Stimson’s “Are you Smarter” Program Adds Up
Now in its fifth year, South Huntington’s parent program “Are You Smarter Than Your Middle Schooler?” is a series of three parent workshops designed to teach Stimson Middle School parents some mathematical concepts that will enable them to help their children with math at home. “I got tired of my daughter telling me I was doing math the wrong way,” said Vinny, one of the parents who is participating. “So here I am, first math class in 30 years.” Carol, another parent, agreed: “I do math differently than my daughter, so it’s important that we are both on the same page.”
“The workshops give parents tips and tricks to help their children study and master important math facts, such as multiplication tables and operations with integers,” said Ms. Jaime Zalewski, one of two teachers who volunteer their evenings for this important parent program. Ms. Meghan Musgnug is another Stimson teacher who readily gives up her personal time to help parents.
“Parents will be given an overview of the changes that are occurring as we transition into the new core curriculum, along with internet resources parents can use to get more information on curriculum changes or on a particular topic” reported Ms. Zalewski. Parents seemed to agree with fellow participant Anita, who said, “It’s important to keep updated on how they are doing math these days. It enables me to help my son if he has problems with homework or with studying for a test.”
Stimson math teacher Ms. Jaime Zalewski, uses a Smartboard to help parents understand
today’s math as well as new curriculum being introduced. Photo by Steve Bartholomew.