Tam High Foundation Grants are Enriching Student and Academic Life for All Students at Tam

Last year, the Foundation awarded approximately $615,000 in its Mini (under $12,000) and Major (over $12,000) grant cycles. Foundation grants are awarded in response to applications submitted by Tam teachers and staff, and must further the Foundation’s mission to support creative, innovative, and state-of-the-art programs and tools that enrich the education of Tam students. Examples of recent grants include the following: 

Grants Awarded During the 2016-17 Academic Year

Major Grants Awarded During Spring 2017

Cameras and Equipment for Photography. The Foundation will purchase 40 digital and film cameras, significantly reducing students’ wait time for access to this critical equipment.

Chromebooks for the Library. The Library will replace its remaining aging Dell computers with 35 Chromebooks, supplementing 35 Chromebooks previously purchased by the Foundation and giving students access to classwork and teaching programs in use in nearly all of Tam’s classrooms.

Funding for Bridge the Gap Onsite Tutoring. For the second consecutive year, the Foundation will pay the salaries of the tutors (most of whom are Tam teachers) who work with students in Bridge the Gap’s onsite tutoring program, which aims to close the achievement gap between at-risk students and the general student population.

Tam News/Feeder School Engagement Program. The Foundation will fund the Tam News’ feeder school outreach program, in which eighth graders from MLK, Willow Creek, and Bolinas/Stinson middle schools will work with Tam News students to produce a news magazine while getting invaluable exposure to a potential elective, the Tam campus, and student mentors, all of which will ease their transition to Tam as freshmen.

Materials for Student Leadership. The Foundation will underwrite the creation of manuals and guidebooks for Tam’s Student Leadership class, streamlining their work and providing valuable clarity to the numerous student clubs and teams its students administer. It will also purchase audio/visual equipment to support Leadership’s well-received bi-weekly “Hawks Talks,” which are broadcast to all students.

Innovative Poetry Project for Literature Students. Literature teacher Lesleigh Golson will use Foundation funds to conduct an interactive poetry, music, and video project to bring required texts to life for her students.

Guest Artists in Drama, Music, and Fine Arts. Once again, the Foundation will fund guest artists in the Drama, Studio Arts, and Music Departments.  These artists provide students with invaluable experiences and knowledge through their professional expertise in these areas.

Mini Grants Awarded During Fall 2016:  Nearly $120,000 awarded for projects costing less than $12,000

Chromebooks. The Foundation continued its investment in Chromebooks, purchasing five 35-unit carts for the Social Studies, Science, English, and World Language departments to support innovative, technology-based learning in those subjects.

Math. The Foundation will purchase classroom sets of scientific calculators for all algebra and geometry classes, eliminating the need for students to buy these vital tools and bring them to class each day.

Science. The Foundation funded the purchase of materials for a hands-on biotechnology lab and copies of The Sixth Extinction.

Wellness. The Foundation is proud to support Tam’s newly approved onsite Wellness Center with a grant to fund speakers and programs that will enrich students’ social, emotional, and physical learning and health.

Photography. This year the Fine Arts Photography classes will enjoy new GoPro cameras to learn stop motion animation and underwater photography. The Foundation also purchased a replacement photo printer.

Peer Resources. The Peer Resources elective class trains Juniors and Seniors to offer a student voice for Wellness and healthy choices. The Foundation supports this effort by funding guest speakers, t-shirts, and teaching materials.

Drama. Once again, the Foundation is proud to support the inspirational collaboration of CTE drama students with Mr. Lovejoy’s Special Day Students. CTE honors students will also participate in specialized workshops to guide them in facilitating and directing peers.

Fine Arts. The 3rd Annual Tam Winter Arts Faire & Holiday Sale will grow this year to include Fine Art, Drama, Music, and Applied Technology to offer stage performances and exhibit space over two days.

Counseling Department. Tam’s Counseling Department will receive a much needed facelift, including new paint and furniture.

Auto Shop. The Foundation will purchase necessary parts for students to restore a donated 1965 Mustang coupe, and continues its support for the barbecue incentive program.

Special Education. Special education students will work in paid internships in the Workplace Learning Program, thanks to a grant from the Foundation.

