August 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM
MADISON, NJ - The superintendent of Madison schools is looking ahead to the upcoming school year.
“We’ve been working feverishly to be prepared for the new school year," said the Superintendent of Madison School District, Dr. Michael Rossi.
"We are working this year toward student achievement and getting ready for changes from the Department of Education," Rossi said. "We feel very prepared. There’s a lot of exciting things going on, and we’re thrilled to be teaming up with the community."
This year, 2013-2014, a new program, Math in Focus: Singapore Math, will be rolling out in grades K-2. In 2014-2015, it will extend to that of grades 3-5. The program is aligned to meet the Common Core State Standards and provides many important and valuable teaching strategies and applications where students construct their own learning and develop a greater depth of understanding and meaning related to principles of mathematics.
A concerned parent indicated in order to help her child at home, she relied on what she learned from her own schooling in mathematics because she feels that’s what most parents do. Singapore Math will be an entirely new approach. It's not rote. It isn't based on memorization.
"It's a brain based application process," said Rossi.
“It may be a little intimidating at first,” said David Arthur, a member of the Board of Education.
The school has planned a Parents’ Night to introduce the new delivery of math sometime in October. This way, parents can be informed and be able to reinforce at home what’s learned at school.
“It’s really cool,” said Board member Shade Grahling. “The program is designed to embrace different levels of learning, and there’s a lot of excitement about it,” she said.