Phillips plays own ‘Smarter Than' game


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

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. Grades 3 and 4, students beat the parents, but Grade 5 parents pulled significantly ahead of the students and carried the day.

The total for all levels was 13,000 for parents and 11,600 for students. Parents were overall winners.

But, everyone was a winner because they learned more about the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), the state assessment that all students in Grade 3-5 take beginning March 12. 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, Jen Reubi, and Judy Sigal while Mary Aull had activities for younger children.


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