From an Everett Public Schools News Release.
Summer school math camps are virtual AND real important.
Math-Whizz partners with the district to boost elementary student math skills.
On average, across the nation, the math skill level of elementary students may vary by four years. As this “average” plays out, a fourth-grade classroom might have students with math skills at only first-grade level.
“The further students are behind in the early grades, the further they are likely to fall behind in later grades,” explains Dr. Cynthia Jones who oversees programs designed specifically to help those struggling students catch up.
“Our district goal is 100 percent graduation. Graduation success depends upon the success and learning all the way through to that high school senior year.”
This summer the district has partnered with Math-Whizz in an innovative, interactive way to engage third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students in oh-so-important math skill-building.
“Starting on July 27, more than 200 students at three different schools will be immersed two and a half hours a day for 12 days in the magic of math,” says Jones.
“We are building their scholastic skills, yes, and we are building their sense of confidence in a very important subject they have struggled with. They’ll enter school this fall feeling better about what they know and more confident about school. All that helps lead to more learning and more graduation success.”
Because student skill levels vary, teachers have an extensive tool kit. This year the teacher kit includes Math-Whizz virtual tutoring online learning software.
“The software includes engaging, skill-appropriate math lessons that support the focus of our math camp this summer. That is, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and problem solving,” states Monica Wagenhoffer, Math Camp Site Coordinator for Everett Public Schools.
“Kids are grouped by skill and ability so teachers can provide appropriate lessons. As well, the Math-Whizz online learning software adapts to each child’s ability. This means students have the right lesson at the right time for optimal progress and improved math ability.”
Jones indicated the Everett Public Schools math camp program is part of a three-pronged elementary summer school intervention program.
In addition to the math camp, students entering third- and fourth- grade who are one and a half years below reading standard, are attending similar reading camps.
“We also have an intensive language development experience for first-, second- and fifth-grade students who do not speak English as their native language.”
Students attending these camps will come to camp locations at Garfield, Emerson and Penny Creek elementary schools from 16 of the district’s 17 elementary schools, (Hawthorne Elementary School is running its own summer program with nearly 200 of its own students).
The math camps begin on Monday, July 27 and run through Thursday, Aug. 13. The reading and English Language Learner programs began on Monday, July 13.
About Whizz Education
Whizz Education is a pioneering education company that partners with parents, schools, districts and Ministries of Education to raise standards in math through virtual, adaptive tutoring, teacher-led digital resources and the application of best practices. In 2004, the company was founded on the belief that every child deserves a learning experience that caters to his or her individualized needs and pace of learning.
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