So much has been happening at Dayton Intermediate School, that it's time to catch up on what's been and what's coming.
DIS hosts Math Night at 6 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room.
Parents and students are encouraged to attend to learn about various aspects of math instruction used at the school and how to integrate learning at home.
Hands-on learning creates fun and positive experiences for both parents and their children.
According to teacher Carol Goodfellow, who is spearheading the evening, there will be a "quick general session, then four breakout sessions."
Parents can choose three sessions, each about 20 minutes long.
Topics for the evening include "integrating math into daily life" which explores how to review math skills using shopping, cooking and family games; how to use technology at home to assist your child's learning; and how teachers use technology at school to "en-hance the learning experience."
DIS staff will describe a day in the life of a math student, including how teachers decide what to teach and materials used to get the most out of the learning.
They will also explain how students' MAP test results are used, as well as how to find and use math resources, including the math textbook and Internet sites.
The key is to make learning fun, and if the last evening hosted at the school is an indication, this will be another great opportunity to connect with your child and share their school experience with him or her.
DIS has also been busy with a few other events. Red Ribbon Week was observed recently to raise awareness about the dangers of drug use.
Hats On Day, took place Nov. 1 and 2 as a way to raise money for pediatric cancer. Adviser Dusti Houk introduced this to the children last spring, and it was so successful, decided to do it again.
For a $1 donation each day, students could wear a hat during school. Hats on Day raised $300. The next Hats On Day is planned for April.
Parents and others were treated to a wonderful evening at the school's fall concert Oct. 30.
Under the direction of music teacher Allison Smith, visitors enjoyed performances by the sixth-, seventh- and eighth- grade bands and the seventh-and-eighth-grade combined choir.
It was impressive to see the progress made in such short time.
The next concert takes place Dec. 12, so mark your calendars. There's nothing like a school concert to mark the holiday season. Thanks to the students and Ms. Smith for their hard work.
Other Dayton-area news
Lyon County Democrats are meeting tonight at 7 at Rita Valent's home, 640 Westwinds Drive in Dayton.
Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to John Childress at 246-5084.
Saturday, there will be a training session for all temporary precinct chairs and alternates at Stagecoach Community Center from 2-6 p.m. This is in preparation for the Jan. 19 caucus. Childress can be reached for more information on this as well.
Again, if someone from the Lyon County Republicans could contact me with their meeting info, I would love to hear from you.
Have a beautiful week.
• Karel Ancona-Henry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 246-4000.