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Chadbourne Math Olympiad 2017-18

Below you will find useful information on the CFFA sponsored Math Olympiad and how it is run at Chadbourne Elementary.

To participate and stay informed about this activity, please join  Konstella

 Please read through all the information below before you register your child.

1.What is Math Olympiad?
2. Who can participate?
3. Math Olympiad Divisions and Contests
4. Math Olympiad at Chadbourne
5. Teams and Study Groups
6. Study Materials and Sample Problems
7. Use of School Facilities for Study Group Meetings
8. Coaching for Contests
9. Awards and Certificates
10. Parent Volunteers Needed

1. What is Math Olympiad?

1.  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.

2. Who can participate?
Math Olympiad is open to students in grades 4 through 8. Only schools, home schools and institutes can register students, NOT INDIVIDUALS.

3. Math Olympiad Divisions and Contests
MOEMS offers two age appropriate divisions to choose from. Students in grades 4 through 6 will participate in the Elementary Division (Division E) while the Middle School Division (Division M) is open only to grades 6 through 8. 
At Chadbourne, all interested 4th and 5th graders will be registered for Division E, while 6th graders will have the option to register for Division E or M. Students will be registered as teams of up to 35 students.
MOEMS publishes five monthly contests for each division from November through March. These contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math. 


4.Math Olympiad at Chadbourne
Math Olympiad at Chadbourne Elementary is a parent run activity. While the CFFA will register students and facilitate use of school facilities to conduct contests, the overall coordination, organization of teams and administering the monthly contests will be handled by a parent volunteer working as the Math Olympiad Chair. Jyothi Iyer will be the Math Olympiad Chair for the year 2017-18. Parents are responsible for coaching the students and preparing them for the contests. CFFA and the Math Olympiad Chair will NOT conduct any coaching classes. 
This year, CFFA has registered 3 Division E teams and one Division M team. There can be up to 35 students on a team, so this provides opportunity for 140 students to participate. Math Olympiad contests are required to be administered centrally and due to the maximum seating capacity of the MUR, we are limiting registration to 4 teams and 140 students.
By registering, the student is committing to participate in the entire program. Please remember that withdrawing from the program after registration closes is not only a waste of CFFA funds (donated by you) but also an opportunity denied for another student. Encourage your child to prepare for and attend all five contests. Results of the contests are sent out just to the parents and will not be mass emailed or posted online. 
Once teams are registered, students can form smaller study groups to prepare for the contests under parental supervision. Study groups typically meet once/twice a week and work on study material recommended by MOEMS (see below for information on study materials). Study groups can use school facilities such as classrooms for their meetings (see more information below).
The five 30-minute contests will be administered centrally at the Chadbourne Multi-Use Room on the dates listed below. MOEMS rules require that all registered students take the contests in the same place at the same time. THEREFORE, NO MAKE-UPS WILL BE ALLOWED WHATSOEVER. 
                         Contest Date                         Time and Location
Contest 1 Wednesday, November 15th     1.15 to 2.30 pm, MUR
Contest 2 Wednesday, December 13th     1.15 to 2.30 pm, MUR
Contest 3 Wednesday, January 17th         1.15 to 2.30 pm, MUR
Contest 4 Wednesday, February 14th       1.15 to 2.30 pm, MUR
            Contest 5 Wednesday, March 7th              1.15 to 2.30 pm, MUR - for 4th and 5th graders
            Contest 5 Wednesday, March 14th             1.15 to 2.30 pm, MUR - for 6th graders

  5. Teams and Study Groups

Up to 35 registered students are assigned to each team. However, the entire team does not have to meet and prepare together. You can form smaller study groups consisting of any number of students. You can even choose to prepare individually and not be part of a study group. If you form a study group, it is advisable to have students of the same Division in the group as the study material varies for the two divisions. Students will be given the opportunity to form study groups before assigning them to teams. This way the entire study group can be assigned to one team and their efforts in the five contests will jointly contribute towards the team’s chances for awards.
The Math Olympiad Chair will NOT be responsible for forming study groups. While the Chair can provide information about other students looking to form/join study groups, it is up to the parents to reach out to existing study groups or form a new one.

6. Study Material And problems
MOEMS recommends the following books for students to prepare for the contests:
  •  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. 

7. Use of School Facilities for Study Group Meetings
Due to liability issues, school facilities such as classrooms and the MUR are not available for use for study group meetings. It is recommended that you schedule meetings at your homes  or other common places.


8Coaching 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.

 9.  Awards and Certificates

Upon the conclusion of all five contests, students will be eligible for the following individual and team awards. 
 Individual Awards 
§  A Certificate of Participation for each student who took part in MOEMS
§  An embroidered Olympiad Iron-On Patch for each student whose cumulative score ranks in the top 50 % of their division
§  A “Gold Pin” or a “Silver Pin” for each student whose cumulative score is in the top 2% or 3-10% of their division, respectively
§  One trophy for the highest individual scorer for each team
§  A boxed Medallion (the George Lenchner Award) for any student scoring a perfect 25 on his/her cumulative score
Team Awards 
A Team’s Score is computed by taking the sum of the ten highest scores on each team. 
  • For Each Division: A plaque for “Highest Team Achievement” for a team score in the top 10% of all participating teams
  • For Each Division: A “High Achievement” certificate for a team score in the next 10% (11% – 20%) of all participating teams

 10. Parent Volunteers Needed

Parent volunteers are also needed to help conduct the five contests centrally at school. Volunteers will be needed on the five contest dates listed above for a period of 1.5 - 2 hours between 12.45 p.m. and 2.45 p.m. If you are available on any of these dates, please sign up to volunteer. Volunteer sign-up sheets and reminders will be sent out through Konstella before each contest.
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.

To register your child for Chadbourne Math Olympiad 2017-18, please fill out this  form.

Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact the Math Olympiad Chair at