Hey Math Team!
First of all, thank you for your work at the meeting! I think we were able to practice the format of competitions and see two different problem types. As a bonus, we were able to solve all of the problems, if not always on the first try! Nice work and thank you for coming to today's meeting with a positive attitude.
Secondly, I mentioned this but want to make sure we don't forget to write in our agendas/calendar at home. We will be participating in the Momence Math Contest which will be after school Wednesday, February 13, from 4-8:00 pm in Momence, IL. Please write this down and reserve that date for this competition! If you are not interested or able to compete in this event, please let me know so that I can register for the correct number of students. Otherwise, I am assuming that you would like to compete.
Please also be sure to let your parents or guardians know about this event. Specific information, including travel arrangements, will come as the event details are still being finalized. Remember, parents are absolutely welcome to attend these competitions. However, they will likely not be able to watch you complete the work itself- just the awards afterwards.
Thirdly, I think we all would have figured this out on Monday, but there will be no Math Team meeting on Monday, October 8 because there is no school that day. Our next team meeting will be the following week, on Monday October 15. At that meeting, we will look at some other types of problems we will see. Today, we did mental math and pair work. At the next meeting, we will try individual and team problems.
Finally, I showed this link at the meeting: https://mathcounts.nextthought.com/login/
This website has 8 different problem books which you can practice. I have had trouble with accessing this in Google Chrome (because of Flash issues) so you may need to try Internet Explorer or a home computer instead of a Chromebook. Also, I might be able to create a Group Code (similar to Google Classroom) for our team, but as of right now that function is blocked. If you choose to use this website and make an account, leave the group code blank. Clearly, this website is far from perfect, but the problem banks are good.
Please let me know if you have any questions about any of this!
Again, thank you for coming to our meetings and for your great work!
Math Team is an activity open to 6-8th grade KG students. We attend several math competitions throughout the year. The competitions have both team and individual events. Some components will allow students to use calculators. For these, the regular calculator used for math classes is fine. Students are generally working on past competition questions at weekly meetings. Depending on student interest, and specific competition requirements, some students may be not eligible to participate in some team events. We will always try to include as many Math Team members in each event as possible. Parents are welcome to attend all competitions, but they are not allowed in the rooms with the students. They can wait in the gymnasium or cafeteria and watch the awards ceremony.
Math Team meetings are every Monday after school, from 3:15 to 4:00 in Room 35, Ms Yunker's room. Meetings will not be held on early dismissal days or non-student attendance days. Competitions are usually held on weekends. Competition schedules will be released with as much notice as possible.
The purpose of Math Team is to:
-- engage in mathematical thinking that goes beyond the standard curriculum taught within the classroom
-- challenge oneself and persevere in solving new problems
-- compete in math competitions against students from surrounding schools
To become a member of Math Team, you must:
-- be willing to attend all meetings
-- stay academically and behaviorally eligible
-- be ready to learn concepts that might not be presented in class
Students should bring a notebook, pencil, and calculator to Math Team meetings. Students may wish to keep a folder for the various handouts which will be given throughout the year. Updates and information will be given through this webpage, students' D91 email, and at Math Team meetings. Please be sure to check these regularly.
Thank you for your interest in Math Team! I look forward to a great year with you all!