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Tiger Tracks mUfsd's monthly e-news

March, 2018

District Highlights:

  • Mamaroneck Schools Foundation Awards $186K in Grants for 2018-2019
  • Superintendent's Recommended Budget Conversation Continues; LMCTV's Taping of March 20th BOE Meeting Now Available
  • Parent and Community Member School Visits Enhance Student Learning
  • Music ♬ Notes: All-County Musicians Recognized; 100+ MHS Music Students Travel to Washington D.C. & Baltimore for Weekend of Performances, Master Classes
  • Original Science Research Students Win Awards for Important Work
  • Student-Produced Professional Podcasts Now on iTunes
  • Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Coming April 20-22 - Mark Your Calendar
  • Sports Highlights: Winter Report Presented; Spring Sports Season is Here
  • "Mamaroneck Minute" in Case You Missed It: Classroom Aide by Day; Olympian in Training by Night

Exciting Slate of MSF Grants Set for Next School Year

Topping itself each year, the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (MSF) continues its history of funding innovative, cutting-edge grants. For the 2018-19 school year, MSF will award a total of $186,000 in grants to all six Mamaroneck schools. From beekeeping and an electronic music studio at Mamaroneck High School to canine Integrated therapy and revitalized outdoor recreation space at Hommocks Middle School, and educational technology at the elementary schools, the 24 new grants will benefit thousands of students across the district.

“The innovative grants being awarded to our teachers and staff through the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation for the 2018-2019 school year are carefully aligned with our District goals and will serve to deepen the rich educational experience of our students. We are grateful for the tremendous amount of thought, planning and collaboration that goes into the grant process each year.” - Superintendent Dr. Robert I. Shaps
Photos of '17-'18 grants in action above. Above Left: Google Expedition headsets and iPod Touches at Hommocks Middle School. Above Right: PlayAway book pack collections at Murray Ave. School. Bottom Left: Finch robots at MAS. Bottom Right: Culinary Arts demonstration table at MHS

Superintendent's Recommended Budget Conversation Continues; LMCTV's March 20th Taping Now Available

Due to technical difficulties, LMCTV was unable to go Live at the March 20 Board of Education Meeting, where the Board continued its discussion of the Superintendent’s Recommended Budget. Click the link below to tune in if you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to hear the discussion around the portions of the budget covering technology, facilities, transportation and administration, as well as conversation regarding class sizes. The Board will meet again on April 10th at its regular Study Session, followed by a Board vote on adoption of a Proposed Budget on April 17th. The community will vote on the Proposed Budget on May15th.

Parent and Community Member School Visits Enhance Student Learning Experiences

The magic of Parents as Reading Partners week is still evident around Central School. From beautiful bulletin boards such as the one shown above to inspiring messages and a book link chain that runs the length of the first floor's Rainbow Hallway, students and families celebrated together their love of words and reading both in and outside of school.

All six of our Mamaroneck schools create opportunities for parents and community members to visit school and enhance the student learning experience. From Parents as Reading Partners (PARP), when parents and community members come in to share in the reading experience, to 'Tinkering Nights' or 'Game Day when parents visit to play the game their child has created, and Real Work/School Work exposing students to varied careers...Parent and community visits play a valued role in our schools.

Shown Above: Parents visit Central School during Parents as Reading Partners Week to share their love of reading with students and be a part of the learning process.
Above: Gr K-2 Tinkering Night at Chatsworth Ave. School. Our schools have been hosting Tinkering Nights as a way to invite parents to come in to school and share in the STEM learning experience.
5th Grade Murray Ave. School students made their own games and played them with parents.
Real Work/School Work at Hommocks Middle School. About 50 parents and community members helped students make the connection between school and future jobs and volunteer work. There were two UN representatives, an EMT, a sportswriter, two assistant district attorneys, a mayor, a yoga instructor, three doctors, a cybersecurity lawyer, and many more. Pictured above left is Kate Snow (Hommocks parent and NBC News anchor) and shown above right is Larchmont firefighter Charlie Bottcher.
Tech Entrepreneur and Mamaroneck School District parent Nigel Eccles visited computer science classes at the high school to talk about his previous experience as founder of the popular fantasy sports site, FanDuel, and his new company's mobile app currently under development. Mr. Eccles took lots of student questions and appreciated our students’ insight and feedback regarding the app, which is targeted to people in their late teens and early 20’s and will likely go public in June or July.

100+ All-County Musicians Recognized and Celebrated

100+ students from across the district, grades 4th-9th, participated in Westchester County All-County Music Festival concerts, performing in bands, choruses, and orchestras at SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center. These students were recognized and honored at the March 20 BOE meeting.

Last weekend, 100+ students of the MHS Music Department toured Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD with Mrs. Gundling, Ms. Gellert, Mrs. Madden and Mr. Hooker. The trip included performances by Concert Choir, Swing Choir, In Treble, MAC, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, Symphony and Concert Orchestras at the National Sylvan Theater, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Baltimore Basilica. Students were able to explore the great Smithsonian exhibits, attend School of Rock (National Tour) and attend a Baltimore Symphony Concert and backstage tour. Trip highlight: master classes with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra who worked with our ensembles on various pieces in their repertoire at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

OSR Students Present Multi-Year Research at Westchester Science & Engineering Fair

Journalism Students Produce Professional Podcasts; Their Work Now Available on iTunes - Check Them Out!

The Mamaroneck High School journalism class (The Mamaroneck Associated Press) is proud to present its new podcasts on iTunes. Students in Mr. Madin’s class select a topic they want to research and investigate. They spend weeks collecting articles, making phone calls, recording narration, and listening to other podcasts, all in the spirit of creating something authentic. Students learn about sound editing and design, how to use radio-style equipment, and how to write a radio script. They then record and edit until the product is something they want to put out into the world. This year’s selection of projects ranges from discussion of student 504 plans, to Puerto Rico and its response to Hurricane Maria, e-cigarettes in school, and immigration in Mamaroneck. Journalism, offered as a senior English course at MHS, is continuing to grow from year to year. If you enjoy the show, please hit the subscribe button. Thanks for listening!

Coming Soon! Mamaroneck Shakespeare Players Present "As You Like It" April 20-22

MHS students will introduce you to Shakespeare’s greatest heroine and other enduring characters in the cherished romantic comedy, As You Like It, during the Mamaroneck Shakespeare Players 44th annual festival, directed this year for the first time by Ms. Crystal Gonzalez who trained with the National Theatre Institute as well as with practitioners from the Royal Shakespeare Company. This music-filled production, featuring lovers in disguise and troubadours in trouble, will be performed at the Hommocks Auditorium on Friday, April 20th at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 21st at 2pm & 7:30pm; and Sunday, April 22nd at 2pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. General admission tickets will be sold at the door. In this production, Shakespeare’s verse will be sung to original music created by MHS senior, Skyler Lesser-Roy.

Sports Highlights: Winter End-of-Season Report Presented; Spring Sports Season is Here!

Waiting for that beautiful spring day to come out and cheer your Tigers on at a baseball or Lacrosse game? It will be here soon. The spring sports season has begun. Check out below the wrap-up from the winter season and the team schedules for spring. See everybody out on the fields!

Athletes are busy training and preparing for the spring sports season in our newly-renovated physical education instructional spaces at Mamaroneck High School.

"Mamaroneck Minute" with Murray Teacher' Aide Lisa Edwards: In Case You Missed It

Meet Murray Ave. School Teacher Aide Lisa Edwards! Ms. Edwards spends school days helping in the classroom, at lunch and outside at recess; her evenings are spent training to qualify for the 2020 Track and Field Olympics.

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