The Tam News

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: 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...

EDITORIAL: Tam’s Schedule in Debate

By Staff

March 13, 2013

By next fall, the Tam bell schedule may change. The faculty are contractually guaranteed the right to periodically re-examine our school’s daily schedule and then decide on whether or not to alter it. The current review deadline is April 30. The teachers, who are set to vote over the course of one...

EDITORIAL: Tam’s Next Principal

EDITORIAL: Tam’s Next Principal

By The Tam News Staff

February 14, 2013

Following the immediate resignation of Principal Thomas Drescher on January 28, many students have reflected on what qualities in a new principal would benefit Tam. One important quality is visibility. Getting out and talking to kids helps our principal have a stronger connection with the students...

EDITORIAL: Isolation

By Staff

January 8, 2013

You can probably relate to that uncomfortable moment when your teacher tells you to choose your own partners for a project. A silent search ensues as the teacher keeps talking; you strive to make eye contact in hopes of establishing a partnership. Your search fails as everyone who meets your glance...

EDITORIAL: Life After High School and the Gap Between Students and Gap Years

By Staff

January 5, 2013

To overworked students, the idea of twelve months of freedom is extremely appealing. A year to slow down, gain invaluable work experience, or explore the world provides students with the time and opportunity to take a break and prepare to plunge into college. But only a few 2012 Tam graduates took...

EDITORIAL: Tam High Gossip

EDITORIAL: Tam High Gossip

September 26, 2012

A new blog struck a nerve this month with posts of gossip about Tam students. This type of blog is detrimental to the accepting atmosphere that Tam promotes, and harms student reputations with potentially illegal misinformation. Posting untruths online can have a very real consequence. It’s called...

EDITORIAL: What are AP classes really for?

By Tam News Staff

June 12, 2012

It’s easy to get caught up trying to determine which classes will give you the upper hand, but the rush to dazzle colleges with impressive schedules may make you lose sight of what you actually want. Pressure from school, family, and even other students to enroll in honors or AP classes can make students...