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Photos Above: Creating and celebrating gratitude at Chatsworth Ave. School’s First-Ever Gratitude Parade last week! Students in each sported different colors, participated in mindfulness exercises, and staged a clap out in appreciation for their classmates and teachers. Gloomy day to start, but ended with sunshine!

June, 2017

District Highlights:

  • District Recognizes 25-Year Staff, New Tenure Recipients, and Retirees
  • Adding to this year's Music Accomplishments: Hommocks Singers Bring Home the Gold at Music in the Park Festival
  • UPDATED: 21 MHS Seniors Will Play Sports at College level
  • Hommocks Students Build Drones from Scratch & Fly Them
  • Students Build Websites to Showcase Capstone Project Work
  • Check Out the Latest Edition of MHS's Photography & Design Mag
  • Which Colleges Will Our MHS Seniors Attend this Fall?
  • Coming Soon: Stay Tuned for Special Edition of Tiger Tracks Highlighting “Senior Standouts"
  • A Gratitude Message of His Own: Message from the Superintendent

Staff with 25 Years of Service Recognized

At the June Board of Education meeting, we celebrated and recognized our Mamaroneck staff members who have devoted 25 years of service to the District. Teaching: Bess Rathbone and Gloria Rodriguez. Civil Service/Support Staff: Carol Kienzle, Jenifer Carter, Debra Genovese, Joseph Alfano, Donna Williams, and Michael Micalizzi.

Tenure Recipients Honored

We also honored our 20 newest Mamaroneck tenure recipients, marking their official welcome to the Mamaroneck School District family. Congratulations to All! (Some staff members absent from photo below.)

Thank You & Goodbye to Our Retirees

Finally, we used the June BOE meeting as a chance to say thank you to our retirees and wish them well! Each and every one of them has significantly impacted our school system. Chatsworth Avenue School: Ana Vidal-Montes, Michele Adessa Central School: Cathy Gabel Hommocks Middle School: Pauline Cardillo, Lori Toppi, Denise Sangirardi Mamaroneck HS: Stephen Frasene Central Administration: Janet Ammerman, William Bumbolow, and Judy Ryan

Hommocks Singers Capture Top Finish at Music in the Parks Festival

Hommocks Singers, under the direction of Kayo Matsushita, took 1st Place in their division at the Music in the Parks competition at Lake Compounce. Along with the choir’s superior rating, they also were awarded Best Overall Choir. Students were evaluated by nationally known teachers among hundreds of ensembles; experienced instrumental and vocal teachers offered suggestions on how to improve performance. This honor for Mamaroneck adds to the slate of music recognitions garnered throughout the year.

UPDATED: 21 MHS Seniors Will Play Sports in College

UPDATED: Our 21 MHS student athletes who have committed to playing sports at the college level gathered recently for a photo opp. Congratulations, and best of luck to each of them!

Hommocks Middle School Students Are Building Drones from Scratch & Flying Them

The Hommocks drone project is "off the ground"! Thanks to the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (which provided the initial funding for the drones), Hommocks students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades learned about the engineer design process in technology classes taught by Mr. Ron Nobles, and Mrs. Grace Brew. Students worked in groups to problem solve, brainstorm, design and test their personal drones. They learned about soldering, circuitry, 3-D printing and the nuances of controlling the drones in flight and landing. “This is a one of a kind curriculum in New York State, where students are creating and building their very own drones from pieces rather than a kit," Mr. Nobles said. Next school year (2017-2018), 7th grade students will create their own drones, while the incoming 8th graders will be working with Parrot drones to expand their overall education and experience. Mrs. Brew and Mr. Nobles will collaborate with the art department and Principles in Design classes to edit future videos and the E-Music classes to produce music that will be captured with the Parrot drone cameras. "Drones are a part of everyday life for students. Students have their own personal drones at home, and they are very common in today's television programming and in documentaries. It is only natural that we continue to teach what is current and interesting to our students in our technology classes," Mrs. Brew said. "We strive to keep students engaged and involved with tangible hands-on classroom experiences."

Check out the Websites Our MAS 5th Graders Have Been Building to Show Off Their Capstone Projects & See Firsthand The In-Depth Learning Taking Place!

Last month, we told you about the inquiry process all 5th and 8th grade students district-wide are using for their Capstone projects, which enable students to explore in depth topics that fascinate them. Now, we get to see the fruits of their labor. These projects are valuable in helping to prepare our elementary students for future inquiry work in the upper grades. Check out the websites students at MAS have been creating and the broad range of topics that elementary students across all schools have been researching.

Peruse the Spring, 2017 Edition of Impressions: MHS's Photography & Design Magazine

Which Colleges Will Our MHS Seniors Attend?

The list is still being updated, but here is what we know so far regarding our current MHS seniors' college decisions and the schools they will be attending this fall (Data as of June 14, 2017):

Coming Soon -- Special Graduation Edition of Tiger Tracks Featuring 10 "Senior Standouts": A Sampling of Our Amazing Class of 2017!

Whether you are a current parent of a Mamaroneck High School student or an up-and-coming one, you will enjoy reading about some of our students and what they have to say about the high school, their teachers, and their experiences. Keep an eye out for the next issue of Tiger Tracks.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps: Message of Gratitude

As the school year comes to a close, I cherish the gratitude I feel when I think about all that we have accomplished this year. During the 2016-2017 school year, we have made significant progress towards our District Literacy Stretch Goal ensuring that all children read capably and voluminously across genres for a variety of meaningful purposes. We have continued to enhance our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) initiatives at all levels, and we have worked tirelessly to maintain a system-wide focus on social-emotional learning and the whole child. I am grateful every day for the vibrant professional community within which I work and the quality educational programs we are able to provide. I wish each of you and your families a summer full of good books to read, family time, and a chance to relax outdoors.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Robert I. Shaps

Superintendent of Schools

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