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Tamarac Secondary School Grades 6 - 8

School District Calendar

 

Click here to see and print the entire 2014 - 15 school year calendar. Posted 7/25/14.

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.

Tamarac 7th Grade Students Learn Empathy Through Shoe Project

 

Since the beginning of the year, the seventh graders have collected 160 pairs of used shoes to donate to Hope 7 in Troy. Hope 7 earns money to keep its doors open, and programs running, from a company that buys the gently used shoes. This company then refurbishes the shoes and distributes them to needy children in our country and abroad.

The "Shoe Project" began a few years ago as a way to bring the theme of "empathy" to the Character Education Program in 7th grade.  The kids were asked to write an essay about themselves that showed, "a mile that they had walked" as a young person: either describing an obstacle that they overcame, or an accomplishment they achieved, that not a lot of people knew about.  To represent these "miles," each student was asked to bring in a pair of old shoes.

Faculty and staff donated as well, but the majority of the shoes collected came from 44 students in 7th grade. Many of the students donated their own shoes and brought multiple pairs.
Students who donated shoes to the project were: Zach Anders, Sofia Baldwin, Isabella Bisceglia, Tyler Bogan, Korey Brock, Zach Buckley, Gabriella Castiglione, K.C. Champagne, Anthony Ciampolillo, Jared DelSignore, Ryan Derby, Ashley Ellis, Kara Film, Lily Fitzgerald, Kylie Galipeau, Gabby Ghikas, Jacob Goodermote, James Heatley, Hannah Hepp, Haley Honsinger, Jared Houser, Zach Hudson, Sara Kuiken, Lizzy Machnick, Mary Marro, Ashley Mayfield, Brian Moulton, Bridget Mulligan, Michaela Murray, Renna Poulin, Mikayla Quillinan, Isabella Realbuto, Alyssa Remington, Isabelle Schroeder, Ian Scott, Zoe Scott, Kelsey Sloan, Tom Thompson, Haydn Wagner, Luke Wagner, Ryan Waldinger, Amanda Witbeck, Hunter Yearsley and Frank Zotto,

Social Studies teacher Kevin Onorato said, “We will be doing this shoe project next year in 7th grade, and every year after, asking other grades, faculty, staff, and community members for donations.  Hopefully, this project can give the kids a better perspective of themselves, and their classmates, appreciating the backgrounds of everyone, helping them think twice before they speak or act out against each other.  Maybe even help us teachers remember that each kid comes from different situations too!” Click here to read more about the shoe project. Posted 6/16/14.

Center for Environment Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 National Environmental Summit This Summer

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College is now accepting applications for its fourth annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students, scheduled for July 8-12, at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. The summit, “Redesigning Our Future,” is open to students from across the country who will be 14-17 years old by the time of the 2014 summit. Click here for more information. Posted 6/2/14.

Career Expo 2014- Wednesday, May 7 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.Career Expo 2014 graphic

For students in grades 8-10: If you are interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, visit Career Expo 2014, on Wednesday, May 7th, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy. This is a free event for students, parents, and educators, with exhibitors from a variety of careers including health care, engineering, video game design, green technologies, veterinarian, biochemistry, construction and mechanical technology. Click here to learn more about Career Expo 2014! Posted 4/2/14.

Eighth Grade English Students Create a Literary Journal

Allison Maloy’s 8th grade English students created a literary journal called The Paw Print. Each month's issue will feature stories, essays, narratives, poems, artwork and more by the students. The October issue was called "The Halloween Edition." Click here to see the October issue! Posted 11/15/13.

Students Dedicate Courtyard as Veterans' Gardenstudents dedicate courtyard as a veterans' garden

The seventh grade students dedicated the middle school courtyard as a Veterans' Honor Garden. Senior citizens attended the dedication after they attended the Senior Citizens Concert. Lily Fitzgerald performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" on the harp, students spoke about their relatives who are veterans and offered patriotic magnets and bookmarks to the crowd. Posted 11/12/13.

Sixth Grade Students Participate in Halloween Science Lab

Judy Barton’s sixth grade students participated in a Halloween science lab called "The Chemistry of a Haunted House.” The students participated in seven different stations and explored many different scientific concepts in a "haunted" setting. Assistant Principal Chris Rockwell enjoyed seeing the students experiment at the different stations. “It was great to see kids having fun with science,” said Rockwell. Click here to see photos... Posted 11/8/13.

Students Inducted Into National Junior Honor Society

Tamarac’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inducted 33 new members into the organization at their induction ceremony held last week. Twenty-seven eighth grade students and six ninth grade students were inducted into the organization for exemplifying the following principles of the NJHS: scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. Click here to read more and view a photo slideshow. Posted 10/15/13.

One-Page 2013-14 Calendar of Dates Available

The one-page 2013-14 calendar, which lists holidays, school recesses and other major dates, is available by clicking here... Posted 6/26/13.

Dignity for All Students ActDignity for All Students Webpage Helps With Efforts to Stop Bullying

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.

Have a Question About Student Arrival/Dismissal or Reporting an Absence?

Visit the Secondary Office/Info webpage for information about arrival and dismissal procedures, reporting a child's expected absence, dress code, and more.

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