will discuss the nomination and application processes. This information session is limited to Staples students and will present an excellent opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the service academies. If you would like to attend, please contact Ms. Zeigler for the link.
College Admission Testing Presentation Webinar
Thursday, April 22 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
In the midst of considerable changes to the college admission testing landscape, we recognize that you may have questions about what lies ahead and how to begin forming your testing plan. The Staples Guidance Department and The Westport Library invite you to participate in an upcoming webinar with Drew Heilpern and Whitney Longworth from Summit Educational Group where we will offer expert, in-depth information and guidance regarding the SAT and ACT, differences between the tests and how to decide where to focus, timing of taking the tests, and test preparation. Zoom link to follow.
Sophomore Parent Guidance Presentation Webinar: Introduction to Post-High School Planning
Tuesday, April 27 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
School counselors will provide information regarding the process, timeline, and resources available to parents in supporting their children as they begin thinking about their future beyond high school. Zoom link to follow.
Junior Post-High School Planning Meetings
If you have yet to hold a junior post-high school planning meeting, contact Mrs. Fran Geraci, Guidance Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-341-1225 to schedule an appointment for a video conference with your child’s school counselor before the end of the school year.
Scholarship Deadlines Approaching
April 9 is the deadline for the Westport PAL and Westport Police Benevolent Association Scholarships. The deadline for the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Drew Friedman Scholarships has been extended to April 19. Refer to this handout from the Virtual Scholarship Workshop for more information about the many local scholarships available to Staples High School students. Don’t miss out if you qualify!
NEACAC Virtual College Fair
Wednesday, April 14 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Visit virtual college booths on demand and live throughout the spring. To register, please visit: https://neacac.swoogo.com/
CONNect Virtual College Fairs
Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
A unique opportunity to hear from representatives at each of Connecticut's four state universities (Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western) and the University of Connecticut. Take advantage of this opportunity to chat with representatives at each university and have your questions answered at one event. To register, please visit: www.connectfairs.
Fairfield Public Library Free Live Online Practice for SAT
Saturday, April 24 9:00 a.m.
Students may take a practice SAT online with a live proctor through Revolution Prep. To register, visit www.revolutionprep.com/
DEI - April
April is National Poetry Month, Arab American Heritage Month, and Genocide Awareness Month. Yom HaShoah or “Holocaust Remembrance Day” falls on April 8 and commemorates the lives of the six million Jewish people who perished. In the United States, the Holocaust Memorial Museum will lead a virtual Days of Remembrance Commemoration on April 8 from 11:00-11:30 AM. For books about the Holocaust, see SLJ - Middle Grade and YA Books about the Holocaust and ADL Books Matter.
Staples Music Presents
Music…Art…Poetry…America’s Voices Celebrates Westport Students and Diversity in the Arts
April 5-9 Staples Music Presents ‘America’s Voices’ to Grades 3-5
Don’t let Covid restrictions fool you - our Staples musicians and faculty remain hard at work, and the music plays on. Orchestral, choral, and band ensembles have recorded a video concert of diverse American music to be shown to all our elementary students in grades 3-5. This concert, “America’s Voices,” celebrates and showcases the diverse population of musicians and artists within our country and our schools. The concert footage will be intercut with student interviews, composer interviews, and student artwork – along with videos of Westport families singing folk songs celebrating their diverse cultures, recorded at home. But wait – there’s more! A traveling exhibit of 40 lawn signs – featuring inspirational student art and words – will be displayed outside each elementary school from April 5 to April 9, and will then be on view at locations throughout town. Bravo Staples Music!
High School Summer Academics: Applications are now being accepted for summer for-credit courses in Physics, Geometry, Chemistry, American Government and Physical Education. More information is on the website here >>
Summer 2021 Camps & Programs: High School programs include multiple College Essay workshops, Biotechnology: Innovative Careers, Gear Up for AP Calculus and Social Studies, and Grammar Review and Writing. Online classes include AlphaPrep, SAT & ACT prep, and Driver Education.
Claudia Shaum & Tami Benanav
SHS PTA Co-Presidents
Board of Education links:
Community Bulletin Board Information - click HERE.