With jobs being more mobile than ever before thanks to the power of the internet, choosing where to work is really about choosing where you want to live. It’s a subtle but important difference. It used to be you moved to where the jobs were — obviously that still happens but more and more people are choosing where to live first and figuring out the whole work thing afterwards. As a City that is seeking job growth we have had to adapt to this trend by paying closer attention to what people look for in where they want to live. At the top of the list for where to live are quality schools which is good news for Kent since our middle school kids just placed #1 out of 144 schools in the Ohio Mathematics League Contest. I consider those kids to be a big part of our economic development team.
Everybody knows schools are important assets in any community and we used to joke about the fact that somehow every city would advertise their school system as being in the top 10% in the state — the question is who’s in the bottom 90% if everyone’s in the top 10%? I guess only educators can explain that apparent contradiction.
Short of accusing anyone of false advertising I like to believe that this tendency is more about the challenges of trying to compare school system performance. Sure, you can compare test scores or amount of spending per pupil but in the end quantifying results is hard and comparing across very different types of schools is equally problemmatic. That’s why I like head-to-head competitions — especially when Kent wins.
It turns out that the Ohio Mathematics League hosts math competitions each year but until this year Kent never participated. Well, this year Kent middle school kids from Stanton signed up and wouldn’t you know it Kent won in their first year. As a matter of fact, Kent kids placed first, second and tied for fourth out all participants (see the photo of our winners below).
It’s a great honor and I can guarantee that we’ll be sure to use it as evidence of what a great school system Kent has.
Sixth Grade Math Compacting Students Rank First in Region
By Chip Hawks, Gifted Intervention Specialist
One hundred, forty-four Ohio middle schools participated the Ohio Mathematics League contest which was held in early March. The contest, which challenged students’ problem-solving skills, produced middle school and individual student ranking results per region (made up of 9-10 counties). Stanton Middle School ranked 1st in our region (Belmont, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake Mahoning, Portage, Stark, and Trumbull counties) and received a beautifully engraved plaque. Top students in our region were also recognized. Paul Silver ranked 1st out of all regional sixth grade students followed by Matt Grissom, ranking 2nd, and Danylo Lavrentovich and Brandon Lisonbee tying for 4th. All sixth grade math compacting students are to be congratulated for putting Stanton Middle School on the Ohio Mathematics League map!