Stimson’s “Are You Smarter” Program Adds Up

Ms. Meghan Musgnug with her 8th grade parents.
Ms. Meghan Musgnug with her 8th grade parents.
Making connections with parents, Ms. Brittany Greene volunteers her time at Stimson.
Making connections with parents, Ms. Brittany Greene volunteers her time at Stimson.

Now in its sixth year, South Huntington’s parent program “Are You Smarter Than Your Middle Schooler?” is a series of three parent workshops designed to teach Stimson Middle School parents some mathematical concepts that will enable them to help their children with math at home.

“It is so important to be aware of what our children are experiencing,” said Suzanne, one of the parents who is participating. “If they know they can come to you about math, they may be more likely to come to you about other things that are happening in their lives.”

Ms. Brittany Greene, a Whitman math teacher, is new to the district and wants to be involved in the community. Volunteering her time for the "Are You Smarter" program gives her that opportunity and enables her to make connections with parents. “It's important for parents to utilize this program in order for them to help their children succeed in math,” said Ms. Greene.  “After completing the program, parents will understand the crucial topics in the middle school math curriculum.”

Ms. Meghan Musgnug is the other Stimson “Are You Smarter” teacher who readily gives up her personal time to help parents in the program. “We have all learned intermediate math but unless we use it daily it's easy to forget, most parents just need a little refresher.” said Ms. Musgnug. “When parents take a vested interest and come to these workshops offered by the district, it sends a message to their children that this "stuff" is important.” added Ms. Musgnug. Parents seem to agree with fellow participant Suzanne, who said, “Thanks to the patience of the teachers, I've started to feel comfortable and even excited about math.”

“Parents are encouraged to join in at any time,” said Stimson Principal Faye Robins. “The next workshop will be held at Stimson Middle School on Thursday, October 18, at 7:30 PM.”