The Tam News

Juniors Take Smarter Balance Tests

Juniors Take Smarter Balance Tests

By Jordan Blackburn & Misha Krivoruchko

May 18, 2015

Tam juniors took the new Smarter Balanced tests April 28 through May 1. The Smarter Balanced Assessment System “utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do,” according to the California Department of Education website. The test...

Off the Mainland: A Look into Student Life on Angel Island

Off the Mainland: A Look into Student Life on Angel Island

By Claire Donohue and Jordan Blackburn

April 23, 2015

Every morning, senior Jordan Sherman wakes up at 6:30 a.m., rushes through his shower, and feeds his cat. If he has time, he’ll eat some breakfast, then he jumps into a van with his dad headed towards the harbor in order to make it to the 7:15 a.m. ferry. Sherman has to make sure he’s early, becau...

Plaid on Plaid: A Social Experiment

Plaid on Plaid: A Social Experiment

By Jordan Blackburn

March 24, 2015

It all started at 11:30 on a Saturday night. “Hey,” I texted my friend. “Wouldn’t it be funny if I wore the same outfit to school for a whole week, just to see what would happen? Actually, I kind of wear the same thing all the time anyway, people might just not notice.” “Well, they’d...

“Agent Carter” Redefines Marvel

“Agent Carter” Redefines Marvel

By Jordan Blackburn

February 24, 2015

A female-led noir spy thriller set in the 1940s may not seem like the most obvious place to take a story line based on a character most commonly known as “Captain America’s love interest,” but “Agent Carter,” Marvel Studios’ most recent foray into the small screen manages to pull it off almost...

Scamtron: A Look at Ethics and Motivations Behind Cheating at Tam

Scamtron: A Look at Ethics and Motivations Behind Cheating at Tam

By Jordan Blackburn and Cam Vernali

December 23, 2014

For Alice, a junior girl who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, her typical math class begins with correcting the homework that was due that day. This time is provided to give students a chance to see where they made errors and then they have until the following class period to fix their...

And You Thought You Were Lame

And You Thought You Were Lame

By Jordan Blackburn

November 2, 2014

This July 24-27 marked my second annual journey to San Diego Comic Con, the world’s largest pop culture convention and a well-known nerd mecca. The actual convention itself lasts four days and hosts about 200,000 people. With limited space in each room and an overworked fire marshal, seats at th...

Kimo Karp: Nine Years of Touchdowns

Kimo Karp: Nine Years of Touchdowns

By Jordan Blackburn

October 24, 2014

Kimo Karp may be a star receiver, but he’s not too cool to admit that he’s best friends with his pet. “My best friend in this world is my dog. It’s a golden retriever poodle mix. It’s my favorite thing in the world,” Karp said. “Her name’s Ginger, but my mom accidentally switched...

Procrastination Essay_Draft 4

Procrastination Essay_Draft 4

By Jordan Blackburn

October 2, 2014

It’s a problem we’ve all faced: you sit down to write the greatest, most important essay of your life, (one that coincidentally happens to be worth 10 percent of your first semester grade and is due tomorrow. “NO MOM, I COULDN’T START IT BEFORE TODAY I WAS REALLY BUSY, GOD!”) You open up your...

Lavezzo Joins AIM Program

Lavezzo Joins AIM Program

By Jordan Blackburn

October 2, 2014

English teacher Michael Lavezzo has replaced David Tarpinian as English teacher for the Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM). Lavezzo will teach the AP Literature and Composition class in addition to the AP Language and Compositon class as part of AIM’s two-year cycle. “I’m not...

Your Next Netflix Addiction

Your Next Netflix Addiction

By Jordan Blackburn

October 2, 2014

There’s nothing quite like the embarrassed yet proud tone of somebody telling you how many episodes – or seasons – of a television show they watched that weekend. On one hand, they’re clearly somewhat ashamed that they spent all of Friday after school and most of the following Saturday watching...

Eric Best Appreciates the Diversity at Tam

Eric Best Appreciates the Diversity at Tam

By Jordan Blackburn

September 11, 2014

Eric Best was hired as a teacher for the Tam math department for the 2014-15 school year. “I teach algebra and advanced algebra and I have an academic workshop [class],” Best said. Best taught math at Drake High School the year before and taught math at South City High School in the San Francisco are...

Melissa Newcomb Encourages Student Success

Melissa Newcomb Encourages Student Success

By Jordan Blackburn

September 11, 2014

Math teacher Melissa Newcomb was hired as an Algebra and Geometry teacher for the Tam math department for the 2014-15 school year. Newcomb previously taught at Jesse Bethel School in Vallejo for eight years. “I taught at Bethel for eight years, it was time for me to try something different,” Newco...