Staples Seniors End With Class

On Monday, several hundred Staples High School seniors head off on internships. From hedge funds to organic farms, and ad agencies to pre-schools, they’ll spend 4 weeks learning about life in the real (work) world.

A week after that, they graduate.

Principal John Dodig will “graduate” with them, too. But in the last weeks of his 47-year career in education, he instituted a new tradition he hopes will last for decades.

When classes ended today for seniors, administrators invited them to a cookout on the football field. A band played (really well). Seniors ate, played, and hung out together for the last time until prom.

It was a classy end of classes, for a very classy class.

Alexander Baumann (left) and Jack Baylis both contributed to Staples in many ways.

Alexander Baumann (left) and Jack Baylis both contributed to Staples in many ways.

Will Dumke (keyboard) and Andrew Puchala (guitar) rocked the house -- er, football field.

Will Dumke (keyboard), August Densby (drums) and Andrew Puchala (guitar) rocked the house — er, football field.

2 responses to “Staples Seniors End With Class

  1. It was hard to let go of my little girl’s hand 13 years ago on her first day of school and it was hard to say goodbye as she drove off to Staples for her last day of school today. She starts her internship where it all began in the 3’s program at Landmark Academy on Monday. We’ve come full circle. Thank you Westport Schools for educating my child and returning her home safely each day.

  2. One of the main reasons we moved to Westport was because of the schools and it was wonderful decision. My daughter is graduating with Mr. Dodig and Lou Mall’s daughter (above). Some of our family’s most important memories are wrapped up in Westport schools and my daughter wouldn’t have it any other way. At 6yrs old my daughter would blow kisses to KHS when we drove by and now she drives herself to school as a senior with her moral showing all over her car painted in blue and white “GO STAPLES”.
    We’ve had many special teachers along the way too. I would like to thank personally Ms. Malizia, Ms Cooper, Mr. Geraghty, Ms Spath and Mr. Farnen. It’s the end of an era for my daughter and you helped her feel safe and smart. Thank you.