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Superior adopts a new math resource

The Superior school board voted Monday to accept Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions as the new elementary math resource. Beginning in August 2008, a group of 26 teachers worked as the Elementary Math Pilot Team to evaluate two separate curriculum ...

The Superior school board voted Monday to accept Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions as the new elementary math resource.

Beginning in August 2008, a group of 26 teachers worked as the Elementary Math Pilot Team to evaluate two separate curriculum resources to be used in all elementary classrooms beginning in the 2009-10 school year.

Kate Tesch, principal at Bryant Elementary School, spoke on behalf of the team at the April 6 committee of the whole meeting and recommended the Houghton Mifflin series. At Monday's school board meeting, Houghton Mifflin was accepted as the new math resource for the coming school year.

The Houghton Mifflin series will be used in grades K-5. The Connected Mathematics Project curriculum will still be used at the middle school.

"This resource flows right into Connected Math ... even though it's not the same publisher," Tesch said.

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She also believes the Houghton Mifflin series will help raise the level of Superior's mathematics program. According to Tesch, much of the material to be taught at the fifth grade level will be above what is currently being done in sixth grade.

Summer training and orientation sessions for the new math resource will be held for teachers with one date in June and another planned for August.

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  • Benna Ford was recognized Monday for its contributions to the Superior school district. Through a series of fundraisers beginning last August, Benna Ford has helped raise more than $9,500 for the district.

Owner Pat Ringold and Carla Ringold were in attendance to accept the award.

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