The Tam News

Vacancy in College Counselor Position

Vacancy in College Counselor Position

By Sarah Asch

October 5, 2014

Principal Julie Synyard sent an email to parents on Friday August 29 announcing that there was a vacancy in the college counselor position. “Please be assured that we have begun to pursue a suitable candidate,” the email read. “We have posted this position internally, and if within ten days...

District Pulls Contract Between New Tech and ITTC

District Pulls Contract Between New Tech and ITTC

By Sarah Asch & Tandis Shoushtary

May 29, 2014

Superintendent of Education Michael McDowell announced at a board meeting on May 14 that the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) will not proceed with the proposed contract between the New Tech Network and the Instructional Technology Teacher Collaborative (ITTC) which includes teachers from...

Tam High Foundation Offers Field Trip Grant

Tam High Foundation Offers Field Trip Grant

By Emma Talkoff

April 24, 2014

The Tam High Foundation, a non-profit comprised of Tam parents, allotted a $30,000 experiential learning fund to be distributed by principal Julie Synyard for field trips and out-of-class learning. Previously, the foundation excluded field trips from its grants because, according to foundation chair Ke...

Curriculum Informational Meeting Full Video

Curriculum Informational Meeting Full Video

April 8, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyNasW-bFCo Video: The Tam administration held an informational meeting for parents on April 3 in Ruby Scott Gym as a “Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Overview,” including discussion of a proposed contract with the New Tech Network. Approximately 200 parents,...

Smarter Balance Testing to Take Place in April

Smarter Balance Testing to Take Place in April

By Sarah Asch

February 13, 2014

Juniors this year will participate in a pilot of the Smarter Balance standardized test created in compliance with Common Core standards, as previously reported. The test, which has been scheduled for April 8 and 9, will either be in English or math. “It’s a pilot year so we don’t get any of the...

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...

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...