Sacramento Area Competitions in Mathematics



Wrap-Up: Middle School Contest

Posted by sacmath on November 18, 2009 at 12:35 AM

The second SACMATH contest has finished up, and I think itwent just as well as the first contest!


The Middle School Math Contest was held on Saturday, November14, 2009, at Casa Roble High School. 60 students spent their Saturday morningcompeting in various different math contests.


The students consisted of 12 8th graders, 29 7th graders,and 19 6th graders, and were made up of 13 teams and 8 individuals. Thestudents were from the following schools: Pacific Technology School(Orangevale), Sacramento Country Day (Sacramento), Silverado Middle School(Roseville), St. Albans Country Day (Roseville), Sutter Middle School (Folsom),and Winston Churchill Middle School (Carmichael). Results are available on theSACMATH website (click "Contest Results" in the left-hand menu).


I'd like to offer a big "thanks" to the studentswho competed, the parents who raise these students and bring them to a conteston Saturday morning, and the teachers and administrators who produce andnurture students with such strong math abilities.


Many volunteers helped the contest run smoothly and made ita big success: Casa Roble students, teachers, and administrators;Hewlett-Packard employees; teachers from participating schools, and members ofthe Soesbe and Newcomb families.


I'd also like to give a special thanks to Carol Soesbe, whoprepared most of the initial mailing, ran the testing room, and gave me herlove of math and math contests.


There is one more SACMATH contest scheduled for this year, aHigh School Contest on Saturday, December 5 at UC Davis, Giedt Hall. Tell allstudents who you think might be interested in this contest!


I'm thinking about another Elementary School Math Contest,in April 2010. When I decide, I'll make sure to notify all attendees of theFall Math Contests. News will also be posted to the SACMATH website.


Watch the website for news on these contests, and helpspread the word about the SACMATH contests!


If you enjoyed the SACMATH Elementary Schooland Middle School Contests, I can recommend other contests in the same style:

- Math League (


- MathCounts (

- Rocket City Math League(

All are excellent contests. I have experience with all four;let me know if you have any questions about them.


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




- Jeff Soesbe




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