2014-15 family math, reading nights beginning this week
2014-15 family math, reading nights beginning this week
Posted on 10/15/2014
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WEST HAVEN, Oct. 10, 2014 — Family math and reading events will be held again this year in West Haven Public Schools, in an effort to give students extra learning opportunities and provide parents with another way to be involved in their children’s education.

Each after-school gathering provides kids with educational games and activities, typically focusing on one academic discipline and particular skill-building strategies. They are held at the elementary, intermediate and middle school level. Schools will hold a math or literacy night nearly every month this year for their students and families.

“Special events like family math or literacy nights help reinforce what students are working on in the classroom. They give ideas for ways students can build upon their skills at home, and kids also usually receive a book or something they can take home to use for additional reading or math practice outside of school,” said District Math Coordinator Nicole Danishevsky, who oversees the math curriculum in all nine West Haven Public Schools. 

Family math nights offer kids and their families teamwork tasks that relate to a math topic currently being taught in the classroom and sometimes include a small craft that can be brought home and used as a math review tool.

Family literacy nights often feature a guest reader who puts on an interactive presentation and information from teachers about how parents can help kids become better readers.

“Our West Haven School Literacy Nights help to communicate the important role that parents and family play in supporting independent reading at every grade level and allow us the opportunity to provide reading strategies for academic success,” said Colette Bennett, district coordinator for English language arts, social studies and library media curriculums. “In a recent survey about reading habits given to students at Bailey Middle School, over 60 percent of students stated that they share what they read with their parents. This statistic illustrates the role of parents as partners in sharing reading, even during demanding adolescent years.”

Transportation is provided for families to attend literacy and math nights if they need it. At times, schools partner up for such gatherings, offer a dinner with the event, or give the event a theme.

Last year, Bailey Middle School incorporated a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) component into its Family Math Night, and this year Bailey’s math department is holding Math Game Night featuring card tricks, Deal or No Deal and other favorites that require math.

The family math and literacy nights are in line with an important district goal of parent engagement. Teachers are also continuing to send home math and English language arts newsletters, as they did last year, and have been creating or updating their websites to further meet that goal.

Contact: Communications Director Susan Misur, 203-937-4300 X7114; susan.misur@whschools.org