Peer Mentoring. In this elective class, upperclassmen are trained and then matched with freshman and sophomore mentees to set and reach academic and social goals. The Foundation provides training and other materials for this class.

Grants Awarded During the 2015-16 Academic Year

Major Grants Awarded During Spring 2016 

Technology Grants
The Foundation continues its strong support of technology for Tam teachers and students, bringing to over $950,000 its investment in computers, laptops and other technology over the past five years. This grant cycle’s purchases include:

197 Chromebooks. The Foundation will purchase 197 Chromebooks for the Science and Social Studies Departments. Combined with Foundation purchases in 2015 and additional purchases by the Tam High administration, this ensures that every teacher in both departments will have full carts of 36 Chromebooks. The Foundation will also buy 24 Chromebooks for the Library to supplement the 24 Dell laptops already in use there.

Thirty Laptops for Computer Science. Tam’s new Computer Science classes will now be taught using 30 Dell laptops, giving every student a device on which to learn coding and freeing up the desktops in the computer lab (also funded by the Foundation) for use by other teachers and classes.

Six Mac Laptops and Printer for AIM. The Foundation will replace both AIM teachers’ aging Mac laptops and provide four additional Mac laptops for student use, bringing to 13 the number of student Macs in the AIM program (all funded by the Foundation).

Five Mac Desktops and Six Enlargers for Visual Arts/Photography. The Foundation will purchase five additional Mac desktops to support the over 200 students who take Photography each year. The Foundation will also replace six old and damaged enlargers, completing a staged replacement of photography equipment begun in 2014.

ROV Kits, Extruder Assembly, and Headphones for Marine Science. The Foundation will again purchase kits for Marine Science’s popular and unique marine explorer unit, plus replace damaged headphones and replace the extruder in a 3D printer.

Non-Technology Grants
The Foundation will also, as usual, support a number of innovative teaching programs and other projects that will improve the experience of Tam students on campus, including:

Extensive Remodel of Music Classroom. Tam’s existing music classroom will be divided into two separate spaces, both of which will be soundproofed and upgraded, doubling the number of music classes that can be offered at the same time and making both spaces more functional.

Funds for Restorative Justice Training. The Foundation will help fund workshops and training for students and teachers as they implement Tam’s new Restorative Justice program.

Peer Resource Program Funding. The Foundation will also underwrite training for students who enroll in Tam’s new elective Peer Resource class, helping them learn how to conduct outreach among the broader Tam community on issues like drug and alcohol awareness, conflict mediation, and other areas of concern.

Bridge the Gap Program and Link Crew Tutoring Program Support. The Foundation will continue to pay for teachers to work after school to tutor students in all subjects through the Bridge the Gap program and in math through the Link Crew tutoring program.

Guest Artists in Drama, Music, and Fine Arts.  Once again, the Foundation will fund guest artists in the Drama, Studio Arts, and Music Departments.  These artists provide students with invaluable experiences and knowledge through their professional expertise in these areas.

Spoken Word Poetry With Youth Speaks.  During their poetry unit, Sophomore English students will work with the professional poets of Youth Speaks, a San Francisco-based organization that works with high schools throughout the Bay Area and emphasizes the art and dynamic of spoken word poetry.

Marin Theater Company Collaboration.  Every Junior will have the opportunity to attend a Marin Theater Company matinee performance next year.  MTC members will also visit classrooms to prepare students for the play and discuss it afterwards in this engaging and creative program that breathes life into the dramatic literature curricular requirement.

Shakespeare Guest Artists in English Core.  Ninth and tenth graders’ required study of Shakespeare will become an interactive, hands-on experience when Shakespearean actors visit their classroom to help them interpret and perform excerpts from his plays.

Application and Score Report Fund. For the first time, the Foundation will provide funds that the College and Career Counselor can offer to students struggling to pay college application and score reporting fees.

Salad Bar for Student Center. The Foundation will fund the installation of a salad bar in the Student Center in response to a growing demand for healthier on-campus food options among teachers and students.

Weight Room Equipment. The Foundation will fund the purchase of a multi-use piece of equipment that will free up weight room space and increase student safety.

