Sacramento Area Competitions in Mathematics



Wrap-Up: Elementary School Contest

Posted by sacmath on November 9, 2009 at 12:55 AM

The first SACMATH contest is now in the books, and I feel safe in saying that it was a  big success!


The Elementary School Math Contest was held on Saturday,October 24, 2009, at Winston Churchill Middle School. 67 students spent a Saturday morning competing in various different math contests.


The students consisted of 45 5th graders and 22 4th graders, and were made up of 12 teams and 19 individuals. The students were from the following schools: Del Paso Manor, Deterding, Empire Oaks, H. Allen Hight, Junction, Mariemont, Pershing, Phoenix, QuailGlen, Ridgeview, Rocklin Academy, Rukhaha, St. Albans Country Day, Taylor Street and Twin Lakes.


A big thanks to the students who competed, the parents who raise these students and bring them to a contest on Saturday morning, and the teachers and administrators who produce and nurture students with such strong math abilities.


I'd like to thank the many volunteers who helped the contest run smoothly and made it a big success: Winston Churchill MS students, teachers, and parents; Hewlett-Packard employees; UC Davis graduate students from the Explore Math program; and Newcomb family members.


I'd also like to give a special thanks to Carol Soesbe, my mom, who prepared most of the initial mailing, ran the testing room, kept everyone entertained during the delay in finishing results, and gave me a love of math and math contests. Thanks Mom!


There are two more SACMATH contests this year:

- A Middle School Contest on Saturday, November 14 at Casa Roble HS,

- A High School Contest on Saturday, December 5 at UC Davis, Giedt Hall.


Watch the website for news and updates on these contests, and help spread the word about the SACMATH contests!


I might run another Elementary School Math Contest in the Spring of 2010. If I do, I'll make sure to notify all attendees of the Fall Contest. News will also be posted to the SACMATH website.


Thanks again to all who attended. I hope you enjoyed the contest and even learned some new things about math and problem-solving.




- Jeff Soesbe




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