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TMS Brochure Photography + Videography on campus: Thursday 5/20
Dear TMS Community,
From time to time, we have a professional team come to campus to take photos of our campus and community. These are used in a variety of ways - but mainly for outreach through our website, social media, and Admissions materials.
On Thursday, May 20th, we will have a videographer/photographer on campus from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (they will follow all COVID-related safety protocols). Our goal is to capture TMS as 'naturally' as possible, and with minimal disruptions.
To capture the full scope of our community, it would be very helpful to have all students participate. However, if they feel strongly that they do not want to be photographed, they can stop by the Admissions office for a small sticker to wear on their shirt and the photographer will know not to include them in the shot.
Thank you in advance for your support of the Admissions + Marketing efforts at TMS - we are on the front lines of building our amazing community.
Sierra Antonio + Chelsea Lazzari
TMS Auction & GALA ONLINE AUCTION IS NOW OPEN!
The TMS Auction & Gala offers more than 100 unique experiences and items for guests to bid on, including artwork, vacation stays at top-tier hotels, spa and beauty packages, and golfing! There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! Click here to RSVP and get your bid on!
FabLab Evolved! Making Things Together....While Being Apart
Just like every other subject, The Marin School's FabLab has had to make the transition to holding class online during these strange times. "What? How is this possible?" students asked. "Surely FabLab is cancelled for now, since we can't be in the actual Lab in order to FAB!" These are reasonable questions to be sure, but it turns out these students underestimated the power that is FABLAB! Across the various FabLab classes, students have taken their problem solving, making, and crafting skills and found projects to apply them to on the home front. Sewing, baking, interior design, computer 3D modeling, whittling, and Minecraft art are just some of the hands-on activities they have found for themselves. Then, during class time, they meet in their video classroom and they check in on the status of their projects, ask and answer questions, and have some general discussion on various Maker topics. FabLabbers also document the progress on any of their projects on personal project blogs or Instagram accounts, so that they can all stay informed about what they're working on. To keep motivation up, Josh Cardenas, FabLab instructor, worked right along with the students, working on various projects for himself, improvements for the FabLab, examples and demonstrations for those who might be having trouble with a certain aspect of their project, or other various interactive activities. An example of this is a collaborative project he has done with the 8th Grade FabLab class. For the last couple of sessions, the TMS 8th Graders have met in the FabLab Google Meet classroom. Each student was asked to bring a piece of white paper and a black pen. They looked up "tiki idol" images on the Internet and then everyone was asked to draw one feature of a tiki idol head - an eye, a mouth, a nose, some decorative markings, etc. Once the drawings were finished, everyone held up their artwork to their webcams and Josh took a screenshot of the 'Grid View' layout of the Google Meet window, showing all the parts at once. He took that image into Photoshop, made it high-contrast black and white, then copied and pasted all the separate features into a Tiki Idol of their own creation, while everyone watched his screen, giving suggestions as we went. When they finally had a Tiki Idol head assembled, Josh sent the image over to the 'ol FabLab Laser Cutter, threw in some thin plywood and voila! Out popped a laser engraved tiny tiki man! This worked surprisingly well and was pretty fun, so they tried it again the following week, but this time they took it to ELEVEN! They repeated the process of drawing features and assembling through Photoshop. However this time, Josh projected the final image onto a large slab of Monterey Pine leftover from when the TMS campus's trees were trimmed in the fall. With the 8th graders watching and guiding his progress, Josh traced the image onto the wood with a marker. When complete, he dragged the log outside, propped it up securely and then began carving away with his trusty chainsaw! What better way to carve a tiki idol, eh?! In the end, the chainsaw carving came out a little rough, but the general shape from the students' design was there, it simply needs a bit more refinement. That is however, how to correctly do FabLab! You try your ideas, as crazy as they are, see what works and what doesn't, then expand, reframe, and reiterate until you're satisfied with your project. It was a great way to collaborate creatively with the students and fun to see what came out. It just goes to show, when you can't come to FabLab, FabLab comes to you! Build On!
TMS Reader's Theater
The Marin School Book Book Club is hosting a fun way to socialize on Thursdays in May! Attendees need not participate, all are welcome to join the fun at 3:45 pm. We will use the same Google Meet link that is used for Lunchtime Clubs. It's gonna be a riot!! Book Club hopes to see you Thursday!
Passion Projects 2020! Getting Animated with Julia P.
