Principal Clain Participates in Press Conference with Students

Photos courtesy of Emily Dombroff: Principal Clain takes questions. 

Students at Mamaroneck feel disconnected from the school’s administration and would welcome greater connection and communication. Mr. Madin’s first semester Journalism students had an opportunity to bridge that gap by conducting a “press conference” with Principal Clain. Continue reading “Principal Clain Participates in Press Conference with Students”

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Lincoln Trials “Push” AP U.S. History Students

Last month, students in Mr. Goldberg’s and Mrs. Scudder’s AP US History classes took part in an annual tradition: The Lincoln trials. The trials are an extensive project in which students prepare for and carry out a mock impeachment trial of Abraham Lincoln. Continue reading “Lincoln Trials “Push” AP U.S. History Students”

Extra Credit: Taken Too Far?

At the end of each quarter, every teacher has students coming to them asking that one fateful question, “Is there anything that I can do for extra credit?”. Extra credit has been a part of Mamaroneck High School and schools across the nation in order to provide struggling students with an attempt to boost their grade. Usually, this entails some auxiliary work whether it be test corrections or a separate assignment. While students have harmless intentions when it comes to request, the question of extra credit has become increasingly more complicated over the past few years. Teachers are trying to offer extra credit in creative ways in order to motivate students to become engrossed in the topic that they are teaching. While extra credit has its place in the high school, it must be limited to one or two points in order to prevent rampant grade inflation and make sure that students still feel pressure to study. Continue reading “Extra Credit: Taken Too Far?”

Technology: Does It Help or Hinder?

In recent months, multiple scientific studies have been published suggesting the detrimental effects of technology in the classroom. Most notably, The New York Times published an article discussing the banning of laptops in college classrooms. Meanwhile, Mamaroneck High School and many other schools like it have been encouraging the use of devices in all classes. In the wake of these publications, it is vital to evaluate the successes and failures of MHS’s technology initiative.

In the article published by The New York Times, “Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting,” professor Susan Dynarski explains her choice to ban electronics in her classes. “The best evidence available now suggests that students should avoid laptops and just pick up their pens,” she writes. But in the past few years, the Mamaroneck School District has largely integrated technology into learning. MHS is in the process of transitioning from an iPad initiative to a bring-your-own-device program, but in some form or another, electronics have changed the way teachers are teaching and students are learning. Continue reading “Technology: Does It Help or Hinder?”

Why De-Extinction Should Be Made a Reality

It’s 2018, and people have a lot to look forward to. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, movies such as “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” are set to hit the theaters, and the company Moon Express plans to send everyday people to the moon! However, the year isn’t looking so great for those not belonging to the human race. Last year, scientists reported that three species of lizards, an Australian bat, and the fishing cat went extinct, with even more species missing from that list. In addition, many other species, such as pandas, tigers, elephants, and gorillas are endangered.  Humans are the main cause of those already extinct and the species on the path towards extinction.Scientists have discovered a way to reverse this trend, but it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie: de-extinction, the process of resurrecting extinct species. Continue reading “Why De-Extinction Should Be Made a Reality”

MLK Day: A Reflection

The annual MLK show has presented itself once again, with some truly astounding acts. There were beautiful, meaningful acts that truly adhered to theme: stop the hate. Among these were the powerful dance Leah Richard, ‘19, did to “Rise Up” by Andrea Day, the song sung by Eliana Kraut, ‘20, “I Believe” about a world in which we could all truly be equal, and, of course, the annual “I Have A Dream” speech video. However, is this enough to commemorate a remarkably important leader such as Martin Luther King Jr.? MLK did so much for our country. He was one of many leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, but arguably the most well known, especially since he used peaceful protests to achieve his goals. It may appeal to our yearly presentation to acknowledge more of his achievements and educate its audience more what he actually accomplished. Continue reading “MLK Day: A Reflection”

Ex-Felons Deserve the Right to Vote

Eli Canter/The Globe: Felons released from prison are denied voting rights in three states. 

