SMS Math Night brings in the numbers

Linda Gheysen
Sembach Middle School teacher

Math WebQuest, Four Step Problem Solving, Time Lines and Time Zones were some of the sessions held at Math Night at Sembach Middle School on Jan. 17.

Sembach Commissary donated the supplies for a spaghetti dinner, served to about 150 students and their families before they attended the different sessions.

***image1***Parents were shown basic math instruction and the school’s new Computers On Wheels and computerized Smart Boards. The purpose of the math night was to acquaint parents with math skills taught in the school and to show them how they can incorporate math in the home.

“This is awesome. It will help parents learn some strategies in math as well as helping them reinforce what’s happening at school in the home,” said parent Debra Hall, whose son Aaron is in the fifth grade.

“This is a wonderful program,” said parent Valerie Pence, who attended Math Night with her sons fifth-grader Collin and second-grader Logan. “It allows me to see the different methods used in teaching math. I’ve received a lot of information I can use at home with my children.”

Elizabeth Quinn, seventh and eighth grade English teacher, said, “Math is about words and understanding the specialized vocabulary. From a Language Arts perspective, it was exciting to see parents learning terminology to support homework with their children.”

Principal Robert Richards called Math Night a success.

“It was a textbook example of a total school and  community effort,” he said.