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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.