Tiger Tracks mUfsd's monthly e-news

March, 2017

District Highlights:

  • 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.

Shown above, Murray Ave. School teachers who were recently awarded 2017-2018 Mamaroneck Schools Foundation grants receive and display their certificates.

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.

Above: Dylan Spangle, MHS Class of 2012, working in the lab at NASA's Ames Research Center

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.

Hoops for Hope emphasized the fun in fundraising, evidenced by our young adolescents’ exuberance and school spirit as they cheered on their favorite school team.

MHS Students Perform with All State Jazz Ensemble in Albany to Kick Off "Music in Our Schools Month"

MHS students Will Fishell, Jared Berger, and Benny Rosenzweig performed at the 44th Annual Joseph R. Sugar NYSSMA Day in Albany with the All State Instrumental Jazz ensemble at the Capitol to kick off "Music in Our Schools Month". Additionally, they performed at the opening Concert at the Capitol Conference Center. This NYSSMA sponsored day allows music educators to establish lines of communications with legislators in order to help advocate and preserve high quality music education. These three band students represented Mamaroneck well at this exciting and important event.

Coming Soon! PACE Musical Revue at MHS

April 20-22: Musical Revue celebrates the best of the Great White Way through scenes, dances, and songs. This year's show features selections from movie musicals including Once, Grease, Singin' In the Rain, Chicago, Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La La Land, and Mamma Mia!

Save the Date: May 9 Community Event on Teens, Drugs and Our Community

Parenting & drug expert Mike Nerney (former Director of the National Drug Research Institute) returns to Mamaroneck Schools on Tuesday, May 9 to lead an evening with parents on 21st century solutions and skills to help you navigate the potentially deadly world of drugs. Titled "Your Child, Drugs and Or Community", the evening also will feature a first-hand parent account and is being presented by Larchmont-Mamaroneck RADAR, Mayor Rosenblum's Drug Committee, The Local Summit, the Larchmont-Mamaroneck League of Women Voters and Mamaroneck Schools. The event will begin at 7:30 pm in the PACE Auditorium at Mamaroneck High School.

10th Annual Pi Day at MHS Celebrates All Things Mathematical

Clearly, there is no shortage of creativity in our math department when it comes to Pi Day at Mamaroneck High School! Tuesday, March 14 marked the 10th annual Pi Day celebration at MHS, and for this special occasion, the math department continued the tradition of celebrating and exploring all things mathematical. Historically on this special day, math teachers have facilitated various opportunities for students to engage in thought-provoking, enriching and real-world math applications and experiences. Check out the workshops that were designed and run by math teacher teams this year:

Shown above, MHS math teachers led students across all grades in a series of workshops for the 10th Annual Pi Day celebration at Mamaroneck High School.

Winter Athletics Report, Including Impressive list of Scholar Teams and Individuals Named "Scholar Athletes"

Adam Rizzuti Named 2016 Boys Golf Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Adam Rizzuti, who was named 2016 Boys Golf Coach of the Year by NY State Section 1 Athletics. Mr. Rizzuti -- whose golf team won the league for the first time since he took over the team in 2010 -- was presented with the award at the annual golf coaches meeting.

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