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(Above: Special lunchtime tribute concert marking one year since MUFSD closed its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic -- A chance to reflect on loved ones lost and the resilience of students and staff as we prepare to welcome students back for full time in-person learning on April 8)

March, 2021

District Highlights

  • Our Schools Celebrate Women's History Month, Reflect on Trailblazing Women
  • DET Furthers Its Work: Ongoing Commitment and Priority to Equity at All Levels
  • Did you Know? PACE Has a New Recording Studio, Plus 14 Electronic Music Stations
  • Middle School Student Art & Writing Showcased in Hmx Writer
  • MUFSD/Sheldrake Offer Saturday Guided Family Walks in April
  • Mamaroneck Hosts First-Ever Section 1 Outdoor Wrestling Meets
  • Dr. Nora Mazzone Tells MUFSD Covid Story
  • High School Debate Program Continues to Thrive During Pandemic
  • Download the District App to Access All Info from your Mobile Device
  • In Case You Missed It: Mamk Music Students Spread Message of Hope

Mamaroneck School District Celebrates Women's History Month

All of our schools took the opportunity in March, Women's History Month, to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. From science to politics, students learned about trailblazing women who lead the way for change, exploring through the lens of equity. At Hommocks Middle School, multilingual signage and posters were displayed throughout the school, along with the large screen in the Commons highlighting multicultural and multilingual women in history and of our time. Women's History Month also was discussed in Advisory periods, on the morning announcements with Historical Tuesdays, and with a "Who Am I?" Flipgrid video, where teachers dressed up as famous women in history.

Signage all over Hommocks Middle School calls attention to Women's "Herstory" Month
Life size cut-outs of exceptional women past and present adorned the Hommocks "Commons".
Through a Larchmont-Mamaroneck historical scavenger hunt, students had an opportunity to explore historical locations right in our own community. Along the way, they learned how women were instrumental to our community's greatness.

DET Furthers Its Work: Ongoing Commitment and Priority to Equity Seen at All Levels

DET Holds Workshop with PTA Leaders

District Equity Team (DET) members and PTA co-presidents from across the district participated in a workshop facilitated by consultant April Francis earlier this month to help stakeholders understand what the equity work entails and why it is necessary. The workshop included a viewing and discussion of the TED Talk "Danger of a Single Story".

School-Based Initiatives: Spotlight on MHS

One way our high school students learn about social justice and criminal justice is through the work in our AP English Language and Composition class. The bestselling book, "Just Mercy", and its author Bryan Stevenson's TED talk about injustice and the power in identity are the foundation of whole-class study. Teachers work to create an equitable identity in their classrooms by exploring some of the inequities in the criminal justice system. Integrating weeks worth of lessons involving presentations, seminars, group discussions, essays and much more, students broaden their knowledge of key social issues in the text. Additional shared resources include non-fiction articles, documentaries, and podcasts. Students not only learn to see the rhetoric in their sources, but also how to use these sources for effect in establishing their own work. Their work is grounded in the idea of building and sustaining a logical argument, one that is rooted in text, with the most important piece being action.

Also at MHS, teachers in U.S. History classes are teaching a lesson on redlining and the impact this had on creating a segregated society and inequality. The focus of the lesson is the Home Owners Loan Corporation guidelines that were in existence for lower Westchester.

Just Mercy serves as a whole-class study in AP English Language and Composition class, where students learn about inequities in society.

March 24 DET Meeting Reviews Progress, Committee Work, Next Steps

The full District-wide Equity Team (DET) met on March 24 to review current progress, share updates on committee work and discuss April, 2021 deliverables/next steps. The MEEL Hiring Process Committee is focused on diversity in MUFSD's hiring practices and the development of equitable application and interview processes. Each school building will have a dedicated MEEL leader. Other committees are aimed at reviewing the District's Code of Conduct and District policies and researching and hiring a District equity auditor.

The District Equity Team met on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 to review updates to the multi-year equity plan and discuss progress, including committee work related to MUFSD's hiring practices. The Team will meet again on April 27.

PACE Music Students Enjoy New Recording Studio and Electronic Music Stations

Did you know that PACE has a new recording studio that was converted from a small practice room on the way into the PACE Music classroom? This state-of-the-art recording studio containing industry-standard equipment provides high school students the rare opportunity to record original music singles, college audition recordings, cover arrangements, and music videos.

Having the look and feel of an authentic recording studio with its sound proofing treatment, acoustic fire retardant tiles, and sound deadening carpeting, the studio is equipped with an electronic drum set, a synthesizer, an electric piano, a variety of microphones, and the Moog Sub Phatty Analogue Synth (all part a 2018 grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation). Many of these instruments can plug directly into the recording equipment for optimal sound quality. And, directly outside the studio, the The PACE Music Room now houses fourteen computer music stations, several of which were designed based on the E-Music Lab at the Hommocks Middle School with Ableton Push Stations and Ableton Live.