As a country that prides itself on its democracy, the USA should not be one of the four countries that take away a person’s right to vote after they complete their sentence for a felony conviction. In the United States, forty-eight states take part in some form of criminal disenfranchisement. In ten of those states, convicts lose their right to vote after their sentences are completed, but are able to apply to regain their voting rights. However, in Kentucky, Florida, and Iowa, once you get convicted of a felony, you can never vote again. Convicts should be allowed to vote once they have completed their jail time, because they are no longer are in debt to society for their crimes and have served their punishments. It unjust to take away a person’s right to vote after their sentence is completed because it breeds racial injustice, and leaves many people without a voice, which contradicts and violates our democracy. Continue reading “Ex-Felons Deserve the Right to Vote”

Students Attend Annual MLK Assembly

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has left a lasting impact on our society, and every year Mamaroneck High School celebrates him with an assembly. This year the theme was “Stand Up, Speak Up, Stop the Hate.” The audience watched many MHS groups perform different art forms, all in some way relating back to the theme. Many mediums of art were represented, from rock groups to tap dancing. In addition the Multicultural Club did several performances throughout the assembly, while also running and organizing the entire show. Continue reading “Students Attend Annual MLK Assembly”

Two Students Win Prestigious OSR Award

Rebecca Marcus ’18 and Marina Tosi ‘18 have joined the short list of Mamaroneck High School students who have been honored as Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars (formerly known as semifinalists). The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest science and math research competition for high school students. It is incredibly prestigious. With over 1800 annual applicants, there is an extensive application process, including recommendations from OSR teacher, Mr. Garbarino, letters from mentors, standardized test scores, essays about their research, plans after college and more. Marcus and Tosi are two of the three hundred students across the country who have been named as Scholars, and they receive a 2,000 dollar award, along with an additional 2,000 dollars going to their high schools. Continue reading “Two Students Win Prestigious OSR Award”

Varsity Boys Basketball Rounds Off Best Season Since 1974

Photo courtesy of LoHud: Ethan Renner ‘19 is a co-captain of the Varsity Basketball Team. 

With a record of 15-4, the Mamaroneck Varsity Basketball team has had one of their best seasons ever this winter. Taking down teams like White Plains, Scarsdale, and New Rochelle, the Tigers are expected to make a run in the postseason. Because of their high seed, they may even have the potential to make it to the County Center (the host of the semifinals) en route to winning the section.

Coming off a 9-12 season last year, the Tigers lost Guard Will Tuck ‘17 and Forward Christian Pincon ‘17, two key players. Fortunately, seniors Jared Bader and Isiah Thomas along with junior Will Sarkozi have stepped up to fill the gap left by the graduating class. With the best regular season record since 1974, the excitement about this team is palpable. Captain Ethan Renner ‘19 says “We feel like we have a legitimate shot to make the Section Finals and win a gold ball in the championship game.” Under the leadership of Coach Carver, who has coached the Tigers basketball team for 13 years, and Captains James Manetta and Ethan Renner, the Tigers have a great combination of experience and potential. The hopes for the Tigers are high, and with the postseason beginning soon, Varsity Basketball is a team to keep an eye on.

By Matthew Albert

NYT Columnist Charles Blow Speaks at Hommocks

At a packed auditorium at Hommocks Middle School, in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Larchmont Mamaroneck Humane Society hosted New York Times columnist, Charles Blow. In an impassioned address, Blow spoke about the life and words of Martin Luther King Jr. and reflected on ongoing racism in America.

Blow’s view is that while many think MLK’s greatest speech was his “I Have a Dream” speech – which was full of optimism, religion, and patriotism –his later speeches, in which he offered a less hopeful version of America were more consequential. Mr. Blow discussed MLK’s later speech at Stanford, where he talked about the “other” America, and the rigidity of American racism and economic inequality being tied to racism. Blow acknowledged that addressing and overcoming the systemic racism spoken about by MLK is not an easy task. Continue reading “NYT Columnist Charles Blow Speaks at Hommocks”

Soundscapes 2018 Moves Audience

Kerr Rudge 19 and Alenna Madalone 18 performed “When I feel,” written by Rudge. 

