PRC Upper Elementary hosts academic fair

Published 7:00 am Thursday, February 27, 2014

CREATIVE LEARNING: From left, fourth graders Brooke Long and Madalin Bisesl play a vocabulary game made by Bisesl called “Space Invaders.” The game tests the girls’ knowledge of word definitions and parts of speech.  Photo by Alexandra Hedrick

CREATIVE LEARNING: From left, fourth graders Brooke Long and Madalin Bisesl play a vocabulary game made by Bisesl called “Space Invaders.” The game tests the girls’ knowledge of word definitions and parts of speech.
Photo by Alexandra Hedrick

Pearl River Central Upper Elementary hosted the “Royal Academic Family Fair” Tuesday night to show parents the many ways their children are learning.

Assistant Principal Dr. Diana Sweigart said this is the first year the Upper Elementary hosted the fair to highlight math, science and english lessons to parents.

“Our two main objectives were to enhance relationships with parents and we wanted to model some teaching strategies for our parents,” Sweigart said.

Different third, fourth and fifth grade classes set up games and activities the whole family could participate in to highlight other ways students can learn math, science and English skills.

In one of the fourth grade classrooms, teachers had a dominoes game set up to show how students can learn about multiplication and surface area.

Sweigart said approximately 600-700 students and their family members were present at the academic fair.

“We’re trying to come up with different ways to bring parents to the school and to become involved,” Sweigart said.

Along with math, science and English teachers, Sweigart said lab instructors, the music teacher, the art teacher, physical education coach, librarian and parents from Parents Teacher Organization volunteered to help make the event successful.

Sweigart said she had many parents and students thanked the school for hosting the academic fair and say how much they enjoyed it.