The Tam News

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...

Administration Enforces Strict Homecoming Rules

Administration Enforces Strict Homecoming Rules

By Elissa Asch

October 2, 2015

All Tam students attending the homecoming dance this year will be expected to abide by the same safety rules expected at the dance last year. An email was sent out on September 25 by the administration to parents and students detailing the measures being taken to provide a fun and risk-free environment...

Editorial: Friends or Foes of Tam District?

Editorial: Friends or Foes of Tam District?

By Tam News Staff

November 24, 2014

The New Tech Network is once again on the radar at Tam, and the atmosphere at our school has shifted for the worse. Much like last spring, a negative school environment has been created, with hushed conversations between staff members in the hallways and inappropriate teacher outbursts during class....

EDITORIAL: Change for the Better?

EDITORIAL: Change for the Better?

By Tam News Staff

October 2, 2014

Last year, College and Career Center specialist Susan Gertman retired, leaving a vacancy that was filled at the start of the 2014-15 school year. Less than two weeks into this year, however, Principal Julie Synyard sent an email to parents announcing that the position was once again vacant. As of press...

New APs Join Tam’s Administration

New APs Join Tam’s Administration

By James Finn

September 12, 2014

The Tamalpais Union High School District hired two new assistant principals (APs), Leah Herrera and Wendy Stratton, at Tamalpais High School prior to the start of the 2014 -2015 school year. Assistant Principal Brian Lynch, who has served as one of Tam’s APs since 2012, said that the admini...

McDowell Contract Renewal Approved

McDowell Contract Renewal Approved

By Haydn Wall

June 7, 2014

The Tamalpais Union High School District board voted unanimously on May 28 to approve a two-year contract for current Assistant Superintendent Michael McDowell to become the Associate Superintendent for Instructional and Personnel Services. The newly created position combines the roles and responsibilities...

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...

Something Worth Fighting For: San Rafael High’s Homecoming Embraces Change

Something Worth Fighting For: San Rafael High’s Homecoming Embraces Change

By Emma Talkoff

October 30, 2013

San Rafael High School senior Tenaya Raives took the stage in front of an audience of cheering classmates at the school’s Homecoming game on October 4, the last of 12 formally dressed Homecoming court members to ascend the makeshift steps. An audible swell in applause from the bleachers welcomed a...

Dress Code and New Absence Policy Enforced

Dress Code and New Absence Policy Enforced

By Sammy Herdman & Emily Long

October 23, 2013

The administration has instituted new policies this school year, including a new unexcused absence policy and stricter enforcement of the dress code. The unexcused absence policy states that after one unexcused absence, parents will be contacted and the student will meet with a campus staff assistant....

Q&A with Tam’s New Principal: Dr. Julie Synyard

Q&A with Tam’s New Principal: Dr. Julie Synyard

By Emma Talkoff

June 12, 2013

Next year Tam will welcome Dr. Julie Synyard as our school’s new principal. Synyard has taught English and history and received her administrative credential in the Albany Unified School District in Albany, California. Also a veteran administrator of St. Helena High School, Synyard served as vice pr...

TUHSD Board Announces New Tam Principal

TUHSD Board Announces New Tam Principal

By Wesley Emblidge

March 28, 2013

Dr. Julie Synyard was introduced as the new principal of Tam for the 2013-2014 school year on March 27 at a Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) board meeting held at Tam. Synyard’s hiring follows the departure of Thomas Drescher, who suddenly resigned as principal on January 28. Interim principal Dr. Robert Vieth will continue to pre...