Tiger Tracks mUfsd's monthly e-news

January, 2019

District Highlights:

  • Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • MHS Social Studies Teacher Shannon Turner-Porter Honored at MLK Community Event
  • Renowned Podcasters Visit with MHS Journalism Students
  • Upcoming: Wide Range of Musical Events in Our District (PACE Soundscapes, Music Man Jr. at Hommocks, Showing of Grease Sing-A-Long, MAS Musical)
  • District Bond Vote Feb. 5: Check Out the First "Shaps Chat", a Monthly Show to Air on LMCTV
  • Pickled Kale Anyone? Middle School Consumer Science Students Whip Up Delicious Veggies
  • MAS Green Tigers Convey Importance of Recycling and Composting
  • Dos Caminos Dual Language Kindergarten Info Sessions Feb. 12 & 13
  • MHS Robotics Receives Award for Most Innovative and Creative Design Solution; Qualifies for Hudson Valley Regional Championship in Feb.
  • In Case You Missed It -- VIDEO: Hommocks Students Use Design Thinking to Solve Real-World Problems

Throughout the District: Honoring the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Hommocks Middle School, as well as the elementary schools, students and staff took time to honor the legacy of MLK.

Shown Above: Hommocks Middle School assembly

This year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly at Mamaroneck High School was themed "This is America...", highlighting issues around who we are, our desire for equality and fight for justice. Along with music, dance, spoken word, and video clips, the assembly included some special guests. A group of inner city (New York) students from Epic Theatre performed a skit/dialogue about the inequalities in education in the New York City school system. A fabulous celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 2019 MLK Assembly at Mamaroneck High School was themed "This is America..." This special annual assembly -- which draws participation from students of all backgrounds -- has been led & organized for 30+ years by Social Studies Teacher Shannon Turner-Porter and the Multicultural Club.

MHS Social Studies Teacher Ms. Shannon Turner-Porter Honored at MLK Community Event

Congratulations to Mamaroneck High School Social Studies Teacher Ms. Shannon Turner-Porter on being honored at the 32nd Annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Program. The event, titled "Racism Today: Unpacking The Myth of the North/South Divide", was sponsored by CURE (The Coalition for Undoing Racism Through Education) and the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Human Rights Commission in partnership w/the Mamaroneck School District. Renowned journalists and podcasters John Biewen & Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika were the guest speakers, delivering an engaging presentation on the history and present day geography of racism in the US. Photo Credits: Sasha Nahr

"For 49 years Shannon Turner Porter has created safe spaces where all students, especially minority students, can find their voices at Mamaroneck High School. She has fostered a deep dialogue in her classroom around historical, sociological and personal experiences that shape her student's world. Ms.Porter is a force in our community and, according to her pupils, her teachings guide them beyond the walls of MHS. - Nicole Alifante, CURE Executive Director
Ms. Shannon Turner-Porter is honored at 32nd Annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Community Program.
Nationally known podcast team and journalists Dr. Chenjerai and John Biewen lead a Q&A at the event, along with Meg Kaufer. The speakers focused on a particular episode of the Seeing White podcast that examines the myth of racism being a Northern versus a Southern problem.

Renowned Podcasters John Biewen and Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika Visit with MHS Journalism Students

Following the MLK community event, radio hosts/podcasters John Biewen (Audio Program Director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University) & Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika (with Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies) extended their stay to visit with MHS journalism students...A fabulous interchange and experience for All!

Above photo taken in our very own professional podcast studio. John Biewen and Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika visit with students and tell them how it really is in the podcasting world. Thanks to Meg Kaufer and CURE (The Coalition for Undoing Racism Through Education) for making this visit happen.

Upcoming Musical Events Across the District

SOUNDSCAPES: JAN. 30-FEB. 2 -- A theatrical music production that celebrates the creativity and diverse musical interests of PACE students at Mamaroneck High School. Original compositions, novel arrangements, instruments, vocals, lighting, live sound, set design, and costumes will culminate in an encompassing showcase of performing arts music.

