Tiger Tracks mUfsd's monthly e-news

October, 2016

District Highlights:

  • Mamaroneck Schools Foundation Continues Fall Tradition Promoting Reading Among Our Youngest Learners
  • Electronic Music Lab Transforms Music Instruction at the Middle School; Ribbon-Cutting Set for Nov. 15
  • Data Dashboard Updated with District-Wide Info on Academic Achievement, Student Engagement, Enrollment & More
  • Hommocks Middle School Teacher Michael Garcia-Wang Named Recipient of Innovative School Educators award
  • Q&A with New Student Support Services Leadership
  • Music Department Happenings: Student-Faculty Recital Tomorrow Evening; Record Number of All-State & Area All-State Students Selected, and A Cappella Festival Coming Soon!
  • Wellness Initiatives: MHS Tigers Den Helps Students De-Stress; Olympic Gold Medalist Cody Miller Delivers Valuable Life Messages; District/RADAR Campaign Targets Teen Alcohol Use
  • Sports Spotlight: Honoring Our Seniors; Daily Voice Student Standouts

Books for Kindergartners Kicked Off Mamaroneck Schools Foundation's Fall Grants

Among its many initiatives this fall, the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (MSF) welcomed all 447 of our new Kindergartners from Central, Chatsworth Avenue, Mamaroneck Avenue, and Murray Avenue Schools by giving them the book - The Pout-Pout Fish, written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna. The Books for Kindergartners program is a MSF tradition that serves to promote reading among our youngest students and educate parents about the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation. The Mamaroneck School District is grateful for its 20-year partnership with the Foundation, which, just this year alone has awarded twenty-five grants totaling $230,000.

Photo Credits (including newsletter cover): Liam Robb O’Hagan. Students in Jeanette Riccobono’s Kindergarten Class at Central School enjoy their new books courtesy of the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation.

Electronic Music Lab Opens at Hommocks Middle School

Here's a sneak peek of our new eMusic lab at Hommocks Middle School, thanks to a generous Mamaroneck Schools Foundation grant, which will revolutionize the way students explore and learn about music. Students have been designing and coding drum kits in Scratch and composing their own rhythms. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 11 am on Tuesday, November 15th; all community members are invited to come share in the excitement of this new program enhancement and learn more about it.

Data Dashboard Houses Academic Achievement Info Used to Inform Decision Making

The Data Dashboard is a comprehensive database of District information used for a variety of purposes. Most importantly, the information it provides guides in decision-making and goal setting related to individual students' strengths and areas in need of improvement. The Data Dashboard offers comprehensive information on student enrollment, student engagement (participation in clubs, music athletics), elementary reading levels, and results of NY State Assessments for Gr 3-8 in ELA and Mathematics, NY State Regents exam results, and Advanced Placement exams. It has been updated to reflect the latest data.

Hommocks Middle School Teacher Recognized by Westchester County for Innovation in Teaching

Congratulations to Hommocks Middle School Earth Science Teacher Michael Garcia-Wing, who has been named recipient of the inaugural Westchester Innovative School Educators (WISE) award! In bestowing this honor, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino billed Mr. Garcia-Wing as "an innovative educator who goes the extra mile to help students achieve".

Q&A with Our New Student Support Services Leadership

The District’s Student Support Services Department looks a little different today than it did a year ago, with Dr. Nora Mazzone having transitioned into the role of Pre-K - Gr 12 Director of Special Education this year (taking over for Dr. Anthony MInotti, who retired last June) and Dr. Mike Mercanti-Anthony moving from his role as Assistant Principal at Mamaroneck High School to Interim Assistant Director of Special Education. Read about how the Department has been doing, about its goals for this year and beyond, and how staff members work to help break down barriers to learning.

Pre-K - Gr 12 Special Education Director Dr. Mazzone (top, right) and Interim Assistant Director of Special Education Dr. Mercanti-Anthony (bottom, right) presented the Department of Student Support Services goals and plans for this school year at the SEPTA Welcome Back Breakfast last month. The duo expresses appreciation for the powerful collaboration that exists between SEPTA and the District.

Music Happenings:

First-Ever Student-Faculty Concert Tomorrow Evening!

