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Tiger Tracks mUfsd's monthly e-news

February, 2020

District Highlights

  • MHS Students Make their Mark on New Hampshire Primary
  • Coming Soon: Singin' in the Rain! at Mamaroneck High School
  • Robotics Team Advances to First Lego League Regionals
  • Schools Celebrate February as Black History Month
  • WATCH Introductory Remarks to Discussion on Equity & Implicit Bias
  • Coach Chap and Coach Bruno Hit 500 Ice Hockey Wins
  • Upcoming U.S. Census Update: Your Response Matters
  • 5th Graders Learn Coding through 'Singing In Robotic Unison' Module
  • Boys Ski team Heads to States after Winning Section Championship
  • Hommocks High Ropes Adventure Course to be Dedicated to Beloved Former PE Teacher Ken Demas

Mamaroneck High School Students Make their Mark on New Hampshire Primary, Campaigning and Podcasting

For the third consecutive presidential election cycle, Mamaroneck High School's AP U.S. Government & Politics students travelled to the New Hampshire Primary to campaign for the candidates -- canvassing door-to-door, phone banking and attending political events. This year, the group of 126 AP U.S. students included 14 students who also took journalism and went along as reporters producing daily professional-quality podcasts (with equipment provided through a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation) and print articles for Medium. Many thanks to community member Alina Tugend, contributing writer for the New York Times and other national publications, for coming along on the trip and coaching our students.

From the classroom to the campaign trail, Mamaroneck High School students spend four days at the New Hampshire primary canvassing, phonebanking, attending political events and reporting. Check out their Instagram page here and their Medium page with print articles here.

"Singin' in the Rain!" Coming Soon to MHS

Singin' In The Rain runs Feb. 27-29 in Mamaroneck High School's McLain Auditorium. Showtimes include a 6 pm performance on 2/27 and 7 pm on 2/28 and 2/29. If you need any inspiration to go, watch below a short preview by cast members at a recent Board of Education meeting.

Robotics Team Advances to First Lego League Regionals and Wins Inspiration Award

Earlier this month, four Hommocks Middle School students won the Inspiration Award at the regional championship of the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition for "applying the knowledge, values and skills they learned to improve themselves and their world." Team Photon Phoenix consists of 7th graders Paul Brandman, Liam DeLaMora, James Kauffman, and 6th grader Riley O’Neill. At the January qualifier competition, they won Best Project for their innovative solution addressing flooding at Harbor Island Park and 2nd place overall.

Hommocks Middle School students win Inspiration Award at regional robotics competition.

Schools Celebrate Black History Month

Schools across the District took time this February to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and recognize the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

Hommocks Middle School celebrated the achievements and contributions of Black Americans through special displays, book readings and letter writing from the perspective of African American soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
At Murray Ave. School, students shared short bios each day on a variety of people during the morning announcements and displayed them in common areas for all to read.

Community Discussion on Implicit Bias, Racism & Equity: WATCH Intro Presentation at Board Study Session

If you were unable to tune in to the BOE meeting on Equity and NY State Culturally Responsive Sustaining Frameworks, LMCTV's link to the introductory presentation is available here.

Community members participated in hands-on exercises that represent a sampling of the kinds of learning Mamaroneck faculty and students have been undertaking to recognize implicit bias and better understand racism & equity.

Coach Chap and Coach Bruno Hit 500 Ice Hockey Wins: A First for Section One

Congratulations to Coach Chiapparelli and Coach Bruno on their 500th ice hockey win, an unprecedented achievement in Section 1 (and 3rd time in NY State history)!! 🐅🏒

Coach Chap and Coach Bruno with the team following their 3-1 win over N. Rockland. The duo has hit the 500 mark for ice hockey wins - a first for Section 1 and the third time in NY State.

Upcoming U.S. Census Update: Your Response Matters

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Shaps sent a letter to the community about the importance of responding to the U.S. Census Update. He said, among other things, the data will be used to determine our community's portion of school aid funds for the next decade.

"New York had about a 76% response rate to the 2010 census, and the state has been receiving about $73 billion annually in federal education aid, according to New York State United Teachers. If the response rate had been 95%, the annual federal allocation would have been about $92 billion." - Journal News, Feb. 3, 2020
For more information, visit the U.S. Census 2020 Website.

5th Graders Learn about Coding through 'Singing in Robotic Unison' Module

Fifth graders are learning about coding through the "Singing in Robotic Unison" module, considering questions such as: How do we work as a team to take on coding challenges? How are loops, events, and conditionals useful in programming? How can we tell stories through robotics?

Fifth graders pair up with partners to learn about coding. See more photos here.

Boys Skiing Wins Section 1 Championship for 2nd Year

The Mamaroneck Ski Team sent six athletes to compete in Sectionals at Hunter mountain. The Boys team -- seniors Charlie Roseberry, Cole Lovejoy, and Robby Lundberg -- swept all disciplines and won the Section 1 championship for the second year in a row. They move on to the State championship at Bristol next week. Daisy Patrick, captain of the girls team, is the 1st alternate for the State team. Natalie Mahland placed 51 overall and Ellie Sundin placed 40 overall.

Seniors Charlie Roseberry, Cole Lovejoy & Robby Lundberg are Section Champs for 2nd Year.

Hommocks High Ropes Adventure Course to be Dedicated to Former PE Teacher Ken Demas March 6

On March 6, Hommocks Middle School will name and dedicate its high ropes adventure course in honor of Ken Demas, a beloved former physical education teacher in the District from 1967-2000. He was the visionary and creator of the first-of-its-kind High Ropes/Project adventure program at Hommocks in the 80's. Ken, well known throughout the state, passed away suddenly in 2017 after he had received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. The dedication will take place from 3:15-4:30 pm in the Hommocks Gymnasium. Email ebyron@mamkschools.org to RSVP or for more information.

More than 40 years ago, Ken Demas helped construct a high ropes adventure course at Hommocks that would challenge students beyond their perceived boundaries and put Mamaroneck Physical Education on the map forever. The middle school is now dedicating its course in honor of Mr. Demas.