Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00
With more vigorous educational standards being implemented in schools, parents and educators are always looking for fresh new ways to make sure students grasp hard concepts, which can be tough when kids only spend around 45 minutes in a classroom. Many schools have tutoring programs and teachers often hold extra help sessions, and now there’s an additional resource coming to the neighborhood, with the opening of Mathnasium, an after-school math program for children in grades 2 to 12.
“Children at Mathnasium quickly learn that math can be fun and interesting, as well as extraordinarily useful, both in terms of succeeding in school and for the valuable life skills it provides,” said Bernard Cerrone, owner of the Westbury
Mathnasium. “We are thrilled to be able to bring our method to the parents and children of Westbury and the surrounding communities.”
The center is located at 55 Post Avenue across from St. Brigid’s Church and will open Friday. Mathnasium operates on the belief that any child can become great at math. They use a unique program, called the Mathnasium Method, which provides each child a customized learning plan and personalized instruction.
The Mathnasium Method starts with an evaluation of how well the student understands key math concepts and identifies their weaknesses with respect to grade-level material. After the assessment, a specialized curriculum is built up for the child, with worksheets and coursework focused on their weak areas. Much of the curriculum builds on foundational concepts by using mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written techniques.
Cerrone says the center gives students a stronger foundation of math, helping them to develop better mental math and number sense, so that they can master the subject.
“It’s unlike an experience they’re getting at school. It’s a fun atmosphere and children don’t realize the work they’re doing is graduating them and slowly bringing them up to have strength in a place where they originally had weakness,” says Cerrone.
Students can come to the center up to the ten times a month. Grades 2 through 5 go for 45 minute sessions, and those in middle and high school go for 90 minute sessions. And while results don’t happen overnight, Cerrone says that progress does happen and students soon see their grades improving not only in math, but other subjects as well.
“We’re seeing kids go from a fear of mathematics to a joy of mathematics because they can handle it and do it,” Cerrone says. “And then they’re doing better in every other subject because they have that self esteem.”
And much to the delight of parents and educators, the curriculum is aligned with Common Core Learning Standards.
“Unless a child knows their fractions or percentages they won’t perform — period. We give them the nuts and bolts of math and they can handle anything the Common Core throws at them,” Cerrone says.
For a month, elementary school sessions cost $216, middle school sessions $279, and high school $369. To find out more about the Mathnasium, call 516-338-6284 or visit www.mathnasium.com/westbury.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.
In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.
“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9.
Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray.
The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds. Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group. She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group. Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.