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Sandy Creek Elementary School Students Compete to Solve Math Problems

Sandy Creek Elementary School students tested their knowledge and practiced their skills during a recent contest that challenged students in every class to complete the most problems.

Sandy Creek Elementary School students recently charted their progress as part of a pizza party contest that required they complete the most problems on IXL. Christie White’s fifth grade class won the competition by completing 26,551 problems.
Sandy Creek Elementary School students recently charted their progress as part of a pizza party contest that required they complete the most problems on IXL. Christie White’s fifth grade class won the competition by completing 26,551 problems.

As part of a pizza party contest, each class tried to complete the most problems in their grade level on IXL, which is an innovative tool that promotes learning through the use of technology.

From April 27 to May 31, students in kindergarten through fifth grade tried to complete as many problems as possible.

Their progress was charted each Monday, as math coach Sara McNitt would update a bar graph to show students the standings for each classroom.

While McNitt expected classes to complete about 2,000 problems per week, students exceeded those expectations, and many classes were completing between 3,000 and 4,000 problems in one week.

Leading the charge were Cheryl Cheney’s class, Shelly Hathway’s class and Christie White’s class.

Although it was a close contest, students in White’s class earned the pizza party by edging out the competition with 26,551 problems completed.

According to Sandy Creek Elementary School Principal Sue Ann Archibee, the contest was a great way to reinforce the lessons taught in the classroom.

Even as the school year draws to a close, Archibee noted that students can fine tune their skills at home.

“Remember, students are welcome to use IXL all summer long by visiting our Sandy Creek school site at ixl.com/signin/sandycreek. They will need to enter the same user name and password they use at school,” Archibee said. “Thank you, parents, for supporting our students’ use of computer time on IXL.”