Mini Grants (Awarded Fall 2015):  Nearly $200,000 awarded for projects costing less than $10,000

Chromebooks.  In response to ten grant requests, the Foundation will purchase more than 200 Chromebooks to teachers in Social Studies, Science, English, and Math classrooms, who will use them to provide individualized learning for their students.

Graphic Design / Yearbook Technology.  The Foundation will purchase Mac laptops and Adobe Creative Suite software to support the Visual Art Department’s new Graphic Design class and the Yearbook club.

Multimedia Systems for Computer Science.  The Foundation will purchase a document camera and Faronics classroom management software to allow screen sharing collaboration in Computer Science.

Math Multimedia Station.  The Foundation will purchase a large screen TV, Apple TV, wireless sketchbooks and five Chromebooks so students in Ms. Newcomb’s Math classes can engage with their course material in an interactive manner.

Bruce Grant Field Turf.  The Foundation donated funds to support the Boosters’ plan to replace turf fill on the football/soccer field that may pose health risks for Tam students.

3D Models and Manipulatives.  Thanks to a Foundation grant, Physiology teachers will receive 3-D anatomical models of human body parts that will help students better understand the course material.

After-School Math Tutor and Meals.  The Foundation will pay for an additional math tutor and the partial cost of meals to support an after school academic tutoring program conducted at Tam by Bridge the Gap College Prep.

Empowering Student Voices.  Once again, the Foundation will fund two guest artists to supervise a collaboration between Special Day Students and CTE in which students write and perform an original play in the May One Act Festival.

Completion of Pilot Classroom Furniture. Social Studies teacher Jennifer Dolan will receive six highly mobile node chairs to complete her pilot classroom, launched with a grant of 28 chairs in Spring 2015.

2nd Annual Holiday Student Art Show.  The Foundation will fund the second annual Holiday Art Faire, in which Fine Arts students display and demonstrate their art on Tam grounds for the benefit of their peers, parents and siblings, and for MVMS students who wish to learn more about Tam’s art program.

VEX Robot Kits.  Tam students will enter the robot era with 12 VEX Robot Kits that will introduce them to autonomous robotic construction through a free curriculum offered by Carnegie Mellon.

Photographic Equipment and iMacs.  The Foundation will provide two iMac desktops, replacement print enlargers, and additional digital cameras for Tam’s popular photography classes.

The Physics of Waves in the Physics of Music.  The Foundation will provide equipment that will help Physics students investigate the physics of sound waves generated by string and wind musical instruments.

Strategic Peer Mentoring Program.  The Foundation will pay for consultants and materials to support this elective class, which provides juniors and seniors with professional guidance in mentoring twenty at-risk freshmen and sophomores who desire peer support in navigating academic, social and emotional challenges.

Cultural Awareness Project.  This grant will provide all Tam students with the opportunity to learn from guest speakers from various Spanish speaking countries.

Classic Car Fix and Flip.  The Foundation will purchase parts and other materials to help Auto Shop students restore a donated 1965 Mustang under the guidance of their teacher.

BBQ Incentive.  The Foundation will again fund the Auto Shop’s incentive-based annual student barbecue.

Robotics Club Competition Equipment.  The Foundation will provide VEX robotics equipment to Tam’s Robotics Club for use in competitions.

Tam Broadcast News Equipment.  The Foundation will provide the Tam Broadcast News with LED studio lights, a Lavalier mic system, and a mic stand.

Intervention Support.  This grant will fund tutors and adult leaders for an innovative intervention program that stresses physical activity, goal setting, team building and academic tutoring, implemented by Running 4 Change and Bridge the Gap and available to all Tam students.

Tam Website Redesign.  Tam’s outdated website will be redesigned for easier use and mobile access.

Marine Biology Aquarium Project.  In this hands-on project, Marine Biology students will research, design, stock and maintain fresh and salt water aquariums.

 

Grants Awarded During the 2014-15 Academic Year

Major Grants (Awarded Spring 2015)

College and Career Center Remodel.  Tam’s outdated career center will be refurbished with new laptops, updated technology, and furniture to create a comfortable and accessible place for students to research post-secondary options.  The remodeled space will give CCC staff greater flexibility to host workshops, one-on-one meetings, and meetings with college admissions representatives, as well as serve more students with up-to-date search tools such as Naviance.