From Mozart and Schubert to the Beatles and Pink Floyd....The music faculty from across the District and students are working together to present an exciting evening of music this Thursday, October 27th at 7 pm in the Hommocks Middle School Auditorium. This is the first time that the faculty is performing side by side with 10th & 11th grade high school students. Admission $5 at the door. Check out which faculty members and students are performing... (include link to list in button below)

Record Number of MHS Students Named All-State Participants

This year, MHS has a record number of students who have been accepted into the All-State Festival. MHS has 12 acceptances, including eight students who will be participating in the All-State Festival in Rochester from December 1st-4th. Each of these students devoted an extraordinary amount of time to be able to perform with the best student musicians in New York State. All-State acceptances include: Jared Berger, Instrumental Jazz – trumpet; Skyler Lesser-Roy, Mixed Chorus - soprano; Will Fishell, Instrumental Jazz – trumpet; Carly Levin-Santalone, Women’s Chorus - soprano; Will Fishell, Wind Ensemble – trumpet; Ian Melamed, Alternate – cello; Ties Jansen, Mixed Chorus – tenor; Spencer Robinson, String Orchestra – double bass; Lucie le Blanc, Alternate – cello; Benny Rosenzweig, Instrumental Jazz – tenor sax; Skyler Lesser-Roy, Alternate – violin, and Molly Sloane, Women’s Chorus - alto

Plus 30 MHS Students Selected for Area All-State Festival

Congratulations to our 30 band, chorus and orchestra students who were accepted into the Westchester County Area All-State Festival. These student musicians will perform at SUNY Purchase on November 10, 2016. Areal All-State participants include: Michayla Baigel, Patricia Ballard, Lauren Barragan, Jared Berger, Alex Birger, Natalie Bunta, Will Fishell, Hannah George, Haruki Gonai, Rosa-Sofia Kaminkski, Lucie Le Blanc, Kyle Lefler, Evan Macaluso, Grace Maffucci, Rebecca Mancuso, Max McLoughlin, Ian Melamed, Joshua Nidus, Seamus O'Brien, Sofia Pantigoso, Victoria Revich, Spencer Robinson, Leah Roffman, Atoosa Scheuer, Kevin Shen, Julia Shen, Molly Sloane, Chase Thede, Grant Tucker, and Darcy Tyler.

A Cappella Festival Coming Saturday, November 19

The Westchester Chordsmen are teaming up once again with the Mamaroneck High School music department to produce the 3rd annual Wesco A Cappella Festival scheduled for Saturday, November 19th at 2 pm in Mamaroneck High School's McLain Auditorium. More than 150 male and female high school students from eight area school districts will perform in mixed voice a cappella groups and to different styles of music. Performing again this year are Mamaroneck’s three vocal ensembles: In Treble (female ensemble), MAC (male ensemble), and Swing Choir (mixed ensemble). The festival was established to celebrate the joy of a cappella singing and to spotlight high school groups that engage in this exciting and creative hobby. Admission is free. Come here our vocal groups sing and of course the talented Chordsmen.

A Sampling of Wellness Initiatives/Events This Month:

Tigers Den Re-Opens for the School Year

The Tiger’s Den at Mamaroneck High School re-opened again for the 2016-17 school year. Fresh smoothies were served at the Grand Opening, and students had a chance to de-stress and relax with friends. MHS is the only high school in the country to house a wellness center such as this focused on mindfulness and social-emotional health! The Tiger’s Den will be open approximately four hours every day, hosting various activities throughout the year including an on-site nutritionist, wellness fortune-telling and mindfulness training. The Den is manned voluntarily and exclusively by MHS faculty members.

Olympic Gold Medalist Cody Miller Inspires Students with Messages of Hard Work & 'Finding Your Gift'

Olympic Gold Medalist Cody Miller visited Hommocks Middle School and then Murray Ave. School, talking with students about a range of healthy habits, hard work and determination: He conveyed a few main points: 1) What is your gift? Everyone has a gift, and you can find that gift. 2) Work harder than everyone else to achieve your dreams. "You don't have to be big. You have to be fierce and work really hard," he told students, and 3) Focus is the key to learning, sports and achieving your goals. Student feedback was tremendous.

Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Cody Miller, above, during his visits to Mamaroneck Public Schools.

District/RADAR Launch "Positive Norming" Campaign

Capitalizing on data results showing that there is a gap between what teens think is happening with alcohol use among their peers and what is actually happening, the Mamaroneck School District, in partnership with Larchmont-Mamaroneck RADAR (Responsible Action: A Drug and Alcohol Resource), has launched its “Positive Norming” campaign. The campaign, also co-sponsored by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, consists of large banners and posters on display at Mamaroneck High School and throughout the community. Campaign posters (all student designed) will rotate every 4-6 weeks, conveying messages that relate to various data points associated with the 2014 Communities That Care survey results and including the tagline “The Truth Is…” The first set of posters speaks to the point that “Most MHS students believe it’s wrong for someone their age to drink regularly.” While “The Truth Is” tagline will remain the same for the duration of the campaign, the more detailed point being made will be different on each set of posters. The wordage used in campaign materials was discussed, tested and deliberated among students in the health classes at MHS.

Sports Spotlight:

Honoring our Senior Athletes: Four Great Years!

All of the fall sports teams celebrated their seniors with designated "senior" days, where teams were joined by family members and friends to be recognized for all of the hard work and dedication put forth over the past four years. We congratulation our senior athletes (some of them, featured above) and wish each and every one of them much success in their future endeavors.

This Month's Daily Voice Standout Student-Athletes

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