Market Street Elementary hosts math night

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The math night gave parents the chance to see what happens in their students' classroom, and it also taught parents games and activities to do with their children that would be fun and educational. Pictured, kindergarten teacher Pam Choleva explained a game featuring dice for the parents to play with their children.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Market Street Elementary hosted their Math Night at the school. The night aimed to make a connection between the classroom and the students' homelives. Pictured, third-grade students played math games on the computer in Donna Fortunato's classroom.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Market Street Elementary's math night showed the parents of the students what the students do in the classroom on a daily basis as a part of their math curriculum, "Everyday Mathematics."

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Part of Market Street Elementary's math curriculum is playing math-based games. The teachers taught the parents some of these games at the math night so they could play educational games with their children at home. Pictured, Scarlett and Alina Hake played game centered on counting.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Each of the students at Market Street Elementary have online accounts for their Everyday Math curriculum. These accounts give them access to games that they can play in class or at home. Pictured, fourth-grade teacher Denise Robinson had the students show their parents examples of the games.

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Market Street Elementary School invited parents to the school for a night to learn about the school’s math curriculum on April 25.

The math night, organized similarly to the school’s reading night, took parents to classrooms for a look inside the math instruction that the students do daily at the school. They had teachers from each grade level show the parents the style of learning done in the math classroom.

“We want to give you a glimpse of what is happening in the classroom,” Kristin Conroy, the district’s math coach, said to the parents. She said she aimed the night at getting the families involved with the classroom and learning.

The teachers showed the parents the online account that each student has to play content-related games, demonstrated hands-on games the parents could play with their children at home and displayed a sample of their math lessons.

Conroy had representatives for each grade level in the school. Kindergarten teacher Pam Choleva, second grade teachers Janet Sypert, Barbara Gonda and Jen Wymer, third grade teachers Donna Fortunato and Jackie Lawson and fourth grade teacher Denise Robinson all taught some of the families of their students. Conroy covered the first grade families.

Conroy hopes the program will spark an on-going relationship between parents, students and the curriculum. She sent a family letter home that gave the parents suggestions of games, books and other ideas to connect family time to student learning.

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