Math Club

2022-2023 Chairs: Emma Abdolrasool, Alex Zhang, and Fanny Xie

mathclub@medinapta.org 

  

For 4th and 5th grade only. All levels welcome. MathClub will be after school on Mondays 2:45pm- 3:45pm for the 2022-2023 school year.

 

We are calling for full time volunteers! Four full-time volunteers are needed to run the club. Each volunteer will get one priority registration for their child. Volunteers are accepted in a first-come-first-serve order. If you have already been selected as a volunteer, you don't need to register your kid on 9/8. Math club will contact you separately to register your child. If you are interested in being a parent volunteer, please contact mathclub@medinapta.org 

 

 

Jump to: Registration | Club Meetings | Parent Volunteers | Competitions | Recaps

 


Registration

Registration Opens: Thursday, September 8 at 7:00pm.

 

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!

 

IMPORTANT: To register, you must agree to all Math Club policies on the registration form by initialing next to each policy. Read the policies now.

 

Club Fees: $75

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 club meetings begin.

 


Club Meetings

Club meetings begin October 3rd and run on Mondays, 2:45pm-3:45pm through May.

 

Tentative meeting dates are listed below, but all dates are dependent on room availability. If we must cancel Math Club, we will email parents with as much notice as possible.

 

 

Month Days
Oct 3, 10, 24, 31
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec 5, 12
Jan 9, 23
Feb 6, 13
Mar 6, 13, 20, 27
Apr 3, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22

 

 


Parent Volunteers

Volunteers for math competition days will be accepted on a first come first serve
basis. Please email mathclub@medinapta.org if you would like to volunteer.

 


Math competitions

Students are not automatically registered for any math competitions. Please read the following
information regarding each competition. Medina elementary students who are NOT registered in the
Math Club are also welcomed to participate in these competitions.

 

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.
Please email mathclub@medinapta.org ahead of the competition day, if your child requires
accommodation for physical/learning disabilities.

 

 


 

Math Kangaroo

 

 

 

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Medina Math Club is excited to host Math Kangaroo again for the 2023 Competition.

 

If you are new to Math Kangaroo please read Math Kangaroo History. At our center the competition will be in-person, proctored by Math Club and our parent volunteers.

 

2023 Competition will take place on Thursday March 16, 2023 at our school (probably at the cafeteria). The competition starts officially at 3:45pm. Registration is open for all 1st to 5th graders Medina Elementary students. While we have plenty of spots available, there is a limit on the number of spots we have so register ASAP.

 

In brief, the competition is:
1. 75-minute multiple choice test.
2. 24 questions (grades 1 - 4), 8 questions for 3 points, 8 questions for 4 points and 8 questions for
5 points.
3. 30 questions (grades 5 - 12), 10 questions for 3 points, 10 questions for 4 points and 10 questions
for 5 points.
4. Most questions are word problems; they are chosen by The International Math Kangaroo
Committee annually.
5. Every student qualifies who can read and work independently at his/her school grade level.
6. Each registered student has free access to online video solutions for questions from previous
years.
7. Each in-person or online center participant receives a T-shirt, an electronic certificate, and a gift.
8. The national winners (first 20 ranks) and state winners (first 3 ranks) are publicly recognized on
our website.
9. Winners receive medals, ribbons, magnets, and electronic or in-kind prizes after the ranking
announcement. Several sophomore students are awarded with math camps. Senior high school
students with consistent top rankings in several consecutive years receive college grants.

 

The steps to register:

1. Please fill out this form by 11/10/2022. (This form will be available at 8:30am on Tuesday Nov.1,
2022.)

2. Once we have received all registrations, a private invitational code will be shared with you around November 15, 2022, which you can then Go to: MATH KANGAROO REGISTRATION PAGE 

3. Log in with your login and password or establish your user account if you are new.

4. Click on the tab By Invitation.

5. Copy and paste this code in the field Invitation Code (Code will be shared with you after the registration in Step 1)

6. Do NOT share the code with anyone  

7. You are ready to register. Screenshot tutorial here: Registration for Private Center. Math Kangaroo charges $21 for each student's registration.

 

Once your child is registered, you can enjoy free Math Kangaroo video solutions and access full questions and solutions sets with 50% off. Instructions on how to find the discount code HERE

 

Students can practice their skills and know how to solve Math Kangaroo questions through the
complimentary sample questions from the previous years, free online video solutions (available after
the registration), free and paid workshops, books, and other study material.


