Tamarac Secondary School Grades 6 - 8
Middle school students spread holiday cheer
Middle School students spread some holiday cheer to residents at Van Renssealer Manor in Troy yesterday. Students sang Christmas carols and handed out gifts. Many of the residents joined in and sang along to their favorite songs. See more photos....”Posted 12/19/14.
November Students of the Month
Congratulations to Tim Bridegroom, Kendra Fish, Zach Hudson, Gabriella Insero, Nate LaPlante, Jesse LeVan, Liam McDonough, Cliff O'Donal, Bella Realbuto, Gavin Remillard, Marissa Roberts and Amanda Thrasher who were recognized as students of the month for November. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. The character theme for November was “Compassion.”Posted 12/18/14.
Tamarac Hosts Masterminds Second Meet
The Tamarac Mastermind team recently hosted the second meet of the year. Tamarac Varsity and JV Teams competed against teams from Troy, Berlin, Hoosick Falls, Catholic High and Holy Names.
The Varsity Mastermind team won all three games played:
Tamarac 185 Hoosick Falls 140
Tamarac 160 CCHS 150
Tamarac 165 Troy 90
The JV Mastermind team won two of three games played:
Berlin 110 Tamarac 90
Tamarac 125 CCHS 40
Tamarac 100 Hoosick Falls 60 Posted 12/12/14.
Hat and mitten tree makes for warm holiday
Tamarac Elementary School kicked off its annual Hat and Mitten Tree tradition this month. Students, staff and the Brunswick community donate hats and mittens that will be given to St. Joseph’s House in Troy, various organizations and including some students in the district.
Fifth grade teacher Nicolle Motzer said this has been a tradition for more than ten years and is a joint service learning project between the elementary and secondary school. “The Secondary School Kids Care Service Club donates many handmade knitted and crocheted hats and mittens," said Motzer.
Donations can be made until Friday, December 12 at the main office at the Elementary School. Thank you to all who donated! Posted 12/5/14.
Tamarac Schools Collecting Toys
Help Tamarac Schools bring joy to a needy child this season. If you would like to contribute, please send one new unwrapped toy. Drop off sites are in the elementary and secondary school lobbies. Toys will be collected until December 17.Posted 12/2/14.
Website Redesign Survey
The District website is going to be redesigned. We want a fresh design that makes it easy for you to find the information you need while also highlighting the many exciting opportunities in our schools. We also recognize that more users are viewing our site on mobile devices, so we want to create a site that optimizes all platforms. Please share your thoughts on the website by completing this short survey.Posted 11/23/14.
First Quarter Honor Rolls Announced for Middle School
Tamarac Middle School has announced the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the first quarter. Students must have between an 89.5 and 94.4 average to qualify for Honor Roll and at least a 94.5 average to qualify for High Honor Roll. Congratulations to all our students! See the Middle School honor roll..Posted 11/20/14.
Seventh Grader Claire Stafford Wins Annual Brittonkill Spelling Bee
Congratulations to seventh grader Claire Stafford who won the Brittonkill Spelling Bee on Wednesday, November 19. The championship word was "superfluous." Claire will represent Brittonkill at the Regional Spelling Bee at Proctor's in Schenectady on February 24, 2015.
First runner-up was seventh grader Michael Jacques. Claire and Michael battled head to head for seven rounds before a winner was declared in the 19th round. Second runner-up was eighth grader Ryan Hayden. Top elementary finishers were Colby Minbiole and Ethan Skaarup who both made it into the tenth round. Posted 11/20/14.
District School Closing/Delay Notification Process
The school district takes the responsibility of deciding whether to close schools seriously. Generally, schools will remain open except for extremely inclement weather. Snow, ice, and extremely cold temperatures may affect bus pick-up and drop-off times, sometimes causing buses to run late. If a snow day is called that decision is made as early as possible with announcements made immediately on:
- ENEWS—eNEWS will send parents an e-mail announcing any school closures. If you have not already signed up for eNEWS, parents can send an email with the word subscribe in the subject line.
- District Website — If school is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, an announcement will be posted on the District and School homepages. Read More....Posted 11/14/14.
Emergency Release Drill
The annual "Go Home Early" drill is scheduled for Friday, November 7. On that day, all students will be dismissed 15 minutes earlier than the normal dismissal time. This is a requirement of the NYS Education Department to ensure that students and staff are prepared in case an emergency requires school grounds to be cleared and students to be transported home or to another location.
Please plan accordingly as students will then also be arriving home approximately 15 minutes earlier than normal. For more information on the drill, please contact your child's school building main office.
Note: Student-athletes who have who have school athletic events will have to leave the building at dismissal but may return as instructed by their coach. Posted 11/4/14.
PTSA Partners with Field-Goods Local Farm Fresh Food
The PTSA has partnered with Field-Goods Local Farm Fresh Food Delivery and $1 from every bag purchased will be given to the PTSA. Signing up and managing your account is very simple on their easy to navigate website. Choose what subscription of fresh fruits and vegetables you would like (small, family, etc.), and the delivery site of either Tamarac Elementary or High School. Posted 10/2814.
