Last night was another successful trip to the Nourse Theater for a City Arts and Lectures event in San Francisco. Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness, and Command and Control, spoke about nuclear weapons, fast food, prisons, Wall Street, and much more. The author covered topics directly related to what we have studied in Economics, Government, and AP Composition. AP students read Fast Food Nation over the winter break and we discussed nuclear arms and warfare these past two weeks in class. At the end of the official interview, the audience was invited to ask questions and our own Sabrina Nargiz was chosen to ask her question. Thank you to the Tamiscal parents and administration for funding and supporting learning experiences outside of the classroom. Thank you to Nikole and Chuck for chaperoning.
On Friday, January 9th, the entire Tamiscal student body and staff took two chartered buses to the Fort Miley Ropes Course in San Francisco, a program that facilitates experiential outdoor activities for small and large groups, ranging from urban middle school children to college students and corporate employees. Tamiscal's Team Program students led a series of hands-on activities that foster trust, confidence, teamwork, leadership, and group problem solving. Students and staff pushed their comfort zones all day by working and laughing together in group activities and by navigating the course's set of challenges built with cables high in the trees. Since this event many students claim that they know their fellow classmates beyond the passing hello on campus. Staff members were impressed at how their students made a genuine effort to be enthusiastic and participate. Students were shocked and impressed that their deskbound teachers seized this opportunity to have fun and get engaged. A sincere thanks goes out to the Tamiscal Parent Fund, the Pacific Leardership Institute leaders, Sue, Renee, Corbett, Lisa, Nikole, parent chaperons, and the Team Program students for making this event a huge success.
Each Year the Heart of Marin Award recognizes outstanding volunteers and non-profit organizations serving our community and awards them grants. Tamiscal High School senior Tianna Lui was nominated for this individual honor; in addition the non-profit agency she works with, Center for Domestic Peace, won the award for this category. Congratulations Tianna! From left to right; Jackie Davis, Tianna Lui, Toni Leto, Sabrina Boyce.