- Hommocks Middle School Hosts Students from Shanghai for Culture/Music Exchange
- Mamaroneck Schools Foundation Announces Innovative Grants for 2017-2018
- NEW: Alumni Spotlight to Feature Alumni Happenings/Stories
- Hoops for Hope: A Touching Event at Hommocks
- MHS Students Perform in Albany with All State Jazz Ensemble
- Coming Soon: PACE Musical Revue - A Showcase of Movie Musical Selections
- Save the Date: May 9th Community Event on Teens, Drugs & Our Community
- 10th Annual Pi Day Celebration Will be Hard to Top Next Year
- Winter Athletics Wrap-Up Report, with Impressive List of Scholar Athletes
- Adam Rizzuti Named 2016 Boys Golf Coach of the Year
Hommocks Hosts Chinese Students for First Cultural & Language Exchange at Middle School Level
Hommocks welcomed 25 students from Shanghai earlier this month, kicking off a week-long exchange visit that MUFSD has now expanded from the high school to the middle school level. The week began with a welcome ceremony in the Hommocks auditorium, followed by the students' participation throughout the week in classes, including art, Family & Consumer Sciences and music, with MHS Chinese students helping their new friends discover the joys of the Hommocks eMusic Lab. Using the Hommocks computer lab, the students enjoyed blogging with their families and friends back in China. They spent the week getting to know their host families and sharing their love of music, rehearsing together in preparation for a special evening concert held in MHS’s McLain Auditorium. Many wonderful friendships and memories were formed.
MSF Awards Nearly $245K in Innovative Grants across all Mamaroneck Schools for 2017-2018
"The Mamaroneck Schools Foundation provides our teachers and staff the opportunity to think 'big' about their instructional practices and develop creative, innovative and enriching programs made possible through the generosity of the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation and its donors. We are grateful for the extraordinary partnership and collaboration that takes place each year surrounding the grant process." - Superintendent Dr. Robert I. Shaps
The Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (MSF) awarded 25 new 2017-2018 grants that will impact students across all six Mamaroneck Public Schools. From expansion of the elementary computer programming and robotics curriculums that will feature new Finch robots, to an initiative at Hommocks Middle School enabling students to explore the world and outer space with Google virtual reality headsets, this year's grants total $244,964, the largest amount awarded over the past six years. Since its inception more than 21 years ago, the Foundation has awarded 455 grants valued at more than $4.2 million for innovative, teacher-initiated projects outside of the District's operating budget.
March Alumni Spotlight: Former Mamaroneck High School Student Using Science Research Skills at NASA
Keep an eye out in future Tiger Tracks for our "Alumni Spotlight", where we will feature alumni news/happenings. As you may be aware, the District has been working with the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation to get a Mamaroneck alumni association off the ground. We now have a form on our alumni page, which can be accessed through the District website - www.mamkschools.org (select "Parents & Community" at the top, then "Mamaroneck Alumni") that people can complete and submit to share alumni stories or happenings. This month, we highlight the work of former Original Science Research student Dylan Spangle, Class of 2012, who is now using his skills at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley as a graduate research assistant on an astrobiology project. Dylan is synthesizing a protein in bacteria that can be used to dissolve broken silicon computer chips. The bacteria can then be vaporized in a 3D plasma printer and the resulting pure silica can be re-used to print new circuit chips. Astronauts on long term space flights like the Mars Mission can use this process to replace and repair broken electronics by printing their own spare parts. This development may be useful managing e-waste here on Earth as well. Dylan credits the OSR program for playing an important role in launching his path as a young scientist.
Hoops for Hope Raises Some $42K on Behalf of Beloved Hommocks Science Teacher Suffering from ALS
Hoops for Hope, sponsored by Hommocks Middle School faculty in honor of beloved science teacher, Pauline Cardillo, and her family was a touching event bringing together the entire Hommocks community, as well as some of Ms. Cardillo's former students and other community members for an afternoon of basketball games with staff members, a dribble-a-thon relay at halftime and a performance of The Gamblers, the staff rock band featuring Mr. Nobles on vocals, guitarists Mr. Barnett, Mr. Franze and Mr. Sussman, and drummer Mr. Nelson. With posters and signs created in art classes, specially-designed t-shirts supporting each team and delicious baked goods, the event raised $8,500 on top of the $33,000+ that had already been raised through GoFundMe. Hommocks students rose from their seats starting an ovation in response to the reading of a thank you letter from Mrs. Cardillo.