Tiger Tracks MUFSD's Monthly e-news

Above: Our elementary students watch and listen to Amanda Gorman, 22, deliver her moving poetry at the Presidential Inauguration. Many teachers across the District took the opportunity to have students use their reading and writing skills to analyze and engage with Amanda's work.

January, 2021

District Highlights

  • Thank You from the MUFSD Social Work Department
  • DET Updates Multi-Year Equity Plan, Creates 1st Year Goals
  • All Schools Celebrate Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Kindergarten Registration Happening Now; New Electronic System Launched
  • Dos Caminos/Dual Language Program Info Sessions Jan. 27 & 28
  • High School Debate Program Thriving Despite Pandemic
  • All Fall Sports Teams Named Scholar Athletes
  • Music in Mamaroneck Highlighted at January BOE Meeting
  • WATCH Virtual Dance Concert Presented by PACE Seniors
  • WATCH "Budget Basics 101" Co-Sponsored by PT Council and MUFSD

MUFSD Social Work Department Sends Gratitude and Warmest Wishes

The Mamaroneck School District social workers once again thank the community for its generous support of the 2nd Annual 2020 Holiday Drive, a District-wide effort that collected and distributed $23,000+ in gift cards and provided new hats, gloves, scarves and socks to our MUFSD families in need. Mamaroneck School District Support came from faculty and staff at each school (current and retired!); PT Council and Parent donations; the Mamaroneck Teachers’ Association; Mamaroneck Credit Union, and MHS Students (Student Council) and Alumni. Collaborating Community Support was provided by the Community Resource Center; The Guidance Center of Westchester Universal Pre-K Program; Mamaroneck Child Development Center; Washingtonville Housing Alliance; Local Police Departments, and Steve’s Toy Box.

Recently-Expanded District Equity Team Updates Strategic Equity Plan, Creates Jan. - June Roadmap

The recently-expanded Diversity and Equity Team (DET) -- with a total of 50 members -- met to review further changes to the draft multi-year equity plan and create a roadmap for the remainder of the school year. Mamaroneck School District administration will present an update on the work of the DET at the Feb. 9, 2021 Board of Education meeting. The next DET meeting is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Stay tuned for regular updates on the work of the DET, as well as examples of work being done at the building-level around equity and inclusion.

The District Equity Team met on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2021 to review updates to the multi-year equity plan and discuss community feedback and recommendations. The Team will meet again Feb. 24.

All Schools Celebrate Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All of our six schools this past week spent time honoring the life, courage and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At the elementary level, teachers shared culturally responsive literature about the importance of engaging in acts of kindness and peacefully standing up to injustice in all its forms. Hommocks Middle School shared announcements all week created by Director of Student Life Keila Reyes in remembrance of MLK, including themes of Identity and Uniqueness and exploring the content of one's character. Mamaroneck High School -- furthering the tradition carried on for so many years by beloved recently retired social studies teacher Ms. Shann Turner Porter -- held its first virtual MLK assembly in the midst of the pandemic. The assembly was created and produced by the Multicultural Club in cooperation with the Club advisors and shown in all English classes on Thursday, Jan. 13th.

2021-22 Kindergarten Registration Underway; District Launches New Electronic System

Please Help Pass the Word on to Neighbors and Friends: Kindergarten registration is underway for children turning five years old by Dec. 31, 2021. Registration is being conducted exclusively online this year.

Dos Caminos/Dual Language Dual Language Virtual Info Sessions Jan. 27 (Spanish) & Jan. 28 (English)

Come learn more about the District's K-8 Dual Language (English-Spanish) Program, housed at Mamaroneck Ave. School (MAS). Virtual parent info sessions are planned for Wednesday, January 27: 9:15-10:15 am and 6:30-7:30 pm in Spanish AND on Thursday, January 28: 9:15-10:15 am and 6:30-7:30 pm in English. RSVP to Judy Ravina – jravina@mamkschools.org. All Incoming Kindergarten students from all elementary school zones are eligible for this program. Read all about the program on the Mamaroneck School District website.

MHS Debate Team Qualifies for Elite National Championships and Dominates Regional Competition

In just its fifth year, the Mamaroneck Debate team has exploded onto the national high school debate circuit by already qualifying three varsity teams for the elite National Debate Coaches' Championship and two teams for the Tournament of Champions, the most competitive of the national tournaments. To collect these bids, Mamaroneck teams won two national circuit tournaments hosted by schools in the the East and have made it deep into the elimination rounds at tournaments hosted in Michigan and Minnesota. Meanwhile, the junior varsity teams have received top awards at tournaments hosted by, among other schools, the University of Michigan and Kentucky University. And, the novice (beginner) teams have qualified for the State championships.

Above Left: Varsity national qualifiers. Right: Novice award winners.

All Fall 2020 Athletic Teams Named 'Scholar Athletes'

All of our Fall 2020 competing sports teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams. Each team’s total grade point avg. for at least 75% of the roster was at 90 or above. See the full Fall Athletics Report presented at the Jan. 12 BOE mtg.

Pictured above: The Mamaroneck Boys Varsity Soccer team, which ended the fall season with a 13-0-1 record and earned its first Section Title since 1972!

Music in Mamaroneck Highlighted at January BOE Mtg

District K-12 Music Coordinator Dina Madden shared with the Board and community a report on recent music happenings throughout the District, celebrating the many virtual concerts students and teachers put together in December and the effort it took to both learn the music and repertoire and also master the technology to create and share the music.

PACE Presents "Dancing Through the Distance"

The PACE (Performing Arts Curriculum Experience) Program at Mamaroneck High School presented its PACE 4 Dance class production of original choreography, Dancing Through the Distance, virtually on Friday, Jan. 15 on LMC Media. The performance was a beautiful celebration of PACE senior dancers and all of their hard work so far this school year. Tonight, LMC Media will air a special music concert created and produced by the PACE 4 Music class.

PT Council and MUFSD Co-Sponsor "Budget Basics 101"

Thanks to all who attended the "Budget Basics 101" presentation co-sponsored by PT Council and the Mamaroneck School District. The presentation was designed to give attendees a better understanding of the many considerations that go into building a school budget. Stay tuned for additional upcoming opportunities to learn specifically about the Mamaroneck budget.