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Cape middle school aims for 100 percent score on multiplication test

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

About 350 Cape Girardeau middle schoolers are a step closer to meeting a schoolwide academic goal. The school is working on a multiplication facts campaign to achieve a 100 percent passing rate on a timed test, said principal Mark Kiehne. The school recognized the students who have passed during an assembly Tuesday. Kiehne said he wants to motivate the remaining students, about 200, to meet the challenge. Students take a five-minute, 100-problem test during their lunch period. Students are tested once every three days and they will be tested more frequently as the school year continues, Kiehne said. "We know they're going to need this forever," he said. Pushing students to learn multiplication will also give them a base for problems on the Missouri Assessment Program tests, he said.

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1900 Thilenius St. Cape Girardeau, MO

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Good luck with that. Cape has seniors that can't multiply.

-- Posted by thekid on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 6:22 AM

Taking a test during the lunch period doesn't seem like you are giving the kids adequate time for them to eat and take a mental break to be prepared for their next classes.

-- Posted by farmwife2 on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 10:05 AM

The test takes 5 minutes of their lunch time. The kids are overly excited about it, and it gives them a feeling of accomplishment and confidence. Since when was it a negative thing to go over and beyond to help children learn? This is a skill they will need throughout the rest of their education and lives. This will be the senior class that DOES know their multiplication facts. The learning of these students has increased with the leadership of Mark Kiehne, Rex Crosnoe and the staff at CMS. I applaud them!

-- Posted by Allison,Jackson MO on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 12:59 PM

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