Elementary math curriculum open house is Wednesday

Parents, patrons and any who have questions will have the opportunity to see “Math in Focus” — next year’s new elementary math curriculum — in action at a public open house Wednesday.

The drop-in style event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at Summit Hills Elementary School, 2853 N. Lucina Ave., Idaho Falls. As part of the open house, elementary students will present and demonstrate different aspects of the curriculum throughout the school’s classrooms and hallways, Principal Tom Gauchay said.

“We were fortunate enough to pilot the program in District 93 and we just want to showcase success we feel we’ve had this year,” Gauchay said.

Summit Hills was the first elementary in Bonneville Joint School District 93 to implement the curriculum this past school year. Earlier this month, both District 93 and Idaho Falls School District 91 school boards voted to adopt the Math in Focus districtwide in the fall.

Officials say the curriculum, which uses a teaching approach followed in Singapore, better aligns with Idaho Core Standards as it emphasizes problem-solving and hands-on learning.

Other schools in the area, including South Lemhi School District 292 schools and Holy Rosary Catholic School in Idaho Falls, also use Math in Focus.

“Singapore math really helps the kids understand math,” Gauchay said. “It really allows kids to see not only how to do computational strategies but to understand why they do what they do in math. It just provides a greater understanding of math — I can’t stress that enough.”

Reporter Kirsten Johnson can be reached at 542-6757.