Math League

Math League run from November to March with a competition in January, February and March.

The first Math League meeting is Monday, November 7, from 2:30-3:30 in Room 317 (Mrs. Smid’s room).
Your children have been told about Math League in school, but we wanted to get this information out to parents as well.

While the first meeting is this coming Monday, students may begin any time in the month of November. There is no official registration and no cost for joining math league. Attached are some frequently asked questions about Math League.

Additional questions? Contact Mrs. Smid– Lora_smid@psbma.org
or Mrs. McGraw– katy_mcgraw@psbma.org

Q&A

Q:  What is Math League?

A:  Math League is a math club for students in grades 4, 5 and 6.

In a team atmosphere, students engage in solving mathematical problems during practices after school. All students are encouraged to attend Math League practices.  In addition, many students may compete in the 3 town-wide Math League Meets.

Q:  When does Math League practice?

A:  We will meet on Mondays after school, from 2:30-3:30, in Mrs. Smid’s room, Room 317. We will begin on Monday, Nov. 7. Mrs. Smid and Ms. McGraw are the coaches. We encourage you to attend practice every week.

Q:  Do I have to “try out” or audition for math league?

A:  NO!  If you like math, and are willing to work hard, you are welcome to join math league.  The only requirement to be in the math league is that you regularly attend practices, and exhibit a positive, cooperative attitude toward your teammates. We are very proud of the team problem solving trophies we have won in past years and are once again looking for good team solvers.

Q:  What happens at the Meets?

A:  5 th and 6 th graders may attend the Town-wide Math Meets. There are 5

Topic competitions at the Meet.  Six students from each school may compete in each of the following topics:

• Operations (problems involving computation and working with “order of operations”);
• Patterns;
• Geometry;
• Bases (our number system is base 10;  binary system is base 2);

Problem-Solving (this topic is a team competition– each school sends 3 teams of 3 students).

Students who are not competing in a topic will be able to work through the mathematical challenges with his/her team.  Teams will be given the problems to work on while sitting in the cafeteria.

Q:  How are the teams selected?

A:  Before each meet, students will be asked to list their preferred topics.

Team selection is based on regular attendance and effort during practices, in addition to other factors.  Students may not compete in more than 3 categories, and we hope that all eligible students will have an opportunity to compete in at least one meet, if desired.

Q:  When are Math League Meets?

A:  There will be one meet in January, one in February and one in March.  Dates are yet to be selected. We usually leave school in the early afternoon, before the end of the school day and take a bus to the meets, which will be held at another Brookline school.  The Meet is usually done around 4 pm, and we return to Lawrence by bus.

Other questions?  Contact Mrs. Smid lora_smid@psbma.org or

Ms. McGraw  katy_mcgraw@psbma.org