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STUDENTS + PARENTS + COMMUNITY
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Math Coach has been activated.
Math Coach
Instructor: Sandy Thompson   
Thoughts From Jackson Academy’s Math Coach, Mrs. Sandy Thompson

Dear Parents and Guardians of Jackson Academy Students,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!


It is the intention of J. Garfield Jackson, Sr. Academy teachers, instructional leaders, and families to ensure that all students have access to the highest quality mathematics teaching and learning. The New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Mathematics are the foundation for mathematics instruction.
The standards for mathematical content for elementary students fall under the domains of counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, number and operations – fractions, measurement and data, and geometry. The alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment ensures that those domains are at the center of the elementary classroom’s mathematics.
The Jackson family staff advocates instruction that engages students in understanding mathematics, computing fluently, applying strategies to solve problems, reasoning logically, and connecting and communicating mathematical ideas through the standards for mathematical practice. Our curriculum and instruction is coherent, focused and consistent with research in the field where every student is empowered by the opportunities mathematics affords.

                                                
Understanding: Knowing what concepts, operations and symbols mean. Instead of just memorizing facts, students with understanding will know why a mathematical idea is important and in which context it is useful. They see patterns and see how numbers are related, such as connections between addition and subtraction and multiplication and division.

Computing: Carrying out mathematical procedures such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers, flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately. It includes measurement (measuring items) and geometry (constructing figures). Being fluent means knowing not just how but when to use these procedures.

Applying: Formulating problems and devising strategies for solving them. A concept or procedure is not useful unless students know when and where to use it, and when and where it does not apply. In real life there are many situations when we are required to figure out what the problem is. Students need to be able to create problems, devise possible strategies, and choose the most useful strategy to solve the problem.

Reasoning: Using logic to explain or justify a solution or to extend from something known to something not yet known. One of the best ways for students to improve their reasoning is to explain or justify their solutions to others. As they communicate their thinking, they hone their reasoning skills.

Engaging: Seeing mathematics as sensible, useful, and doable, if you work at it, and being willing to do the work. There is no mysterious “math gene” that dictates success. Students should see mathematics not as an arbitrary set of rules and procedures, but instead a subject where things fit together logically and sensibly.

 
What’s Currently Happening At Jackson Academy?
  • Jackson Academy Black History Program, STEM Fair, and Scholastic Book Fair 
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 – 5:00pm
  • Weekly Math Brain-Buster Challenge
  • Ongoing throughout the year
  • For the Love of Math Valentine Contest
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, February 13th
  • 100th Day of School Celebrations
  • Friday, February 10th
  • PARCC Parent Workshop
  • Wednesday, March 1st – 5:00pm
  • PARCC Assessment
  • Grade 3 – 3/28/17 through 4/6/17
  • Grade 4 – 4/18/17 through 4/27/17
  • Grade 5 - 5/2/17 through 5/11/17
 What is STEM?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the student to do much more than just learn.
All young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow. However, right now, not enough of our youth have access to quality STEM learning opportunities and too few students see these disciplines as springboards for their careers.




            Informative Websites that you may wish to log in to:
            *New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Mathematics
                www.state.nj.us/education/ccss/2016/math/standards.pdf
            *What’s Happening in the Classroom
              -What is my child expected to learn?
              -How will New Jersey know if students are meeting goals?        
              -Understanding PARCC
              -Be A Learning Hero
              -The Super 5: Back to School Power Moves
                            (AND MUCH MORE!)
              www.state.nj.us/education/highlights/back.htm


We are all having a mathematically awesome school year!!!
And always remember, …

                                   
Welcome to the Math Coach Corner! Let's Have A Happy and Successful 2016-2017 School Year!
Welcome All to the 2016-2017 School Year!
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