Civil Liberties Organization Accuses MUFSD of ‘Unlawful’ Denial of Admission; Allegations are Unsound, District Says

By Andrew Ballard

The Mamaroneck Union Free School District has fallen under scrutiny in recent months after the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed an appeal to the New York State Commissioner of Education on May 3, claiming that the District had “unlawfully” denied a 16 year-old Larchmont resident’s request to enroll at Mamaroneck High School and requesting that the Commissioner grant him enrollment.

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Findings Reflect Lack of Clarity on Block Days’ Purposes

When the concept of the block day was introduced to the Mamaroneck High School community two years ago, it represented a significant departure from the traditional schedule and was hailed as a transformational conduit of deeper enrichment in the classroom.

Yet the results of the administration’s fall surveys of both students and faculty about X/Y days amount to a collective “meh.” Continue reading “Findings Reflect Lack of Clarity on Block Days’ Purposes”

Survey Reveals Fall in Block Day Engagement

Students’ engagement during block day periods has undergone a net decrease since the administration introduced block days at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, according to a recent student survey run by the school administration in comparison to a Globe poll of 393 students published in October 2014. Continue reading “Survey Reveals Fall in Block Day Engagement”

Rodriguez of Washington Heights School Appointed as New Mamaroneck Assistant Principal

Following the promotion of Michael-Joseph Mercanti-Anthony to Interim Assistant Director of Special Education for the District, the search was on for a new Assistant Principal for Mamaroneck High School. Continue reading “Rodriguez of Washington Heights School Appointed as New Mamaroneck Assistant Principal”

OSR’s Mann ’17 Advances to Intel ISEF Finals

Photo courtesy of Mamaroneck Schools: Ali Mann ’17 pictured with a poster displaying her research. Mann recently advanced to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

For the second time in the history of Mamaroneck High School, a junior has been selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Ali Mann ’17 was selected at the Westchester Science Fair to go to Phoenix, Ariz. from May 8 to 13 to compete with 1,700 other high schoolers from 75 different countries. In this competition, students showcase their research projects and compete for awards that add up to a total of $4 million. Continue reading “OSR’s Mann ’17 Advances to Intel ISEF Finals”

College Apparel Day Exposes Larger Issue

Event raises questions about more than just on which day it should fall

Artwork by Hannah Lachow: “Showing off our future college may be exciting, but what does it say about the commercial nature of the college process and our emphasis on rankings?”

Toward the end of April, the “MHS Class of 2016” Facebook group was set ablaze by a contentious debate regarding the timing of this year’s College Apparel Day. The “holiday” is a tradition on both the local and national level, as students across the country participate in the event every year. Continue reading “College Apparel Day Exposes Larger Issue”

Effectively Utilizing Post-AP Class Time

An assessment of what MHS seniors should be doing post AP

Artwork by Steven Rome: “One remedy for post-AP senioritis may be senior internships. However, students should have other choices to conclude their high school careers, and schould not be required to participate in the internship program.”

We have finally reached that time of year — the time where gym is outside, flip-flops get caught in the overpass, and the chances of getting a spot in senior lot are the highest they will ever be. It is also the time of year when upperclassmen begin to beg the question “so what will we do after the A.P.?” This question—-which may drive AP teachers mad— addresses an important issue: what should our post A.P. seniors, and seniors in general, be doing for their final month of high school? Continue reading “Effectively Utilizing Post-AP Class Time”

The Red Tape Epidemic

Are bureaucracy and funding hurdles stopping real medical progess?

“We’re in a posture of knowing that time is precious and collaboration is essential,” CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D, told Reuters in early March.

