IMS math night returns

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September 14, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Iola Middle School students and their parents will be better versed in solving math problems by the end of the fall semester thanks to Family Math Night, a SAFE BASE academic program started a year ago.
The program returned Tuesday evening and will continue each week.
“SAFE BASE has funding for the fall semester and hopefully we’ll be able to find money for the spring,” said Regina Young, who started the program a year ago for seventh graders. It was expanded to all IMS grades — sixth, seventh and eighth — this year. About 70 parents and students attended the first session in the IMS commons.
The evenings start at 5:30 with a meal prepared by the district cafeteria staff. Then comes an hour of math instruction and problem-solving techniques, topped by a 10-question quiz which students and parents take independently. If a student scores better than his parent, that means extra credit in his or her regular math class.
“Both students and parents did extremely well last year,” said Young, a math teacher at the middle school for more than 25 years. “I saw all of them learn and, for the students, it led to better scores on state assessment tests.”
Young anticipates that participation will grow.
“Last year we had 42 the first night and before long there were 60 to 70 each evening,” she said.
Information given to district board members later in the evening verified Young’s assessment of the math program. Schoolwide , students at the middle school scored 89.5 percent on math assessments last year, nearly eight points above the previous year and above the goal of 87.9.

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