February Math Academy hosted 35 scholars over February Break. With two of our math teachers, Mr. McGrath and Mr. Malinoski along with guest appearances by Mr. Lessard and Mrs. St. Martin, students worked on the five math strands Number Sense, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Rational Numbers and Proportions, and Probability and Statistics. There was a mix of classroom instruction, task oriented work, real world problems, and independent practice. The students worked really hard because they wanted to be here. Below two of our 7th graders share what their experience was like.
“Math Academy was an all-around great experience. It took a lot of perseverance to wake up at 7 in the morning during vacation week to come to school but we learned a lot that week. On Monday it was very laid back and everyone was glad to see us. We arrived about 8am and ate breakfast and had morning circle. Math started as soon as we got to the classroom. I learned about circles, unit rate, proportions, fractions, and real life problems. I loved how we got rewards for our good work. It made us work 10 times harder on our own math problems. On Tuesday and Wednesday Mr. Malinoski showed us these really cool number tricks and then he showed us how to do them. My favorite day of the week was Thursday. In Mr. Lessard’s class we made posters with our groups that showed how to make pancake recipes of different sizes. After lunch we had a fun game of Jeopardy Math with North and South. On Friday we did all of our work in the morning and then we had a rewards ceremony after lunch. We then had a small dance party to celebrate our week. That was our week in the February Empowerment Academy.”
“Math Academy was fun and I learned about some Math things that I didn’t know anything about. I also got help with some topics that I have struggled with and helped out other kids as well. I noticed that the teachers were especially helpful in explaining things that students didn’t understand and the kids asked a lot of questions. I would say that the Math Academy was helpful for everyone who attended. Math Academy also brought everyone a bit closer, everyone used to see each other in the hallways and walk past each other but now people are saying “Hi” to each other and smiling. It seems like everyone is just friendlier to each other and we are a closer community. Math Academy was fun but we also did a lot of academic work each day. I hope we can have another academy next year!”