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Tiger Tracks mUfsd's monthly e-news

January, 2018

District Highlights:

  • Enrollment Planning: Task Force Informational Meeting TOMORROW, Jan. 31
  • Community Conversation on Near-Term Enrollment Strategies Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Art Department Launches New Website to Showcase Student Work; See Work on Display at Local "Young Artists on the Rise" Exhibit
  • 'Kindness Rocks' Project Coming Soon to All Four Elementary Schools
  • Video Highlights from MLK Assembly: 'Stand Up. Speak Up. Stop the Hate'
  • Blockbuster Month for both MHS, Hommocks Robotics Teams; Plus Debate Team Going Strong in Year Two
  • Kindergarten Registration Happening Now at Family Information Center
  • Elementary Students Learning Importance of Giving Time In Service of Others
  • Alice in Wonderland Jr. Opens Thursday at Hommocks
  • Original Science Research Students in the Spotlight this Month
  • In Case You Missed It: "Mamaroneck Minute" with District-Wide Behavior Specialist Frank LoCurto

Challenge and Opportunity: Thinking Broadly & Boldly Task Force Meeting TOMORROW Evening, 7:30 pm, in the Hommocks Middle School Library

Community Conversation on Enrollment/Instructional Space Challenges: Tuesday, February 6

Check Out the New Art Department Website! See MHS Student Work on Display at Mamaroneck Artists Guild Exhibit Opening TODAY Through Feb. 10

The Mamaroneck High School Art Department has launched a new website to showcase student work in various mediums, including Drawing & Painting, Design, Clay, Photography, Video, and Comics & Animation. With approximately 40 % of the MHS student body currently enrolled in an art class, the website features more than 100 student pieces and will be updated frequently to enable the broader community to enjoy a range of art produced by students.

Many of the pieces featured on the website can also be seen in person at the upcoming Mamaroneck Artists Guild (MAG) “Young Artists on the Rise” 2018 exhibit opening in Larchmont January 30 and running through February 10. The exhibit features a selection of exceptional artwork of local high school students from Mamaroneck High School, Maria Regina High School, French American High School of New York and New Rochelle High School. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 5 to 7pm, with an awards ceremony beginning at 5.30pm.

'Kindness Rocks' Coming Soon to All Mamk Elem Schools

Mamaroneck art educators are leading the charge to spread kindness. All four elementary schools will be participating in painting rocks that will be spread throughout the Mamaroneck and Larchmont communities. The Kindness Rocks project encourages people to create inspirational rocks and leave them for others to find; it is a pay-it-forward service project created in hopes of sparking joy in people's everyday lives through random acts of kindness.

Elementary school students will enjoy how it feels to participate in random acts of kindness by painting uplifting messages on rocks and then placing them around town.

Watch Video Highlights from MLK Assembly: 'Stand Up. Speak Up. Stop the Hate.'

MHS Social Studies Teacher Ms. Shannon Turner-Porter has been organizing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly at Mamaroneck High School for about 30 years. Catch a glimpse of what Ms. Porter has to say and how our students honor the life and legacy of Dr. King each year.

MHS Robotics Advances to Regional Championships; Hommocks "Roaring Robots" Move on to First Lego League Semifinals

See our students in action! MHS Robotics came out on top at the recent Hudson Valley FTC Qualifier, winning the Connect Award and advancing to the regional championships in February.

The Hommocks Roaring Robots move on to the First Lego League's Semifinals Feb. 10.

Debate Knocks it Out of the Park This Month Too

The Mamaroneck High School Policy Debate team, now in just its second year, has continued the success it achieved last year. Policy debate is the oldest form of competitive interscholastic debate where students debate a single policy topic for the academic year. This year's topic is: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States. Forty students are active members of the MHS team, including over a dozen beginner debaters or "novices." Both the novice and varsity debaters thus far have competed in tournaments in Washington, DC, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York against many top teams from the East Coast and around the country. At recent tournaments, our students have made it to the elimination rounds, and MHS has a total of eight teams that have qualified for the State tournament. This is an outstanding record given the competition and the length of time our students have been involved.

Kindergarten Registration Happening Now

If you or any of your friends or neighbors have a child entering Kindergarten this fall, 2018, please complete the registration forms as soon as possible. Forms must be returned in person to the Family Information Center, located at Mamaroneck High School, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY. (Enter through main entrance – large glass doors.)

Elementary Students Learn Importance of Giving Time In Service of Others

The Student Outreach Committee at Murray Ave. School is one of three new student-led groups that has been launched this year. Since Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, this group has conducted a fundraiser in support of relief in Puerto Rico -- raising more than $5,000 -- and invited local Larchmont philanthropist (former Murray parent) Lee Perlman to visit Murray and share the work of his organization, Afya Foundation, which has brought much needed medical supplies to Puerto Rico. This past weekend, about 60 Murray community members (students, parents and faculty members) paid a visit to the Yonkers-based Afya Foundation, where they learned more about Afya’s mission to serve people around the globe and about the importance of doing the work of sorting and packaging supplies for a shipment to the US Virgin Islands taking place this week.

Murray students, parents & faculty spent time this past weekend sorting and packing medical supplies to be sent to Puerto Rico. Students learned about the importance of giving time in service of others.

Alice in Wonderland Jr. Runs Thursday Through Saturday at Hommocks Middle School

Hommocks Players presents Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr., opening Thursday and running through Saturday. There will be four performances: Thursday, 2/1 - 7 pm (Blue cast); Friday 2/2 7 pm (Red cast); Saturday, 2/3 1 pm (Red cast) and 7 pm (Blue cast). Tickets are $12 and will be available for purchase at the door.

Mount Sinai Spotlight Our Very Own OSR Student

Original Science Research Senior Lauren Kroell was profiled as this month's "Featured Researcher" by the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Lauren has worked as an assistant researcher studying the chemical and physical hazards of artificial turf in New York City parks and schools.

OSR Students Recognized at Westchester County Exec's Press Conference with Regeneron Scholars

Our Original Science Research Students Rebecca Marcus and Marina Tosi were recognized earlier this month at a press conference held by the new Westchester County Executive George Latimer for students selcted as Regneron Scholars/ Semifinalists in the 77th Regeneron Science Talent Search.

In Case You Missed It: Watch "Mamaroneck Minute" with District Behavior Specialist Frank LoCurto

Meet Frank LoCurto, an integral member of the Student Support Services team at Mamaroneck Public Schools. "Mamaroneck Minute" segments are produced by the Mamaroneck School District to give you a glimpse into the lives of staff members both in and outside of school.

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