'Dog-tag' program well-received by students at Center Elementary
Dylan Akut is proud of his brother who has been in the military for two years.
Akut, 10, a fourth-grader at Center Elementary in the Plum School District, is more eager than ever to talk with his brother, Zach Akut, 22, a U.S. Marine who is at boot camp in North Carolina, about something the brothers now have in common.
Dylan wants to tell Zach about the “dog tags” he received for his performance in a math fluency program at Center.
Zach wears dog tags that identify him as a member of the military.
“I haven't gotten to see (Zach) yet,” Dylan said.
“I will tell him about the dog tags we have.”
Center Elementary Principal Jeff Hadley recently started the program.
Hadley said the students in kindergarten through sixth grade receive the metal tags on chains once they pass timed tests in certain benchmarks at each grade level.
Teachers periodically give the written tests.
The tags have the Plum School District logo and Plum mustang on one side and an example of a math problem that the student has mastered on the other side.
Hadley said Center's PTA raised money for the dog tags.
“Our goal with this new math fluency incentive is to ensure we have a dedicated focus on mastering basic math facts while at the same time making this learning motivating and fun for students,” Hadley said.
Peggy Mankovich, a fourth-grade teacher at Center, said the program that is just a couple of weeks old has been well-received by students.
“It motivates them to be excited to learn their (math) facts,” Mankovich said.
Leah Hutchison, 10, a fourth-grader, has two dog tags for multiplication and division.
“It is fun and educational,” Hutchison said. “I like math.”
Kate Monick, 8, a second-grader, each day wears her two dog tags for mastery in addition and subtraction.
“My parents are proud of me,” Monick said.
Brandon Litzinger, 9, a second-grader, described his dog tags as “awesome.”
Hadley is pleased to see the students proudly wearing their dog tags every day.
“We can't wait to see our students earn these dog tags and get the recognition they deserve for their hard work and mastery of grade level math fluency benchmarks,” Hadley said.
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Plum budget holds taxes, but adds ‘flood mitigation fee’
- Plum Boy Scout troop has decorated VA trees for a decade
- With tax increase looming, Plum School Board takes a swipe at cutting expenses
- Plum Council OKs budget with no tax increase
- A vision for Sugar Plum Days: Support efforts launched for 2015 return throughout Plum
- Holiday Park firefighters want emergency signal near station in Plum