Schools are developing initiatives aimed at combating the summer math slide, the loss of learning and skills over 10 weeks of summer vacation.

Combating the Summer Math SlideAt Fairview Park City School, two math initiatives are starting this summer – Building Math Muscles and Math Summer Challenge.  The idea is to keep students engaged with math and help them to be ready for the new school year.

“This is brand new and something we’re offering students as an opportunity to practice and polish their math skills over the summer.” said Melanie M. Wightman, Director of Teaching and Learning. “It’s available to anybody who is interested, particularly the middle school level.

“We have options for students based on the courses they are currently enrolled in. And those options kind of vary in intensity based on the student’s commitment to study mathematics.”

The Math Summer Challenge is a six week online program for students entering 2nd to 8th grade.  These are emails sent to parents with problems, puzzles, and resources. Building Math Muscles is more like a course for 6th 7th and 8th graders.

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