Math Club

2020-2021 Chairs: David Vincent and Maxine Lee

mathclub@medinapta.org 

 

Math Club will be held remotely on Zoom for the entire 2020-2021 school year. As such, we will focus on mathematical concepts that, even over Zoom, encourage active participation and discussion among students.

 

Topics include: math games and logic puzzles.

 

For 4th and 5th grade only. All levels welcome.

 

IMPORTANT: All students will need a personal device that supports Zoom to participate in Math Club. BSD-issued laptops block all video-conferencing platforms and unapproved web content, including all formats of Zoom. If you have any questions or need any support, please contact pta@medinapta.org

 

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Registration

9/15/2020 UPDATE: Math Club is full and registration is closed. Please join the waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens up. We will also consider expanding the club in January, and if we expand, we will offer spots to those on the waitlist first. Find the waitlist form in your Family's Account page.

 

Registration Opens: September 15, 2020 at 12pm (noon).

 

How to Register: Find the Math Club registration form in My Family's Forms/Paperwork once registration opens. Complete the form and payment. Your registration is confirmed only after payment is received. Registration is first come, first served - fills fast!

 

Club Fees: $30

Fees cover materials and general operating expenses only. No math competitions are included: additional registration fees apply if you choose to compete.

 

Refund Policy: There are no refunds once a student receives club materials.

 


Club Meetings

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3pm-4:15pm. Sign up for either Tuesday or Thursday, but not both.

 

October through April. There will be three meetings per month (two in February):

 

Tuesday Thursday
Oct. 6, 13, 20 Oct. 8, 15, 22
Nov. 3, 10, 17 Nov. 5, 12, 19
Dec. 1, 8, 15 Dec. 3, 10, 17
Jan. 5, 12, 19 Jan. 7, 14, 21
Feb. 2, 9 Feb. 4, 11
Mar. 2, 9, 16 Mar. 4, 11, 18
Apr. 6, 20, 27 Apr. 8, 22, 29

 

Math Club will be held virtually on the Zoom platform. A Zoom invitation will be sent to the primary email address on your PTA account. 

 


Parent Volunteers

9/10/2020 UPDATE: We have filled all of our full-time volunteer spots. If you would like to be added to the volunteering waitlist, please contact mathclub@medinapta.org

 

Math Club is seeking 10 full-time volunteers that are able to commit to attending every math club meeting. Our dedicated team of parent volunteers is crucial to operating successfully in a remote environment. 

 

Volunteers do not need any background in math, and they will do no teaching. The job of a volunteer is to manage an assigned group of students when the club breaks off for small-group discussions. Volunteers make sure students stay on task and act respectfully towards each other. 

 

As a thank you for volunteering, volunteers receive:

  • guaranteed math club registration for one child. Math Club is EXTREMELY LIMITED this year, and volunteering is the only way to guarantee your child a spot.
  • FREE registration for that child

Volunteers MUST:

  • commit to attending every Math Club meeting in their child's session (Tuesday or Thursday, not both).
  • have access to a separate computer from their child to log into the Zoom meeting
  • be willing to work with a group of ~4 children. IMPORTANT: The group you are assigned will not include your child.

If you are interested in becoming a math club volunteer, please email mathclub@medinapta.org. Volunteer spots will be filled first come first serve.

 


Math competitions

Due to constraints of remote learning, Math Club will not have a competition-focus this year, and students are not automatically registered for any math competitions.

 

AMC 8

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

 

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is a 40-minute, 25-question multiple choice examination. The material is designed for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. If you have any questions about whether this contest is appropriate your child, please email mathclub@medinapta.org.

 

You can learn more about the AMC 8 by visiting their website.

 

Register for the AMC 8

Registration Details:

Please register by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Within a week after registration closes, you will receive an AoPS invitation link to complete your registration on the AoPS website. You will need a new or existing AoPS account to complete registration for the contest.

 

A practice exam will be released on AoPS. Students should try the practice exam to familiarize themselves with the AoPS testing software, ensuring less troubleshooting on competition day. Please complete the practice exam before the competition day.

 

Please email mathclub@medinapta.org if your child requires accommodations for physical/learning disabilities.

 

On Competition Day:

Students are only allowed: writing utensils, blank paper, rulers, erasers.


Students are not allowed anything else, including: calculators, smartwatches, phones, computers, compasses, protractors, or graph paper.

 

Students are only allowed bathroom breaks- no other types of breaks.

 

While the exam is 40 minutes long, students should expect the entire testing process (including check-in, verification, and check-out) to take at least 70 minutes.

 

After the Contest:

Students may not discuss the contest with anyone who did not take the test with them until November 17. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES POST ANYTHING ONLINE. 


We will e-mail you your child's score.

 


2019-2020 recap 

First thank you to all students and parents who were interested in the Medina Math Club and supported our effort. As a club managed and coached by parent volunteers only, we are sorry to turn away students in the waiting list after full enrollment is reached. We greatly appreciate the support and understanding from the Medina ES community.

The 2019-2020 Medina Math Club was a year-long club for Medina Elementary School students in 4th and 5th grade. The main objective is to practice and participate in math competitions, including AMC 8, Math is Cool, WSMC Blaine, etc. This school year we participated in AMC 8 in the fall, while two students achieved Honor Roll Certificate (top 5% nationally). Although the major math competition season in spring was cut short due to school closure, we were able to participate in the Math is Cool 5th Grade Championship in February. The students achieved 8th place in the highest division and qualified for the Math is Cool Masters competition (unfortunately that was canceled later).

As some competitions moved online after March, the Math Club took every opportunity to bring them to our students. Our 4th grade teams took the challenge at the Math is Cool 4th Grade Championship online and achieved 5th place school for Medina. The results can be found on their homepage at http://www.academicsarecool.com/ . Math Kangaroo is an individual competition which switched online after multiple attempts to postpone. Our students jumped on and several completed with nationally top ranked scores. The Math Club also administered the Math League 4th and 5th grade competitions through email for the students to complete at home. The Medina ES team put our name on the top places again with 3rd and 5th place nationally for 4th and 5th grades respectively. The official results are posted online at https://www.mathleague.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=118&Itemid=84 .

Lastly, thank you to all coaches and volunteers of the Math Club for your contribution to the Medina ES community. Thank you especially to two volunteer coaches, David Vincent and Zheyi Chen. They have been coaching the club for the whole school year even though their children are not in the club. David is further taking over the effort of continuing the Math Club in the coming years.
 
Your 2019-2020 Math Club Co-Chairs,
Jianbo Peng and Peiwei Cao

 

 

Questions? Contact mathclub@medinapta.org