Keeping learning fun and exciting is a perennial faculty goal at Jefferson Primary School. The enthusiastic youngsters that fill the buildings classrooms always seem ready for any challenge that happens to come their way. In that regard, they are little different than their predecessors, who began studying at the school in September 1962.
From the comfort of their cozy homes, Jefferson’s families gathered last Wednesday for a fun night of interactive science, technology, engineering and math activities via the Google Meet online platform.
Jefferson’s second annual Virtual STEM/Math Night was spearheaded by teachers Luz Marotta, Karen Mallow-Rizzo, Elle Chan and Yili Callahan. The program was divided into – Math Activities; a read-a-loud “Dreaming-UP” by Christy Hale and the STEM Activity – “The Cup Tower Challenge.”
The evening’s activities were generously supported by the Jefferson Primary School PTA, which provided participants with all the needed materials, including the book, “Dreaming UP,” which highlights and celebrates children’s playtime discoveries and experiences and how these experiences may be the gateway to future exciting careers.
“Parents enjoyed learning how to support their children using different and fun math activities as well as had a wonderful time watching their children develop a plan, build and rebuild to create the tallest cup tower.” Principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide said. “A fun time was had by all.”
So did the Jefferson School community succeed in its perennial quest? Did students have fun? If emails sent by parents to the school the next day are any indication the answer to the question is a resounding yes. Listed below are some of the messages”
• “Samuel had a really great time! Thank you!”
• “Nicholas built a tower that was 13 cups high. He multiplied 13 cups X 10 cm. and figured out that his tower was 130cm. high! Thanks for a great challenge!”
• “Thanks for a fun night! Cam really enjoyed it!”
• “Leila had such a blast!”