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Students across the District tune up their bikes and their summer reading lists! Above: Central School's Bike Safety Rally. Below: Chatsworth Book swap. Parents and students donated books, and then everyone came to take what they wanted for the summer. Within 48 hours, between 1,000 and 2,000 books were swapped!

Special shoutout to the Chatsworth Ave. PTA for organizing the Book Swap initiative.

June, 2019

District Highlights

  • New App Allows Mamk Students to Enjoy Free Ebooks/Audiobooks
  • 2019-2020 District Calendar is Live: Will Be Online Only This Year
  • Community Enrollment Forum Explores Potential Long-Term Strategies
  • 2nd Annual Elementary Tech Challenge Brings Students Together District-Wide
  • HMX Writer: Check Out the Summer, 2019 Edition
  • Hommocks Singers Shine at Music in the Parks Event
  • Senior Internship Program Grows to 352 Students Participating This Year
  • First-Generation College Students Tour Local Colleges
  • Students Awarded National Scholastic Gold Medals at Carnegie Hall
  • MHS Student Combines Passion for Film-Making w/Love for her Best Friend

Ready, Set, Go! Summer Reading is Here

Thanks to the fabulous work of our District librarians, all Mamaroneck students can now enjoy a free collection of ebooks and audiobooks through Sora, Overdrive’s latest app.

WATCH video below produced by MHS Video Teacher Emily Dombroff and MHS student Hannah Rogoff about this new app, which enables students to be flexible in where and how they read

2019-2020 District Calendar Will Be Online Only (No Print Edition); WATCH Short Video Tutorial

The District will not be producing a print version of the District calendar for the 2019-20 school year. The calendar will be accessible online via the District website. WATCH a short video tutorial below on calendar features, how to filter, etc. (Spanish version to come). Additionally, a handout of key dates/info will be mailed home to all District families. Print copies of the full calendar will be available through the schools for parents unable to access online.

Community Enrollment Forum Lays Out Benefits, Challenges of Long-Term Strategies

The community enrollment forum held June 10 gave community members the chance to ask questions to Task Force members and discuss potential long-term strategies the Task Force has been studying to address growing enrollment and instructional space limitations:

  • Preserve Current Elementary Schools
  • Expand Current Elementary Schools
  • Reconfigure by School Choice
  • Early Childhood Center
  • Paired Elementary Model
  • Princeton Plan
  • Gr 5-8 Middle School

Board of Education President Steve Warner once again thanked the Task Force for its extraordinary dedication and commitment to researching and studying potential strategies in the context of the unfolding transformation of teaching and learning and assessing strategies based on durability, financial impact, educational impact, equity of opportunity for all, impact on class size and overall value. Warner reiterated that additional opportunities to continue this important discussion will be planned for the 2019-2020 school year.

2nd Annual Elementary Tech Challenge Aligned with District Stretch Goal

Aligned with our District Stretch Goal of fostering community connectedness and promoting meaningful, authentic interactions across the district, this 2nd Annual Elementary Tech Challenge held at Mamaroneck High School brought together 48 5th-graders from all four elementary schools. Students worked together with their peers to take on three challenges: "Hungry, Hungry Finch," "The Space Race," and "Skee-ball." MHS interns Gavin Kaplan, Luke Murphy and Brandt Schwartzman taught students how to incorporate sensors into their programming, designed structures for all three challenges and organized the entire event. Robotics Team members and other MHS volunteers helped judge, coach and connect with our elementary students.

2nd Annual Elementary Tech Challenge: An exciting day for our up-and-coming coders and engineers

HMX Writer: Check Out the Summer, 2019 Edition

Check out the HMX Writer, the literary magazine from Hommocks! Our writers and artists have produced a beautiful beach read for you, filled with award-winning stories and poems.

Hommocks Singers Shine at Music in the Parks Event

Hommocks Singers led by Mrs. Matsushita, and HaVoC led by Mr. Whyte, entered a Music In The Parks choir competition in Bristol, CT. Both choirs were rated SUPERIOR, with both winning their own category. HaVoC took home the top prize of best choir. Congratulations to all our students!

Senior Internship Program has Grown Exponentially: 352 Participants This Year

Each spring, Mamaroneck High School Seniors have the opportunity to venture outside their high school building and comfort zone to participate in the MHS Senior Internship Program. The program has grown exponentially since its inception in 2012, with 352 seniors and more than 200 businesses and non-profit organizations participating this year. Coordinators Amy Rothman, Evan Madin and Mike Sammartano identify and secure internship placements throughout Westchester, Manhattan and Fairfield County while coaching students how to write a cover letter, make a business phone call and develop interview skills. During the six weeks that seniors are in the field, emphasis is placed on demonstrating professional behavior and a positive work ethic. For most MHS students, having the opportunity to do an internship before graduation is an amazing experience and for many this opportunity is transformational.

Thomas Lucas worked with the pastry chef at Winged Foot Golf Club and was hired after his internship ended to work part-time while going to college.
Above, some examples of where student were placed. Top, Left: Student interns at Chatsworth Ave. School, Right: J & F Autobody and White Plains Hospital; 2nd Row, Left: Marine Education Center, Right: Catizone Engineering; 3rd Row, Keybase; 4th and 5th Rows: Photos by Emily Dombroff -- NY Botanical Gardens and the Police Academy

First-Generation College Students Tour Local Colleges

More than 20 first-generation college students from Mamaroneck High School attended info sessions and toured local colleges/universities this month.

MHS Students Receive Gold Medals at 2019 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall

Junior Sarah Waring, top right, won the 2019 National Scholastic Gold Medal in the Poetry category for her poem, entitled “Holy War.” Senior Eli Canter (who attended the ceremony with his sponsor, MHS Video Teacher Emily Dombroff) won a Gold Medal in the Dramatic Script category for his short film script, entitled “Skyscraper.” He also won a 2019 American Voices Award for best writing across categories in the New York Hudson to Housatonic Region.

MHS Student Produces Award-Winning Organ Donation Video on Behalf of Her Best Friend

"A Westchester high school student combined her passion for filmmaking with her love for a best friend, the recipient of a life-saving liver transplant, and was honored for the result of her dedication."

Have a nice Summer everyone!

Whatever your summer calls for -- whether it is spent here in Mamaroneck-Larchmont or on the water somewhere in a kayak -- may it bring you new adventures and cherished time with friends and family. Have a nice summer!

Kayaking in PE class: A longstanding tradition made possible by the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation

Coming Soon: Keep an Eye Out for the Special 'Senior Standouts' Edition of Tiger Tracks Featuring Ten Graduating Mamaroneck High School Seniors

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