Tamarac Secondary School Grades 6 - 8
Russian students in grades 8-11 participated in the Olympiada of Spoken Russian in April. They competed against students from all over New York. Students earned 11 bronze medals, 8 silver medals and August Keefer, won a gold medal. The competition gives students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of Russian history and culture while having conversations with native Russian speakers about topics concerning themselves, their families and their communities. Congratulations! Posted 5/21/15.
Congratulations to April Students of the Month
Congratulations to Jenna Coughlin, Ryan Derby, Jackson Domurad, Marisa Hudson, Kendall Lapham, Jonathan Mays, Jonah Rescott, Caiden Roadcap, Shannon Walsh and Samantha West who were recognized as students of the month for April. 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 April was “Respect.” Posted 5/13/15.
Eighth Graders Learn About Preserving the American Eel
Eighth grade students recently had the opportunity to learn about the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary program's American Eel Project. Environmental educators and researchers, Katie Friedman and Kacie Giuliano, came to Ms. Tennyson's classroom to talk about efforts to preserve the American Eel. Students learned about the eel's complex life cycle, mapped the long journey eels take from the Sargasso Sea to the Hudson River and had the opportunity to see and touch American Eels in two different life stages. Friedman and Giuliano talked about their Citizen Science project occurring throughout the Hudson River Estuary where community members are calculating the American Eel population. See more photos Posted 5/12/15.
Students Nominated for Physical Education Leadership Award
The Tamarac Physical Education Department recently nominated a number of students from both the Elementary, and Middle School, to receive the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Award. The award is given in recognition of students that demonstrate the following qualities:
1. Responsible personal and social behavior, sportsmanship and citizenship.
2. Desire to learn and improve.
3. Exhibits a physically active lifestyle.
4. Demonstration of leadership and positive influence upon peers.
This year's recipients from Tamarac are as follows:
8th Grade Students: Ryan Derby, Nate LaPlante, Anthony Styles, Brionna Daniels, Isabella Bisceglia and Haley Honsinger.
5th Grade Students: Tony Derival, Zach Rice, Rocco DiCarlo, Abigal Becker, Abigal Buckley and Jenna Hunt.
The students will receive their awards on Monday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the McDonough Sports Complex on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College. Congratulations to our students! Posted 5/01/15.
Third Quarter Honor Rolls Announced for Middle School
Tamarac Middle School has announced the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the third 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 rolls.. Posted 4/29/15.
School Calendar Change - Friday, March 27 is full day of Instruction
The Board of Education approved a revision to this year's calendar changing March 27 from a Professional Development Day to a full day of instruction for students. Please see the revised calendar. Posted 3/24/15.
Parent University on Concussions - Tuesday, March 24
The Parent University on Concussions is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. in the Secondary School library. Topics covered will be causes, signs and symptoms, common myths, safe practices, return to play for sport and returning to school. All are welcome to attend and we encourage all parents of student athletes to attend.Posted 3/24/15.
Tamarac Middle School presents "Law and Oder: C-rhyme and Pun-ishment"
Tamarac Middle School presents “Law and Order: C-rhyme and Pun-ishment,” a musical comedy set in nursery rhyme land. Performances will take place on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday March 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person and available the night of the show at the door. Posted 3/24/15
Congratulations to February Students of the Month
Congratulations to Michael Chamberlain, Elijah Daniels, Giuliana DiCarlo, Lindsey Elwell, Riley Hayner, Katherine Kazunas, Zachary Krill, Sara Kuiken, Renna Poulin, Atticus Jacobson-Schulte, Melissa Washock and Frank Zotto who were recognized as students of the month for February. 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 February was “Responsibility.” Posted 3/24/15
The Power of Song
This week students in Mrs. McManus’s science classes participated in the Power of Song program with folk singers from Clearwater.
The Power of Song is an interactive learning experience that exposes students to socially conscious music and empowers them to be active on issues that concern them.
“Music is a great way to empower and engage students in learning,” said Mrs. McManus. “Students developed and performed a song of the topic of Invasive Species.”