What we are seeing right now is unprecedented. The threat of Zika virus remains large, yet underestimated. As the warm Gulf air creeps its way north as the Eastern seaboard heads into its summer, with it will come Zika-bearing mosquitos, making their way closer and closer to our homes. Continue reading “The Red Tape Epidemic”

The Death of True Weird

The state of freaks, oddities and wackos in today’s pop culture

David Bowie often sang of visiting worlds outside of earth. He sang of being stuck in space, of pondering the possibility of life on other planets, of playing alongside his buddies: the spiders from Mars. And it made sense too; it was kind of like he was from another world. He was androgynous and bisexual and dressed like a there was no established notion of costume. He changed personas seemingly every five years: a schizophrenic bohemian, a fictional pop fantasy, an upscale fascist, a depressed wanderer, an angry hard-rocker, an elder statesmen. All the while as flamboyant and unpredictable as ever. He was weird. Continue reading “The Death of True Weird”

The Whole-Government Approach

A little over a week ago, the Supreme Court upheld an appellate court decision allowing the government to seize two billion dollars of Iranian assets on behalf of the families of the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing . More than rendering a just decision, however, the court modeled how the United States ought to engage with the Islamic Republic. Continue reading “The Whole-Government Approach”

A Minimum Standard

On March 26, California became the first state in the Union to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, with our own governor, Andrew Cuomo, pining to follow in its footsteps. And it’s about time. Faced with both Democratic presidential candidates promising to raise the minimum wage upon their election, opponents of a higher minimum wage have started to throw everything they have on to the national stage. Any opposition to a higher minimum wage, however, is ignoring both historical precedent and the plight of current low-income workers. Continue reading “A Minimum Standard”

Is Junior Prom Really Necessary?

Photo by Hannah Kahn

Junior Prom season has come to a close—the boys have returned their tuxes and the girls have finally hung up their dresses, never to be worn again. But after all the drama and craziness leading up to this big “Bar Mitzvah,” we are left with one question: what’s the point? Continue reading “Is Junior Prom Really Necessary?”

It’s Time to Drop the SAT

Artwork by Eli Canter

This spring, the College Board made some major changes to the loathed standardized test, the SAT. According to USA Today, these modifications include returning the highest score to 1,600, no penalty for incorrect answers, more time for each section, and an optional essay. Although the new test format may bring a sensation of relief to many high schoolers, SATs remain an unnecessary and expensive strain, have a racial bias, and are not a perfect prediction of college or life success. Continue reading “It’s Time to Drop the SAT”

A New Kind of Barbie Girl

Being born in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s in New York, most Mamaroneck High School students have grown up in a similar environment—one filled with hours and hours watching Nickelodeon and trading Silly Bandz on the playground. Personally, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to spend my childhood living all over the world. In the first eight years of my life, I’ve lived on four different continents. Despite the fact that I spent my childhood years in so many different environments, there was one recurring theme that still persists today: the obsession with Barbie dolls. Continue reading “A New Kind of Barbie Girl”

Beware the College Group Chat

By this time of year, seniors like me are caught in a state of utter confusion. None of us know if our grades matter, if we should care about APs or whether we want to hug or kill every last one of our peers. Most of us know what we are doing next year and have started trying to mentally prepare for it, but we do still have a few months left here and don’t know how to make the best of it. We are caught between a multitude of opposites : feeling ready to start fresh but intensely nostalgic about our first days at Mamaroneck, feeling like there’s no use in being here but like there isn’t half enough time to check off all the things we want to do before we leave. Continue reading “Beware the College Group Chat”

Computer Science Teams Champion Westchester County Mobile App Contest

While most Mamaroneck High School students spent the afternoon of April 15 checking Instagram and sniping Snapchats, an impressive bunch of A.P. Computer Science students were out developing and presenting their own apps at the Westchester County Mobile App Contest. Continue reading “Computer Science Teams Champion Westchester County Mobile App Contest”

Ohio Governor John Kasich Stumps at Iona College

Ohio Governor John Kasich brought his message of moderate conservatism to Westchester when he held a Town Hall at Iona College on April 9. At the town hall, he told supporters that he is pinning his hopes on the July convention in order to become the Republican presidential nominee. More than 700 people turned out to hear the candidate speak, cheering at any chance they had and taking advantage of the chance to see their favorite candidate up close. Continue reading “Ohio Governor John Kasich Stumps at Iona College”

Westchester Voters Mirror Statewide Result

Typically the presidential campaign is all but resolved by April. In this unusual cycle, however, the races on both sides of the aisle are still competitive, meaning the latervoting states have a much more significant role in deciding the outcome. One such state is New York, which held its primary on April 19. Candidates scheduled numerous events in New York City and even in Westchester as part of their efforts to win over the votes of the Empire State. Continue reading “Westchester Voters Mirror Statewide Result”