Tiger Tracks mUfsd's monthly e-news

June, 2016

District Highlights:

  • One Chapter Ends, Another Begins: Congratulations to our MHS Class of 2016!!! (Coming soon: Special Edition of Tiger Tracks Highlighting 10 "Senior Standouts")
  • Mamaroneck Celebrates its Student Athletes: A Fond Farewell to Our 19 Seniors who will go on to Play Sports in College
  • Gr 5 and Gr 8 Capstone Projects Enable Students to Extensively Research & Present Topics of their Choice
  • Happy 50th Birthday Central School!
  • Progress Towards District Goals Presented at June Board of Education Study Session
  • Retirees and Staff with 25 Years of Service Honored at BOE Meeting
  • 34th Annual Rockefeller Awards Given for Visual and Performing Arts
  • Student Aid Fund Alumni Recipient Wows Crowd at Awards Dinner
  • "Bankers for the Day" Among the Many Authentic Learning Experiences This Month

Congratulations to our 19 MHS Athletes Who Will Play Sports at the College Level

Mamaroneck students who will play sports in college are featured above. These students have excelled both on and off the field at Mamaroneck High School.

We will miss watching this outstanding group of Mamaroneck High School student athletes compete in their respective sports, but wish each of them luck as they move on to play at the collegiate level. What a fine group of students both on and off the field!

Capstone Projects: A Fabulous Wrap-Up to the Elementary/Middle School Experiences

Students were proud to present their Capstone projects to parents, teachers and administrators.

Capstone projects for 5th and 8th graders wrapped up over the past couple weeks at all of the elementary schools and at Hommocks. The projects (and the journey towards creating a final product) were a huge success with students demonstrating so many skills from research, reading and writing to developing multi-media presentations and public speaking....and becoming experts on their topics of choice! In 5th grade, the Capstone project was a fabulous culminating experience before moving on to the Hommocks. Many elementary students were already enthusiastically discussing which topics they may want to pursue for their 8th grade Capstone projects. For the Hommocks students, this inquiry experience was good practice/skill-building in preparation for what lies ahead at the high school.

Happy 50th Birthday Central School!!

Central School celebrated its 50th Anniversary, with the entire school singing Happy Birthday! The celebration kicked off with the Girl Scouts raising the flag on the 239th birthday of ‘Old Glory’, students singing patriotic songs and gathering for a slide show of Central “Then and Now”. Among the guest speakers: Central’s first principal (who was there for 30 years), a student from the kindergarten class of 1965 and Board of Education trustee Steve Warner (a former Central student and former Central parent). A wonderful morning!

Progress Towards District Teaching and Learning Goals at All Levels -- Elementary, Middle School, and High School -- Presented and Discussed at June 7th BOE Study Session

June 14th BOE Meeting Pays Tribute to MUFSD Retirees, as well as Staff Members with 25 Years of Service

Two MHS Seniors Presented with Rockefeller Brothers Awards for Excellence in Visual, Performing Arts

At June 14th BOE meeting, Se’ McElroy was awarded with the 2016 Rockefeller Award for excellence in visual arts.

The 34th annual Rockefeller Awards for Excellence in Visual Arts and Performing Arts were awarded at the June 14th Board of Education meeting to Se’ McElroy and Hannah Schmitt respectively. The awards date back to 1982, when the Rockefeller Brothers Fund hand-picked top quality arts programs in public schools around the country and recognized Mamaroneck High School nationally with a $100,000 grant for excellence in arts education. (The District invested this money and has been using the interest earned annually to honor two graduating seniors who have excelled in the visual and performing arts.) A slideshow featuring Se’s artwork was shown, with remarks delivered by MHS art teacher Jill Shoffiett. Hannah performed, and her fellow PACE student Jack Boyle spoke about all of the ways in which Hannah has excelled in the performing arts.

Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund Keynote Speaker Samantha Reid: "I am a testament to what can happen when generous souls invest in children’s dreams.”

Standing ovation for keynote speaker Samantha Reid at the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund's annual ceremony. Samantha, a former student of Principal Elizabeth Clain (when Ms. Clain was a social studies teacher) graduated this year from Penn State and in 2012 from MHS; she received her teaching license in Social Studies and is now heading off to teach in a charter school in Newark with Teach for America. “It feels somewhat surreal to be standing before you tonight,” Samantha said. “I established myself because of the many opportunities Mamaroneck offered. I gained confidence as a student because my teachers genuinely had my best interest at heart and wanted to see me flourish…I am a testament to what can happen when generous souls invest in children’s dreams.” For more information on the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund, visit http://www.mlsaf.org.

MHS's Semi-Finalists in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s High School Fed Challenge were invited by M&T Bank to be "Bankers for the Day" to get a closer look at careers in banking by meeting some of the bank’s leaders in Middle Market, Residential Mortgage, Business Banking, Commercial Real Estate and Wealth Management divisions. Yet another authentic learning experience for our students!

Coming up in the next edition of Tiger Tracks...A Glimpse into this year's Mamaroneck High School Graduating Class: Perspectives from 10 "Senior Standouts"

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