School district offers refresher in basics

Published 12:01 am Thursday, December 6, 2007

NATCHEZ — Don’t remember the quadratic equation? Not sure which comes first, Saturn or Jupiter?

You aren’t alone.

The Natchez-Adams School District knows parents have forgotten many of the school-day lessons they once knew, and school officials want to help them remember.

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The district is hosting its annual Family Math, Science, Literacy and Technology night at 6 tonight. The workshop aims to show parents how they can help their children with studies at home.

“We want parents and children to come and work together, side-by-side,” Parent Center Coordinator Marilyn Turner said. “Parents can learn the skill and go home and work with the child on that particular skill.”

Parents and children who attend the event — at Robert Lewis Middle School — will first go to a general session. They’ll then split into two 30- minute breakout sessions.

During the sessions teachers will use hands-on activities to teach math and science skills.

Parents can also attend a technology session that shares helpful Web sites they can use with their children.

All of the skills reviewed will be those tested on the state test, the Mississippi Curriculum Test II. This year, students will take a revised version of the test, which is expected to be harder, Turner said.

The night caters to students in all grades.

Turner said previous years have seen crowds of between 100 to 150 people.

A light meal will also be served.

“We really want parents to come out,” Turner said. “We need them to find out what the district can offer to help with their child’s education.”