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Keeping up with the kids

Posted: September 26, 2008 9:12 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Fifth- and sixth graders from Golden Oak Community School react as a teammate misses an answer during a classroom demonstration including "Are you smarter than a 5th/6th grader?" contest between students and adult dignitaries on Friday morning.

"Uh-oh, I think I'm in trouble," said Mayor Bob Kellar as he shook hands with his fifth- and sixth-grade opponents in a quiz competition designed to show off the advanced technology at the new Golden Oak Elementary School in Canyon Country.

But there was no need for concern.

After hearing the first question, Kellar jumped out of his seat and touched the correct answer on the classroom's smart board before the students could get to it, giving the adults an early lead.

The technology demonstration was led by Kim Tredick, who teaches a combination fifth- and sixth-grade class at Golden Oak.

The quiz competition pitted Tredick's students against local dignitaries including Kellar; Golden Oak Principal Gayle Abril; Sulphur Springs School District Superintendent Robert Nolet; and Jim Bizzelle, vice president of community development at Pardee Homes, which built the school.

In addition to smart boards - interactive whiteboards connected to a computer - Golden Oak classrooms are equipped with surround sound systems, digital cameras and other technological advances.

"This is a 21st century city, and if this isn't a 21st century school, I don't know what is," Kellar said.

Despite Kellar's correct answer and the adult's early lead, the grown-ups were behind by 200 points by the middle of the competition. Some of the students joined the adult team to give them a break.

"We're kind of feeling bad," Tredick told the adult team. "But we're going to be getting into the big points soon so there's still a chance. It's not over ‘til it's over."

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Captain Anthony LaBerge attempted to use his handcuffs to thwart the students'
efforts to answer a question when his turn came up, but they were too quick for him.

"Well, it's a good thing I didn't use them, because I don't think I have the key with me," he said, adding that the school's technology is amazing. "It's great to have that in the classroom - I love the interactiveness of it."

With help from the students, the adults won the competition with a final score of 1,600 to 575. Golden Oak, which opened in August, is the first school in the Sulphur Springs district to be fully equipped with the new computers, smart boards and other advanced technology.


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