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

Emma Boczek and Emma Talkoff

June 11, 2014


Filed under Features, Profiles

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...

Tam High Foundation Offers Field Trip Grant

Tam High Foundation Offers Field Trip Grant

Emma Talkoff

April 24, 2014


Filed under News

The Tam High Foundation, a non-profit comprised of Tam parents, allotted a $30,000 experiential learning fund to be distributed by principal Julie Synyard for field trips and out-of-class learning. Previously, the foundation excluded field trips from its grants because, according to foundation chair Ke...

We Are Never, Ever Sliding Back Together

We Are Never, Ever Sliding Back Together

Emma Talkoff

April 22, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Dear 2048, I think we both knew this was coming. We had a nice run together, you and I—you charmed me with your clean design and deceptively simple gameplay, and as a second semester senior I was all too vulnerable to your distraction. But let’s face it: this is a destructive relationship, and...

Artists of the Issue: Student Journals

Artists of the Issue: Student Journals

Emma Talkoff

December 21, 2013


Filed under Lifestyles

Senior Grace Lightner keeps four sketchbooks, each for a minutely different purpose. “This one is more words and song lyrics,” Lightner said of the notebook pictured at right, which she uses mainly during class. “I doodle mostly, and I take quotes and song lyrics and I make them look pretty with...

District Video Replaces Annual Written Report

District Video Replaces Annual Written Report

Emma Talkoff

December 12, 2013


Filed under Featured, News

The Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) released a video, “Preparing Learners and Leaders for the 21st Century,” to parents and community members on November 19 as part of the district’s ongoing goal to uphold strategic priorities including “communication with the district’s internal...

Something Worth Fighting For: San Rafael High’s Homecoming Embraces Change

Something Worth Fighting For: San Rafael High’s Homecoming Embraces Change

Emma Talkoff

October 30, 2013


Filed under Features

San Rafael High School senior Tenaya Raives took the stage in front of an audience of cheering classmates at the school’s Homecoming game on October 4, the last of 12 formally dressed Homecoming court members to ascend the makeshift steps. An audible swell in applause from the bleachers welcomed a...

Q&A with Tam’s New Principal: Dr. Julie Synyard

Q&A with Tam’s New Principal: Dr. Julie Synyard

Emma Talkoff

June 12, 2013


Filed under Lifestyles

Next year Tam will welcome Dr. Julie Synyard as our school’s new principal. Synyard has taught English and history and received her administrative credential in the Albany Unified School District in Albany, California. Also a veteran administrator of St. Helena High School, Synyard served as vice pr...

The Joys of a Pen and a Blank Notebook

The Joys of a Pen and a Blank Notebook

Emma Talkoff

June 10, 2013


Filed under Opinion

I love writing. I love ordering my unruly thoughts into measured words. Writing thoughtfully and with time allows me to discover unexplored connections, and I find myself turning phrases with confidence and ease. There is nothing so wonderful to me as sitting down with a pen and an open book—in short,...

Standing Room Only: Music Over Moshing

Standing Room Only: Music Over Moshing

Emma Talkoff

June 7, 2013


Filed under Opinion

There are some things that are simply better in theory, and unfortunately, for me, live music is one of them. Don’t get me wrong—I love to see my favorite artists in person and soak up familiar music unmediated by the filter of time, space and a recording studio. I tagged along with some frie...

“Before I Die” Project Comes to Tam

“Before I Die” Project Comes to Tam

Emma Talkoff

May 1, 2013


Filed under News

Students in Jane Hall’s social studies class are constructing a project which they hope will give Tam students an opportunity to share their dreams for the future. A three-sided black box outside of Upper Keyser , currently under construction, will invite students to anonymously finish the sentence...

Orchestra Scores Top Honors in NYC Competition

Orchestra Scores Top Honors in NYC Competition

Emma Talkoff and Emma Talkoff

April 5, 2013


Filed under News

Tam’s Symphonic Orchestra secured a Gold rating, the highest possible, and took home the coveted Adjudicator’s Trophy at the Heritage National Music Festival in New York City on March 23. Tam’s choir and orchestra have traditionally attended the annual festival, which this year hosted nearly...

Samoas Don’t End at Age Twelve

Samoas Don’t End at Age Twelve

Emma Talkoff

March 21, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Less than a month from now, I’ll find myself sitting at a campfire with dozens of girls who don’t reach up to my elbow, singing the same worn and familiar silly songs as every year. And as we launch into the third chorus of The Moose Song, a large part of me will feel ridiculous and embarrassed an...