Thank you to Linda Richards and her son Wyatt of Clearwater for facilitating the program. See photos from program Posted 3/24/15
March: (Perseverance) Music in our Schools Month
Tamarac 6th grade music students recently worked with Mr. Zorkie Nelson in a two-day African drumming workshop. Mr. Nelson shared about what life and music is like in Africa. He performed music and drums for the students as well as involved them in the drumming. During 9th period, the middle school gathered in an assembly for an interactive performance and presentation on African instruments and music. Posted 3/10/15.
Parent University on Concussions Rescheduled to March 24
The Parent University on Concussions scheduled for tomorrow has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. in the Secondary School library. Topics covered will be causes, signs and symptoms, common myths, safe practices, return to play for sport and returning to school. All are welcome to attend and we encourage all parents of student athletes to attend. Posted 3/9/15.
Tamarac Science Expo
The Tamarac Science Expo will be held in the High School gym on Thursday, March 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Secondary school teaching staff and their students will be presenting interactive displays illustrating selected topics they explore in their classes.
Science teacher, Andrew Welkey said, “Many students are volunteering to be a part of the demonstrations, and a few are preparing science demonstrations that they are working on outside of the normal material that their classes cover.” See the expo flyer Posted 3/10/15.
Odyssey of the Mind Competition
Tamarac was well represented at the Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition on March 7 at Algonquin Middle School. At the competition, the five Tamarac teams presented creative solutions to problems they have been solving throughout this school year. This year's problems included putting a video game spin on "Pandora's Box" performing a team-created "Silent Movie" and inventing devices that are powered entirely by rubber bands. Every Tamarac team that competed placed in the top 3 of their problem/division. The team from Tamarac High School placed first in their problem and will be advancing to the New York State tournament in Binghamton on April 11. Posted 3/9/15.
3rd Annual Girls in STEM
Come experience the FUN with STEM at the 3rd Annual Girls in STEM Event sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College and NYSERDA. This FREE event is for girls in grades 4-8 and will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART located in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®). Registration details are on the attached flyer. Posted 3/10/15.
Second Quarter Honor Rolls Announced for Middle School
Tamarac Middle School has announced the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the second 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 rolls.. Posted 2/10/15.
Students Perform Character Education Skits
As part of a character education activity, Tamarac eighth grade students spent time yesterday developing skits around the month’s theme of trustworthiness and then performed them for the entire middle school in the auditorium today.
Students worked with Heather Jakeman and Michael Burns from the improve theatre group Mop & Bucket Company. During the class, students engaged in activities and performed skits creating an environment where those around them could feel comfortable to take a risk, working cooperatively to give and receive “gifts” from each other instead of taking an opportunity to put someone down.
“It was wonderful to see the students embrace the risk of failure and embarrassment in order to try something new and interact with their peers in a way that made each individual feel included and comfortable,” said Ms. Maloy. See more photos from skits Posted1/23/15.
Congratulations to December students of the month
Congratulations to Dylan Briccetti, Alexis Bruno, Gabriella Cellucci, Brionna Daniels, Jared Houser, Trevor LeVan, Tyler Nemjo, Ben Pusatere, Giovanna Sestito, Jordyn Sorel, Katelyn Stancliffe, and Jacob Swanson who were recognized as students of the month for December. 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 December was “Kindness.”1/16/15.
Calling all student inventors
The Capital District Invention Convention is an annual regional and statewide invention competition for students from grades k-8. Students are invited to submit an original idea for an invention that solves a problem. The top 100 entries are then invited to create a model of their concept. The deadline for returning the invention disclosure form is February 9. Learn more about the program and submission directions Posted 1/16/15.
PTSA - spring Krause's chocolate fundraiser
The elementary school and 7th grade will be participating in the PTSA spring Krause’s Chocolate fundraiser. The school will earn 50% of all sales.
In the elementary school, each grade’s proceeds will go into their Nature’s classroom account. The 7th grade proceeds will go toward the courtyard. Order forms will be arriving home this week, and all orders and payment are due February 9. Checks should be made payable to Brittonkill PTSA. The orders will be available for pick up in the elementary school cafeteria before Easter. If you have any additional questions, please contact Leslie Hepp. Thank you for your support! Posted 1/6/15.
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.