Grade 8 NJHS October Service Project
The Grade 8 National Junior Honor Society completes a service project each month. The October project was a costume and candy drive for the children of Hope 7 Community Center in Troy.
Students collected items for children ages four to 12 to help them to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween celebration. The project was created and organized by the Grade 8 NJHS, but they invited the entire 8th grade class to participate as a community effort.
From L-R): Co-President Ryan Hayden, Co-President Francesca DiScanio, Secretary Lily Fitzgerald, and Treasurer Nate LaPlante.
The students feel it is important to remember and reach out to those in need during all holidays and months of the year. Advisor of the National Junior Honor Society, Allison Maloy said, “The students' eagerness and enthusiasm to help those in need in thoughtful and creative ways really shows what compassionate and generous hearts they have.” Posted 10/2814.
School Supplies Survey
The PTSA is considering offering a service for all grades, where school supplies would be ordered for you based on your child's specific teacher's list. Supplies would be packaged and delivered to the school in a convenient box for pick-up.
In most cases, prices would be less than if you purchased the items individually. Please take a moment and fill out the survey so we can assess the interest in this service for next year. Posted 10/1614.
Congratulations to September Students of the Month
As part of its Character Education Program, Tamarac Middle School recognizes students in front of their peers. The character theme for September was “Self-Control.” Congratulations to all of our students!
Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School program
Current 8th and 10th grade students interested in learning more about the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School program can attend the information night at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART Facility, located in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park on Thursday, November 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Incoming juniors will learn about the two-year program where students can pursue college credit and gain real-world experience, and incoming freshmen will learn about the Early College High School model that is part of the NYS P-TECH Network which offers an opportunity to pursue an associate’s degree. Register for the event Posted 10/14/14.
Mentos and Soda Experiment
Secondary students at Tamarac were recently visited by two faculty members and students from The Sage Colleges during their science classes. Students participated in the Mentos and soda experiment. The students hypothesized which carbonated beverage ingredients would cause the greatest reaction from dropping a Mentos into the beverage.
Students had a great time participating in the experiment and got to learn about the new STEM Series at Sage (S3) program being offered at Tamarac. Learn more about the S3 program Posted 10/10/14.
September Specials Team Event
Tamarac Middle School students recently participated in the Specials Team event facilitated by Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center today. The September (self-control) character challenge is to welcome new students and staff.
Students were broken into teams and rotated through eight different stations set up in the multi-purpose gym. Each station had a card stating the challenge the team must complete and a set of props. Each team had to work together to problem solve each task. The goal of the day was not about how well the students accomplished each challenge, but rather how well they worked as a team to solve each task. See pictures from event..Posted 10/7/14.
STEM Series at Sage (S3) Program
The STEM Series at Sage (S3) program is for middle and high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students have the opportunity to participate in an after school program of hands-on activities, and explorations led by faculty and students of the Sage Colleges. The program will meet right here at Tamarac after school, with two off-site field trips planned in the spring. Interested students should contact their science teacher for more information. See Program Dates....Posted 9/30/14.
Fall Festival on Saturday October 4
The Brittonkill Educational Foundation is sponsoring a free Fall Festival on Saturday, October 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tamarac football field. There will be carnival games, bouncy bounce, face painting, chicken and pulled pork. Come have fun and support great programs for our kids! Pre-orders are being taken for Brunswick BBQ and Brew for chicken and pulled pork dinners. Lean more....Posted 9/30/14.
National Junior Honor Society Inducts 24 New Eighth Graders
Earlier this week, the National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony was held in the district auditorium. This ceremony was conducted by the school's current chapter of NJHS, which consists of 22 ninth grade students. The ceremony celebrated and inducted 24 new eighth grade members.
Students were recognized for their outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. The students look forward to a year of many exciting service projects and activities that will benefit the school and community. Eighth grade English teacher, Ms. Allison Maloy, is the advisor of both eighth and ninth grade National Junior Honor Society. Posted 9/19/14.
New immunization requirements for students entering 6th grade
There are new immunization requirements for students entering 6th grade. New York State Law Section 2164 requires certain immunizations (shots) to enter 6th grade and attend school. Please check with your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure that your child has all the needed immunizations. Immunizations required are listed below. Please contact the secondary school nurse, Debra Holbrook with any questions.
Tdap (Boostrix or Adacel) at age 11.
Varicella (chickenpox) requires a second dose.Posted 9/12/14.
2014-2015 Suggested School Supply Lists
The suggested school supply lists for the 2014-2015 school year are now available by clicking here.. Posted 7/8/14.
As part of the district’s continued efforts to address
bullying and harassment, the district has created a webpage that
provides parents with characteristics of bullying, ways to stop
it and contact information to report concerns.
Click here to
see the webpage… Posted 10/18/12.
Visit the Secondary Office/Info webpage for
information about arrival and dismissal procedures, reporting a
child's expected absence, dress code, and more.