AMSA moving toward becoming a more typical school

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AMSA Parent

United States

#1 May 13, 2009
The Department of Education did a site visit in January and reports that the school is planning a shift to a more typical high school.
They have already shifted away from the multi year, multi course curriculum - changes that do not comply with the charter. Administration and teaching staff were asked questions they could not answer but the Board approved the changes anyway.
Taxpayers in Marlborough, Hudson, Clinton and Maynard should be demanding an explanation why their tax dollars are being spent to support another typical school!
Another AMSA parent

United States

#2 May 14, 2009
One of the main reasons our children even attend this school is due to the fact that it is a Charter, and therefore non-typical.
Have the test scores and grades not shown that this is working?
Really

North Stonington, CT

#3 May 15, 2009
AMSA Parent wrote:
The Department of Education did a site visit in January and reports that the school is planning a shift to a more typical high school.
They have already shifted away from the multi year, multi course curriculum - changes that do not comply with the charter. Administration and teaching staff were asked questions they could not answer but the Board approved the changes anyway.
Taxpayers in Marlborough, Hudson, Clinton and Maynard should be demanding an explanation why their tax dollars are being spent to support another typical school!
I don't know who you are, as you are posting the exact post everywhere you can.

To be an AMSA parent boycotting the school with demands that the school be shut down is absolute lunacy. A concerned AMSA parent may try to find what's going on and work with other parents to solve the situation, but not overtly discredit the school. This tactic was employed by anti-AMSA parents, city & public school employees who never wanted the school to open in the first place.

So, I doubt that you are an AMSA parent at the moment, but if you are, you should be ashamed of yourself for jeopardizing the rest of the students' and parents' association with the school.

As of yet, AMSA middle school is still way above that of the surrounding schools, and the high school is a work in progress which I'm sure will be solved in the best interest of the students with or without McGann. AMSA's advantage is that it can fire McGann at the end of her contract if it turns out that her dealings are against the school's charter. Small, necessary changes are at times imperative, but switching to a more traditional school wasn't and isn't made/makes/will make AMSA work.

Parents who want their kids enrolled at AMSA should understand that the curriculum is strong and may be difficult at times, and if their kids find it difficult, they should also know that AMSA can't change for them, so they should find better alternatives.
AMSA Parent

United States

#4 May 15, 2009
My child enrolled in the school when it was still a theory so there's no need to accuse me of being an anti-AMSA parent.

I have attended nearly every BOT meeting over the past year and in most cases, I've been one of only a couple of parents present. The issues I am speaking about have been publicly discussed at the BOT meetings and/or are published in the DOE site visit report, a public document. I can back up every single statement I make with FACTS.

There is change in wind for AMSA and those of us who came to the school based on its charter are not going to like it. Donít believe me if you donít want to. Come to the BOT meetings and see for yourself. The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 pm in the Upper School cafeteria.

If you donít become involved and get up to speed with the issues, then YOU should be ashamed of yourself.
AMSA Parent

Mc Lean, VA

#5 May 15, 2009
By the way. "Really", Yes, I am trying very hard to get the word out in every way that I can.

To me, this is an urgent matter that parents must become aware of.
Really

Manchester, UK

#6 May 15, 2009
AMSA Parent wrote:
My child enrolled in the school when it was still a theory so there's no need to accuse me of being an anti-AMSA parent.
I have attended nearly every BOT meeting over the past year and in most cases, I've been one of only a couple of parents present. The issues I am speaking about have been publicly discussed at the BOT meetings and/or are published in the DOE site visit report, a public document. I can back up every single statement I make with FACTS.
There is change in wind for AMSA and those of us who came to the school based on its charter are not going to like it. Donít believe me if you donít want to. Come to the BOT meetings and see for yourself. The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 pm in the Upper School cafeteria.
If you donít become involved and get up to speed with the issues, then YOU should be ashamed of yourself.
If this is the case, fine, but I don't agree with your attitude, asking that the school be shut down.
AMSA Parent

Cambridge, MA

#7 May 15, 2009
Who said anything about shutting down AMSA? AMSA opened its doors based on a charter approved by the DOE. AMSA needs to stay true to its charter on taxpayers dollars or become a PRIVATE school and start CHARGING students tuition.
parent

Cambridge, MA

#8 May 15, 2009
Really wrote:
Closing down the school
AMSA Parents are not stating to close down the school. Instead, parents are concerned because in the DOE report the Board and Admin state that AMSA is moving towards a more typical school. Changes are already being put in place that are not part of the charter. Please get involved.
Really

North Stonington, CT

#9 May 28, 2009
parent wrote:
<quoted text>
AMSA Parents are not stating to close down the school. Instead, parents are concerned because in the DOE report the Board and Admin state that AMSA is moving towards a more typical school. Changes are already being put in place that are not part of the charter. Please get involved.
Well, it looks like DOE is satisfied with the report, and the school is not deviating from its charter. The only recommendation is for the Computer course to be brought back in HS.

If you take the time to listen to why some of the changes were needed, you'll see that they make sense.

AMSA as a concept was wonderful in theory, but even the founders had trouble putting it into practice. Lack of texts, trained teachers, etc., almost made it impossible for the school to continue in its original form, so something had to give.

