Zoneton class takes top honors in nation for Carnegie work

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By Stephen Thomas

 ZONETON - No matter how much pizza you start with and how many slices you remove, there’s a very good chance 8th graders in Brittany Johnston’s math class can determine how much is left.

Johnston introduced her Zoneton Middle students to the Carnegie Learning online math curricula, specifically designed to assist with algebraic problems.

Johnston’s class took top honors out of 935 schools nationwide in solving the most concepts during the month of January, Johnston said.

As a reward, students received certificates, T-shirts and $200 worth of free pizza, courtesy of Papa John’s, for a celebration party.

Johnston said all students worked on the program each Monday in the computer lab, while taking turns on four computers inside Johnston’s classroom throughout the week.

Students were pleased to work with the Carnegie program and said it really helped with math skills at their educational level.

“You get problems in a step-by-step process,” said student Megan Irvin. “If you can’t figure it out, it helps until you can. It helps when you’re in class, you can relate to Carnegie, what it looks like. It helps you relate.”

Students can work with the Carnegie program at their own individual pace. Student Trent Wood already completed the 40-part instructional series.

“It will help in the future because you learn the process,” Wood said of completing algebraic assignments.

Zoneton principal Rita Muratalla said she learned about the Carnegie program through Bernheim Middle. As a Title I School, Zoneton was eligible for the program.

“It was originally designed for students needing extra assistance, like an RTI (Response to Intervention),” she said. “It was so good, and kids are doing so well, that we implemented more.”

For more information on the Carnegie Learning programs, visit www.carnegielearning.com.