# Math Circle

## Gomes Math Circle 2018-2019

Below you will find useful information on the Gomes Math Circle and how it is run at Gomes Elementary. To participate and stay informed about this activity, please join Konstella.

**What is Gomes Math Circle?**

Gomes Math circle offers Math contests to Gomes students of grade 4, 5 & 6. It is a parent volunteer run program for Gomes students supported by Gomes PTA and funded by the participating parents. The goal of the Math Circle is to foster children with having fun with Math and developing a love towards learning.

This program is supported by Gomes PTA and we highly encourage supporting PTA by becoming a Gomes PTA member.

**Who can enroll in Gomes Math Circle?**

Interested students attending Gomes elementary in grades 4, 5 and 6 can enroll in the Math Circle.

**What competitions are offered by Gomes Math Circle?**

Gomes Math Circle will participate in following contests in 2018-19 school year.

- Math Olympiad - Elementary(E) & Middle(M) Division.
- Continental Math league(CML) – Pythagorean Division – grade level

**Can my child participate in all of the contests/competitions offered by the Math Circle?**

The students can choose to participate in both or just one of the contests offered by the Math Circle.

**Who sponsors the Math Circle?**

This program is supported by PTA who facilitates the school facility, but is completely funded by the registration fees of the participating students.

**What is the cost of participating in the Math Circle?**

The registration fee should not exceed $25, however is dependent on the number of participating students. It will be communicated at the time of completing the registration for Math Circle.

The registration fee is the same for all students irrespective of the number of contests the student chooses to participate.

**How is the registration fees spent?**

- Team registration fees for the contests
- Copy fees (as needed)
- Pencils, scratch paper, organizing folders & other stationeries
- Prizes/Awards for students.
- Etc…

**How does Math Circle run?**

There will be one parent volunteer coordinator per grade for Math Circle. The coordinators will:

- register students for contests
- facilitate use of school facilities to conduct contests
- conduct contests
- publish results
- compile & handover certificates & awards to the school for distribution at the end of the school year.

- Signup for Math Circle (generally closed by the end of Sept)
- Complete the registration.
- Coach the student -
**the Math circle coordinators are not responsible for coaching the students**. - Sign up to volunteer to conduct/proctor the contests.

**Teams and Study Groups**

While the Math Circle coordinators register the Gomes team, the entire team does not have to meet and prepare together.

The students can choose to practice individually, or can form smaller study groups to prepare for the contests under parental supervision. Parents are responsible to form groups and coach their groups. **The Math Olympiad Chair will NOT be responsible for forming study groups. However, the Math circle can provide information about other participating students interested to form/join study groups, it is up to the parents to reach out to existing study groups or form a new one.**

**Contests and Results**

The contest days are listed below in this document.

The contest results are published using a student ID that will be provided to the individual parent ONLY via email after the Math Circle registration process is complete.

**How many students can register in Math Circle?**

Contests are required to be administered centrally esp, Math olympiad and due to the maximum seating capacity of the Gomes MUR, there is a limitation in accepting the number of students into Math Circle.

By registering, the student is committing to participate in the entire program. Please remember that there will be no refunds if withdrawing from the program after registration closes. Also remember any withdrawals after registration closes means an opportunity denied for another student. PLEASE Encourage your child to prepare for and attend all contests.

**When and where are the contests held?**

All contests will be held in Gomes Multi-purpose hall between 6 and 7.30PM on the contest dates.

Dates of the contest (No changes expected at this time):

MATH OLYMPIAD (Div E (grade 4 & 5) & Div M (grade 6), all Wednesdays):

- 11/14/2018
- 12/12/2018
- 1/16/2019
- 2/13/2019
- 3/6/2019

- 11/6/2018
- 12/4/2018
- 1/8/2019
- 2/5/2019
- 3/12/2019

**What if missing a contest, is there a make-up available?**

Contest rules require that all registered students in a school take the contests in the same place at the same time. **THEREFORE, NO MAKE-UPS WILL BE ALLOWED WHATSOEVER.**

**What is Math Olympiad?**

Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) is an international math competition created in 1977 by Dr. George Lenchner, an internationally known math educator. Last year, nearly 170,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads. Math Olympiad includes problem solving contests that stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics in students while introducing them to important math concepts and strategies of problem solving. For more information, check out the MOEMS website.

There are two divisions:

- Elementary(E) – All 4th and 5th graders will signup under this division. 6th graders can choose to sign up this level..
- Middle(M) – Available only for 6th graders; Highly recommend 6th graders esp. have attended Elementary division in 4th / 5th grade

**What is Continental Mathematics League(CML)?**

Refer to this link for details about CML.
This is a grade level contest and Gomes team will be registered at Grade level Pythagorean division.

PLEASE NOTE, this is DIFFERENT from the Math League contest conducted by the class room teachers for 6th graders.

**Study Materials and problems**

- Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics
- Math Olympiad Contest Problems for Elementary and Middle Schools Volume 1
- Math Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 2
- MOEMS Contest Problems Volume 3

These books are available at the MOEMS online store and on Amazon. These are just recommended books; you can also use other books that teach similar concepts. The MOEMS website also has sample contests and Problem of the Month available. What Every Young Mathlete Should Know is another helpful sheet about the basics participating students are expected to know.

**Coaching for Contests**

Parents will be responsible for coaching their kids and preparing them for the contests. Here are some pointers that you may find helpful:

- Schedule practice every week for at least one hour. The key ingredient for improvement of any skill is the amount, consistency, and frequency of time spent practicing the skill. Practices also help students know what to expect. Practice at least 4 times before the first contest, the more the better.
- Consider using the first half of each class to teach a new topic from Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics 2nd Edition. This book was developed from a series of popular in-service courses for teachers.
- For the second half, assign problems from past Olympiads, from the books Math Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3.
- Maximum growth occurs when reviewing solutions. Use the model solutions in the books to explain the various approaches to tackling problems.
- Where time permits, explore variations on selected problems.
- Assign homework weekly.

**IMPORTANT!! Please do not distribute practice problems by posting them online (neither a secure website nor any other website). Posting them online or emailing them is a violation of the copyright laws, and, therefore, not an acceptable way to distribute practice materials.**

**Awards and Certificates**

Upon the conclusion of all contests, students will be eligible for the individual and team awards. Refer to the contest websites for individual & team awards. All team awards are handed over to the school.

**Parent Volunteers Needed**

**Parent volunteers are also needed to help conduct the contests centrally at school. Volunteer sign-up sheets and reminders will be sent out after registration is completely.**

If you sign up and later realize that you are unable to volunteer on the day of the contest, please withdraw your name from the sign-up sheet. This will give other parents a chance to sign up and reduce the number of volunteer no shows at the contests. Without adequate help from parent volunteers the contests cannot be administered.

Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact the Gomes Math Circle