JMS Weekly Update, 6-14-2019

JMS Weekly Update, 6-14-2019
Posted on 06/14/2019
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A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful wrap-up to the school year. Please join me in congratulating our 2019 "graduating" class of sixth graders and they move on up to Wamogo!

While this will be my last weekly update of the 2018-2019 school year, I encourage you to reach out to me at any time for any reason, including any questions or concerns, ideas for the future, or simply to check in and grab a coffee. I will be available throughout the summer by email (, text or telephone (860 605-4357), and by appointment at the JMS office.

Thank you for your continued support, and have a wonderful summer!

KC Chapman, Principal

Dear Families,

I am pleased to announce that Region 6 has a variety of enrichment opportunities over the summer months in order to support your child’s continued engagement with mathematics. 

Returning for its second year will be Region 6’s Summer Math Passport, that invites families to visit area businesses collecting stamps in their passport as students entering grades 1 through 7 solve problems that have to do with each business.

* All students entering 1st through 7th grade for the 2019-2020 school year and their families are highly encouraged to participate!

* Visit up to 16 different businesses collecting stamps in your passport as you solve problems that have do with each business.  Collect all 16 stamps and solve the secret message! 

* Visit a business sponsoring the program, and obtain the red binder, locating the problem that corresponds to the grade that your child is entering.  Solve the problem in your passport, and be sure to show your thinking. 

* Students who collect 10 stamps or more will be recognized at the fall Book Blast and Numeracy Barbecue in the fall. 

* Passports have been issued, along with the Math Summer Letter, to all students currently in kindergarten through grade 6. 

Region 6’s Summer Math Calendars will be available online for students entering grades 1 through 7.  These calendars include engaging, ongoing practice over the summer months with problem solving, computation, and math facts that will maintain and strengthen the mathematical gains your child has made over the school year. You can find these calendars online at our district website,  Click on the “Departments” tab and go to “Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment” where you will find the “Summer Learning Opportunities” section. As you scroll down this page you will find the Summer Math section which includes Summer Math Practice Calendars. 

The Commissioner’s Summer Math Challenge has returned with its computer based program that focuses on weekly math concepts while students complete tasks to earn badges for participation. 

1. Go to to enroll your child. 

2. Starting Monday, June 17, check your inbox for daily emails with fun math activities and resources. 

3. Visit every day to read about the weekly math concept and earn badges. 

4. When the program ends on Friday, July 26, print an award certificate to celebrate your child’s summer accomplishment!

Returning JMS students who are entering grades 1-6 may continue to access DreamBox with the same login and password as was given earlier this year.

By participating in an engaging variety of activities, students can reduce the “summer math slump” and be better prepared for the upcoming school year. Region 6 is hoping for 100% participation in at least one of these experiences as part of each student’s’ mathematical journey this summer.

We recognize that there is not a one-size fits all approach when choosing a program to support your child’s needs in mathematics over the summer months and are asking you to choose what best suits your child and family.  Whether your child participates in one, two, or even all of these programs, your child will be able to more adequately maintain their math skills over the summer months.  Your support in this initiative is greatly appreciated. All summer math materials will be collected from students upon the start of the new school year, so please keep them somewhere safe so that your child’s hard work can be recognized.

I would love for you to share your child’s engagement in mathematics throughout the summer. Feel free to post pics or updates to Twitter and include #summermathpassport and/or @MooreintoMath to share your math experiences.

Please reach out to me with any questions about these summer math programs.  Have a wonderful summer discovering that “math is all around us”!


Robin Moore
K-12 STEM Coordinator
(860) 567-7420


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