HOMMOCKS MUSICAL: MUSIC MAN JR. JAN. 31 - FEB. 2 -- Tickets on sale now! Don’t miss the talented cast of Hommocks Middle School students in this classic musical featuring some of Broadway’s most iconic songs. Based on Meredith Wilson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. is a story of a fast-talking salesman who gets his heart stolen by the town librarian.

WHAT FUN! GREASE SING-A-LONG FEB. 7: "I got chills, they're multiplying"...Everybody is looking forward to PACE's showing of the Sing-A-Long version of Grease on Thursday, Feb. 7th at 7pm. All are welcome! No admission charge; refreshments for sale. Doors open at 6:30 pm in the PACE Theatre at Mamaroneck High School.

MAMARONECK AVE. SCHOOL MUSICAL FEB. 7-9: Fiddler on the Roof Jr is almost here! The MAS Theater group has a longstanding tradition of excellence for its student-centered theater production, and this year will be no different. Show runs Thurs., Feb. 7 @ 6:30pm; Fri., Feb. 8 @ 7pm, and Sat., Feb. 9 @ 1pm and 7pm. Tickets ($12 adults/$7 child; No charge for children under 2 years) on sale at the main entrance of the school beforehand and at door before all performances.

District Capital Infrastructure Improvement Bond Community Vote Tuesday, Feb. 5

First Episode of "Shaps Chat: Conversation with the Superintendent" Now Airing on LMCTV

Watch the first episode of "Shaps Chat" focusing on the upcoming Feb. 5 Capital Infrastructure Improvement bond vote and stay tuned for monthly shows featuring the students, faculty and community members of the Mamaroneck School District and the initiatives and core values that make the District so special. This half-hour interview format showcases current news and happenings aligned with District goals at all levels, from the elementary schools on up through the middle school and high school.

Pickled Kale Anyone? Middle School Family & Consumer Science Students Cook Up Healthy Veggies

Sixth Grade Family & Consumer Science students deliver a feast of leftovers to Hommocks Principal Ms. Macias and Superintendent Dr. Shaps, who tasted roasted veggies, pickled kale stems and cauliflower core slaw. The recipes are part of a unit about the environmental impact of food waste. It is estimated that up to 40% of food is wasted in the U.S., much of it releasing greenhouse gasses in landfills. Hommocks Students have been learning about using kitchen creativity to reduce waste. For the scraps that can’t be used? They are fed to a classroom composting bin filled with red wiggler worms.

6th grade Family & Consumer Science students feed sweet potato zoodle food scraps to a composting bin filled w/red wiggler worms - part of a unit on the environmental impact of food waste.

Green Tigers Debut at Mamaroneck Avenue School

An inspirational and educational assembly was initiated and organized by the Mamaroneck Ave. School Green Tigers, who presented to their fellow 4th & 5th gr classmates about the importance of recycling and composting.

Dos Caminos Dual Language Kindergarten Info Sessions Feb. 12 & 13

Tell your neighbors and friends! Informational sessions on the Mamaroneck School District's Dual Language Program will be held for Incoming Kindergarten parents (with children entering Kindergarten September, 2019) on February 12th for English-speaking parents and February 13th for Spanish-speaking parents. The Dual Language program currently operates in grades K-5 at Mamaroneck Ave. School.

MHS Robotics Wins Collins Aerospace Award for Its Innovative Robot Design

MHS Robotics finished in 2nd Place at a recent competition and was awarded the Rockwell Collins Aerospace Innovate Award, which celebrates a team that "thinks outside the box and has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life." Mamaroneck now qualifies for the Hudson Valley Regional Championship at Pace University on Sunday, Feb. 10th.

Hommocks Students Design and Produce on 3D Printer Special iPad Device to Assist Fellow Classmate

When Hommocks Technology Teacher Mr. Ron Nobles explained to his 8th grade students the challenge of developing a product that would enable one of their fellow classmates with Angelman Syndrome to learn better, students jumped at the chance to help. Lynn Rivas and Sarah Lord worked to create the perfect solution for Special Education Teacher Maura Morello-Linkowski, who had been struggling to create a makeshift device that would effectively allow her student to see her on a screen as she taught her lessons.

"It has been perfect. It's exactly what we needed." - Hommocks Special Education Teacher Maura Morello-Linkowski

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