The Tam News

Students, Staff Address Pre-Calc Drop Rate

By Maddie Asch and Alex Price

November 10, 2016

Since the beginning of the school year, 22 percent of Pre-Calculus students have dropped the class. Out of the 93 students who started in pre-calculus, 20 students dropped out of the course within the first three months of the school year. “This is the biggest drop we’ve seen probably in the las...

Tam Math Teachers Receive Leadership Award

Tam Math Teachers Receive Leadership Award

By Cam Vernali

June 3, 2016

David Wetzel and Susan Proksch are part of a group that received a district-wide leadership award. The Chris Anderson Instructional Leadership Award is an award given out yearly to a program, group or individual in the Tamalpais Union District. It is given out based on demonstrating “exceptional le...

It Doesn’t Add Up: Why Does 39% of Our Student Population Pay for Math Tutoring?

It Doesn’t Add Up: Why Does 39% of Our Student Population Pay for Math Tutoring?

By Hannah Chorley, Willzie Connelly, and James Finn

April 27, 2016

Senior Kayla Blair describes herself as a driven student. When Blair needs academic help, she is proactive and seeks assistance from her teacher. Yet, halfway through her junior year, Blair started to fall behind in Advanced Algebra and, after attending multiple tutorial sessions with her teacher, she still...

Math-Focused Independent Study Class Collapsed

Math-Focused Independent Study Class Collapsed

By Marina Furbush and Illaria Lobo

September 21, 2015

The administration collapsed the math-focused Independent Study class in order to open up another section of Trigonometry/Statistics on September 14. Several other class changes were made in the math and language departments, causing schedule changes for many students. “Our two Trig classes were averaging...

UC-Approved Intermediate Algebra Returns

UC-Approved Intermediate Algebra Returns

By Marina Furbush

September 21, 2015

Intermediate Algebra is being offered again this year, after being dropped from the curriculum last year because it wasn’t a UC-approved course. Over the summer, the math department submitted courses of study for several math classes, including Intermediate Algebra, which were approved. “We got notificati...

Honors Advanced Algebra’s Future is Uncertain

Honors Advanced Algebra’s Future is Uncertain

By Sarah Asch

June 5, 2015

The math department re-tested all eligible Geometry students to explore forming an Honors Advanced Algebra class next year. This test comes on the heels of the original entrance exam, which eligble students took after school on April 8. After the results of the first entrance exam came back several weeks...

Curing Our Culture: A Postmortem Analysis of New Tech at Tam

Curing Our Culture: A Postmortem Analysis of New Tech at Tam

By Sarah Asch & James Finn, Additional Reporting by: Marina Furbush and Hannah Chorley

May 14, 2015

Ruby Scott Gym was packed with 200 parents on the evening of April 3, 2014. On that night, the Tam administration hosted a curriculum meeting to explain the benefits of hiring a professional development company that most people had only just heard of: New Tech Network. The atmosphere in the room grew...

Eliminated Math Classes Lead to Controversy

Eliminated Math Classes Lead to Controversy

By Marina Furbush and Marina Furbush

April 10, 2015

This school year, Tam’s math department didn’t offer Algebra P1-P2, Geometry 1A-2A, or Intermediate Algebra, despite resistance from math teachers. A high number of students who were supposed to be in the canceled courses received failing grades first semester, resulting in teacher and parent pushback...