The Tam News

To Carry or Not to Carry?

To Carry or Not to Carry?

Cassie Peterson

April 25, 2018


Filed under Features

On February 22, just eight days after the deadly Parkland shooting, President Trump tweeted that teachers should carry guns in the classroom to prevent further shootings. Teachers at Tam have commented on the issue, asking: would carrying guns actually make the school atmosphere safer? Math teac...

Getting Ed-Juul-Cated

Getting Ed-Juul-Cated

Hana Curphey, Additional Reporting by Evan Wilch

February 14, 2018


Filed under Featured, Features

Sophomore Lily was in history class when the student sitting next to her started Juuling. “The teacher turned around and started talking to me right after he took a hit, so he had it in his lungs,” Lily said. “He wasn’t wearing any sort of shirt [to exhale vapor into]. After the teacher walks...

Editorial: Current Events in the Classroom

The Tam News Staff

October 26, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

All around us, crisis and disaster run rampant. The months of September and October brought vicious hurricanes, the deadliest mass shooting to date, a twitter beef backed by nuclear weapons, incredibly divisive NFL protests, and devastating fires in Northern California. During this tumultuous time our ...

O’meara’s Return and Retirement

Emlen Janetos

September 20, 2017


Filed under News

Michael “Mick” O’Meara, a highly regarded teacher at Tamalpais High School, shocked many of his students when he announced his plans to retire at the end of school last year. After dedicating forty-two years to his profession, the thought of him no longer teaching saddened many students. O’Mea...

New Staff Profiles

New Staff Profiles

Tam News Staff

October 11, 2016


Filed under News

Special Education Department: Molly Fries  by Ryan Leake Tam’s newest member of the Special Education Department, Molly Fries, claims she is “not actually a teacher.” Fries spends her time in the classroom as a paraeducator, which she defines as extra support staff. Fries describes her role ...

A Message to Students and Teachers

A Message to Students and Teachers

Miles Rubens

March 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Sometimes in class I wish I could rip out my own nose so that I could stop the distraction and aggravation that someone eating repulsive and strong smelling food is causing me. Often the classroom smells more like a food court, with many different smells from different foods mixing together and wafti...

EDITORIAL: A Two Way Street

EDITORIAL: A Two Way Street

Tam News Staff

June 11, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

In the June issue of the Tam News, Sarah Asch and James Finn explored the friction surrounding teachers’ varying opinions on collaboration and how and when to use project-based learning. With Tam in the market to hire new staff members next year, we found ourselves questioning how this conversation...

Bidding Farewell to Susan Gertman

Bidding Farewell to Susan Gertman

Cassie Jeong

June 11, 2014


Filed under Lifestyles, Profiles

You know her from her workshops on everything from financial aid to college essays, conducting class-wide surveys on Naviance, or sending out informational emails on upcoming events and scholarships. Her lookout perches on the busiest part of campus — the intersection of the two Keyser buildings —...

Teachers Pilot New Haiku Online Gradebook

Teachers Pilot New Haiku Online Gradebook

Avi Cahn

March 25, 2014


Filed under News

This semester a group of teachers have begun using Haiku, a website created to input grades on a four-point scale. The website, offered by the district for teachers to pilot, is a way to implement the “standards based grading” system put in place to support the Common Core curriculum, which divides...

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

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

Sarah Asch, Emma Boczek, & Markita Schulman

March 4, 2014


Filed under Featured, News

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...

New Staff Members Join Tam Community

New Staff Members Join Tam Community

James Finn

November 6, 2013


Filed under News

With the start of the 2013-2014 school year, the Tam administration has hired new teachers. These new staff members bring with them a wide range of passions, expectations and backgrounds. Math teacher Juan Vidal is beginning his teaching career at Tam. “As a new teacher it’s challenging, but everyone...

Learning Goes Social: The New Age of Teacher-Student Communication

Learning Goes Social: The New Age of Teacher-Student Communication

Devon Stoeber

May 31, 2013


Filed under Features

One school night, sophomore Madelyn Lunder gets ready to begin her homework by checking her planner. After she realizes she forgot to write some assignments down she logs on to her Facebook. Lunder is a member of her sophomore English and social studies Core class Facebook group where she can ask fellow...