Sacramento Area Competitions in Mathematics



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February 2014 Contests

Posted by sacmath on January 19, 2014 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (4)

There are contests slated for February. On Sunday February 9, there will be an Elementary School Contest in the morning and a High School Contest in the afternoon.

There will be no Middle School Contest (because I am running the MathCounts regional on Sat Feb 8 ), but middle school students are welcome to attend the High School contest and will be put in their own category for awards.

It's Contest Season Again!

Posted by sacmath on September 19, 2011 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Hello Everyone --

Well, it's math contest season again! SACMATH is planning a full slate of contests during the year, and also adding a couple new tests for the contests.

The rough schedule of contests is as follows:
- Oct 2011 = Elementary School Contest
- Nov 2011 = Middle School Contest
- Dec 2011 = High School Contest
- Feb 2012 = MathCounts Sacramento Valley Chapter Contest
- Mar 2012 = Elementary School Sacramento Regional
- April 2012 = ARML Local
- May 2012 = Elementary School State Championships (with MATHLEAGUE.ORG
- June 2012 = ARML (at UNLV)

In addition, MATHLEAGUE.ORG will be running contests every month in the Bay Area. So if there's not a contest in Sacramento, you can always head down to the Bay Area. Join the MATHLEAGUE.ORG mailing list at their website for more details.

As always, SACMATH needs sites to hold contests and volunteers to help with the contests. if you have a site you'd like to offer for a contest, or would just like to volunteers, contact me at the SACMATH email.

Finally, if you or your organization would like to run a math contest, I am happy to help with getting tests and contacting students. Contact me if you're interested.

Looking forward to another year of fun and challenging contests!

Best wishes,
- Jeff Soesbe

Local AIME Qualifiers!

Posted by sacmath on March 9, 2011 at 9:04 PM Comments comments (5)

I'd like to offer my sincere CONGRATULATIONS to the six students (that I know of) who have qualified for AIME, the American Invitational Math Examination:


- Saaket A, Mira Loma HS
- Jack G, Winston Churchill MS
- Jason L, Mira Loma HS
- Alex O, Mira Loma HS
- Ben R, Mira Loma HS
- Ted X, Davis HS


These students qualified by achieving a high score on either the AMC-10A or AMC-12A examinations. The AMC examinations are some of the most prestigious and difficult math competitions in the country. Qualifying for the AIME is quite an achievement, and these students deserve a hearty salute!


If there are any other students who qualified for the AIME that I don't know about, please let me know so I can feature their names (and invite them to some future SACMATH competitions)!


- Jeff Soesbe, SACMATH

Middle School Contest Dec 4

Posted by sacmath on November 13, 2010 at 3:51 PM Comments comments (2)

I'm pleased to announce that there will be a Middle School Math Contest on Saturday, December 4 at Casa Roble High School.


The contest will use the MathCounts format (Sprint, Target, Team, and Countdown) along with the additional tests of Number Sense and the GUTS Team. GUTS is a new test with a fun format, more details can be found on the Test Details page.


Register for the contest on the "Contest Registration" page. If there are any questions contact SACMATH via email.


Thanks to Casa Roble High School for agreeing to host the contest!


See you in December!


- Jeff Soesbe, SACMATH


Elementary Contest

Posted by sacmath on April 20, 2010 at 2:04 AM Comments comments (2)

I'm pleased to announce that there will be one more SACMATH contest during the 2009-2010 school year.

The Winston Churchill Math Contest Club will be hosting an Elementary School Math Contest on Saturday May 15, at Churchill MS. The contest will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with check-in starting at 8:15 AM.

The contest will feature two new events:

- Maps, Graphs, and Charts, a test of students' abilities to interpret information presented in maps, graphs, and/or charts, and to do math based on that information.

- Math Bowl, a thrilling head-to-head competition between the top teams.

Also the Top Team awards will now be given using a sweepstakes scoring system, where teams receive points based on how the members of the team place in the individual events. This evens the playing field and enables teams of mixed 4th/5th graders, or even a team of all 4th graders, to have a chance at the top team awards.

Registration is now open for the contest, so sign up! Space is limited, so don't delay!

As always, if there are any questions feel free to contact me.

- Jeff Soesbe


One More Contest?

Posted by sacmath on April 8, 2010 at 2:56 PM Comments comments (1)

All --


It's been quiet for SACMATH recently. Since the close of the January HS Contest, I've had a lot of work and other commitments. Contests such as AMC-10/12, MathCounts, California Math League, Rocket City Math League, and MOEMS have all finished up.


But SACMATH might not be done yet! I'm looking at one more contest: An Elementary School Contest that would be held in the middle of May.


As soon as I get site details set up, I'll announce the contest on the website and on the email list. So sharpen your pencils and get those calculators warmed up!


- Jeff Soesbe


HS Results Posted

Posted by sacmath on January 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I have posted the results of the High School Contest on the website. They can be reached through the "Contest Results" link on the side of the main page.

Thanks again to all the volunteers who helped make the contest happen, and to the students, parents and teachers who had fun and helped make the contest a success.

- Jeff Soesbe


NEW: Calculator Test

Posted by sacmath on January 4, 2010 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I have decided to add a Calculator Test to the High School Contest on January 16, 2010. Since students always bring a calculator to the math contests, the Calculator Test is a fun way to test their skills with the calculator and give them experience with using a calculator to solve mathematical problems that are more "real-world" (and thus have messy numbers).

Information about the Calculator Test, along with resources and sample tests, can be found on the "Test Details" page.

- Jeff Soesbe


Number Sense @ Stanford

Posted by sacmath on December 22, 2009 at 12:18 AM Comments comments (1)

I was invited to run a Number Sense Test at a MATHLEAGUE.ORG Middle School contest at Stanford the past weekend.  I don't have full results, because we were in a rush in the grading room to get the scoring done before the end of the Countdown Round, but I do have the top three per grade (name, school, score), who received trophies from SACMATH.

6th Grade

First = Tomas C, Hopkins JHS, 196

Second = Jack G, Churchill MS, 173

Third = Julianna L, Lawson MS, 150

7th Grade

First = Kevin C, Miller MS, 195

Second = Alex H, Cupertino MS, 166

Third = Andrew Z, Hopkins JHS, 130

8th Grade

First = Steven H, Miller MS, 247

Second = Lewis C, Hopkins JHS, 233

Third = Aaron L, Hopkins JHS, 165;

After the contest , it was discovered that there was a scoring error. Julia H, an 8th grader from Miller MS, actually scored 238 on the test and thus was in second place. SACMATH will send Julia a trophy in early January.

Congratulations to Sacramento student Jack G, from Churchill MS, who also finished in the top 25 overall in Math, and was the top 6th Grader!

Thanks to MATHLEAGUE.ORG for a great contest and for the chance to bring Number Sense to a new group of students.

- Jeff Soesbe



Posted by sacmath on December 9, 2009 at 1:13 AM Comments comments (0)

The SACMATH High School Contest has been rescheduled to Saturday January 16. The rest of the contest details (time, format, schedule, location) remain the same.

All registered students have been notified of the new date. Any registered students who can not make the new date will received a full refund.

There's still room in the contest, so tell your friends and students to come to the contest!

- Jeff Soesbe, SACMATH