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What Makes Middle School Special at AMS

How teamwork is essential for student success at the Academy of Math and Science.

 

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I believe that AMS Flower is extremely special and it has a lot to do with our leadership.

 

Our staff here at AMS Flower has many different talents and we have various interests.

 

We're going to put together a Gateway Day and their future where that each staff member is going to have the ability to teach their particular skill or hobby to our students for like 30 minutes. It's going to allow our students to connect to us in a personal way so that we're not just their teacher but we are also adults I have interest like they do. It will break down the barriers of just seeing us as their instructor and maybe open up communications that they might be interested in something that were interested in outside of school which will also broaden their horizons.

 

One of the facets that makes AMS Flower so unique is our Middle School teacher. A few of us have combined a lesson planning times our prep periods. And we talked together and we decide projects that the students can work on that we can pass along to each other throughout the periods. So for example, we had a Hispanic Heritage Month, and our social studies teacher wanted to do a wax museum. So the ELA teachers help with the biographies on the persons that they selected. Then the kids created poster boards and then we set it up with the gym so we had to correlate with the gym teacher to have the whole thing set up there.

 

I think it's really important, especially in Middle School, that the teachers work together. We all have the same team and we all have the same students. Therefore, when I'm looking at my i-Ready data and I can see that a student is very low and comprehension, I can pass this message along to our Social Studies teacher and our Science teacher as well so that they know whether or not they need to adjust the reading material for that student or particular group of students. So that everyone still gets immersed and the subject matter but at a level in which they can understand. Teamwork is essential for our students success. Without the teamwork, our students here at AMS Flower will not strive.

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My name is Curtis Walker, and I am the Principal of Academy of Math and Science Flower.

Six years ago, I began my career with AMS as a teacher. I was a middle school language arts teacher and I transition from middle school language arts to an Assistant Principal position with the Camelback campus. Three years ago, was asked to become Principal and serve the community at AMS Flower and so three years ago I became the Principal at the Academy of Math and Science.

 

What makes AMS Flower so special and different from any other school is our sense of community. Here at AMS Flower we celebrate one another, we have a growth mindset, we look out for each other every single day and that is something that you do not find anywhere else.

 

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From front office, to facilities, to our paraprofessionals, to our teachers; there is a sense of collaboration, there's a sense of community and we have each other’s backs.

 

Every minute matters. Every minute of instruction matters and every minute of building and fostering relationships matter here at AMS Flower. Our kids need us just as much as we need them. Our kids are special there is so much hope so much potential so much that we are looking forward to seeing all of her students on a daily basis.

Our students start with us beginning in kindergarten and they matriculate all the way through to 8th grade and that is something special within itself. What happens within those years is all on our teachers. Our teachers work their hardest every single day and commit themselves to planning lessons on a daily basis, ensuring that our students receive the highest quality of Education possible.  

Along the way, there’s the integration of Technology and making sure that celebrations are happening along the way. Our teachers want to make sure that our students have every opportunity afforded to them outside of AMS Flower."

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