Dear Secondary School Families:
Happy Friday! Happy Good Friday and happy Passover to those in our community who celebrate. We have arrived at the spring recess (woohoo!). Hopefully you had a good April Fools Day - I know the students and staff here had a little good spirited fun! What I am about to say might sound like a joke, but I promise it is not. Our newly published cohort calendar will require a light tune up for the month of June. We recently received some update guidance from NYSED that will impact our Regents week schedule. The four exams and the dates remain unchanged (see below in this letter for the exact dates and time). Wednesday June 16 and Monday June 21 are changing to a half day of virtual instructional for grades 9-12 (previously they were days off for Regents week). Middle school (6-8) students will be in-person (half day) for final exams on June 16 and June 21. In addition, Friday, June 18 will be a half day of virtual instruction for all 6-12 students. The cohort calendar incorrectly stated “No School” on this date.. This was published in error - schools generally do not observe holidays that fall on a Saturday (Saturday 6/19 is Emancipation Day). Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through some of the calendar bumps. Stay tuned in the event there are any more updates.
Here is the updated cohort calendar for your reference:
National Honor Society: It’s very rare (actually it’s unheard of) that we get the opportunity to induct two completely different groups of students into the National Honor Society in the same school year (a pandemic can force you to change plans... a little)! Spring is traditionally the time that we complete nominations each year. Congratulations to the twenty newly inducted NHS students below (not pictured: Kendra Fox-Shaddock and Eloise Ring). For induction, students must maintain a 90% or above cumulative average and be exemplary models of the four pillars of the National Honor Society; Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. We are very proud of the character and hard work demonstrated by this group of twenty rising seniors!
Alumni Panel: On Wednesday our Blue Cohort participated in an alumni panel presentation in the high school auditorium. Seven alumni representing a range of classes with diverse college and career experiences joined us for a virtual conversation about life after Tamarac. The presentation lasted for just over an hour. During this time the panelists were able to answer student generated questions and provide very helpful advice to our juniors and seniors. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible including our Principal’s Advisory Committee, high school counselors, and the seven panelists listed below:
Antonia Bevington, Class of 1995
Michelle Hutter. Class of 2000
Lindsay King, Class of 2010
Serena Lumanian, Class of 2018
Riley Pfeiffer, Class of 2020
Olivia Plunkett, Class of 2008
Cody Sargood, Class of 2010
Yearbooks: Last Call! The staff is working hard to make The 2021 Tamarac High School yearbook as unique as this school year. For the first time the yearbook will cover the full school year! Order your copy for $63 (plus tax). The deadline for ordering is April 16.
Free Tutoring: A reminder that RPI students are offering free “virtual” tutoring every Saturday until May 1 for all Brunswick students.. This is a tremendous opportunity to consider if your child is behind and needs additional support.
Health/Wellness: **IMPORTANT** Please be sure to complete the daily screening survey before sending your child to school each morning. Your child should be kept home if they are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID. If your child’s symptoms are improving AND they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine, they may return to school with a note from their doctor with an alternate diagnosis clearing them to return to school OR a copy of their negative COVID test result. We appreciate your help in keeping our school safe for everyone!
Spring recess (No School): 4/5 - 4/9
Monday 4/12 = BLUE Day Tuesday 4/13 = RED Day Wednesday 4/14 = WHITE Day
Thursday 4/15 BLUE Day Friday 4/16 RED Day
Be safe and have a great break! #TamaracStrong
Principal, Tamarac Secondary School