Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI)
Newton School became an AMSTI school in the 2005 - 2006 school year. AMSTI is an Alabama Department of Education initiative designed to improve math and science education across the state.
AMSTI provides students with well-trained teachers and the equipment, materials, and resources needed for hands-on, activity-based, math and science education. AMSTI helps students develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in postsecondary studies and workforce. Research indicates that having students actively engaged in hands-on, problem-solving, activities is the best way to foster learning. State test scores have demonstrated that our students' achievement levels are increasing in the area of math.
Teachers in participating schools receive modular kits containing equipment and supplies. In addition, teachers receive extensive professional development at summer institutes and throughout the school year. Math and science specialists visit with teachers on a regular basis, helping them implement AMSTI in their classrooms.
As our teachers continue to grow in instructional strength, our school conducts AMSTI Night each year to share with our parents and community the exciting things that are happening in our classes. It gives our students an opportunity to participate in the hands-on activities. Students became the teachers in this very successful event!