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Math: A bright idea

February 9, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

Hagen Junior High School eighth-grader Jackson Smith turns on a light Thursday to answer a math question in the Stark County Math Counts Countdown Round Championship at the Dickinson State University Student Center. Almost 50 students participated in the annual event. Smith took first place in the individual competition, while Hagen won the team competition. Continue Reading

Improving minds: 1 mask at a time

December 17, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

Keith (Bucky) Thompson, 61, made history fun when he taught at Hagen Junior High School for 38 years.
His impact on the lives of students is difficult to measure.
“In 38 years of teaching, thousands of kids have gone through his classroom,” said Kristal Fields, who taught with Thompson for 12 years. “He treated the kids with respect and dignity. The kids knew they could count on him, that he’d be there for him.”
Thompson wanted to keep teaching, but was forced into retirement because of cancer, his wife Debby said.
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