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Wood County students complete online math, English programs

Van Devender Middle School eighth-graders Nate McPeak, left, and Meredith Poole, center, as well as seventh-grader Emily Winter, right, were recognized this month by the Wood County Board of Education for successfully completing the online i-Ready program in the area of English language arts, meaning they completed the eighth-grade ELA curriculum. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Four VanDevender Middle School students have been recognized by the Wood County Board of Education for completing their grade-level i-Ready programs in math and English language arts.

Four students were honored at last week’s school board meeting for completing the online programs. Vandy eighth-grader Jordan Mayhew completed the math i-Ready program while eighth-grader Meredith Poole and seventh-grader Emily Winter completed the English language arts or ELA iReady program

Eighth-grader Nate McPeak completed both the math and ELA portions of the iReady program.

The eighth-grade students “successfully completed grade-level standards,” said Christie Willis, director of curriculum and instruction for Wood County Schools. Winter, as a seventh-grader, “scored above grade level and completed the eighth-grade program.”

When students show proficiency, they move onto the next lesson. The early diagnostic test allows students to begin with the proper level lessons, and McPeak said for those students ahead of the curve it meant fewer lessons to complete as they have already shown mastery in some areas.

Van Devender Middle School eighth-graders Nate McPeak, left, and Jordan Mayhew, right, were recognized this month by the Wood County Board of Education for successfully completing the online i-Ready program in the area of math, meaning they completed the eighth-grade math curriculum. (Photo Provided)

The online programs generate lessons through eighth grade, and each of the four Vandy students has completed all of the generated materials for that subject area.

Finishing the iReady program, however, doesn’t mean the students are done. Instead they move on to accelerated programs, such as Khan Academy for math and ALEKS for ELA.

“Some of the kids don’t really like i-Ready because of the characters. They feel it is a little cheesy,” he said. “But the Khan Academy can seem a little dry.”

McPeak said he plans to use his love of mathematics in a future career.

“I’ve always wanted to be some type of engineer,” he said. “Maybe robotics.”

Poole said while she has long aspired to become a veterinarian like her mother, a career test showed she might have an interest in marketing.

“So I’m not really sure now,” she said.

Vandy Principal Darlene Parsons said she was proud of the students and their accelerated learning.

“The learning in the classroom is valuable and then to have students who push themselves beyond classroom learning is so exciting,” she said. “We are proud of all they have accomplished and all they continue to accomplish.”

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