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EDITORIAL: Different Forms of Success

EDITORIAL: Different Forms of Success

By Tam News Staff

June 11, 2014

With graduation on the horizon, there is palpable tension surrounding the oft-asked question “What are you doing next year?” A common assumption at such a high-achieving high school is that all seniors are headed to a four-year university. While some soon-to-be Tam alumni will attend Harvard, Stanford,...

EDITORIAL: On the Stigma of Eating Disorders

By Tam News Staff

May 27, 2014

Aspects of media and our society have contributed to the impression that all eating disorders stem solely from negative body image or “feeling fat." Along with this, there is also the expectation that men constantly prove their masculinity. For a man with an eating disorder, fighting the stereotype...

EDITORIAL: Making Field Trips Available to All

EDITORIAL: Making Field Trips Available to All

By Tam News Staff

April 24, 2014

Tam is a school that is privileged to offer its students a variety of field trips every year. From small trips to Mill Valley City Hall to numerous foreign trips, our school provides learning opportunities that aren’t available at many other schools. But for some students at Tam, the opportunities...

EDITORIAL: All Quiet on the District Front

EDITORIAL: All Quiet on the District Front

By Tam News Staff

March 29, 2014

The recent announcement that three non-tenured math teachers were designated non-reelect by Principal Julie Synyard and will not return next year stirred rumors, petitions and outrage within the Tam community. Since the district cannot legally disclose information about personnel decisions and Tam does...

EDITORIAL: Academic Support Systems

EDITORIAL: Academic Support Systems

February 13, 2014

Many private tutoring options are available in the Tam community, but private tutoring is a way of tying academic performance to financial expenditure, putting some students at an advantage or disadvantage based on their economic status. It’s important, then, that the free tutoring systems in place...

EDITORIAL: Coping With Loss in the Community

EDITORIAL: Coping With Loss in the Community

By the Tam News Staff

December 21, 2013

A number of deaths have shaken Tam this semester. Although this is a difficult subject to discuss, it is important that a conversation regarding grief remains open. We are all affected by loss, directly or indirectly; it is difficult to watch loved ones struggle when they lose someone close to them. Through...

EDITORIAL: Transportation Limited by Theft

EDITORIAL: Transportation Limited by Theft

By Tam News Staff

November 17, 2013

As reported in this issue’s article “Bike Theft Spike Prompts Security Re-evaluation,” the Tam community is dealing with the effects of a recent increase in bike thefts. The implications of these crimes extend farther than individual students’ loss of property. The thefts discourage students...

EDITORIAL: Re-Examining Our Tutorial System

EDITORIAL: Re-Examining Our Tutorial System

By Tam News Staff

November 7, 2013

Our current schedule allows for two one-hour tutorial periods a week where students go to a “home room” class where they can either stay and do homework or get a pass from one of their teachers to go to a different class. Last year the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) teachers voted...

EDITORIAL: Student Involvement in District

EDITORIAL: Student Involvement in District

October 7, 2013

This past summer and this fall, our publication gained some firsthand experience with local politics. We sought Tam and district administration approval for the purchase of new equipment to support our growing video arm, and met with members of the Tam administration to present the video project to the...

EDITORIAL: Centralizing Technology in the District

EDITORIAL: Centralizing Technology in the District

By Staff

June 11, 2013

In hopes of alleviating the frequent problems that students and teachers face when using district technology, the Tamalpais Union High School District Board of Trustees has begun to examine the organizational structure of its information and instructional technology programs. An agenda from an April...

A Word on Referees

A Word on Referees

By Mae Puckett, Jackson Twilling & Chris Yip

June 7, 2013

We’ve all been there. The score is tied with seconds left to play. Your teammate is about to score when a sharp whistle screeches across the field. The referee has called a penalty, ending the scoring opportunity. In this kind of situation, it’s normal to feel disappointed, cheated out of the...

EDITORIAL: Peer Resource’s Distracted Driving Campaign

By Staff

May 14, 2013

Peer Resource organized a distracted driving campaign from April 30 to May 1, which aimed at raising student awareness of the perils of texting and driving through games, presentations and videos. As with Every 15 Minutes, Tam’s drunk driving awareness program held every four years, the challenge was...