Grades 6 - 8
The MathCOUNTS Foundation is a 27-year-old, nonprofit organization that promotes math excellence among U.S. middle school students. Its mission is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in junior high mathematics. MathCOUNTS challenges students’ math skills, develops their self-confidence, and improves their ability to work together in groups. Participation in MathCOUNTS heightens student interest in mathematics by making math achievement as challenging, exciting and prestigious as a school sport.
To find more information about MathCOUNTS, go to the Web site: www.mathcounts.org
MathCOUNTS works because it:
- motivates and rewards students by fostering teamwork and a competitive spirit.
- acts as more than a competition. It involves students and teachers in year-long coaching sessions and helps students at all levels improve their problem-solving skills.
- builds math skills, promotes logical thinking and sharpens students' analytical abilities.
- provides America's middle school teachers with creative, state-of-the-art curriculum materials, free of charge.
- introduces students to math-related careers through contacts with engineers and other professionals who serve as volunteers.
- is educator-driven. Materials and activities are structured to meet student needs, as identified by educators. Members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) develop these materials in accordance with NCTM curriculum standards. Catholic Math League (links to a separate page where the copy that follows is listed)
MATHCOUNTS Program Schedule 2019-2020
Time: (jr hi lunch/recess) TBD
September 19, 26
October 3, 17, 24, 31
November 14, 21
December 5, 12
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 5, 12, 26
Lunch: Pizza & Water will be provided.Place: Mrs. Grytza’s room
Fee: $140 (includes cost of pizza, t-shirt and competitions)
Competitions: All students will participate in MathCOUNTS school competitions and the AMC8. The other competitions are by invitation only. We determine who goes to other competitions by your AMC8 score and/or mathcounts score.
MathCOUNTS COMPETITION DAYS - TBD
School competition: January (during school)
Chapter competition: February (Saturday morning)
State competition: March (Saturday morning if we qualify)
MBA Invitational: November (Saturday morning, need transportation)
AMC8: November (Tuesday during school)
AMC10A: February (Thursday during school)
AMC10B: February (Wednesday during school)
Father Ryan Math Day: March
MTSU contest: April
MathCounts is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement and fun through “bee” style contests. Competitions are held at the school and chapter level; the winners move onto the state level and national level. Chapter and state competitions consist of 4 parts: a Sprint round of 30 questions in 40 minutes, a Target round of 8 questions in 30 minutes, a Team round of 10 questions in 20 minutes, and a final Countdown round for the top scoring students (Jeopardy style contest). Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are eligible.
MathCOUNTS Program Contests Overview - 2019-2020
AMC 8 November TBD at Overbrook
AMC10A February TBD at Overbrook
AMC10B February TBD at Overbrook
The American Mathematics Competition AMC8 and AMC10A/B are the longest running mathematics contests. The tests are open to all students in 8th grade or below. An award is given the student in each school with the highest score, and the top 3 students will receive a certificate. High scoring students will be placed on the national honor roll. Perfect scorers will be recognized nationally.
Father Ryan Math Day Contest, TBD
A one day event where teams from local catholic schools compete in 6th, 7th, 8th grade and Algebra I exams that consist of two parts (fundamentals & word problems). The top 3 students in each subject for each part are awarded medals as are the top 3 school teams.
TMTA Middle School Math Contest Contest, TBD @ MTSU - Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
TMTA is a statewide math contest that began in 1957 for middle and high schools. The top middle school students for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade take a 30 question exam to compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals. Regional and State top 3 winners are recognized in the Fall.
CATHOLIC MATH LEAGUE
Catholic Math League is a national, math contest given to grades 3 – 8 and Algebra 1 students; it was formerly known as the Math Fax Contest. The participating schools are divided into divisions which contain approximately 10 to 15 different elementary schools. Overbrook students have been participating in this contest since 1998 and have continued to compete at a high level throughout the years, achieving both divisional and national first place awards.