As of now, the Middle School is still the best around, while the HS is improving.
amsaparent

United States

#10 Jun 17, 2009
keep dreaming...Really.
Come September parents of 9th - 11th graders will likely be shocked at the low number of students who will actually return. School leadership are the ones who aren't listening. They have their own agenda and refuse to listen so parents are taking the only action they can - leaving.
Its basic Business 101 - if the customers aren't happy with the products or service they will go elsewhere. And, it costs businesses much more money to recruit new business than to retain the business they already have.
Its too bad that the school lost its focus. The school needs to either follow its charter or start charging tuition.
Really

North Stonington, CT

#12 Jun 17, 2009
amsaparent wrote:
keep dreaming...Really.
Come September parents of 9th - 11th graders will likely be shocked at the low number of students who will actually return. School leadership are the ones who aren't listening. They have their own agenda and refuse to listen so parents are taking the only action they can - leaving.
Its basic Business 101 - if the customers aren't happy with the products or service they will go elsewhere. And, it costs businesses much more money to recruit new business than to retain the business they already have.
Its too bad that the school lost its focus. The school needs to either follow its charter or start charging tuition.
I am a realist, so dreaming is mostly for fun.

What you fail to recognize is that for the first time since its opening, the school has stabilized. This doesn't mean that ALL is perfect - far from it, but yet again, no school is perfect...After reading and listening to your and others like you constant complaints, I have talked to the Administration, Board & teachers, and as I understand the changes, they are not as you present them.

The curriculum was adjusted, not to be dumb down, but to be manageable, and more in line with what colleges find acceptable. It has not been watered down, nor was it changed. The same material taught for the past 4 years, will continue in Middle School, with the kids grouped on level in math & science. The HS curriculum has been adjusted to make room for Honors & AP classes (especially after parents panicked that their kids won't be able to compete without them).
If the children are strong and determined to learn, they don't lose anything (with or without the Charter - although nobody in charge at the school wants to change it).

You continue to misinform and malign the school, without posting anything positive about it. So, I'm glad that you and others who see only problems, will leave, because there are plenty of us, who see the outstanding education AMSA provides.

With friends like you, who needs enemies.
Another Kim

Lunenburg, MA

#13 Jun 17, 2009
I understand that they are recruiting, for students, at the Hudson Catholic High School,
Really

North Stonington, CT

#14 Jun 17, 2009
Another Kim wrote:
I understand that they are recruiting, for students, at the Hudson Catholic High School,
Here's a prime example of false rumors. This is absolutely not true, because AMSA's charter doesn't allow admission for high school students - due to the unique curriculum which begins in 6th Grade, and continues into/through High School.

AMSA only admits students in 6 & 7 Grades.
Another Kim

Lunenburg, MA

#15 Jun 17, 2009
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's a prime example of false rumors. This is absolutely not true, because AMSA's charter doesn't allow admission for high school students - due to the unique curriculum which begins in 6th Grade, and continues into/through High School.
AMSA only admits students in 6 & 7 Grades.
Plus Hudson Catholic is closing. So, whomever started these rumors is an idiot!!!!
Another Kim

Dracut, MA

#16 Jun 18, 2009
Another Kim is a high school drop out. She is jealous of elementary school graduates never mind people who actually made it to High School.
Another Kim

Lunenburg, MA

#17 Jun 18, 2009
Another Kim wrote:
Another Kim is a high school drop out. She is jealous of elementary school graduates never mind people who actually made it to High School.
She's an idiot. Never made it past the eight grade...
Another Kim

Lunenburg, MA

#18 Jun 18, 2009
Another Kim wrote:
Another Kim is a high school drop out. She is jealous of elementary school graduates never mind people who actually made it to High School.
And I understand she is the mechanical bull at the Ole' Gray Horse Saloon! Maybe she should call her self "Another Cow"
Another Kim

Dracut, MA

#19 Jun 19, 2009
You shouldn't offend the bovine community like that!
Another Kim

Lunenburg, MA

#20 Jun 19, 2009
:)
amsaparent

United States

#21 Jun 26, 2009
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
I am a realist, so dreaming is mostly for fun.
What you fail to recognize is that for the first time since its opening, the school has stabilized. This doesn't mean that ALL is perfect - far from it, but yet again, no school is perfect...After reading and listening to your and others like you constant complaints, I have talked to the Administration, Board & teachers, and as I understand the changes, they are not as you present them.
The curriculum was adjusted, not to be dumb down, but to be manageable, and more in line with what colleges find acceptable. It has not been watered down, nor was it changed. The same material taught for the past 4 years, will continue in Middle School, with the kids grouped on level in math & science. The HS curriculum has been adjusted to make room for Honors & AP classes (especially after parents panicked that their kids won't be able to compete without them).
If the children are strong and determined to learn, they don't lose anything (with or without the Charter - although nobody in charge at the school wants to change it).
You continue to misinform and malign the school, without posting anything positive about it. So, I'm glad that you and others who see only problems, will leave, because there are plenty of us, who see the outstanding education AMSA provides.
With friends like you, who needs enemies.
Hello admiral. I thought that was you.

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