Saskatchewan

Northern Saskatchewan school excelling in 'mathletics'

Many schools in Saskatchewan strive for success in athletics. But Father Porte Memorial School on the Black Lake Dene Nation is making a name for itself in mathletics.

More than 400 students from Grade 1 to 12 participating

Many schools in Saskatchewan strive for success in athletics. But Father Porte Memorial School in Black Lake is making a name for itself in mathletics.

The school has a web-based math program. The grade seven class is currently ranked in the top five in Canada. 

Principal Steven Thatcher has seen improvements in marks and attitudes towards math.

"No confidence, kids were having a rough time. Now with mathletics, they succeed so when they succeed they get more self confident and you can just see their math scores just getting a lot better," he said.

Math Fever

All 460 students from grade 1 to 12 participate in the web-based mathletics program. Kids can work at school, at home and even in the summertime.

"We even had a grade seven student talked to the teacher and said 'Mrs. Clark, you're lucky I came today. I almost stayed up all night playing my mathletics," Thatcher said.

The Prince Albert Grand Council has planned a pizza party to celebrate the school's mathletes. 

Black Lake Dene Nation is about 880 kilometres north of Prince Albert.