The Tam News

David Yoshihara: Improving Communication

David Yoshihara: Improving Communication

By Marina Furbush

October 16, 2015

The Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) welcomed new Superintendent David Yoshihara this summer. Despite the challenges of a leadership change, Yoshihara retains an optimistic plan for increasing trust, communication, and inclusion throughout the district. Yoshihara feels his primary role as super...

Local Libraries Offer Resources to Students

Local Libraries Offer Resources to Students

By Marina Furbush

September 21, 2015

With the start of the school year there are a variety of resources, academic and otherwise, available to students at both the Tam Library and the Mill Valley Public Library (MVPL). Link Crew is running after school peer tutoring at the Tam library. The program is underclassmen-focused, although all grade levels are w...

Math-Focused Independent Study Class Collapsed

Math-Focused Independent Study Class Collapsed

By Marina Furbush and Illaria Lobo

September 21, 2015

The administration collapsed the math-focused Independent Study class in order to open up another section of Trigonometry/Statistics on September 14. Several other class changes were made in the math and language departments, causing schedule changes for many students. “Our two Trig classes were averaging...

UC-Approved Intermediate Algebra Returns

UC-Approved Intermediate Algebra Returns

By Marina Furbush

September 21, 2015

Intermediate Algebra is being offered again this year, after being dropped from the curriculum last year because it wasn’t a UC-approved course. Over the summer, the math department submitted courses of study for several math classes, including Intermediate Algebra, which were approved. “We got notificati...

David Vogelstein: ‘Outrageous Cowboy for Good’

David Vogelstein: ‘Outrageous Cowboy for Good’

By Marina Furbush

June 10, 2015

“I’ve been crying about Mock Trial for the last month,” David Vogelstein, the head coach of mock trial said about his decision to step down from his position after 19 years. “How long have I been thinking about a change? About a couple of months. In between February and March. Quite frankly,...

District Experiences Staff and Board Turnover

District Experiences Staff and Board Turnover

By Marina Furbush

June 5, 2015

Next school year will see a lot of turnover in district administration,.Superintendent Laurie Kimbrel and Assistant Superintendent of Education and Human Resources Michael McDowell will leave the district June 30, and Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Facilities Lori Parrish also retired April...

Elodie Townsend: Calling the Strikes (Q+A)

Elodie Townsend: Calling the Strikes (Q+A)

By Claire Donohue & Marina Furbush

June 3, 2015

Junior Elodie Townsend is a catcher and co-captain of the softball team. She has been playing baseball and softball for 13 years and recently commited to Wellesley University for softball. Q: How did you first get into softball? A: My whole family is obsessed with baseball. That is the definitiv...

Seven Tam Teachers Apply to Transfer to Drake

Seven Tam Teachers Apply to Transfer to Drake

By Sarah Asch, James Finn, Marina Furbush, Wanya Williams

May 18, 2015

Seven current teachers will transfer to Drake High School at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. English teacher LoRayne Ortega, social studies teacher Michael Rawlins, science teachers Erin Ashley and Cody Bartrug, physical education teacher Nate Severin, Spanish teacher Jose Anchordoqui and math...

Curing Our Culture: A Postmortem Analysis of New Tech at Tam

Curing Our Culture: A Postmortem Analysis of New Tech at Tam

By Sarah Asch & James Finn, Additional Reporting by: Marina Furbush and Hannah Chorley

May 14, 2015

Ruby Scott Gym was packed with 200 parents on the evening of April 3, 2014. On that night, the Tam administration hosted a curriculum meeting to explain the benefits of hiring a professional development company that most people had only just heard of: New Tech Network. The atmosphere in the room grew...

Leadership Holds Clothing Drive in Honor of Leelah Alcorn

Leadership Holds Clothing Drive in Honor of Leelah Alcorn

By Marina Furbush

April 23, 2015

Leadership held a clothing drive from March 30 to April 10 in honor of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who lived in Ohio who committed suicide in December 2014. Students could deposit lightly-used clothing into bins located around campus. Junior Sadie Munter, a member of Leadership who helped lead...

Eliminated Math Classes Lead to Controversy

Eliminated Math Classes Lead to Controversy

By Marina Furbush and Marina Furbush

April 10, 2015

This school year, Tam’s math department didn’t offer Algebra P1-P2, Geometry 1A-2A, or Intermediate Algebra, despite resistance from math teachers. A high number of students who were supposed to be in the canceled courses received failing grades first semester, resulting in teacher and parent pushback...

Unravelling the Tom Ohara Saga

Unravelling the Tom Ohara Saga

By Marina Furbush, Marina Furbush, Marina Furbush, and Marina Furbush

March 18, 2015