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The Students in Grades 3 and 4 spent some time this school year working on a whole school math problem.  We had a couple students wondering how many bricks it took to build our whole school.  We knew that it would be a lot of work, but also fun to try and find out the answer.  After working with the entire 3rd and 4th grade students in the Auditorium to get organized on how to solve the problem, we got to work.  We consulted with architects, builders, and other district staff to gather pertinent information.  Students even looked at the blue prints of the school.  In order to focus our problem, the architects advised us to define a brick as the actual red clay bricks and not include cinder blocks.  We decided to include all the bricks in the Elementary and Middle school, and the Recreation Center.

Next, we split the entire school into 34 sections to start counting.  Students went outside, when weather cooperated, to count and take notes.  Some classes took pictures and used iPads to count the bricks.  Students used addition, subtraction, multiplication, patterns, and other operations to solve this big problem.  It took a long time but we finally had an answer!  After gathering numbers from all 34 teams of students, we are fairly confident that there are about 447,428 BRICKS in our school, give or take a few bricks.  The answer was revealed during our last character education assembly on Friday, May 5, 2017.  Thank you students and teachers for all your hard work.



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