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Woodland Hills student leads Texas in First in Math skills

WHE 1st in Math Woodlands Hills Elementary fourth-grader Rayne Jones is the number one student in Texas for all grades on the First in Math online mathematics mastery program.

Rayne Jones solved more than 82,000 problems in procedural fluency, measurement, and word problems during the 2014-2015 school year.

Rayne, a student in Samantha Morgenroth’s fourth grade class, completed seventh grade content and demonstrated mastery in eighth grade content.

“She was voted today as best problem-solver,” Samantha Morgenroth, WHE fourth grade teacher, said. “Failure is not an answer for her. Rayne has a passion and to reach for the stars and beyond. I definitely see a bright future for her. She is driven to finish long-term challenges.”

Melissa Christensen, the Humble ISD Elementary Math Coordinator, said that WHE has approximately 578 students using First in Math this year. The WHE students solved 1,001,679 problems for the 2014-2015 school year. In addition, approximately 2,782 hours were spent in First in Math from WHE. As a whole, Humble ISD students have solved 29,347,446 math problems during this school year. This is the third year that First in Math has been implemented district-wide in Humble ISD. The First in Math program has given elementary students higher achievement in math all across the school district. 

WHE 1st in Math-RayneJones According to Christensen, kindergarten through eighth grade content is organized into six basic modules. Activities are presented in an online game format that students enjoy. The emphasis is in mathematic skills with each online activity designed to strengthen problem-solving, reasoning and communication skills. Completing Game 1 of any Skill Set unlocks a multitude of bonus games geared to that skill level. The competition/rankings component provides motivation and sustains high activity levels. As students play, they earn virtual award stickers that accrue to their personal and classroom score. For more information on the First in Math program, go to www.firstinmath.com or contact Melissa Christensen at Melissa.Christensen@humble.k12.tx.us or 281-641-8341. Students can access their First in Math account until July 31 with their school login.

“When I got home I played for two hours,” Jones said. “Last year, I earned 9,000 stickers and I wanted to make this year’s state championship. People stopped playing but I didn’t. I want to make it to nationals. I’ve got a Silver Star on skillset seven. I was all giggly and couldn’t stop smiling.

Top right photo: Woodland Hills Elementary fourth-grader, Rayne Jones, receives #1 in Texas for the First in Math award. Pictured from left to right are Tony Morrow, First in Math representative; and Woodland Hills Elementary student Rayne Jones and her teacher Samantha Morgenroth.

Above left photo: Proud parents Rachel and Shayne Jones, with their daughter, Rayne, after she was awarded a medal and plaque for winning #1 problem-solver in Texas at Woodland Hills Elementary. Pictured from left to right are Rachel Jones, Woodland Hills Elementary student Rayne Jones, and Shayne Jones.