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CKSD calculating new math requirements

The Klahowya Secondary School ninth-grader’s feet can’t quite reach the ground when he sits in one of the heavy, cushy chairs in the main office. When the red-haired freshman was in sixth grade, upon teacher recommendation he sped up his math studies and by seventh grade, he was in algebra 1.

“Normally I’d be in geometry at this age,” said Kevin Hassett who is enrolled in the first all-freshman algebra 2 class at KSS.

Hassett says he’s always been a fan of functions and sequences and sitting in Ellen Kraft’s algebra 2 classroom has proven to be a complementary occupation to his advanced physical science class.

One reason he takes math is because he looks ahead to where the numbers could figure into his career.

“I think in my future jobs which might include engineer or something in the realm of science (math would be useful) and again I take it because I like it,” Hassett said.

An appreciation of math like Hassett’s adds up to perfection in Dave Thielk’s world.

“I’m hoping ... kids can also say ‘I like math and I can see its

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