Math concepts come alive as we explore the world of problem solving through number puzzles, logic problems, math games, and other challenging activities! Using mathematically based, real-world scenarios, we’ll use logic, organize data, look for patterns, and practice a variety of problem-solving strategies techniques. Through collaborative group work and independent activities, we’ll tackle application-based challenges that encourage creative and critical thinking. Whether you’re working at or above grade level, we’ll reinforce foundational concepts and acquire more advanced—and wrap our brains around solutions! *PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT SELECT SESSIONS THAT HAVE CONFLICTING DATES. DOING SO WILL NOT ONLY DELAY YOUR REGISTRATION BUT WILL ALSO AFFECT CAPACITIES FOR OTHER STUDENTS.* __________________________________________________________________________ Teacher BIO: Matt McCracken teaches 5th grade at North Star Elementary School. An APS teacher since 2001, he spent the 2012-13 school year on loan to the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) to teach a Department of Defense outreach program called Starbase. He is a National Board Certified Teacher, and he holds a TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the State of New Mexico. A graduate student at New Mexico Technology Institute, Mr. McCracken is focusing his studies on STEM education in schools. He holds a B.S. in elementary education (with an endorsement in earth and planetary sciences) from UNM.
We believe that children's lives change when their natural passion for learning is nurtured and transformed into habits of life-long learning and reflection. We believe that the world changes as these children learn to serve country and community with wisdom, conviction, and compassion.
In light of these beliefs,
- We serve students of talent and character, offering them an education that broadens their perspectives, sharpens their minds, strengthens their bodies, and engages their hearts.
- We commit to creating a caring, inclusive, and just community, using the geography and culture of our home in the Southwest to enrich our educational programs and to foster creativity, personal balance, and a connection to the natural world.
- We devote our resources to ensure economic accessibility to our students and to support the wider community through outreach and community service.
- We entrust this mission to our graduates and successors as we preserve our resources and serve the generations of children to come.