Language Learning Lab Replacement.  Tam’s Language Learning Lab, originally funded by the Foundation 15 years ago, will be completely replaced.  With new computers and state-of-the-art software, it will offer students in all grade levels even more creative and intuitive ways to interact with their peers here and abroad while mastering another language. 

Journalism Lab Replacement.  Tam’s award-winning Journalism program will receive 15 Mac workstations to replace the aging Dell workstations in its computer lab.  The new computers will support all of the department’s print, web, and broadcast journalism projects, which in turn serve the entire Tam community.

Documentary Filmmaking.  Michael Lavezzo’s AIM and AP Literature classes will use new laptops and software to make film interpretations of poems and prose, giving students a creative new way to engage with the written word.

eBook/Audio Book Platform for Tam Library.  The Library will receive a subscription and supporting hardware for Overdrive, a platform that will allow students to remotely check out eBooks and audio books and access them on any device, including their own personal device, for school work or pleasure reading.

Intramural Sports Program.  Through Principal Synyard’s intramural athletic program, students will be able to compete in intramural sports for fun and small prizes during lunch.  The program will build community and encourage students to stay on campus.

Leadership Summit.  Tam’s four leadership programs (Leadership, Link Crew, Peer Mentoring, and Peer Resource) will participate in a twice-yearly full-day workshop with a professional leadership facilitator to improve communication and coordinate efforts among the programs, helping them better serve their peers.

Chromebooks.  The Foundation will provide more than 100 Chromebooks to be shared by the Social Studies, English, and Peer Mentoring classes held in Wood Hall, and another 30 for Mary Wuerth’s Integrated Science and AP Biology classes. 

Guest Artists in Drama, Music, and Fine Arts.  Once again, the Foundation will fund guest artists in the Drama, Studio Arts, and Music Departments.  These artists provide students with invaluable experiences and knowledge through their professional expertise in these areas.

Spoken Word Poetry With Youth Speaks.  During their poetry unit, Sophomore English students will work with the professional poets of Youth Speaks, a San Francisco-based organization that works with high schools throughout the Bay Area and emphasizes the art and dynamic of spoken word poetry.

Marin Theater Company Collaboration.  Every Junior will have the opportunity to attend a Marin Theater Company matinee performance next year.  MTC members will also visit classrooms to prepare students for the play and discuss it afterwards in this engaging and creative program that breathes life into the dramatic literature curricular requirement.

Shakespeare Guest Artists in English Core.  Ninth and tenth graders’ required study of Shakespeare will become an interactive, hands-on experience when Shakespearean actors visit their classroom to help them interpret and perform excerpts from his plays.

Scholarships for Pathways.  Pathways is an alternative program open to all Seniors in the district that places students in internships and allows them to take COM courses in the field of their choice while completing their remaining high school course requirements.  Because COM will no longer offer these courses free of charge, the Foundation will help provide the funds Pathways needs to continue to provide this invaluable opportunity.

Experiential Learning Fund.  The Foundation replenished the Experiential Learning Fund, which the Principal uses at her discretion to fund field trips and other out-of-school learning experiences such as the Environmental Science class’ recent field study in Yosemite.

Mini Grants (Awarded Fall 2014)

Four Multi-Media Learning Systems for Math Classrooms.  These interactive, state-of-the-art systems, which include screens, projectors, and wireless sketchpads, allow students to display their work and teachers to model problem solving on a widescreen display using remote keyboards and styluses.

Laptops, Cart, and Printer for Wood Hall Classrooms.  These laptops will serve the approximately 750 students who have classes in Wood Hall, including English and Social Studies classes.

Strategic Peer Mentoring Program.  This new elective class will provide juniors and seniors with professional guidance in mentoring twenty at-risk freshmen and sophomores who desire peer support in navigating academic, social and emotional challenges.

Keyboards, covers and styluses for the Science Department.  These accessories will help students and teachers make better use of the iPads purchased by the Foundation in 2014.

