Nearly 30 Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center (SVLC) middle schoolers visited Arlington High School on Jan. 15 to work with calculus students to improve their math skills. The skills the middle schoolers needed to work on were identified through their assessment scores.
“One of our 2018-19 School Improvement Plan goals for the Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center is for all students to show grade-level proficiency in math skills by this June,” said SVLC Assistant Principal, Andrea Dixon.
“This is the first time we’ve done anything like this,” said SVLC Assistant Principal Intern, Karrie Marsh. “We were brainstorming ideas to access math skills in different ways.”
The middle schoolers worked one-on-one or in smalls groups with students from Frank Stallons’ calculus class. The students were excited to work with someone who was near their own age.
“Learning these skills can be tough at first until you get it,” said AHS Senior, Jonathan Schroeder. “It’s fun to help people since we’ve all struggled at some point in our lives.”
The middle schoolers received handwritten notes from the calculus students after they met. The high schoolers encouraged the middle schoolers to keep up the good work.
“This is a creative, targeted intervention for our students,” said SVLC Math Teacher, Margaret Jones. “The goal is to really help them shore up their math skills and this seems to be an effective way to help with that.”