Soundscapes is a musical performance presented by PACE, the performing arts program at Mamaroneck High School. This year, it featured a wide variety of song genres including rap, opera, and pop. The shows, each about an hour and a half, were performed on Wednesday, January 24 through Saturday, January 27. There were two shows, an “A” show and a “B” show, each featuring different performers. The songs were well sung and complemented nicely by the live accompaniment, which ranged from string quartets to guitar and saxophone. Continue reading “Soundscapes 2018 Moves Audience”

Six Movies to Watch Out For in 2018

“Incredibles 2”

Taking place right where the first movie left off, the sequel to the 2004 hit “Incredibles” follows the life of the Parr family. While Elastigirl is off fighting crime, her husband Mr. Incredible is staying home to watch their kids Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. With the help of Frozone, the Incredibles family must battle a new evil villain. Set to come out on June 15th, the movie is complete with an A-list cast of voices, including Brad Bird, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Craig T. Nelson. This newest addition to the series is sure to be just as exciting as the first. Continue reading “Six Movies to Watch Out For in 2018”

Hollywood Sends a Message at the 2018 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes, which aired on Sunday, January 7th, made headlines for being “more than just an awards show,” according to Glamour Magazine. While the ceremony itself was interesting as always, a movement began at the Golden Globes this year which made history. By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard of the “Time’s Up” movement, which strives to eliminate the sexual harassment and unequal treatment of women in their workplace. In support of this call to action, a huge number of the actresses attending the event wore black. Keeping in line with the theme of the event, women like Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, and Oprah centered their speeches around the topic of women’s rights. Oprah, in her legendary acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, beautifully said, “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.” Continue reading “Hollywood Sends a Message at the 2018 Golden Globes”

10538 Bikes to Serve Larchmont Community

10538 Bikes, a new bike shop, will open up in Larchmont within the next few months. The shop will offer rentals, lessons, pick up and delivery on new bikes, and an assortment of accessories. Joelle Litzky, the previous owner of Larchmont Bikes, is opening a new storefront. The location has not been confirmed, but progress on this exciting addition to the community is underway. Continue reading “10538 Bikes to Serve Larchmont Community”

Travel: More Than a Luxury?

People today are often overwhelmed with stress and concerns of everyday life that they fail to take time to breathe and let ourselves relax. A result of this behavior is extreme exhaustion, which can only be combated by taking a break. As humans, we are attracted to the idea of travel, which allows us to “get away” or “escape” the complexities of modern life. Fortunately, it turns out that research on travel corroborates what many of us already believe: travel has a profoundly positive effect on physical and mental health. Continue reading “Travel: More Than a Luxury?”

MHS Club Feature: Midnight Run

On December 15th, the MHS Midnight Run Club went on its annual winter run into the city. Departing MHS at 9 pm with six cars filled of clothing, bagged meals, toiletries, and other supplies, 22 club members spent the night handing out these items to the homeless in NYC. Stopping at predetermined locations, the cars were met by people with needs ranging from long-term winter supplies, to the most basic necessities, or even simply a secure next meal. The cars carried clothing and food donated from multiple sources throughout town.

In addition to providing many things these people need to survive, they also interacted with the homeless and engaged in conversation. These interactions are often the most valuable part of the experience, as they offer unique and valuable insight to the everyday lives of these people. Many of the men and women light up when they talk to those handing out the supplies. “We get the chance to speak to them personally and hear their stories, which is what I love most about being a member of this club,” says Liliana Fernandez ‘17, who is a co-president of the Midnight Run club. “One thing that I have realized from being a part of this for three years now is how grateful and fortunate I am to have what I have in my life.” For many, gaining insight into what it is like to live on the streets can be emotional, but it can also provide a more realistic view of poverty and homelessness than popular belief offers. However, interactions are often cut short, as people engage in conversations and then go on their way. Continue reading “MHS Club Feature: Midnight Run”

MHS Club Feature: PAWS

When Sam Lurie joined the MHS club PAWS as a freshman, she loved what it stood for but noticed that the club did not actually meet that often. As her time at the high school continued, she observed that the club was meeting less and less. Saddened by the fact that her favorite club was devolving, she decided to revamp PAWS once she became president herself. As the acronym P.A.W.S. states, the goal of the club is to protect animal welfare and safety in any way possible, whether it be through direct volunteering or helping out with donation efforts at the high school. No matter how big or how small, any contribution makes a difference. The club is ever-growing, with reportedly more than 100 members signing up to join this year at the Club Fair. Continue reading “MHS Club Feature: PAWS”