It's Passion Project time! All Freshmen seminar students are presenting on their long-term Passion Projects. Check out this amazing presentation and project created by Julia P., Class of 2023
Tips for parents: How to support your student through distance learning
As schools around the Bay Area announced their intention to keep campuses closed for the remainder of the school year, students and parents were hit with the realization that online learning has become “the new normal.” How can you support your teen so that they thrive in these new circumstances? Communication is more important than ever. Be open with your student’s academic advisor, especially around your family circumstances. Are both parents working away or at home? Are multiple siblings vying for the same device? Are you having difficulties with technology? Are financial stresses or other concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the home environment? Teachers are by nature caring, empathetic people. Share your circumstances and work together to find a solution. Treat school like school. When you can attend school in your pajamas, it can be easy to feel like different rules apply across the board. But attendance and punctuality are still very important. Work with your teen to establish a daily routine and adhere to the schedule provided by the school. Attend virtual classes at the scheduled time, and practice standard classroom etiquette. Virtual classroom etiquette: So that all students get the most out of their virtual sessions, be sure they take time to prepare before class begins. Students should gather all needed materials, and check their Internet and camera connections. Encourage your student to keep their camera ON for live meetings. Not only does it help with social connections, it allows the instructor to ensure your student is present, and has a clear understanding of the material. Does your student feel anxious in front of the camera? Identify their main concerns and talk through some strategies to build their comfort level. Teens should customize their schedule to maximize the hours of the day when they feel the most focused. Take advantage of the flexibility of distance learning and create a daily schedule that works for their own personal ‘inner clock.’ They should be realistic about the schedule they create. How much time did your student spend working on homework previously? The more challenged they are with organizational tasks, the more detailed their schedule should be. Here is an example of a detailed schedule created by Learning specialist Chanel Nijmeh, M.Ed. Learn along! While this is not realistic for every family, this could be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the world your teen inhabits each day. Some of the most engaging classes tend to be in the arts and sciences, math can be a fun challenge too! Check out this virtual Photoshop tutorial from art teacher Nazira Arnold-Kury, or try some Calculus with math teacher Keith Hubert. And finally: Keep your student accountable. Your teen may need more organizational and emotional support than they have in the past, but that doesn’t mean that you should be running the whole show. Provide the kind of ‘behind-the-scenes’ toolbox they need to be successful, but know that this is a crucial time to be honing the discipline and self-advocacy skills they will need to navigate ALL the future uncertainties life will bring. Here are even more tips for ‘Parenting Through the Pandemic’ from Alice Treves, LCSW, Social Emotional Counselor at The Marin School.
Distance Learning: How is TMS handling grading for Spring 2020?
What is TMS doing about grading? In recent weeks I have had two key meetings with the faculty. At one we talked about pedagogy, and how remote learning may have changed the ways in which the faculty are teaching online. All of them felt that they are covering the material, sometimes in new ways, but they are staying true to their core beliefs about how students learn and how they teach. At the other meeting we discussed grading. We had a candid discussion about whether faculty could provide authentic grades under our new circumstances. All of the faculty felt strongly that they could and should provide grades. Some of the reasons they provided included: Students who were performing well prior to the pandemic are still performing well. Most of those who were struggling prior to the pandemic are not doing any worse, and some have started to do better because of the amount of support our student services team is providing. The teachers feel they truly understand our students' level of understanding of the material. If a student is earning high grades, it would be a disappointment to move to Pass/No Pass grading that really does not indicate how much they have worked. We are afraid that many would lose motivation to do the work. From what I have observed, the schools that are moving to Pass/No Pass grading are the schools that were not able to provide a quality education, or were unable to do so quickly enough that they can stand behind what they have taught. Most of the schools doing the P/NP grades are large public schools that were unable to turn on a dime during the emergency. Independent schools are split about 50/50 on it, based on how well they have been able to provide a high quality education. The recommendation for pass/no-pass or credit/no credit at many schools that are going that route has a lot to do with technology equity, as many students in our country do not have access to a laptop or wifi. We are very fortunate at TMS to have our students able to have this access. If you are having difficulties with your technology, please let Josh know, and we will make every effort to help. Another important point is that by changing our grading now, it sets a precedent for the future. Unfortunately, experts are predicting that we will likely see more waves of shelter-in-place in the future. In fact, as I mentioned last week, they are saying that there will be restrictions put into place when we reopen. It is important that we set things up for the future. Email Barbara or Ben with any questions!
TMS Interact Club Exceeds Fundraising Goal for SF-Marin Foodbank!
Hi Everyone, I wanted to reach out once more to thank you for your support with our Go Fund Me for the Marin Food Bank. With the help of our community we were able to reach $2,900, almost three times our original goal. We have ended the campaign and are sending the money to The SF Marin Food Bank. Thank you for your support and have a good weekend, Ryan Marshall, President of TMS Interact ---------------------------------------- This is a difficult time for all of us, but for those with limited financial resources the pandemic has been a devastating blow. According to a study taken before the Covid-19 outbreak, 1 in 5 people in Marin faced hunger, meaning that food banks such as the Marin Food Bank are an essential part of our community. Before the outbreak, the Marin Food Bank served an average of more than 32,000 households per week, and 205,000 people per year. Now more than ever, children who depended on school meals are going hungry, and unemployed parents are struggling to put food on the table. Food Banks have been declared as essential businesses during the pandemic, and with good reason. As people who have the resources to help, even just a little, it is important for us to support our neighbors during this time of crisis. Every $1 donated to The Marin Food Bank will provide two meals, so please help us fight hunger during this global crisis.
If you cannot donate money to this fundraiser, there are other ways you can help, for more information visit this link:
Now You Can Blog from Everywhere!
We’ve made it quick and convenient for you to manage your blog from anywhere. In this blog post we’ll share the ways you can post to your Wix Blog. Blogging from Your Wix Blog Dashboard On the dashboard, you have everything you need to manage your blog in one place. You can create new posts, set categories and more. To head to your Dashboard, open the Wix Editor and click on Blog > Posts. Blogging from Your Published Site Did you know that you can blog right from your published website? After you publish your site, go to your website’s URL and login with your Wix account. There you can write and edit posts, manage comments, pin posts and more! Just click on the 3 dot icon ( ⠇) to see all the things you can do. #bloggingtips #WixBlog