Currently, PACE Music students are using the recording studio for their upcoming production of the Little Mermaid and grade-level shows. Student-produced electronic music is showcased in PACE's primary music production, Soundscapes, in a specialized area of the stage, providing electronic musicians opportunities to perform their music live in the PACE Theatre with professional lighting design and sound capabilities.

Above: PACE students are busy recording for the upcoming Little Mermaid production.

Hmx Writer Showcases Middle School Student Art & Writing

Check out the Hommocks literary magazine, showcasing the art and writing of our middle school students!

MUFSD/Sheldrake Partner to Offer Free Guided Family Walks on Saturdays in April

MUFSD and Sheldrake Environmental Center partner throughout the school year with our teachers and staff to offer students a chance to learn, discover and spend time in nature. Next up: The District has collaborated with Sheldrake to offer a series of nine complementary guided family walks on three Saturdays in April. Take a field trip with your family, and enjoy the spring awakening! Advance registration is required, and COVID safety requirements apply. Each walk has its own registration link and is password protected. Open exclusively to Mamaroneck School District families. Click on the link below, find the password for the walk of your choosing. and register each participant individually.

Enjoy free guided family nature walks in April, offered through a MUFSD/Sheldrake collaboration.

Mamaroneck Hosts First-Ever Section 1 Outdoor Wrestling Meets

In what is likely to be a first in Westchester high school history, Mamaroneck High School hosted outdoor wrestling meets as a means for making the sport safer during the pandemic and helping to create a positive memory for the athletes. Typically, the wrestling season runs from December to February, but this year it went into March due to the delayed start of the season. Hosting outdoor meets was an out-of-the-box solution that, in the end, everybody loved.

"We were under the lights...We're not football, basketball, and we finally got treated like a mainstream sport. It feels like we really earned it. We just loved being out there and performing." - Mamaroneck senior Andrew Rosenfeld
Photo Credit: LoHud Sports. Read LoHud story here.

Dr. Nora Mazzone Speaks of MUFSD "Covid Journey" at Larchmont-Mamaroneck Local Summit Meeting

Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services Dr. Nora Mazzone served as a guest panelist at a recent Larchmont-Mamaroneck Local Summit meeting, where she talked about the Mamaroneck Public Schools Covd journey and the social-emotional support being provided for students. She also detailed the District's ongoing efforts to ensure tech equity for all students and indicated that MUFSD to date has spent more than $3 million on Covid-related expenses, including protective equipment and resources.

Watch Summit meeting below...Scroll to 17:06 for Dr. Mazzone's remarks.

High School Debate Program Continues to Thrive During Pandemic: Four MHS Duos Selected to Compete in Elite Tournament of Champions

In a scenario akin to the Queen’s Gambit, many of our young Mamaroneck High School debate team members are learning to debate by practicing their skills (speed reading, argument and theory) over and over and over again and excelling. A slew of MHS students in fact are making their way to prominence in the high school debate world. In just its fifth year, Mamaroneck debate has grown in size and stature and is in the midst of a breakout season. Thus far, Mamaroneck teams, each of which is composed of two students, have competed in 25 tournaments hosted by high schools and colleges throughout the country. To date, four MHS teams -- with another on on the waitlist -- have been selected from among a total of 80 teams nationwide to compete next month in the elite and most coveted Tournament of Champions, when the Tournament celebrates its half-century birthday. (Mamaroneck is one of only four schools around the country with at least three qualified teams for this tournament.) Under non-pandemic circumstances the MHS team would have traveled to host University of Kentucky’s Lexington location to compete, but this year it will be virtual. With endless practice and hard work, Mamaroneck is rivaling top competitors, schools with long histories in the debate world.

Above left: Novice debaters. Right: Varsity debaters, currently enjoying an extraordinary debate season

Reminder: Download the District App to Access All Info in One Place from your Mobile Device

Head on over to the App Store and search "Mamaroneck Public Schools"; then select "Get" - It's as easy as that. The app provides parents, students, and faculty members with all District information right in one place. (Note: The app is for non-emergency informational purposes only.)

In Case You Missed It: A Little Dose of Inspiration/Hope

Mamaroneck High School music students surprised White Plains Hospital frontline heroes during their morning shift change (6:30-8 am) with a performance of “Seasons of Love” and “Here Comes the Sun”, marking the year anniversary of the hospital caring for its first COVID-19 patient. This is just one of the many events that our music students take part in throughout the year to spread a little sunshine into the community.