Next family math night is Jan. 15!

The Jackson County School Systems Gordon Street Center hosts the Family Math Night each month with families and teachers gathering in several rooms. Supper is provided, and childcare is available for the youngest children.

The Jackson County School Systems Gordon Street Center hosts the Family Math Night each month with families and teachers gathering in several rooms. Supper is provided, and childcare is available for the youngest children.

Working on math skills through play

The focus is on card games when Jackson County School System parents and children come together for Family Math Night Tuesday, Jan. 15.

West Jackson Middle School math teacher Lynn Barnett, right, is part of the team working with parents and students each month during Family Math Night at the Jackson County School System's Gordon Street Center in Jefferson. The next session is Tuesday, Jan. 15.

West Jackson Middle School math teacher Lynn Barnett, right, is part of the team working with parents and students each month during Family Math Night at the Jackson County School System’s Gordon Street Center in Jefferson. The next session is Tuesday, Jan. 15.

JCSS math curriculum specialist Dr. Katie Warwick said the school staff is excited about the program’s success in its first three months and is looking forward to Math Night with Cards.

The event is set for 5-7 p.m. at the school system’s Gordon Street Center, centrally located at 441 Gordon Street in downtown Jefferson. It is open to students in grades K-8 and the adults in their lives. Childcare is provided for children in Pre-K and younger.

A winter meal featuring soups and chili will be prepared by the JCSS Teaching & Learning Department staff for all participants. Supper has been provided for previous gatherings by Zaxby’s of Braselton, Little Caeser’s Pizza, and the Jefferson Dairy Queen.

“The feedback has been wonderful,” Dr. Warwick said last week. “The adults are learning ways to work with their kids on math that can be fun. They are learning questions to ask while playing games and working together around the house.”

Sessions are led by math teachers from across the school system, and families have materials to take home to continue the fun. Prizes awarded at the end of the event will include board games families can play together, Dr. Warwick said.

The gatherings have drawn parents, guardians, and grandparents along with students from JCSS’s six elementary and two middle schools. Teachers and administrators from across the system have joined in the activities, which is supported in connection with the Math for Adults Foundation.

Family-oriented, interactive techniques and resources are shared for working with whole numbers and fractions, addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division, Dr. Warwick said. Families leave with materials to continue building on the strategies they’ve learned as well as a list of online resources.

Additional sessions are planned for Feb. 5, March 12, April 18, and May 9, and participants are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

Reservations are requested to ensure adequate food and helpers. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Warwick by calling 706-367-5151, ext. 17138, or emailing kwarwick@jcss.us.

Those calling or emailing are asked to provide the parent/guardian’s name, the number of children and adults attending, and the grade level of children or ages of pre-schoolers.