Tiger Tracks mUfsd's monthly e-news

September, 2018

District Highlights:

  • 2018-2019 School Year Off to a Strong Start; Students Hard at Work (and Play)
  • District Welcomes 50+ New Mamaroneck Teachers
  • Watch Sept. 4 Board of Education Meeting Here
  • Dipping Our Toe in the Water: Thinking About Creative Classroom Designs
  • A Professional Podcast Studio at the high school?
  • New Collaborative Design Lab to Prepare Students for Global Market
  • Exciting Year of PACE Performances Ahead
  • Hommocks Choral Department to Host 24 Students from Shanghai
  • Fall Sports Underway: Bookmark Your Favorite Teams' Game Schedules
  • Surprise! You're a National Merit Semifinalist
  • *New: Superintendent's Inbox Now on District Website
  • Reminder: Tell Neighbors/Friends to Sign Up for Emails; Follow MUFSD on Social Media

Halls Are Alive with the Sound of Students

First day of school jitters quickly wore off, and our students enjoyed reconnecting with friends, meeting their teachers and becoming acquainted with their new classroom environments. After a couple short weeks, the 2018-2019 school year is well underway!

At Hommocks Middle School, students learned how to navigate their lockers and began their reading journeys. In fact, in just two weeks, Hommocks students checked out nearly 1,000 books from the Hommocks Library.
Our Caprice Advisors at Mamaroneck High School, shown above, assisted incoming freshmen and helped paved the way for a smooth four years.
Nothing like that first day of school! After two short weeks, we are off and running.

District Welcomes 50+ New Teachers to the Mamaroneck School District Family

WATCH Sept. 4 Board of Education Meeting Here

Due to technical difficulties, LMCTV was unable to broadcast the September 4th Board of Education meeting Live. A link to the meeting is now available. Tune in here for updates on district-wide enrollment numbers, summer facilities work and preliminary discussion around Dos Caminos (the dual language program) past 5th grade.

Exploring "Pathway Projects"/Reimagining Classroom Spaces to Enhance Student Learning

This fall, the Mamaroneck School District has been "dipping its toe in the water" reimagining classroom space design with Fielding Nair International (an award-winning, global leader in education planning and architectural design) to identify potential innovation opportunities for the future of our schools and how spaces could be redesigned to support targeted educational outcomes. School leadership at all levels has explored schools around the world to understand emerging leading practices in education design, and administrators, students and parents worked recently in teams using various design patterns to identify their “ideal school of the future” that will support 21st century teaching and learning and enhance student performance.

Available Soon on iTunes: Our Own Professionally-Produced Podcasts from the New On-Campus Studio

Debuting in the coming weeks will be a series of professionally-produced podcasts created on-site in the new Mamaroneck High School podcast studio. The studio, with top-of-the-line equipment, was made possible by a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation. Last year's MHS seniors Josh Wertheim and Ajed Zimet helped build it. In addition to providing listeners with an ear to staff conversations and various educational programming at the high school, the studio is a major component of MHS journalism classes. Journalism students will be creating their own podcasts on itunes throughout the year. More to come so stay tuned for news on MPR (Mamaroneck Public Radio). Special thanks to Mr. Madin and Instructional Technology Coach, Gr 9-12, Mike Sammartano, for their leadership in making this happen.

Above, Journalism Teacher Evan Madin interviews our 'design team' of teachers who have launched the new Collaborative Design Lab at Mamaroneck High School for a show that will soon be on MPR (Mamaroneck Public Radio) and available on iTunes.

New Collaborative Design Lab at the High School Offers Seniors Exciting Inter-Disciplinary Experience

A new collaborative design lab is off the ground at the high school. Seniors who have been enrolled in computer science, engineering, or design over the past three years now have the chance to come together in one space during the same time of day to benefit from the simulated experience of an operational consulting firm. Replicating a real-world collaborative work setting oriented toward entrepreneurship and design-thinking, the students' first assignment of the year was to create an 'innovative backpack'. Coming soon: A podcast on the design lab on Mamaroneck Public Radio!

"This represents a radical shift in teaching and learning" - Jim Love, Engineering Teacher
"It has only been two weeks, but I feel like we're a well-oiled machine already. A lot of it has to do with the synergy in the room." - Jigar Jadav, Computer Science Teacher
"With this collaborative consulting firm model, we're preparing students for a global market. They're utilizing prior knowledge and solving real world problems in an innovative environment." - Gwynne Bettencourt, Design Teacher
Above, students work in the new Collaborative Design Lab on their "Innovative Backpack Project". Bottom, far right: Leaders of the pack -- Jigar Jadav (computer science teacher), Gwynne Bettencourt (design teacher) and Jim Love (engineering) -- participated in the taping of a podcast from our new on-campus podcast studio. The podcast focused on design thinking and the launch of our collaborative design lab and will be available soon on iTunes.

Mark Your Calendars! Exciting Year of PACE Performances in Store

PACE performances at Mamaroneck High School are not just for MHS families. If you are a parent of a younger student, you will want to see what is ahead for your children at the high school. Attending a PACE performance is one way to do that. Come get a feel for the performing arts curriculum experience -- encompassing dance, music and theatre -- that thousands of Mamaroneck students have enjoyed for so many years.

Hommocks Choral Department Welcomes Back Students from Shanghai Experimental School

Twenty-four middle school students from Shanghai Experimental School (SES) will visit Hommocks on Tuesday, September 25th and then perform with Mamaroneck students in a joint concert for the community at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 26th. Join us in the Hommocks Auditorium as our students and the SES students culminate their exchange experience - the second one with our middle school students and our Shanghai sister school -- and kick off a new school year. The concert is open to all community members.

Above, middle school students from Shanghai Experimental School perform with Hommocks students during their exchange visit in March, 2017.

Catch Fall Sporting Events! Show Your Tiger Spirit

Don't let the fall sports season slip away. Come out to support your Mamaroneck Tigers and show your Tiger Spirit.

Congratulations to Our National Merit Semifinalists

Our National Merit Semifinalists for 2019 were called down to the principal's office last week to receive the surprise news of their accomplishments. Congratulations to James Anderson, Jackson Derby, John Dillon, Joshua Nidus and Leah Roffman! The nationwide pool of National Merit Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring students on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®),

Our Mamaroneck High School National Merit Semifinalists were surprised with the news of their accomplishments. Selected from a pool of 1.6 million from around the country, these students represent fewer than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

*New: Board/Superintendent's Inbox Now on Website

On this page, we will provide answers to reoccurring questions, concerns or issues received by email from community members throughout the school year. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Shaps, will use the Board of Education's regular meetings as an opportunity to provide these questions and answers -- with the idea that when multiple people write in to board@mamkschools.org asking the same question, the answer is most likely relevant to the broader community. As always, we appreciate our community's involvement and interest in our schools.

Tell Neighbors & Friends to Sign Up for District Emails and Follow MUFSD on Social Media

Did you know that about 70% of residents in Larchmont and Mamaroneck do not have children in our District's schools? Help us spread the word that community members can sign up to receive District news by visiting www.mamkschools.org and selecting "District" at the top and then "News" to access a very short online form that can be submitted electronically. Additionally, all community members can learn about what is going on in the schools by following MUFSD on social media:

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