Holiday Student Art Show.  This show, which will recur annually, will enable Studio Arts students to display their work in a covered tent on the Tam grounds.  The fair will be open during the school day and evening, and is a great opportunity for parents, peers, siblings, and MVMS students to learn more about Tam’s Studio Arts program.

Twin Post Vehicle Lift for Auto Shop.  This critical tool will replace a twenty-year-old hydraulic lift that was in need of significant repair.

Library Extended Hours.  The Foundation will continue its support for this popular program, paying the salary of an aide to keep the library open from 4 PM until 7 PM Mondays through Thursdays.

Link Crew.  The Foundation continued to fund the Link Crew program, by which students provide peer support and leadership for one another in social, academic, and self-government areas.

Other Mini Grants will fund databases for the library, graphing calculators for Math, Kindles for AP Literature, modular desks and stools for Social Studies and English, a narrative nonfiction book project for English Core, and student internships for Special Ed, among other programs.  

Grants Awarded During the 2013-14 Academic Year

Major Grants (Awarded in Spring 2014)

Replacement Laptops and Color Printer for the Library. The Foundation replaced the color printer and all 24 of the laptops in the library.  These are essential tools that students use before, during, and after school. 

Sound System Upgrade for Gus Gym. Gus Gym’s antiquated sound system was replaced by a state-of-the-art system that dramatically improved the audio at a wide range of events including guest speakers, rallies, Back-to-School Night, AP and state testing, career and college fairs, and parent education.

Laser Cutter for Architecture Classes.  A laser-cutter has become a critical architectural tool by which architects can cut out or engrave designs on plastic, wood or cardboard with extreme detail and accuracy, and Tam’s architecture students are now able to learn this important skill.

3-D Printer for Engineering and Architecture Classes.  This machine helps students become proficient in computer-aided design and manufacturing, a 21st century skill.  Students will be able to create functional parts for prototypes of their own design.Mini-Grants

Experiential Learning Fund.  The Foundation created a fund, which will be replenished annually, that the Principal draws upon at her discretion to fund a wide variety of field trips for Tam students.

Guest Artists in Drama, Music, and Fine Arts.  Once again, the Foundation will fund guest artists in the Drama, Studio Arts, and Music Departments.  These artists provide students with invaluable experiences and knowledge through their professional expertise in these areas.

Mini Grants (Awarded in Fall 2013)

HD Video Cameras for Journalism Classes.  The Foundation purchased two professional quality HD cameras that Journalism students use to film sporting events, live interviews, graduation, and other events of interest to the Tam community for the new Tam Broadcast Network, which is unique among Bay Area high schools.

STEM Technology for Marine Science Classes. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a teaching approach that seeks to bridge disciplines for deeper learning.  The Foundation funded several STEM projects for Marine Science classes, including a ROV (remote operating vehicle) program.

SMART Board for Integrated Science and AP Biology. This sophisticated teaching tool, common at many universities, gives teachers the ability to teach interactively using a digital board that allows for detailed data manipulation and analysis.

DNA Barcoding Labs for Integrated Science and Marine Science Classes. These labs allow students to identify plants and invertebrates using mitochondria, deepening their understanding of genetics and evolution.

SmartMusic Technology for Music Classes. Five new computers and a software program allow students to play assignments with an accompaniment track, identify errors in pitch and rhythm, and receive immediate, personalized instruction from their teacher.

Computer Workstation for Draw/Paint and Studio Art Students.  These workstations, equipped with Adobe Design, Aftereffects, and Microsoft Office, are industry standard and enable students to produce digital artwork.

Go-Pro Cameras for Ceramics.  Students use these cameras film themselves working with clay, and teachers use the film for group and individual instruction.

Updated Equipment for Photography ClassesThe Foundation replaced and augmented the Photography Department’s aging collection of film cameras and darkroom enlargers, equipment critical to the program.

Library Extended Hours.  The Foundation will continue its support for this popular program, paying the salary of an aide to keep the library open from 4 PM until 7 PM Mondays through Thursdays.

Link Crew.  The Foundation continued to fund the Link Crew program, by which students provide peer support and leadership for one another in social, academic, and self-government areas.