David Tringale and his son, Matt, record a measurement at West Middle School’s recent math night for sixth-graders. The Tringlaes are pictured working on a basketball math game, where points are tallied and graphed for each basket made.

From math-themed board games to a Jeopardy-style quiz competition, fun activities had West Middle School sixth-graders and their families crunching numbers at the school's Math Night on March 25.

More than 40 sixth-grade families came to the school for games and activities tied directly to the mathematics curriculum and to the Massachusetts state educational standards, said West Middle School math teacher Tara Brink.

The evening, organized by Brink, teacher Virginia Rossini and Anne Ogden, a parent who works at the school, was meant to encourage learning while making math fun, she said.

Families were given "passports" for the evening, and collected stamps at each activity.

At one station, students, siblings and parents played basketball to learn about data analysis and statistics. The activity was timed, and groups rotated to six different baskets, recording their score on a large graph in the gym. Using the collected data, they calculated the mean (average), median (middle score) and mode (most frequent) of the data, said Brink.

West Middle Principal Steve Murray joined the fun, running the basketball activity for the evening.

- Bethany Bray

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