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.
Tamiscal's 2014-15 AP Composition class attended a City Arts and Lectures series event where prominent US Supreme Court journalist Jeffrey Toobin answered political questions from Adam Savage, star of the TV show Mythbusters. The group of 13 students, teacher Patchen Homitz, and TUHSD board trustee Chuck Ford, trekked over to the Nourse Theater in San Francisco on October 23rd to hear Toobin describe the inner workings of the Supreme Court and his recent article about President Obama's legacy. Every Tamiscal senior will read Toobin's 2013 Supreme Court book The Oath in the spring semester, which will aid them as they prepare for their own mock supreme court performance in early June. Front row, left to right: Sabrina Tuton-Filson, Miyako Emery, Maddy Toy Back row, left to right: Elena Sayers, Sabrina Nargiz, Lucas Scheuenstuhl, Patchen Homitz (standing), Morgan Pinney, Ruby Pinyuh-Derovan, Tianna Lui, Paris Thomson. Not pictured but attending (Paige Cline, Izzy Faulkner, Madi Karcs)