The Tam News

EDITORIAL: Standards-Based Grading

By Staff

May 12, 2016

Standards-based grading (SBG) is a popular and new grading strategy whose use has expanded in the district over the past few years. SBG aims to assess students solely on whether they have acquired identified skills or knowledge and doesn’t take into consideration outside factors such as homework, atten...

EDITORIAL: Parkin’ Problems

EDITORIAL: Parkin’ Problems

By Staff

April 8, 2016

The lack of parking at Tam has been at the forefront of student conversation, often outshining other topics - prom, standardized testing, college acceptances and decisions, grades - as the most complained about subject among our student body. As more and more sophomores get their driver’s licenses, par...

EDITORIAL: Apple Bites Back

EDITORIAL: Apple Bites Back

By Staff

March 7, 2016

On February 16, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a “Customer Letter” on the homepage of the technology giant’s website. The letter, which quickly took over Tam students’ Facebook feeds, outlined Apple’s response to an FBI request for the company to create a “backdoor” to Apple iPhones in order to h...

EDITORIAL: Censoring Our Chants?

EDITORIAL: Censoring Our Chants?

By Staff

February 2, 2016

After last week’s boys’ varsity basketball home game against rival school Marin Catholic, Principal David Brown sent out a letter to Tam staff with the instructions that it be read aloud to classes. The letter remarked on the behavior displayed in the Tam student section during the game against ...

EDITORIAL: We Are Not Tasting The Rainbow

EDITORIAL: We Are Not Tasting The Rainbow

By Staff

November 5, 2015

Last month, news trucks from KRON 4, KVTU, KGO, and NBC Bay Area descended upon the parking area in front of Gus Gym after three Tam students were hospitalized due to the effects of Coricidin pills (widely referred to as “skittles” in the wake of the incident).  On the afternoon of October 21, KTVU’s Ken Wayn...

EDITORIAL: Immigration Reform

EDITORIAL: Immigration Reform

October 16, 2015

In this month’s feature, Elissa Asch introduces readers to Mesgna Neghasi, who fled his home country of Eritrea in the hope of finding a better life in the U.S. Human stories are too often overlooked as merely statistics and move to the forefront of the immigration conversation, in Neghasi’s st...

EDITORIAL: Know Your News

EDITORIAL: Know Your News

By Tam News Staff

September 21, 2015

With the presidential election of 2016 fast approaching, discussion among Tam students and Americans all over the country has been overtaken by the outspoken, media-dominating impromptu GOP candidate Donald Trump. Trump has drawn the attention of millions of formerly politically-oblivious Americans,...

EDITORIAL: A Two Way Street

EDITORIAL: A Two Way Street

By Tam News Staff

June 11, 2015

In the June issue of the Tam News, Sarah Asch and James Finn explored the friction surrounding teachers’ varying opinions on collaboration and how and when to use project-based learning. With Tam in the market to hire new staff members next year, we found ourselves questioning how this conversation...

EDITORIAL: The True Cost of Prom

EDITORIAL: The True Cost of Prom

By Tam News Staff

May 28, 2015

Tam isn’t known for its abundance of traditional school activities; we don’t have regular dances, Friday night lights are nonexistent, and it’s not common to hang out by our lockers in the hallways. The one school tradition that Tam holds near and dear to our collective hearts is Prom. Because...

EDITORIAL: Beyond a Reasonable Drought

EDITORIAL: Beyond a Reasonable Drought

By Tam News Staff

April 23, 2015

The recent announcement that California Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order to reduce California’s water use 25 percent was met by varying reactions from the Mill Valley community. Some of those reactions took the form of indignant refusal or plain apathy. People resented any small inconvenience...

EDITORIAL: Staying Above the Influence

EDITORIAL: Staying Above the Influence

By The Tam News Staff

February 24, 2015

In the aftermath of the December drunk-driving accident, allegedly caused by a student that resulted in injuries to senior Conor Wynne-Parry and junior Nick Goldman, members of the community expressed concern over the prevalence of drunk driving among Tam students. For many, the accident served as a...