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The Alternative School for Math & Science


Innovative teaching. Student-centered learning.

Middle School Grades 6-8

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The Alternative School for Math & Science proudly presents “Into the Woods Jr,” the musical. The hour-long adaptation from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods” tells the story of a baker and his wife who are cursed from bearing children so they set forth on a journey into the woods to gather items that the Witch requests to help break the spell. ASMS students dressed in costume and persona of classic fairy-tale characters such as Jack (“Jack and the Beanstalk”), Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and many other favorites known from the Brothers Grimm fables. The student casts have been preparing their show since April, and their performance wowed the audiences of both showings on May 18th and 19th at 171 Cedar Arts Center. 

Mika Kunigonis, Bailey Rider, Caitlin Holmes, and Jacqueline Warner celebrate winning first place in NY and the Northeast region for eCybermission, an online STEM competition for scholars in grades 6-9. Throughout the year, these young women considered how science impacts technology and, ultimately, our future. These innovative young scientists explored how waves can power a cleaner future. Next, they will attend the 2023 eCYBERMISSION National Judging & Educational Event in Hunt Valley, MD to collect their state and regional prizes, totaling $2,500 in savings bonds. Together, they are working towards patenting their design and the next steps in creating a prototype.

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Andrea Marjarvonic and Annalia Landis model their sustainable fashion designs that were selected for the New York Junk Kouture Final. The models and designers worked outside of school to envision, gather recycled materials, and create their designs. Chloe Whitman, Elise Gulati, and Andrea Marjarvonic’s team is called “Rainy Daze,” and Amaia Mower, Sofie Peterson, Fiona Peterson, and Annalia Landis’ team is called “Looking in the Mirror”. Fashion icon, Ben Barry, Dean of Fashion and Associate Professor of Equity and Inclusion at Parsons School of Design, will judge their designs to consider their acceptance for the Junk Kouture World Final held in London this fall!

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