MAIN STREET JOURNAL – U.S. News & World Report recently announced its 2018 high school rankings, and the Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA) Charter School in Marlborough retained its rank as the number two public high school in Massachusetts. In national rankings, AMSA placed 107 out of 20,000-plus public high schools, and thirty-seven out of 2,000-plus charter high schools.
The rankings are based on a variety of factors including student performance on proficiency tests, Advanced Placement data, graduation rates, and readiness for college-level work.
In recent weeks, AMSA students have been busy exploring history while working to create three “mobile museums” about World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Each will consist of large bins containing artifacts from each war as well as links to videos of veterans telling their stories from the wars.
John Williams and Ashley Sa interviewed several veterans at New Horizons who agreed to share their wartime experiences on video for the project. Shown in picture, the students are interviewing Charles Rogers, a WWII “grasshopper pilot.” Rogers flew at low altitudes over German front lines, taking off and landing in tight places, to help direct artillery fire on enemy targets. His entire interview will be available in the mobile museum.
When completed, each mobile museum will be available at the Marlborough Public Library for teachers, scout leaders, etc. to borrow and teach kids about the conflicts and the traumas of war. Avidia Bank provided a $1,000 grant to fund the project.
Earlier this year, AMSA students worked on mobile app prototypes to address community problems. Despite losing development time to snow days this winter, they developed some great apps that included games and community service apps. They presented their apps and ideas to parents, faculty, and other invited guests.
The program teaches students mobile app development, concepts of entrepreneurship, collaboration, leadership and community engagement. The goal is to inspire young students to become stronger, more confident individuals who will eventually become a part of the STEM fields.
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