Practice material is available at: https://mathkangaroo.org/mks/practice/

 

Important: After you receive the registration confirmation email from Math Kangaroo, review the email to make sure all information is accurate. If something needs correction, update the registration or email info@mathkangaroo.org.

 


 

 

Math Is Cool (MIC)

 

2/3/2023 UPDATE: We are now collecting payment from those who already registered using Form A or Form B. The fee is $20 to cover the costs associated with this competition. Please pay here.

 

Math Club is excited to organize another Math contest - Math is Cool 2023. This is open to 4th and 5th graders. You can find more info on their website here

 

This year’s Math Is Cool competition will be in-person and held at Liberty High School (16655 SE 136th
St, Renton, WA 98059). Math Club will NOT provide transportation, so parents are responsible to
arrange transportations to/from Liberty High School.

 

Students can choose to participate in teams (usually 4 people, but 3 is acceptable too) or individually.
Each team should have a parent acting as the team's coach. The team coach is the POC for us to
communicate any team/contest related info, e.g. student MIC ID. The team coach is also responsible to
understand, communicate contest rules of different rounds to the students and get them familiar with
the instructions before the actual contest. The team coach can optionally organize practice sessions with
students on the team.

 

The cost to participate is expected to be $20-$30/person. Once we know how many teams/individuals
we have this year, we can know the final per person cost.

 

Student may compete as an individual in their grade level or any higher grade. However, a student may
compete as part of a team at only one grade level. (i.e. a 4 th grader can compete at level 4 and level 5 as individuals. A 5 th grader can compete at level 5 as individuals. But if the student participates in teams,
he/she can only choose to complete either at his grade level or above. )

 

Our school can bring up to 8 teams for grade 4, and 8 teams for grade 5. it will be on a first come first
serve basis.

 

If you have a team (3-4 students), please have the parent coach of your team fill out this form A. (This
form will be available at 8:30am on December 12, 2022, and the deadline to fill out the form is December 31, 2022)

 

If you want to participate, but do not have a complete team yet, please fill out this form B. (This form
is will be available at 8:30am on December 12, 2022, and the deadline to fill out the form is December 31, 2022)

 

 

Tentative Schedule of Events for 4th Grade Math is Cool Contest (Saturday, March 25, 2023):
9:15 - 9:45 Coaches Registration - Main Entrance
9:45 - 9:55 Orientation - Commons/Cafeteria
9:55 - 10:00 Students to testing rooms

10:00 - 10:15 Mental Math (8 questions, 30 sec./question )
10:15 - 10:50 Individual Test (40 questions )
10:55 - 11:10 Individual Multiple Choice (10 questions )
11:20 - 11:35 Team Test (10 questions)
11:40 - 11:55 Pressure Round (5 questions)
12:00 - 12:35 Lunch Break - Commons/Cafeteria
12:40 - 1:00 College Bowl Set 1/2 (10 Questions each)
1:00 - 1:20 College Bowl Set 3/4
1:20 - 1:40 College Bowl Set 5/6
2:00 Awards Ceremony - Commons/Cafeteria

 

Tentative Schedule of Events for 5 th Grade Math is Cool Contest (Friday, March 3, 2023):
3:30 - 4:00 Coach Check-in – Library
4:05 - 4:15 Orientation – Cafeteria
4:15 - 4:20 Students go to testing rooms
Coaches go to Library
4:20 - 4:35 Mental Math (8 questions, 30 sec./question)
4:35 - 5:15 Individual Test (40 questions, 35 min.)
5:15 - 5:35 Team M.C. Test (10 quest., 15 min., Multiple choice)
5:35 - 5:55 Team Test (10 questions, 15 min.)
5:55 - 6:15 Relays (4 quest./relay, 5 min./relay, 2 relays)
6:15 - 6:45 --- Dinner Break ---
6:45 - 7:05 College Bowl 1/2 (10 Questions each)
7:05 - 7:25 College Bowl 3/4 (10 Questions each)
7:25 - 7:45 College Bowl 5/6 (10 Questions each)
8:00 - Awards Ceremony – Gym (spectators allowed)

 

 

 


  

AMC 8

 

Friday Jan. 20, 2023

 

 

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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. As a parent you can decide whether this competition suits your child or not. Each child is different and some may already have been ahead of their grade level. AMC8 competition is open to Grade 4 & Grade 5 students only.

