The Tam News

Updated: Three Math Teachers Will Not Be Asked to Return in Fall

Updated: Three Math Teachers Will Not Be Asked to Return in Fall

By Sarah Asch, Emma Boczek, & Markita Schulman

March 4, 2014

Three math teachers, Anders Fairbanks, Ryan Fedoroff and Juan Vidal, were notified on February 28 of their designation as non-reelect, meaning that they will not be invited back to teach at Tam in the fall semester of next year. This decision, made by Principal Julie Synyard, was upheld at a March 12...

Smarter Balance Testing to Take Place in April

Smarter Balance Testing to Take Place in April

By Sarah Asch

February 13, 2014

Juniors this year will participate in a pilot of the Smarter Balance standardized test created in compliance with Common Core standards, as previously reported. The test, which has been scheduled for April 8 and 9, will either be in English or math. “It’s a pilot year so we don’t get any of the...

Track Closed For New Paint Job

Track Closed For New Paint Job

By Sarah Asch

January 16, 2014

The track was closed on January 14 and 15 as it received a new paint job courtesy of California Track and Engineering. According to Chris McCune, Director of Community Programs for the district, the tracks at Tam, Drake and Redwood are all being painted this week. “The goal is to make the lines visible...

Step By Step: Lockdowns

Step By Step: Lockdowns

By Sarah Asch

December 20, 2013

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, ABC News reported that there have been 31 school shootings in the U.S. since the Columbine shooting in Colorado in 1999. In response to this rise, Tam admissions reviewed their lockdown policy and made a few adjustments. One was to differentiate...

Tam Students Advance to National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist List

Tam Students Advance to National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist List

By Sarah Asch

November 21, 2013

Five Tam students are National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists this year. Seniors August Kiles, Reed Sawyers, Grace Lightner, Aubrey Dority, and Tam News reporter Haydn Wall received the honor. In order to qualify, students must meet specific requirements. According to the National Merit Scholarship...

“Is This Muir Woods?”

“Is This Muir Woods?”

By Sarah Asch

November 13, 2013

It’s happened to all of us. They pedal by with their sack lunches and accordion maps and you just have to help them because they look so sad and confused. You know you will have to tell them that they have been biking in the wrong direction for several miles, and you know you will have to witness them...

Tam Swimmers Race in Tiburon Mile

Tam Swimmers Race in Tiburon Mile

By Sarah Asch

October 28, 2013

The 14th Annual RCP Tiburon Mile swim race, starting at Ayala Cove on Angel Island and finishing at Sam’s Restaurant in Tiburon, was held on September 29. The race stretches for one nautical mile, about 2,025 yards. Among the approximately 700 swimmers, there were many Tam students and alumni. Tam...

Playing Along: Why some students succumb to gender stereotypes and others don’t

Playing Along: Why some students succumb to gender stereotypes and others don’t

By Sarah Asch and Markita Schulman

October 24, 2013

Senior Lauren Killingsworth grew up in a household where gender did not determine her interests. “For me, growing up with two brothers, basically all I played with was legos and construction toys [...] which might be why I’m more interested in science and math,” Killingsworth said. Because her...

UC Acceptance of California Students Decreases

UC Acceptance of California Students Decreases

By Sarah Asch

June 10, 2013

This year, 2.2 percent fewer California high school students were accepted into University of California schools (UCs), according to an article published in the LA Times in April. The article indicated that the low acceptance rate is due to the fact that public colleges can charge non-resident students...

The Other F-Word

By Sarah Asch

May 21, 2013

Sexism, like many “isms,” takes root in ignorance and prejudice. When you look at other “isms”—racism, anti-Semitism, classism, etc.—you can see the valiant effort made now and in the past to end discrimination. This begs the question: why is sexism, despite being such a problem, treated...

Blue Barn: Scrumptious Fare at a Leisurely Pace

Blue Barn: Scrumptious Fare at a Leisurely Pace

By Sarah Asch, Sarah Asch, Sarah Asch, and Sarah Asch

May 5, 2013

With artfully faded wooden siding and barn-style rafters and  pitchforks mounted on the wall, Blue Barn is a country-style decorated restaurant located conveniently at the heart of the Corte Madera Town Center, a 10-minute drive from Tam. Blue Barn has become increasingly popular since it came ...

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,...