Neenah Elementary students enjoyed success in the recent Sumdog regional math contest with the top four performing classes and the top 14 individual performers.
The Sumdog contest is a free, multi-player computerized contest where students compete against other students while teachers keep control over the skills they work on. Neenah students competed in Region 6 against students from throughout East Central Wisconsin. In total, 880 students from 69 different classes were entered in the competition, including 12 classes from Neenah representing seven different schools. The program ran from Oct. 31-Nov. 6 and a daily class winner was recognized each day.
Chris Gardner’s fifth grade class at Tullar Elementary won the contest with 765 points, beating out the fifth grade class from Roosevelt Elementary taught by Jennifer Wunrow-Lemke by 20 points. Tricia Retzlaff’s class from Lakeview Elementary was third with 523 points. Each of those classes was also a daily winner along with Shelley Ropella’s class from Wilson Elementary.
Mrs. Gardner’s class had the top three individual performers with Mandeep Kaleka taking the top spot with 930 points. Zach Steigenberger was second with 921 points and Nick Grotenhuis was third with 919 points.
Every student is limited to 1,000 questions that are adapted to his or her ability. Teachers choose a grade level for each class so that students don’t get questions that are too hard and the test adapts to a student’s skill level.
A national contest will be held later this fall with the winning class receiving an iPad.