The Tam News

Christina Costello: A new special education teacher!

Christina Costello: A new special education teacher!

By Ian Duncanson

September 23, 2019

“I’ve wanted to work at Tam for a really long time, so when I saw that there was a job opening I jumped on it. I hope to be here for a really long time.”

Danford on Fire: Our New IT Specialist

Danford on Fire: Our New IT Specialist

By Marie Hogan

October 14, 2016

Information Technology specialist Danford McCann knows what it’s like to play with fire and get burned, literally. “Your first thought is to go screaming, running," he said. "Actually, the real thought that went through my head was I got no one to blame but myself.” McCann, who joined Tam staff this year,...

EDITORIAL: Standards-Based Grading

By Staff

May 12, 2016

Standards-based grading (SBG) is a popular and new grading strategy whose use has expanded in the district over the past few years. SBG aims to assess students solely on whether they have acquired identified skills or knowledge and doesn’t take into consideration outside factors such as homework, atten...

EDITORIAL: Parkin’ Problems

EDITORIAL: Parkin' Problems

By Staff

April 8, 2016

The lack of parking at Tam has been at the forefront of student conversation, often outshining other topics - prom, standardized testing, college acceptances and decisions, grades - as the most complained about subject among our student body. As more and more sophomores get their driver’s licenses, par...

EDITORIAL: Apple Bites Back

EDITORIAL: Apple Bites Back

By Staff

March 7, 2016

On February 16, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a “Customer Letter” on the homepage of the technology giant’s website. The letter, which quickly took over Tam students’ Facebook feeds, outlined Apple’s response to an FBI request for the company to create a “backdoor” to Apple iPhones in order to h...

EDITORIAL: Censoring Our Chants?

EDITORIAL: Censoring Our Chants?

By Staff

February 2, 2016

After last week’s boys’ varsity basketball home game against rival school Marin Catholic, Principal David Brown sent out a letter to Tam staff with the instructions that it be read aloud to classes. The letter remarked on the behavior displayed in the Tam student section during the game against ...

Updated: Three Math Teachers Will Not Be Asked to Return in Fall

Updated: Three Math Teachers Will Not Be Asked to Return in Fall

By Sarah Asch, Emma Boczek, & Markita Schulman

March 4, 2014

Three math teachers, Anders Fairbanks, Ryan Fedoroff and Juan Vidal, were notified on February 28 of their designation as non-reelect, meaning that they will not be invited back to teach at Tam in the fall semester of next year. This decision, made by Principal Julie Synyard, was upheld at a March 12...

William Bartrug Joins Tam Staff

William Bartrug Joins Tam Staff

By Jackson Gathard

October 29, 2013

William Bartrug began teaching both Integrated Science 3/4 and Chemistry courses at Tam on October 7. After six weeks of searching, the administration has hired a replacement for Chemistry teacher Dr. Leslie Hart, after she announced an emergency leave of absence just days before school started in August. “I...

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

Dr. Julie Synyard
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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...

Learning Goes Social: The New Age of Teacher-Student Communication

Learning Goes Social: The New Age of Teacher-Student Communication

By Devon Stoeber

May 31, 2013

One school night, sophomore Madelyn Lunder gets ready to begin her homework by checking her planner. After she realizes she forgot to write some assignments down she logs on to her Facebook. Lunder is a member of her sophomore English and social studies Core class Facebook group where she can ask fellow...

TUHSD Board Announces New Tam Principal

Dr. Julie Synyard being introduced by Assistant Principals Kim Stiffler and Bryan Lynch. Photo by: Emma Boczek

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...

Classified Staff At Impasse Regarding Wages

STANDING GROUND: Darla Deme is one of several classified staff members requesting higher pay.

By Justin Schmidt, Maddie Elias

February 14, 2013

The Tam district has reached an impasse in contract negotiation with the classified staff, which includes non-teachers such as secretaries and custodians. Classified and clerical staff workers operate under a different contract from teachers and administrators, with different qualifications and lower salaries. For the past 11 months, a new labor contract has b...