Cambridge Middle School takes top honor – twice

Congratulations to Cambridge Middle School Students for their ranking
as first place world-wide in the Mangahigh Math Challenge for the month
of January. CMS students took the national top honor (third place
world-wide) for the month of December also. 


Dear Editor:

Congratulations to Cambridge Middle School Students for their ranking as first place world-wide in the Mangahigh Math Challenge for the month of January. CMS students took the national top honor (third place world-wide) for the month of December also.  

Mangahigh.com is an up-and-coming educational Web site that provides students practice in mathematical skills in an engaging video game format. There are currently over 10,000 schools across the K-12 level using this Web site nationally, although its creators have a home base in London.  

Cambridge Middle School began using this Web site school-wide in mid-December and the students watched our school climb up the leaderboard. CMS had been looking for new ways to help students reach proficiency for MCA state tests and this Web site seemed to be a step in the right direction, especially since it has now been aligned to the math standards that the state of Minnesota uses.  

Mangahigh utilizes a “smart testing” setup where the difficulty level of the questions adjusts with students’ struggle or success. As kids complete challenges, they earn medals that correlate to their understanding in a specific math skill area.  Kids are motivated by the positive competition; educators like that the students are using this Web site to practice and improve skills at their level provided this engaging format. CMS students use this program during the week in their math class, as well as once a week during advisory. A number of students have spent time on the Web site at home too. Isanti Middle School has recently joined the Mangahigh Web site also. They have been climbing up the leaderboard also and have put up some great competition. I’m excited to see where this will take the students of our Cambridge-Isanti School District.

Sarah Knudsvig
Cambridge Middle School Math Teacher

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