The Tam News

Reaching Out: Jane Hall Retires and Leaves Behind a Legacy of Service

Reaching Out: Jane Hall Retires and Leaves Behind a Legacy of Service

By Emma Boczek and Emma Talkoff

June 11, 2014

Jane Hall’s time at Tam has been anything but conventional. Over her 16-year career here as a special education teacher, Hall has built homes with her students through Habitat for Humanity and driven her students to the jobs and internships she helped them obtain through the career program she...

Team Application Process Undergoes Changes

Team Application Process Undergoes Changes

By Emma Boczek

May 12, 2014

  Sophomores applying to the Team program this year experienced changes in the program’s admission process, following the district’s near discontinuation of Team last school year. The new process will be lottery-based, though “we may have to adjust it for diversity,” first-year ...

Admin Hosts Informational Meeting on Project-Based Learning and New Tech

Admin Hosts Informational Meeting on Project-Based Learning and New Tech

By Sarah Asch & Emma Boczek

April 4, 2014

The Tam administration held an informational meeting for parents on April 3 in Ruby Scott Gym as a “Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Overview,” including discussion of a proposed contract with the New Tech Network. Approximately 200 parents, students, and teachers attended, as well as the district...

Waning GSA Club to Attempt Revival

Waning GSA Club to Attempt Revival

By Emma Boczek

March 29, 2014

The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) ceased meetings this semester due to a lack of demonstrated interest and poor attendance in the fall. The club may experience a resurgence in the coming months with the help of junior Lucas Stephens and senior and Tam News editor Mae Puckett. According to senior and...

Updated: Three Math Teachers Will Not Be Asked to Return in Fall

Updated: Three Math Teachers Will Not Be Asked to Return in Fall

By Sarah Asch, Emma Boczek, & Markita Schulman

March 4, 2014

Three math teachers, Anders Fairbanks, Ryan Fedoroff and Juan Vidal, were notified on February 28 of their designation as non-reelect, meaning that they will not be invited back to teach at Tam in the fall semester of next year. This decision, made by Principal Julie Synyard, was upheld at a March 12...

WHY WE ENLIST: An Inside Look at Tam’s Future Soldiers

WHY WE ENLIST: An Inside Look at Tam’s Future Soldiers

By Emma Boczek

February 25, 2014

After graduating from Tam a semester early this coming December, junior Chris Vogt plans on enduring 13 weeks in San Diego at United States Marine Corps Recruit Training, commonly known as “boot camp,” where use of the first person is forbidden among recruits. “For three months you never say ‘I,’...

Bike Theft Spike Prompts Security Re-evaluation

Bike Theft Spike Prompts Security Re-evaluation

By Emma Boczek

November 8, 2013

Bicycle theft has increased on campus this semester with five bikes stolen on October 17 alone, according to an email sent to Tam parents on October 18 by Principal Julie Synyard. “We know we’ve got a situation,” Synyard said in an interview. “We are definitely trying to be extremely proactive...

Jacob Siderman: Playing the Battlefield

Jacob Siderman: Playing the Battlefield

By Emma Boczek

October 30, 2013

“One team has taken a member of the other team hostage, and they’re holding them in a building,” freshman Jacob Siderman said. “The other team needs to go in and get their hostages back without being hit.”Siderman participates in military simulations, Airsoft games in which players are challenged...

Classified Staff, District Settle Contract Dispute

Classified Staff, District Settle Contract Dispute

By Emma Boczek

October 1, 2013

Representatives for the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the union representing non-teaching classified employees, and the district ratified a new contract on June 19 that included multiple salary increases. This consensus came after months of stalled negotiations in the spring of this...

Why Wesley Was Wrong About “The Great Gatsby”

Why Wesley Was Wrong About “The Great Gatsby”

By Emma Boczek

June 7, 2013

Reaction to the recent Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby was largely critical. “A $100 million, 3D Gatsby?” the public collectively cried. A 48 percent rating on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, while not exactly a scientific measure of appeal, exemplifies the relative dissatisfaction with which t...

Classified Staff Petition for Raises and Benefits

Classified Staff Petition for Raises and Benefits

By Emma Boczek

April 5, 2013

The Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) chapter of the California School Employees Association (CSEA) remains at an impasse with the district regarding contracts for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. The CSEA is a labor union that serves over 150 classified staff members in the district,...

BRIEFLY: Blanket Bash

BRIEFLY: Blanket Bash

March 12, 2013

The annual Blanket Bash was held during lunch and tutorial in Ruby Scott Gym on February 15. Students who participated made “no-sew” fleece blankets that were donated to Project Night Night, a charity which will give the blankets to homeless children in San Francisco. “We have enough fab...