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Tiger Tracks mUfsd's monthly e-news

October, 2018

District Highlights:

  • Hommocks Middle School Celebrates 50th Anniversary
  • MHS Student Shines at Film Festivals for Documentary on Sesame Street Writer
  • Infrastructure Bond FAQs: Your Questions Answered
  • WATCH Community Forum on Proposed Bond
  • Mamaroneck Field Hockey Wins Section Championship, Advances to Regionals
  • 2018-2019 MUFSD Data Dashboard Unveiled
  • Sampling of This Year's Initiatives Within District "Stretch Goals" Presented
  • WATCH: "Redesigning Schools for 21st Century Learning"
  • Learn More About the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation: WATCH Video
  • Hommocks and MHS Enjoy Cultural Exchange with Students from Shanghai
  • Google Expeditions Enabling Elementary Students to Explore Far Away Places
  • Curling Up with Books in Cozy Reading Nooks
  • MHS Bee Team Still Going Strong: Schoolhouse Honey is In

Happy 50th Anniversary to Hommocks Middle School!

Hommocks Middle School students and staff honored the school's 50th Anniversary this month through a variety of activities and events commemorating life in the Year 1968. In math, students looked at how pricing has changed from the 1960’s; they explored rates and unit pricing, rate of change and inflation. In science, students studied achievements in the field of science from 1968, and in social studies, they created their own snapshots of headlines from that year. Staff members dug out their bell bottoms and platform shoes and had fun celebrating their pride for Hommocks and work for the future of Hommocks.

To celebrate Hommocks' 50th, the Hommocks Teacher Band performed a medley of music from 1968.

MHS's Eli Canter Making Big Splash at Film Festivals with "Inclusion on the Air" Documentary Short of Former Sesame Street Writer

Mamaroneck High School senior Eli Canter’s documentary short titled “Inclusion On the Air” about Emily Perl Kingsley -- an Emmy-award winning writer for “Sesame Street” and a longtime advocate for children with disabilities and their families -- has been recognized as the 2018 Official Selection at eight film festivals and competitions across the country, including this past weekend’s Austin Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival in mid-October, All-American High School Film Festival (where Eli's film was one of ten nominees among 2,000 submissions for Best Overall Film), the Santa Cruz Film Festival, Boston International Kids Film Festival, San Diego International Kids Film Festival, New York City Teen Film Festival, and the upcoming Yonkers Film Festival on Nov. 7. Eli shot and edited the film for Ms. Dombroff’s Video class last spring, 2018. In the film, Ms. Kingsley talks about having her son Jason with Down Syndrome appear on the show and how Jason inspired her to cast others on the show with disabilities. "Here I was on Sesame Street, so I had an opportunity to share with the world that this kid with Down Syndrome was capable of academic stuff...I wanted to cast as many people with as much variety as I possibly could onto the show, and I think it had an impact. I hope it had an impact," Ms. Kingsley said.

“It has been cool to be recognized after spending so much time and effort on this. I wanted to give everything I had to the story because I thought it deserved that.” - MHS Senior Eli Canter
Shown above, left: MHS's Eli Canter at the Austin Film Festival this past weekend. Above, middle: MHS Video Teacher Emily Dombroff, along with former Sesame Street writer Emily Perl Kingsley and Eli. Bottom right: the famous Welcome to Holland essay authored by Ms. Kingsley.

Check Out the Proposed Bond FAQs

Check out the FAQs page in the Proposed Infrastructure Bond section of the District website. This section provides answers to some of the questions we have received recently in emails/conversations with community members. We will update as new questions come in. The Board of Education will continue discussion of the proposed bond at its Nov. 6 meeting.

WATCH: LMCTV Tape of 10/23 Community Meeting on Proposed Capital Infrastructure Bond Referendum

Mamaroneck Field Hockey Wins Section Title & Advances to Regionals

After defeating Horace Greeley 2-0 in the Section 1 Class A Finals to capture the Section Title, Mamaroneck Field Hockey now advances to the Regionals, where they will face off against Kingston High School at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, NY tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 30th at 2 pm. Good luck girls!!

2018-2019 Data Dashboard Unveiled

Among other things, the Data Dashboard includes information on student performance outcomes for reading proficiency, State Assessments, Regents Exams, and AP Exams. This comprehensive data is instrumental in guiding informed decision making and meaningful goal setting.

Sampling of 2018-19 Initiatives Within District "Stretch Goals" Presented

One of many things to celebrate in the presentation: Students identified as being below benchmark in September, 2017, have made dramatic gains as readers across all elementary schools.

WATCH: "Redesigning Schools for 21st Century Learning

“Schools should reflect the world our children live in today and tomorrow.” - Jay Litman, Partner & Principal, Fielding Nair International

Are You Familiar with the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation? Watch Video to Learn More

For more than 22 years, the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (MSF) has provided funding to support staff-led passion projects in all six schools in our District. Much of the inventive programming that our community is most proud of started with or was enriched by MSF grant dollars. To date the Foundation has funded more than 470 grants and raised in excess of $4.2 million to support their mission. MSF operates independently, but in close partnership with each of the schools, the PTAs, and the District - a collaboration that mobilizes breakthrough educational ideas and enriches existing programs. If supporting big ideas as they take seed in your child's school sounds exciting to you, visit the MSF website to learn how to get involved, attend one of the many community-building events or support the Foundation to help MSF impact more children and classrooms.

Hommocks and MHS Enjoy Cultural Exchange with Students from Shanghai

Students visiting from Shanghai Experimental School and staying with their MHS host families had so much fun making apple turnovers/empanadas/pies in Chef Luff's culinary arts classes!
Visiting Chinese exchange students staying with our middle school families collaborated with Hommocks students to put on an amazing concert.

Elementary Students Exploring Geography of the U.S., Outer Space, Ancient Ruins Through Google Expeditions

The Google Expeditions VR Kits that the District received through a Mamaroneck Schools Foundation Grant kicked off the year at Central and Chatsworth Ave. Schools. They are being used in all grades, with students exploring the geography of the United States, outer space, and ancient ruins around the world. They are also being used to support the study of ecology and the human body.

Cozy Reading Nooks: Spaces to Curl Up with Books

Several of our schools have been creating makeshift reading nooks, cozy spots for students to curl up with a book. These spaces are so inviting and adding a new dimension to our independent reading initiatives.

MHS Bee Team Still Going Strong: First Batch of Schoolhouse Honey is In!

After a summer of tending to the beehives at Mamaroneck High School, our student beekeeping team harvested the first batch of Schoolhouse Honey. Word has it that an extraordinarily large amount of honey is in store for the years ahead. Who can guess what the popular gift around the high school will be at holiday time?

Thank You to Our School Crossing Guards for Helping to Keep Everyone in Our School Community Safe!

When this dog Josie’s family was trying to figure out a name for their new puppy, they named her after Joe, the crossing guard, shown above.

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