SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School hosted a Family Math night at the end of May.  The main gymnasium was filled with about 100 families with children from Kindergarten through high school taking advantage of an opportunity to have fun with math.

The gymnasium was organized into five unique mathematical countries: Algebraria, the Numberlands, Germanogetry, Measurdonia and Costa Fracta, according to Mathematics supervisor Kaite Arbolino. 

Twenty of the Sparta school district’s teachers volunteered to facilitate the activities at each country.  The participants found hands on options for each grade level. 

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“We also had a game table, estimation station and technology table available,” Arbolino said.

The evening was organized by district math teachers, Arbolino and the district’s Supervisor of Special Services Adrienne Castorina.  They plan to offer it again next year and have already thought of minor improvements to make it even better. 

“There are so many passionate math teachers within the district, I believe our goal was to share some of that passion with our students and parents,” Arbolino said. “We wanted to create an evening where all stakeholders could enjoy math together.”

“One of the best parts of the evening was seeing our students, parents, and teacher working together to apply mathematical concepts to the tasks they were solving. It was great watching our students explain the reasoning to their parents.”

Courtney Hyland and the students in her life skills class provided the refreshments.  The committee wanted to extend “a special thank you,” to them and to “the custodial staff for setting up the gym and the administrators who came to support the event,” Arbolino said.