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Phillips School holds own competition with students, parents


The fourth grade team (with a couple of ringers): Taleah Preyer, Tobais Pryer (her middle-school brother), Aaron Thompson, and Ciara Rainy Thompson (his younger sister).

Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 recently held "Are You Smarter than a 3rd/4th/5th Grader? A Math Game to Learn More about the PSSA" at the school.

Getting Ready! Parents and students consider test-taking strategies together. Pictured (clockwise from the back) are: Irene Gibb, Kelly Pryer, Tobias Pryer (a former Phillips' student), Taleah Pryer, Nevaeh Peters, and Trinity Peters.

Parents and students went head-to-head in a sometimes lively competition. At each grade level, teams of students and parents competed in a Jeopardy-type game to see who could get the most points. While it varied by grade level, students were winners overall.

The total for all levels was 14,450 for parents and 14,700 for students. Still, everyone was a winner because they learned more about the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), the state assessment all students in grade 3-5 take beginning March 14. Parents and students reviewed vocabulary, practiced PSSA-type questions, and explained test-taking strategies students can use during the assessment.

The event was organized by Susan Smith, Ph.D, K-5 math specialist at Phillips. Leaders for the game included: Colleen Pilarski, grade 5; Jason Czajkowski, grade 4, Dawna Neuhart, grade 3, and Mary Salzmann for younger children. Six families won gift certificates from Games N' At.


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