Shoal Creek second graders place in national math competition

Nicole Smith's second grade class from Shoal Creek Academy S.T.E.AM. School in Rockdale County, was recently recognized for being one of the top classesfrom across the nation in First in Math. 

CONYERS — Second-graders at Shoal Creek Elementary’s S.T.E.A.M. Academy were recently recognized for being one of the top classes in the nation to compete in the annual First in Math competition.

“I am extremely proud of how hard my students worked this year,” said instructor Nicole Smith. “Seeing my students motivated to tackle math as a result of the power of First In Math is both exciting and rewarding.”

Smith’s second grade class represents Number One in Rockdale County, one in the state and first place in the nation in the national math competition.

“This program not only fosters a love for mathematics in our reluctant learners, but provides satisfaction for students who thrive with the challenges mathematics offer,” said Smith. “Many of my second-graders were working on math skills that are typically taught in the sixth grade. They keep me on my toes. I consider First In Math a valuable tool each year as this program has made a huge difference in bolstering their self-confidence and helping them achieve.”

Smith’s class is also the second in the nation out of all grade levels.

First In Math provides successful math experiences that foster a lifelong love of learning and help K-8 students acquire essential skills that lead to success in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Unique computer games and substantive content — coupled with reinforcing feedback — create interest in students of all ages and skill levels without creating additional burden on teachers. Its highest success rates are among elementary-age students, and many schools experience double-digit increases in test scores with fidelity of implementation.

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