MAKING MATH MATTER TO WALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES
By: Kristen Rhodes
Once again, Walton Middle School’s families showed their commitment to their children’s education by attending the school’s second Title 1 Parent Training Night of the year. The event, “Making Math Matter,” occurred on Thursday, December 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. Nearly 300 people filled the lunchroom for a free pizza dinner before rotating through three holiday-themed, math-related rotations. Within each rotation, WMS math teachers hosted a total of eight breakout session options, with real-life math topics ranging from study tools to technology resources to standards-based activities. For instance, in one station, parents learned strategies to “Stuff [Their] Study Stockings,” learning how to make foldables for studying math concepts at home, while in another station, “Jingle Bells, My Wrapping Failed,” they learned to avoid wasting wrapping paper by calculating surface area. In addition to stations such as these, families also shopped at Russ’ Holiday Store, fully stocked with student-crafted items and managed by Mrs. Russ’ students themselves. Walton Middle School takes tremendous pride in its partnership with parents and eagerly anticipates the next sure-to-be successful event, “Reading Like a Sleuth,” on Thursday, January 28th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.