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Math program outlined

PCHS Principal Brad Allen talks to the Fairbury Rotary Club on Tuesday.

Math and science initiatives for freshmen at Prairie Central High School were discussed with members of the Fairbury Rotary Club this week.

High school principal Brad Allen and math teacher Kayla Smock outlined opportunities to make kids more successful by reducing failure rates.

“We are finding that this model is really providing opportunities for kids to be successful,” Allen explained.

According to Allen, Smock has made a positive impact on PCHS with her passion, energy level and enthusiasm. Smock leads hands-on experiences, showing how science and math are closely related.

“We’ve done station work where we are able to put them into smaller groups,” Smock noted.

These experiences lessen the chances students will experience failure and have to re-take courses. Superintendent Paula Crane said the program continues to improve to support kids and help them feel comfortable in math especially.

“They’re learning to be grateful every day. I think that’s the foundation these kids need to be successful,” added Allen.

Smock is a Golden Apple Scholar who has taught a middle school STEM camp. She attends summer institutes and will try for the Crystal Scholar recognition down the road.

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