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Chatham County Schools announce Spring 2011 First in Math awards

Posted Friday, June 17, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County Schools started using First in Math, a web based math gaming program, in February 2011. First In Math (FIM) offers comprehensive content—ranging from single-step addition to complex algebra—in an engaging format. Students progress at their own pace to master basic and advanced math skills. This online program encourages students to practice through immediate feedback.

"Game" activities ensure that students engage in active practice required for skill retention, and motivation is fueled by reinforcement in the form of electronic award stickers (approximately 3 math problems equals 1 sticker) when students solve problems correctly. No penalties are levied for incorrect responses, and students become encouraged to take ownership of math learning and practice. The program can be used 24/7 on any computer with Internet access.

The participating schools include: Bennett School, Bonlee School, Horton Middle School, J.S. Waters School, Margaret Pollard Middle School, North Chatham School, Perry Harrison School, Siler City Elementary School, Silk Hope School and Virginia Cross Elementary School.

The district, as well as each school, has created an incentive plan to encourage students to play. Each month Highest Performer Awards are given for the following:
1. The school with the highest number of stickers per student in the district
2. The team with the highest number of stickers in the district
3. The student with the highest number of stickers in the district.

For Spring 2011, Bonlee School won the Highest Performing School Award with 1,268 stickers per student for the entire semester, January 1st through June 8th.

The Highest Performing Team Award was earned by Steve Webster’s sixth grade math class at Bonlee School earning an average 3,212 stickers per student.

Jose Brandon, a third grader at Siler City Elementary School, received the Highest Performing Student Award completing the most math problems and earning the highest number of stickers with 9,029 stickers.

"Congratulations to all our winners. Students can continue to use their current login information until July 31, 2011. We look forward to continuing the First in Math program next year," commented Carrie Little, Director of Elementary and Middle Grades Education.

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