Math Facts Pro

In late spring of last year, our students grade 3-5 were assessed with the new online state test called the M-STEP.  This test measures all students across the state to compare their academic abilities in math and reading (grades 3-5) and science (gr 4) and social students (grade 5).

While watching our students take their first online test, we made detailed notes of systematic instructional changes to implement to better prepare our students for this coming spring’s M-STEP assessment.

One area that stuck out for mathematics was math fluency – the ability to complete basic math facts accurately and quickly.  The students who had strong math fluency were able to solve simple problems quickly and devote the bulk of their math assessment time to the higher levels of work needed for reading through the multiple steps of the math problem.

We have taken on this intervention in grades 1-5 so that by the time our students reach grade 3, they are strong in addition and subtraction facts.

In order to become fluent in math facts, children must practice everyday for 5-10 minutes.  We mathfactsproare building in as much time as possible in school through math lessons, intervention groups, multiple math apps along with one in particular called MATHFACTSPRO .  We like this program because it tracks student progress over the year at school and home.

Great features of this online practice for math facts:

  • Each student’s program is individualized based on the facts needing practice.
  • Students who know their math facts are more confident math students and have greater success in math.
  • Online math fact practice is more effective than paper flashcards.  This online program provides immediate feedback (correct/incorrect) and adjusts the level based on student needs.

How does my child use MATHFACTSPRO?

  •   After signing in, start practicing.
  •   The program will stop once your child has gotten 50-100 facts correct. (Pre-set by each teacher)
  •   Your child will see a chart of their fact progress – and you are able to view this as well.
  •   GOAL :  5-10 minutes of  MATHFACTSPRO each day for homework.  Teachers can check the program to determine who is doing their math homework each night.  Parents can also monitor progress.

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Thank you for your support of your child’s learning through this simple and effective homework practice.  This is one skill that goes a long way toward building math confidence and it is as simple as daily practice.

Tidbits

Constitution Day

At Georgetown will be honoring the Constitution on Thursday, September 17.   Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave people on September 17, 1787.

To celebrate this day and the honor of living in a free  country,  we ask everyone to wear RED,  WHITE,  and  BLUE on Thursday.

 

Walk-a-Thon

ShoesThis week, we kick off our ONE AND ONLY SCHOOL WIDE FUNDRAISER, our ANNUAL WALK•A•THON.  Your donations make it possible for us to support online reading programs, books for the library and classrooms, parent/child events, at-risk families in need of clothing items and food, support for our classroom teachers (materials/supplies) and much more.

PLEASE DONATE.  Your money makes a tremendous difference in how we can support learning and family activities.  Last Friday, your child  brought home a yellow flyer about the WALK•A•THON. The walk-a-thon will be on Thursday Sept. 24. Wear blue and gold, or dress like a ninja, wear comfy shoes and support our wonderful school. Donations are due by Sept. 25th.

Welcome Back! :)

Dear Parents,

I enjoyed meeting everyone at Open House last Wednesday. I am very excited for school to start and I am looking forward to a great year!

Throughout our first week in 5th grade students will be sharing a talent that they have.   A sheet went home explaining more about this at Open House.

Lastly, below is important information regarding the safety of your children.  Please take the time and read through the information that is being shared with all Georgetown parents.
BACKGROUND CHECK: If you would like to attend a school event (field trip) or volunteer at school (classroom party), you must complete a background check.  Please take time to complete this now so that we are not scrambling to get background checks the week of a field trip or class party. The link to this form is below.

The district has streamlined the process allowing parents to access the form online (laptop, tablet or smartphone).To access the form online, please visit the website link here.

BUS PASS: Parents must submit a BUS PASS to the transportation office by 10:00 am the morning of the transportation change.  Parents will be notified by 1:00 pm if the change is approved or denied.  

This policy applies to grades 1-5.  Kindergarteners are NOT allowed to change busses.  The Gr 1-5 Bus Pass  can be found here.

CHANGES IN GOING HOME: We pride ourselves in making sure that all of the children are safe at school — constantly reviewing our procedures for security.  We feel the same way about the process of sending your children home at the end of the day.  We want to make sure that every single child goes home safely each day.

If there is a CHANGE in the plan for going home, you must contact the school before 2 pm on the day of the change.  You may also send a note to school with your child. The school must hear from you by email, phone or a note before 2 pm on the day of the change.  I do not always have a chance to check my e-mail before the end of the school day.

PLEASE avoid making changes mid-day.  When the office is contacted, the classroom is interrupted by intercom to inform me of the change.  This is a disruption in our learning environment. We understand that occasionally last minute changes do occur, however, when this becomes a pattern it is very disruptive to the classroom environment — and can cause anxiety with some children.  Limited changes means consistency which also means we are less likely to make errors.  We want your child to be safe and secure after school.

Thank you for understanding and please let me know if you have any questions.

 KEEP ON LEARNING this SUMMER!

Studies have shown that learners can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation. Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “Keep On Learning With Mobymax” this summer as a way to prevent summer slide. Georgetown teachers selected MobyMax as the online curriculum for summer vacation and extra curricular in school learning.

To learn more, visit our school blog.  Also…all those who earn their MOBYMAX points will be entered into a drawing for an ipad mini!

FROM THE ART ROOM…

Parents, it is time to send home all the beautiful student artwork that we’ve been keeping safe at school for you!  Mrs. Brouwer and Mrs. Persch will host an ART PICK UP DAY – this includes framed artwork from the Art Show too!
WHEN: Thursday, May 28 – 8:00 AM-6:30 PM
WHERE: Mrs. Persch’s Art Room – across from the office, look for the signs!
Please stop in for your kid’s art work – any art that is not picked up will be sent home with the kids after May 28.  Hope to see you there!

​   Mrs. Brouwer and Mrs. Persch​

M-Step Testing Information

Next week we will begin an intensive period of on-line testing — M-STEP, our state assessment.   To find out more about the test, please read this letter issued by the State Superintendent of Schools, Mike Flanagan:  M-STEP Parent Letter

Our fifth graders will take the tests over a 2-3 week period of time beginning Tuesday, April 14.

Our Fifth Grade testing schedule is roughly outlined below.  It is critical that your child attend full day, everyday during the testing.   Once a student has started the test, they cannot stop until completed.  If the students stops midway through the test without completing it, all unanswered questions are wrong.

Please check your family calendar for any appointments that might impact the testing schedule on 4/14, 4/15, 4/16, 4/17, 4/21, 4/23 and 4/24.  Please change these so that your child’s testing is not interrupted.  Again, once a student starts the testing session, the session must be finished.

  • Mrs. Walenta, Mrs. Gort, Mrs. Ball will take the test every morning from 9-12

M-STEP Test Information

 

Parents,

The MEAP has now changed it’s name to “M-STEP.”    This annual state assessment will now be given in the spring and will be all on-line for grades 3,4,5.

 5th grade will start testing the week we return from Spring Break. The 5th grade testing window (April 13-30)

Students in grades 3,4,5 will all be assessed in ELA and Mathematics.  Students in 5th grade will also be assessed in Social Studies. This new computer-based assessment will include computer adaptive sessions, classroom activities, and performance tasks.

To prepare students for this new testing environment, teachers  have been working to provide students with additional online assessment readiness lessons.

If you are interested in providing your child with more practice at home,  additional online resources for student home access  are posted on our district website.

Thank you,

Mrs. Reagan