Opinion

On April 18 incoming 8th graders and their families were welcomed to the high school campus with a special open house just for them. We had amazing attendance at our open house - only six families were not able to attend. What a great night - you could feel the excitement in the air!  Our night...
Spring Cleanup - Staples Community Pride Initiative was initiated to show the pride that we have in our great community. Community pride was identified as a focus area through the Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI) planning process, which engaged over 100 community members who shared their ideas...
If you’re like me, you probably didn’t get your Arbor Day cards sent out in time (I’m still working on Christmas); but, there’s still time to plant a tree. According to a Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” I am so glad that the City of...
I am pleased to see nominations already being submitted for what we should call our school buildings moving forward. The nominations have been fun to read. It’s obvious some thought has been put into this naming/re-naming process. There is still plenty of time and we hope to get many more...
Mark Anderson
The people are coming. There’s a projection of hundreds of new jobs in Staples over the next few years. For small towns, sudden economic growth is like the goose that laid the golden egg: it is an enviable windfall, but major issues can develop along with it. I attended two presentations of “...
As America recovers slowly from the Great Recession, many of our fellow citizens remain mired in poverty. Economic trends, cultural changes and changes in family and marriage patterns are combining in new ways that make it harder for those born on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder to lift...
This is such a great time of the year in school. Kids are back from Christmas Break and we hit the ground running. There are so many things to accomplish and the days are filled with a lot of activity. And, of course, February - I LOVE to READ month - is fast approaching.  Many fun ideas are being...
Well before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. For the first time, superstar entrepreneurs showed up with plans to fund major initiatives. Giant companies sent CEOs to showcase their results in reducing carbon in...

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