A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of the volunteers who came out to help us move our middle school to our new building.
It rained, cleared, rained again (and again), and our volunteers were the best--smiling and helping out wherever they could!
The staff left with a heart full of appreciation for the wonderful parents that make up our school.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Here is the next phase of our move in:
On Friday, July 25th from 6:00-8:30 p.m., we will move belongings, textbooks, furniture,etc. into the temporary
classrooms our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will
occupy while our new classroom building is being built.
If you can come to the Prestley Mill location to help,
it would be greatly appreciated.
Some items will go upstairs, so be sure to eat a power bar before you come! Please wear closed-toe shoes.
If we do not get everything moved on Friday night, then we will continue on Saturday, July 26th beginning at 8:00 a.m.
We will send an email (late Friday night) to let you
know if we will need to continue on Saturday.
We welcome any dollies and hand trucks to assist! Two of the classrooms are upstairs (no elevator), so if you have a
great idea or apparatus to ease that move, please share!
Thank you, and the middle school teachers
will see you Friday night!
Below is an article with a few math games that can be played by your student! Adjusting the level of each of these games is easy too! My personal favorite is Yahtzee! If you have never played and want to "try it before you buy it", I have several copies of the game! I love playing Yahtzee with my students and even having Yahtzee tournaments. Email me if you want to pick up a game. I have a few here at home that I picked up this summer that I will gladly lend out!
by Raj Valli
Do you want your children to have a fun-filled summer? Absolutely! However, you also want your kids to use their brains and keep their math skills sharp. The summer slide—the knowledge students lose in the three months they are out of school—is real, and any steps you can take to get your kids out of the pool, at least for a little while, and working on some math activities, will put them that much ahead when school resumes.
However, the challenge in introducing cool math for kids this summer is to make sure the math is indeed cool. Throwing down some worksheets in front of your child when the sun is shining and the pool looks so inviting may be met with resistance, to say the least. An iPad-based tutoring program can make summer math seem less like work and more like fun. And games—not just the digital variety, but also ones you play in the real world—are great for sneaking in some math into play time. Here are five games that introduce cool math for kids without them even realizing it:
Card games are terrific options as cool math for kids.War, 21, Crazy Eights, and Rummy 500 are among the choices that use or can be modified to include math. Cribbage is another game that is easy to play (with a little patience, younger grade-schoolers can learn it) and requires plenty of adding (especially to 15) and counting. It’s also great for safety breaks at the pool—you can get a few hands played before kids are allowed back into the water.
2. Math Scavenger Hunt
This is a fun activity for road trips, at the amusement park, or anywhere you might be this summer. Each player writes the numbers 1 to 20 on a sheet of paper or in a notebook, then looks for those numbers, either in signs (e.g., Interstate 15) or by counting objects they see (e.g., “Look, there’s four lifeguards watching the pool!”). First player to cross off every number wins.
Yahtzee might be venerable, but it still delivers cool math for kids by requiring addition and multiplication. It’s portable, too—you can play it at the pool or beach when you are not otherwise in the water. If you are really ambitious, create your own Yahtzee cards with unique scoring categories (e.g., add the dice, and if they are a multiple of your age, score 30 points).
To play 300, you will need three dice. Roll all of them, add the total, and you have a score for that round. First player to 300 wins. Instruct your child to keep score, and periodically ask how many points you need to reach 300. Some variations of this game include using more than three dice, getting one reroll on any numbers you don’t like, or reaching 300 exactly.
5. Equation Concentration
This will require a little work on your part but is worth the effort in updating the classic matching game of Concentration (also known as Memory). Write an expression or a question (an equation must have an equals sign) on an index card—for example, 20+7. The answer is 27, of course, which will match with another card with a different equation, perhaps 3 x 9. Make about 20 pairs of differing equations, spread them out on a table, and flip cards and try to recall where their matches were. Kids aren’t just being given a number to remember, but must figure out the math as well.
I hope you are having a great summer so far! We have been very busy getting the buildings ready for you :)
I have a couple of volunteer opportunities (DOUBLE HOURS)!
This Saturday, July 12, we will have a volunteer clean-up day at the Brookmont Campus! I will be there starting at 8 am. We will focus on landscaping. Please bring tools to weed-eat, hoe, trim, rake, etc. (and gloves too) Again, DOUBLE HOURS!! So if you work one hour, you get credit for two! Bring the kids too! We have some areas around the ramps and outside stairs that would be perfect for smaller bodies! Also, we want to pick up trash on the campus.
Next Saturday, July 19th, we are planning to move a lot of furniture from Brookmont to Prestley Mill. Plus, we are moving boxes from the storage pod to the temporary middle school classrooms at Prestley Mill. We will start at 9 am at both locations. If you can help with this, please email Connie Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need people at both locations and she is coordinating this so we have the people where we need them! Please let her know what time and what location if you can help. And don't forget - DOUBLE HOURS!!! THANKS!
Mrs. Beck's Math and Social Studies Classes