The Tam News

“Ms. Jewel” Retires

“Ms. Jewel” Retires

By James Finn & Hannah Chorley

June 3, 2016

Hailed as the “mother” of the Marin City community at Tam, Jewel Barrow, known by many as “Ms. Jewel” has been a fixture at Tam for 52 years.  Since she graduated from Tam in 1964, Ms. Jewel has worked a number of jobs at Tam, ranging from “community liaison” to “staff assistant,” b...

Maker Class Creates Animatronic City

Maker Class Creates Animatronic City

By Hannah Chorley

May 25, 2016

Students in Geo Monley’s Computer Applications class, known as the “Maker” class,  created a miniature animatronic city and presented it at the Marinnovators Faire, a youth maker faire sponsored by the Marin County Office of Education, on April 30. The students named their model city Makersfiel...

The Perils of Finding A College Roommate

By Hannah Chorley

May 12, 2016

“IF YOU’RE READING THIS ROOM WITH ME” the Facebook post read in the Drake-esque font. Along with this creatively edited photoshop masterpiece, Danny had included a long paragraph of things about himself, and most importantly, warned all readers to “disregard the confederate flag” in one of his...

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...

Cate Hayman: YouthArts Finalist

Cate Hayman: YouthArts Finalist

By Hannah Chorley

March 3, 2016

A self proclaimed “Mill Valley mom,” Cate Hayman spent the month of January hiking in the morning, doing pilates, and getting coffee with her friends — as well as auditioning for 14 college-level musical theater programs. Hayman, who graduated from Tam in December following the first semester...

Brown Responds to Chants at MC Games

Brown Responds to Chants at MC Games

February 11, 2016

In response to several inappropriate cheers by Tam students at the boys’ varsity basketball game against Marin Catholic on January 15, Principal David Brown released a statement urging students to take ownership for their behavior and improve sportsmanship at future sporting events. The statement was...

Tam Swimmers Commit to College

Tam Swimmers Commit to College

By James Finn & Hannah Chorley and James Finn & Hannah Chorley

November 27, 2015

MIKI DAHLKE Competing in a sport at the collegiate level is a dream for many high school athletes. Senior Miki Dahlke will begin to live that dream next fall when she commences her time at Harvard University as a Division I swimmer. Dahlke, who recently chose Harvard over UCLA and Northwestern Univers...

Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, $1,000 Scholarship

Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, $1,000 Scholarship

By Hannah Chorley

October 29, 2015

Youth volunteers can be nominated to win the Heart of Marin's "Youth Volunteer of the Year" award, which recognizes up to five middle and high school students for their commitment and contribution to a Marin nonprofit organization. Recipients of the award will each win $1,000. The winners will be announced...

Principal Julie Synyard Resigns Effective November 1

Principal Julie Synyard Resigns Effective November 1

By Hannah Chorley & James Finn

October 21, 2015

Principal Julie Synyard sent an email to Tam staff on the morning of October 21 announcing her resignation, effective November 1, 2015. Dr. David Brown will serve as the interim principal beginning November 10. For the duration of the 2015-2016 school year, Brown will serve in this position for thre...

Mirabel Levine Commits to Harvard

Mirabel Levine Commits to Harvard

By Hannah Chorley

October 16, 2015

Senior Mirabel Levine recently committed to Harvard University as a rower. “I love the amount of teamwork and how challenging crew is,” Levine said. “I also love the relationships you build with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet.” Levine has been rowing for the Marin Rowing Association (M...

Students Take PSAT and Workshops on Minimum Day

Students Take PSAT and Workshops on Minimum Day

By Hannah Chorley

October 13, 2015

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)  will be administered to sophomores and juniors during school on Wednesday, October 14th. The test is optional for sophomores and mandatory for juniors. While these students are taking the test, freshmen will meet in Gus Gym for Link Crew activities, h...

I’m Not a Bad Jew

I’m Not a Bad Jew

By Hannah Chorley

September 21, 2015

For the longest time, I thought I was a horrible Jew. My family only attended synagogue on the High Holidays, and to pass the time there I braided my uncle’s tallit. My mother dragged me to Jewish school, depositing me in an angry, whining heap at the front of my classroom at nine every Sunday...