 

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

 

This year, we will hold an in-person competition on Friday Jan. 20, 2023 at Medina elementary school.

 

Registration Details: 

Please register using this form by Nov 15, 2022. (This form will be available at 8:30am on Tuesday Nov.1, 2022). There will be a $10 fee to cover the costs associated with the competition. Some AMC 8 Practice Problems can be found at:

 

https://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/2016_AMC8_PracticeProblems.pdf

 

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 January 25. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES POST ANYTHING ONLINE. 


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

 


Policies

ELIGIBILITY: Our afterschool clubs (including Math Club) are ONLY for CURRENT-ENROLLED Medina Elementary students with ACTIVE Medina PTA membership. You must be enrolled with Medina Elementary school at the time of attending the club and have a valid Medina PTA family or individual membership for the 2021-2022 school year. You agree that if your kid is not currently enrolled with Medina Elementary school OR you do not purchase PTA membership by September 12, 2022, your child will be withdrawn from Medina Math Club immediately with no refund.

 

BEHAVIOR: Parents and students are expected to behave respectfully to each other, the coaches, the volunteers, and anyone associated with Medina PTA and Math Club. If we feel you or your student’s behavior is disruptive, or you or your student are consistently disrespectful, we reserve the right to withdraw your student (after sufficient warnings) with no refunds.

 

PICK-UP: Our parent classroom volunteers are required to stay until the last child is picked up from class. Please respect our volunteers’ time by picking your child up promptly at 3:45pm. If you wish to permit your child to sign him/herself out from class and walk/bike home, you must complete the Medina Elementary Math Club Permission Slip to Walk/Bike Home found on our website, medinapta.org, and return it to our Math Club Co-Chairs.

 

SAFETY: You agree to follow, and instruct your child to follow, all Bellevue School District, Medina Elementary, and Medina PTA safety protocols, which may include hand hygiene, assigned seating, distancing, masking, and staying home when sick. If you or your child do not follow safety protocols, we reserve the right to withdraw your child (with sufficient warnings) with no refunds.

 

ABSENCES: If your child will not be at Math Club, you must email mathclub@medinapta.org prior to that day’s Math Club start time. You understand that two unexcused absences may result in removal of your student from the club without refund.

 

REFUND: If the registration is confirmed, there will be no refund for any reason.

 

2021-2022 Recap

What a fun and unusual year! Math Club was held in the cafeteria and the library, and students. In the cafeteria, students worked on socially-distanced personal white boards in groups of 4-6. In the library, students practiced presenting solutions to each other.  
 
Math Club hosted three competitions, all virtually: AMC 8 (thank you to Mrs. Behan again for proctoring!), Math is Cool, and Math Kangaroo.
 
Thank you to our coaches, Haiqing Deng and Vivian Donner, and our full-time volunteers, Rongzhi Lu, V Hsiao, Honghui Guo, and Shirley Tsang!
 

2020-2021 RECAP 

Math Club had a great year! For the first time ever, we ran club meetings on two days: Tuesdays and Thursdays after school to try to accommodate as many students as possible. Coach Dave introduced topics, students split into small groups of 4-5 in breakout rooms to discuss math problems, and then we met back in the main room to see what groups had come up with.

In the fall, Math Club hosted the AMC 8 math contest virtually for any interested Medina Elementary student. A big thank you to Mrs. Behan for proctoring the contest on Teams. In the spring, we organized teams for the WSMC Math Olympiad.

Because there was so much interest in Math Club and we had a long waitlist, Math Club ran additional Zoom sessions in May and June after our regularly-scheduled club meetings ended, open to all students at Medina Elementary. These sessions covered various topics, including past AMC 8 questions.

Finally, thank you to our full-time volunteers for helping make virtual Math Club a success: Angela Wang, Cathie Jing, Cony Wong, Ekta Jiwani, Haiqing Deng, Joanna Jiang, Li Ge, Samantha Wang, Su Su, and V Hsiao.

Your 2020-2021 Math Club Co-Chairs,
Coach Dave Vincent and Maxine Lee
 

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

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