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Students wrap up math camp at Atwater Elementary School District

The Atwater Elementary School District wrapped up this week a two-week Math Camp for approximately 200 incoming fourth-graders.

Nine district teachers went through math training June 11-12 at Stanford University let by Dr. Jo Boaler, a professor at Stanford and the author of “Mathematical Mindsets.”

Back in January, the Merced County Office of Education brought Boaler to Valley Community School in Atwater to give presentations to teachers.

Ana Boyenga, assistant superintendent for Educational Services with the Atwater district, said Math Camp is designed to demonstrate that math is for everyone.

Boyenga said training emphasizes even skilled mathematicians work slowly and that’s fine. Math Camp sessions are designed to build competency and confidence in math skills for students.

Math Camp sessions were offered from 8 a.m. to noon at Bellevue, Aileen Colburn, Elmer Wood, Peggy Heller, Thomas Olaeta, Shaffer and Mitchell K-6 schools.

“Our camp includes students from across the achievement ranges. Teachers will combine mindset messages each day along with math instruction. We want students to see math as a growth subject, and that every problem could be seen and solved differently,” Boyenga said.

In conjunction with Math Camp, the Atwater Elementary School District will once again hold Jump Start Academy for students entering first grade. Students will have an opportunity to review literacy skills that are key to that grade. These sessions also run from through Aug. 2 at all elementary schools sites in the district, Boyenga said

Math Camp and Jump Start are both intended to help students extend their learning through the fun and enriching experiences to help avoid the “summer slide.”

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