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The Alternative School for Math & Science


Innovative teaching. Student-centered learning.

Middle School Grades 6-8

Seventy-five students participated in the 24-hour Hunger Challenge and had the opportunity to empathize with people who feel hungry in the Southern-Tier. Students were provided a sample backpack containing five food items—one protein, two grains, one dairy, and one fruit/ vegetable. They journaled about their experience and earned community service hours for completing the challenge. ASMS raised $1,355 for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Backpack Program. Backpacks help feed over 2,000 hungry students in our community during weekends and school breaks. The Food Bank will also accept monetary donations of cash or checks payable to “Food Bank of the Southern Tier,” in an envelope labeled Backpack Program Food.

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Sophia Verkleeran, a sophomore at Williams College and ASMS alumni class of 2017 earned two national titles in the NCAA DIII Swimming and Diving Championship meet this past weekend.  Verkleeran swam powerfully in the 200-meter Individual Medley and the 200-meter backstroke with a new personal record time of 1:57.66. Verkleeren was honored as the Swimmer of the Meet, a well-deserved award as her performance propelled the teams’ overall advancement from 13th to 6th seed. The Ephwomen of Williams College placed 4th in the nation to close their 2022-2023 season. Join ASMS in celebrating Sophia Verkleren’s scholarly and athletic excellence.


7th-grade artists have explored modern and contemporary artists whose work fit the theme of "heroes" with their art teacher, Kendra Echevarria. Artists include Frida Kahlo, Virgil Ortiz, Jason Garcia, Marie Watt, Martine Gutierrez, Bisa Butler, Nickolas Muray, and Dulce Pinzón. Students then reflected on whom they considered a hero and created artwork to honor and memorialize them. The student exhibition, Honoring Our Heroes: Past, Present & Beyond, is on view now at the Kids Rockwell Art Lab in Corning until May 30th. Check out the 7th-grade student artwork and read their meaningful artist statements in person this spring.

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