A total of 24 SAA middle school students (mostly 7th and 8th graders) attended the annual Math Contest at IMSA. There were a total of 23 schools who participated in this full day event. SAA was able to earn three recognitions. One student tied for 2nd place for 7th Grade Individuals. Another student was the only 7th grader from all 23 schools to answer problem 20 correctly on the 7th Grade Individual Contest. Lastly, a student earned an IMSA t-shirt for answering a problem in the Speed Round both correctly and first among the contestants from each school. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and represented SAA well!
Thirty-two students from Science & Arts Academy participated in the math contest held this past Saturday at Latin School of Chicago. At least five of our students competed above their grade levels. There were 17 schools in attendance with a total of 84 teams. SAA was one of only five schools with a full set of eight teams. If anyone asks why we spend most every Friday doing math, any of these kiddos will tell you, because it's fun!
Highlights and results from the meet are as follows:
An SAA student received 3rd place for all 5th graders
An SAA student received 1st place for all 7th graders
Both 5th grade teams earned a team award
The League of Logarithms earned 4th place
The Pi Cats earned 3rd place
The Pi^Face earned 1st place
In April, SAA Math Team members participated in the Noetic Learning Math Competition. This competition takes place in the fall and spring each year and is specifically designed for gifted students. Each meet has students competing as individuals solving 20 word problems designed for a specific grade level. This year, we had one math class of third and fourth grade students taught by Ms. Katauskas take the 3rd Grade meet problems. The 5th and 6th grade Math Team members all competed as 6th Graders, and the 7th and 8th grade Math Team members all competed as 8th Graders.
Also in April, 3 fourth graders and 46 middle schoolers participated in the annual Purple Comet International Math Meet. Unlike the Noetic Learning Math Contest, this meet is intended to be completed in teams. This year SAA had teams of three to six students each. While our students did not place either in Illinois or nationally, they did very well for this large challenge.
Two teams of six tied for the SAA winners - The Immortal Mildreds 2017 and Chicken Fried Steak.
Pebble Faces, the seventh grade team, came in second for SAA. Faline Redux, the sixth/seventh grade team, came in third for SAA.
A special thanks to our fourth grade team The Guild of Worksheeters for joining us this year.
Congratulations to all who participated in the competitions. The students had fun and really worked hard.
This weekend 28 students from our middle school participated in a 5th-8th grade Math Meet at The Latin School of Chicago. While SAA was well represented and showed both grace and strength, we had a few awards to share with all of you.
One of our two fifth grade teams "The Human Calculators" of Wren, Sasha, Michael and Joshua earned a team award - fourth place!
Our only seventh grade team (made of two seventh graders and two sixth graders - "7x6=ALUE" (translated - 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything) of Nitya, Emily, Daniel and Will earned a team award - fifth place!
Two of these team members also earned individual awards - Joshua -third place and Will - first place!
A few weeks ago, forty 3rd-8th grade students from SAA participated in the Fall 2017 Noetic Learning Math Contest. SAA had seven 3rd and 4th graders who competed amongst 4,143 students at their grade level nationally. Among those seven students, Richie was not only the SAA team winner, but also earned a National Honorable Mention score. On the 3rd-4th grade team, Sela, Austin and Kaitlyn earned a National Honorable Mention score.
On our 6th grade team of ten students, Will earned a National Honor Roll score of 100%. He was one of only ten students from a pool national total of 2,543 6th grade students who participated in this meet and earned a perfect score. Congratulations to Will! Other 5th and 6th graders on the SAA 6th grade team who earned a National Honorable Mention Score include Jaden, Michael, and Linnea.
SAA was pleased to have twenty-three 7th and 8th grade students participate among a national total of 915 eighth grade students. 7th grader Julia was the SAA 8th grade team winner. Along with Julia, Thomas, Elizabeth, Ryan, Dashiell, Mary Catherine, Hadrian, Elia, Zeph, Elena and Gabe all earned National Honorable Mention scores.
Thank you to all 40 of the SAA students who participated. They will have a second meet in April for the Spring 2017 Noetic Learning Math Contest.
SAA's Math Competition Season begins this month! Here's what's in store:
Keep an eye out for math more math competition news in the new year with even more meets this winter and spring. Visit the Beyond the Classroom page for more information about the 3rd and 4th grade Math Club, Middle School Math Club or Middle School Math Team.
Mathnasium of Harwood Heights held their annual TriMathlon last weekend. Two SAA fifth grade students participated and placed in the top five! Congratulations to both of these students!
This Wednesday, 24 middle school students from SAA participated in an all day math meet at IMSA. Our students did well overall and we are very proud of all 24 students for spending the day working on some rather challenging math problems and representing SAA so well.
SAA walked away with the following four awards:
SAA had a strong showing at last Saturday's 89th Kumbaya Chess Tournament.
This February, we had 36 students participate in the AMC 10 - a national math contest designed for high school sophomores in Geometry. It was wonderful to see so many students participate and have interest in a high school level test. Also in February, we had 27 students participate in the AMC 12 - another high school math contest designed for students in Pre-Calculus. Students in Algebra II or Pre-Calculus only were invited to participate at SAA this year. A special note of congratulations to one particular student for qualifying for the AIME - a national math exam only students who score above a specific score the AMC 10 or 12 are invited to take. The students who do best on the AIME then are invited to participate in the USAMO - and head off to an international math olympiad meet. Great job!
In November, 102 4th-8th grade students took the AMC 8. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most junior high school mathematics classes. High scoring students are invited to participate in the AMC 10.
The gym was alive with beautiful music on Tuesday and Thursday evening. Guided by our talented music teachers and aided by our faculty and staff, our students delighted audiences with song and instrumentation. Thank you for being part of this special SAA tradition.
Jr. High Math Competition at Regina Dominican High School
Last Saturday, December 5th, two 8th grade students participated in the Seventh and Eighth Grade Mathematics Contest at Regina Dominican High School, located in Willmette. They both received a first place ribbon for scoring the highest in the Team Competition portion of the event. Way to go, girls!
Support Eagles Basketball on the Road this Season!
In a thrilling game this week, the Girls Basketball team was edged out by Willows Academy, 22 - 17. What an effort ladies! Over the next month, the Boys teams will be competing on the road, and they'd love a strong fan section. The next game is this Tuesday, December 15th at St. Andrews Lutheran Church and School located at 260 N Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068. The 5th/6th boys tip off at 5:00pm and the 7th/8th boys follow at 6:00pm. Let's pack the St. Andrews gym with an SAA crowd!