Sep
02

Welcome to 2017-2018 Season

We are excited to welcome our students and parents to 2017-2018 season of Adventures with Mr. Math.

This year our program has grown to 7 classes and 100 students!

As always, we look forward to explore the amazing world of math. Together we will go where only the math pirates go. We will travel beyond the horizon and discover math treasures of infinite value.

We will learn many new properties of numbers and shapes. We will improve our analytical reasoning skills and become the greatest math detectives, using the smallest clues to uncover the mysteries of math.

We will participate in many contests and defend our titles from the last year. We will support each other in the never-ending quest to get better. We are the best team ever – we help each other, we cheer for each other, and we win together!

Jun
08

Student Improvements

Winning is not about finishing first but about never ending quest to improve.

The focus of our program is on improvement. We start with tryouts and baseline tests at the beginning of the year, and then measure the results of each child against those scores. The contests thus provide a measuring stick against which each child can track their progress. We are far more proud of the improvements made by all our students than by individual medals and awards they win in contests. Not everyone can finish first, but every student can get better!

Below are some measures of our students’ improvement in 2016-2017.

  • Thirteen of our students participated in AMC-8 contest both in 2016 and 2017. Twelve of them improved their scores. The average improvement was 4.6 points out of 25. An improvement of 4 points from year to year is considered to be a great result. Ten of our students improved their scores by 4 points or more!
  • Twenty four students participated in MOEMS Division E contest both in 2016 and 2017. Twenty of them improved their scores. The average improvement was 3.5 points out of 25.
  • Seventeen students participated in Math League contest both in 2016 and 2017. Fifteen of them improved their scores. The average improvement was 4.5 points out of 30.

The process of individual improvement is not a sprint, but a marathon. If you keep improving, year after year, you are guaranteed to become very good at what you do! We are thrilled to watch our students grow.

Jun
08

Contest Results 2016-2017

Learning and practicing analytical reasoning skills goes a long way towards the success in math contests. Even more importantly, when people do what they love, they usually do it quite well. And so, our students are very good when it comes to math competitions.

In 2016-2017, our teams finished among the best in Illinois, Midwest Region, and Nationally in a number of contests. Two of our students were Math Kangaroo National Champions; two students were CML National Champions; nine students made AMC-8 Achievement Roll; one student earned the George Lenchner Medal, five students earned Gold Pin and thirteen students earned Silver Pin in MOEMS contest; many made various Honor Rolls and earned other individual awards.

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Mar
22

CML Contest Update

In February, our teams in Grades 2 through 5 participated in the penultimate round of the Continental Math League (CML) math contest. CML has recently published the current standings for all teams in the country:

  • Grade 2. Our team is 1st place in Illinois and in Midwest Region, 7th place nationally.
  • Grade 3. Our team is 1st place in Illinois, 2nd place in Midwest Region, 14th place nationally.
  • Grade 4. Our team is 2nd place in Illinois and in Midwest Region, 12th place nationally.
  • Grade 5. Our team is 2nd place in Illinois and in Midwest Region, 12th place nationally.
  • Individual Standings. Three students have perfect scores in all meets and can earn a National Champion medal. Five more students are among a handful with only one mistake.

We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments! It just goes a long way to prove that when kids have fun learning math, they become really good at it!

Mar
22

Congratulations to Illinois Math League Contest Winners

Twelve of our students competed on their respective school teams in the 6th grade Illinois Math League contest in February. This is a unique contest which focuses on quick computational thinking. Students are asked to solve 35 problems in 30 minutes. The last 10 problems are hard and require students to find advanced “tricks” without which the problems take too long to solve. Scores above 30 are very rare, as even the best students struggle to avoid mistakes and finish the test under the time pressure.

Illinois Math League has published the results. Thirty one top 6th graders in Illinois were recognized – those students scored 31 points or more out of 35. Among them are four our students:

  • Nate M. scored 33 points and finished top in his school and T-8 in Illinois.
  • Akshay B. scored 32 points and finished top in his school and T-11 in Illinois.
  • Siddarth M. and Prachi S. scored 31 points and finished top in their school and T-19 in Illinois.

You can find the complete report at http://mathleague.com/downloads/gs1617/il-678-1617.pdf.

As always, we are extremely proud of our students, their accomplishments, and the success they bring to their schools! Congratulations!!!

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