The Tam News

Taupier announces new grading system for distance learning

(Ethan Swope)

By Logan Little

April 21, 2020

All students who are considered in “good standing” in their academic courses will receive an A in R5 and R6. These will be averaged with their R4 grades to determine their final semester grades.

Too Many Private Tutors?

Too Many Private Tutors?

October 16, 2018

We live in a community where being the best is less of an option and rather a requirement, a mindset. Conversations can be overheard of parents normalizing the use of unprescribed adderall or students discussing their formalized resumes. The push for success can partly be blamed on our environment. ...

Our Bloated Report Cards

Our Bloated Report Cards

By Grace Bell

December 1, 2016

I had spent hours the night before reading and rereading my essay due the next day. I checked my sources, scoured the online thesaurus for an elevated vocabulary, and pushed the page in front of my parents to ask their opinion. As I slid my essay into the turn-in box, I was proud of the work I had d...

Participation as a Grade: Worth It? Yes.

Graphic by Luke Rider

By Raqshan Khan

September 21, 2015

My hand shoots up in class. I know the answer. I have been paying attention and understand the topic. Instead of doodling on the corner of my paper, I have been listening to my teacher talk about the difference between the past and present tense in Spanish. The teacher knows I am mentally invested in...

Scamtron: A Look at Ethics and Motivations Behind Cheating at Tam

Scamtron: A Look at Ethics and Motivations Behind Cheating at Tam

By Jordan Blackburn and Cam Vernali

December 23, 2014

For Alice, a junior girl who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, her typical math class begins with correcting the homework that was due that day. This time is provided to give students a chance to see where they made errors and then they have until the following class period to fix their...

How Soon is too Soon?

How Soon is too Soon?

By Sonja Hutson

June 10, 2013

I remember the first time I started to think seriously about college. I was visiting my cousin the summer before my freshman year, and he asked me where I wanted to go to school. Not having thought about it, I spit out the first college that came to mind: UC Berkeley. “If you want to go there, you...