The Tam News

A Plea for Mathematics

By John Overton

June 6, 2019

Mathematics has some intrinsic value, and you don’t have to be a genius to understand or appreciate it.

Too Many Private Tutors?

Too Many Private Tutors?

October 16, 2018

We live in a community where being the best is less of an option and rather a requirement, a mindset. Conversations can be overheard of parents normalizing the use of unprescribed adderall or students discussing their formalized resumes. The push for success can partly be blamed on our environment. ...

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...

Brindley Takes a Leave of Absence

Brindley Takes a Leave of Absence

April 8, 2016

Math teacher Margie Brindley has taken a leave of absence due to a personal matter. “I actually have a personal family emergency I have to be gone for,” she said. The absence, effective April 4, is expected to last until May 26. This has left Brindley’s five classes of students without their regul...

TUHSD Superintendent David Yoshihara Subs at Tam

TUHSD Superintendent David Yoshihara Subs at Tam

By James Finn

November 2, 2015

  Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) superintendent David Yoshihara taught math teacher Marcus Jamison’s classes on Wednesday, October 28 as Jamison was unable to be at school that day. Yoshihara taught Jamison’s fifth period, tutorial, and seventh period classes. Yoshihara said...

Bridge the Gap College Prep Moves to Tam Campus

Bridge the Gap College Prep Moves to Tam Campus

By Josh Love

October 16, 2015

Bridge the Gap College Prep (BTGCP), an educational and college preparation organization, has finally arrived at Tam. Bridge the Gap began meeting on campus at the beginning of the school year in an attempt to improve services for students who went to Bridge the Gap in Marin City, providing them addi...

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...

UC-Approved Intermediate Algebra Returns

UC-Approved Intermediate Algebra Returns

By Marina Furbush

September 21, 2015

Intermediate Algebra is being offered again this year, after being dropped from the curriculum last year because it wasn’t a UC-approved course. Over the summer, the math department submitted courses of study for several math classes, including Intermediate Algebra, which were approved. “We got notificati...

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...

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...

A Failed Experiment: Intermediate Algebra Examined

A Failed Experiment: Intermediate Algebra Examined

By Daniel Zwiebach

September 30, 2014

As I sat in Intermediate Algebra last year, all I could think about was why I was learning the order of operations again. During class, as my teacher rambled on as if we hadn’t learned the material before, I kept thinking about what I could I have done to prevent this? The real answer to this question,...

Honors Precalculus Pending for Next Year

By Sarah Asch

April 26, 2013

An Honors Precalculus class may be available for the first time at Tam for the 2013-2014 school year. In order to be eligible, students must pass the entrance exam on April 29th and have an A in Advanced Algebra, or a B in Honors Advanced Algebra. According to math department teacher leader David Wetzel,...