MEXICO — The sixth-grade educators from Hartford/Sumner Elementary, Dirigo Middle School and Mountain Valley Middle School had their first ever Family Math Nights for sixth-grade students and their parents.
The first Family Math Night was held on Feb. 9 at the Hartford/Sumner Elementary library and another event was held on Feb. 11 at the Mountain Valley Middle School cafeteria.
The night was a combined effort of all the sixth-grade teachers and one Title One person from Dirigo Middle, as well as the support of Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum Coordinator Gloria Jenkins, from the newly created RSU 10.
The evening’s activities focused on the middle school standard “number and operations” with a target at building and reinforcing multiplication skills. While math classes and textbooks are ways for students to learn mathematics, the math night demonstrated that there are techniques and interactive methods that can also help students gain knowledge of mathematics.
The goal was for students to teach their parents the different math games they had learned using playing cards and dice which had been collected from the Eagles Club, Foxwoods Casino and donations collected at the Dollar Stores in Rumford and Jay. The intent was to create a bridge between home and school, where parents learn ways that they can help their child master skills while still having quality family time and fun at the same time.
Fruit, vegetables, drinks and some sweet treats were prepared and shared by the Hartford/Sumner and Mountain Valley food and nutrition personnel. Door prizes were donated by local businesses in each school area. The evening culminated with students and parents leaving with a bag filled with math activities, playing cards and dice.
The teachers were very encouraged with the number of parents and students who attended and the many positive comments they received during the evening. There are plans to hold another Family Math Night in the late spring.