WATCH VIDEO: Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps talks about 2016-2017 District "Stretch" Goals
At the September 20th Board of Education study session, district administration and Board members discussed three primary stretch goals for the 2016-2017 school year. They are as follows:
1) All students will read capably and voluminously across genres for a variety of meaningful purposes (e.g., for pleasure, to learn about the world).
2) Empower each and every family to support their child's learning.
3) Foster community connectedness: ensure that students, families and district staff engage in meaningful, authentic interactions
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Twenty-Two Staff Members are Being Considered during the 2016-17 School Year for Tenure
SEPTA & The District "A Truly Special and Unique Partnership"
The strong turnout at the annual SEPTA Welcome Back breakfast is just one indicator of the truly unique and special collaboration that exists between our District and SEPTA (special education PTA). This year, new leadership teams on both the SEPTA side and the District side were welcomed. “Knowing children and creating a nurturing environment for all learners is our mission,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Shaps before introducing the new Director of Special Education Dr. Nora Mazzone. “This is an amazing, treasured and honored event,” said Dr. Mazzone, who spoke to the group, along with the new Interim Assistant Director of Special Education Dr. Michael Mercanti-Anthony (who just this school year has moved over to Student Support Services from his role as AP at the high school). Coming in October Tiger Tracks, Student Support Services at Work: Q&A with Dr. Mazzone and Dr. Mercanti-Anthony.
New Coding Curriculum at Hommocks Provides Important Link on Gr 2-12 Computer Science Continuum
Mamaroneck School District students are introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming beginning in 2nd grade. Our curriculum includes exploration of block-based coding, physical computing, robotics, Java programming, app design and web development. This year, we've launched a new middle school curriculum that consists of two weeks of coding as part of Technology class in 6th and 7th grades and a 10-week coding course for all 8th graders. The curriculum was carefully developed to offer a logical progression from the elementary foundation, yet with new challenges that had been previously introduced in high school. The new course will be offered to ALL students, providing an opportunity to engage a broader group of learners. The end goal is to have agile problem-solvers ready to tackle 21st century problems, inside and out of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) professions. The new Hommocks curriculum -- which was designed to align with the standards established by the Computer Science Teachers’ Association and the National Curriculum for Computing recently adopted in the United Kingdom -- also will introduce students to physical computing through digital sensors and programmable circuit boards.
Computer science curriculum information at all levels is now available on www.mamkschools.org under Teaching & Learning (at the top), Curriculum & Instruction.
MHS Computer Science Students Show Off Their Award-Winning App at Health Tech '16 Conference with World-Class Healthcare, Health Tech, Biotech Leaders
Yesterday, MHS Computer Science team members Max Bobby (Project Leader), Pablo Garza, Paul Pedrozo, and Sam Brause were the only high school students in the area invited to attend the "Health Tech '16: Fueling Innovation in Westchester" conference to showcase their award-winning smartphone app that they developed last spring for the aging population. The students spent the day listening to speakers examining emerging research and discoveries, and manning a table where they interacted with conference goers about their app. One of the day's highlights for our students was watching five-minute pitches (Shark Tank-like) from healthcare start-ups to a live panel of venture capitalists.
Other Recent Computer Science Happenings:
Chatsworth Ave. School School Opens Outdoor Learning Classroom Tied to Science Curriculum
Thanks to a Mamaroneck School District grant, Chatsworth Ave. School opened its outdoor classroom - which is aligned to the elementary science curriculum and designed to invite inquiry as students discover and explore through various “stations” (such as a Sensory Station, a Writing & Reflection Station, an Art & Expressions Station and Nature’s Engineering). Faculty came together to dedicate the outdoor classroom to their former colleague, Rita Peters, and community members joined in for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Students explored the space and were introduced to the types of hands-on, authentic outdoor learning experiences they will be fortunate enough to enjoy. A wonderful celebratory opening!
So Long for Now to Our New Friends from Shanghai Experimental School
This week wrapped up the visit by Shanghai Experimental School students to Mamaroneck High School, and on all accounts, it was a terrific one...From the valuable classroom interactions in not only Mandarin classes, but in culinary arts, physical education and art, to the students' immersion in American family life through their host families. As always, MHS students taking Chinese loved conversing in Mandarin with SES students, and the entire MHS student body enjoyed their presence. So long, SES student, until we meet again. (A group of our MHS students will travel to China this spring and have the chance to reacquaint with many of these same students.)
Future Business Leaders of America Presence Remains Strong
Twenty-seven Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members from Mamaroneck High School attended the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta this past summer, and it was clear that we have a vibrant FBLA chapter. Our students shined in their respective individual and group competitions, with MHS senior Sophia Danziger running a national campaign and being elected to the position of Eastern Region Vice President. Sophia – who delivered remarks to more than 3,000 FBLA members of the Eastern Region (In all, there were about 12,000 delegates from every state and abroad at the conference) – developed a campaign slogan, “Light the Way for FBLA”, which became a tagline among members and spread on social media. Additionally, MHS students Andrew Katz (Junior), Yi Zhao (Senior) and Jack Phillips (Senior) placed 4th nationally for their mobile app project.