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AMC 8 Update

AMC-lgoI am very excited to announce that 29 students have signed up to participate in the AMC 8! Student who are on the list will be emailed shortly. We have space for a few more participants, so if you’re interested in joining the fun (and you’re in 7th or 8th grade), please talk to Ms. Fulcher or Mr. Seamon.

The contest will take place on Tuesday, 11/18 from 2:30 to 3:30 in WB. Any Williston 7th and 8th grader is welcome to participate. The competition itself lasts 40 minutes and is comprised of 25 multiple choice questions. No calculators are allowed and there is no penalty for guessing. Cookies and other refreshments will be provided after the competition.

An information letter for parents can be viewed right here (PDF). A summary of the contest rules is also available (PDF) and a more detailed competition FAQ is also online.

Here are the problems from a few past years:
2012 Problems2012 Solutions
2011 Problems2011 Solutions
2010 Problems2010 Solutions
2009 Problems2009 Solutions
2008 Problems, 2008 Solutions

11/3 Meeting

Despite having a limited amount of time due to the daylight savings-induced modified schedule, 17 students and I got through lots of fun Math Team work!

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We worked through four more NEML practice problems spanning all sorts of topics. You can view the problems (and answers) right here (PDF).

I encouraged everyone to work on the Math Talent Search problems and turn in work to me by Wednesday, morning, 11/5 at the absolute latest. (I have to submit the work online by 3pm that day.)

We talked about the upcoming events:
Tuesday, 11/11: NEML #2, 3 to 3:30pm in SH27
Saturday, 11/15: HMMT @ Harvard
Monday, 11/17: Math Team Meeting, 2:50 to 3:30pm in SH25
Tuesday, 11/18: AMC 8, 2:30 to 3:30pm in WB

Complete competition details can be found on the Competitions page.

There’s also still a little time to get in on the jersey order. $25 payments are due by the 11/17 team meeting. You can sign up for a jersey right here.

AMC 8 & PUMaC Update

AMC-lgoAMC 8:

The AMC 8 will take place on Tuesday, 11/18 from 2:30 to 3:30 in WB. The competition is open to all 7th and 8th graders. The competition itself is 40 minutes long and is comprised of 25 multiple choice questions. (We need 60 minutes to get paperwork done.)

If you’re interested in participating in the AMC 8, please speak to Ms. Fulcher or email me (Mr. Seamon) ASAP. You need to sign up by Monday, 11/3 if at all possible.

You can learn more about the competition right here. Here are the problems from a few past years:
2012 Problems2012 Solutions
2011 Problems2011 Solutions
2010 Problems2010 Solutions

PUMaC-LogoPUMaC:

Unfortunately, too many logistical hurdles have come up recently for us to attend in person. So, we won’t be making the trip to Princeton. That being said, we will be participating as an “off-site team” in the Power Competition. We will be discussing the details regarding this event at our next Math Team meeting which will be held on Monday, 11/3 from 2:50 to 3:30pm in SH25.

HMMT Team!

The following six Williston students have been chosen to compete at the November 15th HMMT competition at Harvard! Please join me in congratulating Alicia Lima, Derrick Zhao, Jack Lee, James Kim, Ray Kim, and Shirley Zhou!

Upcoming important dates:
11/3: Team yearbook photo @ 3pm in SH25
11/4: Math Talent Search due. Hand completed work to Mr. Seamon for submission.
11/11: NEML #2, 3-3:30pm in SH27
11/15: HMMT
11/18: AMC 8, 2:30-3:30pm in WB

10/20 Meeting

We just had another fantastic meeting of the Math Team! 21 students attended spanning all six grades!

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At the meeting we discussed the first New England Math League competition (NEML1), went over the competition schedule, discussed the HMMT & PUMaC rosters, worked on practice problems, talked about team jerseys, our trip to NYC, and worked on lots of practice problems. Here are the main action items:

1) This is your last chance to fill out the HMMT & PUMaC info survey. I will be locking in our rosters at 3pm on 10/21. Don’t miss your chance to be considered for one (or both!) of these amazing competitions!

2) Please fill out the jersey info form by this Wednesday, 10/22 @ 6pm if you want to get a team jersey.

3) Keep on working on NEML, AMC, and HMMT practice problems! Lots of them are located in the Math Team OneNote notebook.

USAMTS-Logo4) The USA Math Talent Search is going on right now! Any MS or HS student can participate. You need to work on the problems by yourself and submit them to me (Mr. Seamon) by 11/4 so I can submit them online by 11/5. You can download the problems right here and learn more about the competition right here.

5) Our day trip to New York City is preliminarily scheduled for Saturday, 12/13. The plan is to leave around 7am, catch the train in New Haven to Grand Central, and then to spend the whole day in Manhattan where we’ll visit the Museum of Math and Google. More info coming soon.

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Updated competition schedule

Our competition schedule has resolved a bit more:

Competition

Date

Location

NEML 1

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Schoolhouse 25 & 27

3 – 3:30pm

USAMTS #1

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

One your own

NEML 2

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Schoolhouse 25 & 27

3 – 3:30pm

HMMT: Harvard

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Harvard

AMC 8

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TBD

PUMaC

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Princeton

USAMTS #2

Monday, December 8, 2014

One your own

NEML 3

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Schoolhouse 25 & 27

3 – 3:30pm

NEML 4

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Schoolhouse 25 & 27

3 – 3:30pm

USAMTS #3

Monday, January 19, 2015

One your own

NEML 5

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Schoolhouse 25 & 27

3 – 3:30pm

AMC 10/12

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

TBD

NEML 6

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Schoolhouse 25 & 27

3 – 3:30pm

AIME

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TBD

AIME 2

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TBD

Lots to do!

Screen Shot 2014-10-18 at 10.14.46 AMThe next math team meeting will this Monday, 10/20 from 2:50 to 3:30pm in Schoolhouse 25. We have lots of fun stuff to go over:

  • HMMT and PUMaC competitions!
  • NEML recap
  • NYC trip!
  • Movie trip!
  • Team jerseys!

Also, everyone needs to fill out the HMMT/PUMaC info survey. Get this done. It’s online right here.

We’re in!

First: Our next Math Team meeting is on Monday, 10/20 from 2:50 to 3:30pm in Schoolhouse 25.

Moving on to the even more exciting stuff:

I woke up this morning to two VERY exciting emails! A Williston Northampton team has been accepted into both the HMMT and PUMaC competitions! We are very lucky to have gained entrance into the competitions as each had more applications than ever!

I need each of you to reconfirm which event(s) you can attend. Please use this form to resend me your information. Please fill out this form by Monday, 10/20 at 3pm.

HMMT

Some of you have already sent me information regarding which events you can attend. Please use the above form to resubmit your information. Feel free to submit different information if your circumstances have changed. It is possible that some people will be allowed to attend both competitions. Also, I will possibly have limited space for people to attend as a non-participant and work as my “assistants”. We’ll act as the cheering section for our team!

HMMT Information: It’s an all day event on the Harvard campus on Saturday, 11/15. We leave campus in the early AM (around 6am) and return in the evening around 6pm. Our competition team will be made up of 6 students. You can learn more about the competition right here. Each trip participant will need to bring $20.

PUMaC-LogoPUMaC Information: It’s an all day event on the Princeton campus on Saturday, 11/22. We will leave campus on Friday afternoon, 11/21 and return on Saturday night, 11/22. We will have a fun evening in Princeton on Friday that will include a trip to see The Imitation Game, a brand new movie about Alan Turing! Our competition team will be made up of 8 students. You can learn more about the competition right here. Each participant will need to bring $40.