RIPLEY - The Ripley Central School District kicked off its annual Math Week with a family math event Thursday, March 7.
"We hope to bring math to the families rather than the kids just bringing homework," Ripley math teacher Lisa Stonefoot said.
Stonefoot, along with elementary teachers Michell Lukasiak and Kathy Machemer, organized the evening's event.
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Ripley Central School elementary students play a math game during the district’s family math event Thursday, March 7.
"We want to help share with parents that 'this is what your kids are doing,' and keep it in a family setting," she said.
The family math night was also part of the effort to increase elementary participation in the events of
Math Week, Stonefoot said. Originally Math Week largely involved grades seven through 12, culminating the Math Battle on Friday. However, the elementary grades have become more and more involved.
"We are super excited at how the little ones are talking about their colors and what they are going to do," Stonefoot said.
A Math Carnival is planned for the lower grades on Thursday, March 14, also known as Pi Day since the date is 3/14.
This year is bittersweet, Stonefoot said, because it will be the last Math Week for the upper grades since Ripley students in grades seven through 12 will be tuitioned to Chautauqua Lake Central School next year.
"We are hoping that after the high school is gone, the elementary school will pick it up and keep the tradition going for the little ones," she said.