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Ogdensburg school district to host Common Core parent information night


OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg City School District is offering an opportunity for parents who are confused or frustrated over their children’s homework to take part in “Common Core Family Math Night.” The program, which will be held Wednesday in the Madill Elementary School cafeteria, will offer demonstrations on how to teach the Common Core curriculum to children.

Common Core Family Math Night will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for parents of universal prekindergarten students, 6:05 to 7:05 p.m. for first and second grades, 6:40 to 7:40 p.m. for third and fourth grades and 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. for fifth and sixth grades. Parents should preregister for the event by calling the school.

“The first part will be an explanation of some of the activities and strategies within that grade level, and then it will transition into practicing those strategies with each other by playing games,” said Kevin Kendall, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Math consultant Becky Duprey is facilitating the program, which is designed for students in universal prekindergarten to sixth grade.

Kennedy Elementary School teacher Erin Mousaw said learning under the Common Core standards was a bit of a struggle at first for her fourth-graders who, after being taught certain methods for several years, suddenly had to adjust to a new way of thinking.

“But now, within time, they will be able to understand the concepts a little better than they did before,” Ms. Mousaw said.

For parents who are unable to attend next month’s meeting or who want to learn more, Mr. Kendall said, another session will be scheduled at the beginning of next year.

Mrs. Duprey also has a website available for parents and teachers to better understand the teachings of the Common Core:

“There is not much there specifically for parents yet, but more to come,” Mrs. Duprey said. “Parents are free to look at the teacher areas, as there are many math games available.”

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