Tiger Tracks 2020 MUFSD Year-end highlights

"Our school buildings were closed, but Tiger Spirit lived on. From car parades to virtual music performances, art displays & more, the Larchmont-Mamaroneck community showed its collective resilience and heart during this trying time. We are #MamaroneckProud." - Dr. Robert I. Shaps, Superintendent

June, 2020

District Highlights

  • All Six Schools Celebrated Year-End with Car Parades
  • Student Voices Heard and Valued Through Art, Photos & Design
  • District's Diversity & Equity Committee Continues with Ongoing Meetings and Plans for Work Ahead
  • Remote Writing Spotlight: 8th Grade Quarantine Expressions
  • Virtual Music Performances Kept Spirits Lifted
  • Facilities Work to be Done this Summer Across the District
  • Senior Days: Special Send-Off for our Mamaroneck High School Grads
  • Meet the 2020 MHS Valedictorian & Salutatorian, and in Next Tiger Tracks Special Edition: the Annual 10 "Senior Standouts"
  • It's Graduation Week! Community Clap-Out This Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Celebrating our 25-Year Employees and A Fond Farewell to Retirees: Special Tribute to Ms. Shannon Turner-Porter

Six Schools, Six Car Parades

Through the streets of Larchmont and Mamaroneck they went. Honking all the way. Community members waving and smiling. Moments to remember.

Forever etched in our memories: Car parades brought smiles and reunions from afar.

Students Expressing Themselves Through Art, Photos and Design

The Mamaroneck High School Art Department produced its 2020 Special Virtual Art Awards Ceremony, This annual tradition of recognizing students who have gone above and beyond their practice typically takes place in the Palmer Art Gallery and is one of the favorite events of the year.

"Students have grown as artists and as people" - MHS Art Department Chair Adam Rizzuti
The 2020 Mamaroneck High School Virtual Art Awards Ceremony recognized the talented work of our dedicated artists.

MHS's Photography & Design Students produced powerful public service announcements with striking images to parallel the powerful emotions they experienced during spring, 2020.

See More Student PSAs Here.

District's Diversity & Equity Committee Continues Its Work Through Summer and Beyond

Administrators and staff participating on the District’s Diversity and Equity Committee throughout this past fall and into February, 2020 recently reconvened to plan for work ahead in advancing MUFSD’s shared goals for diversity, equity and inclusion. The group discussed the need to identify and address all forms of implicit and explicit racism and bias at Mamaroneck Schools and to develop strategies for incorporating anti-racism programs and curricula for all faculty, staff and students. Embracing our diverse student body is one of this district’s cornerstone values. It is our mission and responsibility to ensure that each member of our school community is treated with the dignity and respect that we all deserve.

PSA produced by MHS student Charlotte Patricot

Remote Writing Spotlight: 8th Grade Quarantine Expressions

Students at all levels -- from our littlest ones at the elementary level and up through the middle and high school -- spent time this spring writing about their feelings of being isolated from school and friends.

Virtual Music Performances Keep Our Spirits Lifted

Music has helped Mamaroneck School District students and staff through these uncertain times. From our 6th grade orchestra students' performance of 'Ode to Joy', to the MUFSD music department showcasing remote music learning and MHS choirs' performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the PACE Senior Virtual Recital, these virtual performances have kept our spirits lifted.

"Music is a unique power. It can soothe, teach, inspire and unite." - Dina Madden, MUFSD K-12 Music Director

Facilities Work to be Done this Summer Across the District

In addition to routine building maintenance work taking place during the summer months at all of our school buildings, many large facilities projects are being done across the District, from the fire alarm system replacement at Mamaroneck High School, to installation of cooling (air conditioning) in the Hommocks cafeteria and an electrical upgrade at Murray Ave. School.

Routine facilities work and some larger projects being done at all schools throughout the District

MHS Seniors Pick Up Yearbooks and Caps & Gowns

Graduation became real, as MHS seniors took part in festivities around their yearbook and cap & gown pick-up during Senior Days. Students were greeted by familiar faces celebrating them and cheering them on.

Meet MHS's 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

LMC Media speaks with Mamaroneck High School’s 2020 Valedictorian Gabby Dobkin and Salutatorian Kaitlin Spiridellis on their scholastic achievements and future plans.

It's Graduation Week! Ceremonies on LMC Media, Plus Community Clap-Out this Friday, 8:20 pm

The Class of 2020 Diploma Distribution over three ceremonies this Friday, June 26th. These ceremonies will be limited to seniors only (assigned to participate in specific time slots). Students' families and the whole MHS community are invited to watch a live broadcast on LMC Media and a livestream on LMC's digital platforms. Additionally, the entire community is invited to celebrate our graduates with a Community Clap-Out, also on Friday, beginning at 8:20 pm. Community members are all encouraged to step outside their homes and make noise for our graduating seniors! Honk your car horns, bang pots and pans and garbage pails, and cheer loudly for one full minute. Congratulations to each member of our Mamaroneck High School graduating class.

See LMC Media's broadcast schedule for graduation day, Friday, June 26, 2020

Honoring 25-Years of Service Employees and 2020 Retirees

The June 16 Board of Education meeting was devoted to honoring our employees who have reached the distinguished milestone of 25 years of service and recognizing our beloved retirees. Superintendent Dr. Shaps thanked staff members for their professional commitment to children and families and the impact they have had on students. Building administrators talked individually about each retiree.

Employees with 25 Years of Service: Teaching: Patricia Ball, Michelle Burton, Lori Dressler, Karina Fabbie, Karin Harris, Maureen Montone, Maryalice Pietropaolo, Patrick Romano, Karl Zenie Civil Service/Support Staff: Lynda Leva

Retirees: Central School: Donna Russell, Charlene Farrell; Chatsworth Avenue School: Diane Marino, Thelma Rhodes; Mamaroneck Avenue School: Susanna Franco, Giovanna Forlini; Murray Avenue School: Tina Dolan, Kathleen Dwyer; Hommocks Middle School: Gloria Chuang, Lauren Meyer, Ann Savage; Mamaroneck High School: Jolita Gudaitis Haigis, Shannon Turner-Porter, Craig Romanek, Mercedes Samayoa, Maria Siciliano, Caterina DiBenedetto, Georgiana Rothweile; Districtwide: Kayo Matsushita, Christopher Aurre; Non-Public: Lisa Kovac

Above: Just a few of our retirees this year. It is always bittersweet to say goodbye, but we congratulate each and every one of our retirees on their careers and how they have impacted students over the years. We celebrate them and wish them well in the next chapter of their lives.
Special Recognition to Ms. Shannon Turner-Porter: After fifty years of teaching social studies at Mamaroneck High School, Ms. Porter -- who led the MLK assembly each year with students expressing themselves through dance, poetry & music in honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- will be deeply missed.
If you never had a chance to see this Mamaroneck Minute with Ms. Porter, check it out. We thank Ms. Shannon Turner-Porter for touching the hearts and minds of our students five decades at Mamaroneck High School.

Wishing Everyone an Enjoyable, Safe, and Healthy Summer!