The Tam News

Intramural Sports at Lunch Start Up

Intramural Sports at Lunch Start Up

By Miles Rubens & Lucky Shulman and Miles Rubens & Lucky Shulman

November 28, 2015

Physical Education teacher Erin Lawley has taken the lead in starting an intramural sports program on campus. The first intramural sports lunch took place on October 20. Erin Lawley encouraged all students to participate in the program. “[Intramural sports] are open to anyone and everyone,” she ...

Health Concerns Change Turf Plans

Health Concerns Change Turf Plans

By Megan Butt and Jack Murphy

November 5, 2015

The Tamalpais Unified High School District (TUHSD) began restoring the turf on the football field because its 10 year “life cycle” expired this past July. But a few days before the completion of the turf infill, parents voiced concern over the safety hazards that rubber turf may cause. The replacement proj...

Principal Julie Synyard Resigns, David Brown to Take Over

Principal Julie Synyard Resigns, David Brown to Take Over

By Hannah Chorley, James Finn, and Marina Furbush

November 5, 2015

Principal Julie Synyard sent an email to Tam staff and parents on the morning of October 21 announcing her resignation,  which took effect on November 1. For the duration of the 2015-2016 school year, Dr. David Brown will serve for three days a week as the interim principal effective November 10. Assistant...

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...

New Teachers Hired at Tam

New Teachers Hired at Tam

By Danielle Egan

September 21, 2015

This year brings 17 new staff members to Tam: 15 teachers, a new counselor, and a new college and career specialist. This influx of staff has diversified Tam’s community. “We are growing, we’re getting better and better,” Principal Julie Synyard said. A large freshman class and seven teach...

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...

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...

WASC Accreditation Body Visits Tam

WASC Accreditation Body Visits Tam

By Jessica Hudson

May 3, 2015

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visited Tam April 21-24 to review the school. WASC’s accreditation “assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations and agencies that the institution has clearly defined objectives...

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...

Superintendent Laurie Kimbrel Resigns Effective June 30

Superintendent Laurie Kimbrel Resigns Effective June 30

By Marina Furbush

January 25, 2015

Superintendent Laurie Kimbrel of the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) announced in an email on January 12 that she would be leaving her position to work in another district effective June 30 of this year. Tam Principal Julie Synyard said that district priorities will remain the same, even with...

13 Questions in 3 Minutes: Dr. Synyard

13 Questions in 3 Minutes: Dr. Synyard

By TBN

January 20, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MGjLYxi1cc&feature=youtu.be TBN reporters sit down with Tam principal Julie Synyard in this fairly self-explanatory segment called 13 Questions in 3 Minutes.