From the Desk of Sean Dorsey
Community Newsletter. November 2018
A Message From Sean
I grew up in the 70's and 80's. As I got older, math got harder and harder for me. For awhile, my parents were good sources of help as I struggled solving problems at the dining room table. However, as I progressed into high school, the math became such that my parents could no longer provide me the assistance I needed. Now I am that parent! Mind you, my kiddos are in the 4th grade. However, I am struggling to provide my twins the adequate support at home. Today's approach to learning math requires a conceptual understanding that I never acquired. What happened to the old school way of solving a problem and arriving at an answer? Don't get me wrong. I believe the manner in which our learners are taught math is resulting in deeper thinking and understanding of math. Ultimately, our children are better for it. Inevitably, we all find ourselves, sooner or later, at the dinner table attempting to help our child work through a math problem. I hope to save you a bit of time and heartache. Help is out there. Below is a brief list of resources and links I consult when stumped:
K - 5 Math Resources for Parents
Great Minds Eureka Math
This website includes parent tip sheets that provide strategies, models, key vocabulary, and tips for supporting learning at home. (English and Spanish versions available) Click on the Math tab and then the Parent tab to access the parent tip sheets.
This website follows the Engage New York math lessons. It is perfect for those students who struggle with recalling daily math lessons. It has fluency practice, videos, and targeted checks for understanding.
Lafayette School Resources
- This website is hands-down one of the best at home resources! Navigate to your grade level on the left hand side of the page. Resources Include:
- Parent Videos and Games
- Math Newsletter by subtopics within each module
- Activities for parents to complete with kids at home
- Enter Engage New York in the Search box at the top of the page - results by grade level and module.
Oakdale School Resources
- This website includes links for K - 5 Math homework help to include videos.
Zone Pillar Recognition
Parks Raises the Bar
What is Zone Pillar Recognition?
Teachers in the Sand Creek Zone have been recognized for embodying a different pillar of the Sand Creek Zone Plan. We appreciate their hardwork and dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence.
Koenig Goes the Extra Yard for $1000 Grant
Congratulations to Mr. Mark Koenig who was awarded a $1,000 grant to go towards supplies in his classroom and was recognized on the field during the home game on Sept. 29 against Nevada. On Friday, Sept 21st, the AFA Falcon came to surprise Mr. Koenig at Remington Elementary in front of his class with what he won. Only 10 teachers were selected from the entire Pikes Peak Area. The student who nominated him, Rex Pieffer, was also on hand to give his congratulations!. Find out more about Mr. Koenig's award here!
SCHS Cadet Reaches New Heights with Pilots' License
STEM Night was Out of This World at RES
Horizon Staff Dance Gets Kids Excited to Excel
Growth and Innovation
Sand Creek Gets New Learning Spaces
SRES Walk A Thon Donates $1500 to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
A Stand Out Parent at RES
Upcoming Zone Events
11/12: Veteran's Day
11/14: Internet Safety with Securly at HMS
11/15: Blood Drive at SCHS & EIES 5th Grade Veterans Program
11/15: SRES Skate Night
11/15-17: SCHS Musical
11/19-23: Thanksgiving Break
11/27: HMS Parent Night
12/3: Parent Academy: Social & Emotional Wellness at SCHS
12/6: SRES 3rd grade Musical
12/11: EIES 3rd Grade Concert
12/12: SCHS Choir Concert & RES 3rd Grade Program
8th grade Parent Night at HMS
12/14: SCHS Band Concert
12/22-1/7: Winter Break