Math Fact Fluency…Revisited

Math fact fluency is very important for student achievement in math and it is a standard in 3rd grade.  The standard states that 3rd grade students should fluently multiply and divide within 100 and by the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.  The 2nd grade standard states that students should be able to fluently add and subtract within 100.  By the time our students finish 3rd grade, we want to be sure they are fluent in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.


To help students master their math facts, we use the Reflex math fact fluency online program.  We use this fun program instead of just using worksheets or flash cards.  All students will have log in information for Reflex in their agenda binders.  To use Reflex, students go to or open the free Reflex math app on an iPad.  They enter “smasters” as the username and then click on their class name.  After clicking on their name, they enter their password.  Parents can sign up for a parent reporting account by going to  Follow the onscreen instructions to easily set up your account.  This will allow you monitor your child’s math fact fluency progress.  (You will need your child’s password to access this.)

Usage is important for success with Reflex.  (Three days of usage is good but four days is better!)  Any help you can provide by encouraging your child to use Reflex at home will be appreciated.

Math Masters

The Math Masters fact incentive program has been used at Holsenbeck for many years, but we have made some changes this year. This year, awards will be given in recognition of the student’s fluency in Reflex.

Math Master level: 50% fluent with addition and subtraction facts
Math Mentor level: 100% fluent with addition and subtraction facts
Math Wizard level: 50% fluent with multiplication and division facts
Math Genius level: 100% fluent with multiplication and division facts

These awards will be recognized at awards celebrations.

First Week of School 2017

It was a great first week of school and it started with a great first day! Our first day of school included “get-to-know-you” activities and academic practice. We even had our first day of Daily 5 and Read to Self practice.

During the first week of school we reviewed our school-wide expectations (Be Ready, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible), played math games, learned about map features, read lots of fun books, decorated our writing journals, and started writing true stories.

I can tell we are going to have a great school year…because this is a great group of kids!