7.5.17 ‒ 7.18.17 ‒ vol. 13

Benjamin Gorski

Congratulations to Perennial Math Winners!

By Yasmin Jorge

 

Perennial Math begins in our elementary schools to push students to stretch their brains to tackle word problems that have parents scratching their heads in bewilderment.  Third and fourth graders work on Rookie level tests, while fifth graders advance to Intermediate tests -- yes, questions grow in complexity but so do young arithmeticians’ problem-solving ability and tenacity.  This advanced level of critical thinking and expertise is a pure joy to witness for any numerical layperson!

Taught and guided by Beth Finkelstein, K-5 Math Staff Developer for the Pelham Public Schools, budding math wizards enroll in the program at their schools to practice and take tests administered in November, December, January, and February.

 

Each exam consist of six questions, with each question worth one point, for a total of six points for each test, and a possible cumulative total of 24 points for all four tests. This year, out of 13,074 participants worldwide (from the US, Canada, China, Turkey, Spain and the UK), 230 grades 3-5 Pelham students joined the rigorous math competition. Specifically, there were 58 3rd Graders, 84 4th Graders, and 88 5th Graders from all four elementary schools.

 

“I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with so many children in the Pelham Elementary Schools with Perennial Math.  It is exciting to offer challenging problems and to see all of the math knowledge the students bring to the problems.  It is impressive to see the students’ persistence, enthusiasm, and strong number sense as they tackle these, often novel, challenging problems.  It is wonderful to see so many students so excited when they talk about math and share their strategies and solutions,” said Ms. Finkelstein.

 

COLONIAL:

Student who earned the most points for their grade level team:

Gold Medal

Grade 3:  Maxim Katchoura

Grade 4:  Joseph Martucci

Grade 5:  Benjamin Gorski

Students who achieved a score in the top 10% of grade level participants receive a dog tag.

Grade 3: Julian Matteoni, Kellen O’Neill

Grade 4:  Charlie Johnson, Plum Durham

Grade 5:  Eric Mangelsdorf

 

HUTCHINSON:

Student who earned the most points for their grade level team:

Gold Medal

Grade 3:  Anthony Vu

Grade 4:  Luis-Joshua Casenas

Grade 5:  Irene Basu

Students who achieved a score in the top 10% of grade level participants receive a dog tag.

Grade 3: Kieran Normoyle

Grade 4:  Ryan Li

Grade 5:  Connor Normoyle, Vivian Guo, Eric Liu

Top 10 student scores on each team...if the sum of their scores is in the top 10% for their grade worldwide, they receive a team plaque for their team: Grade 5

 

PROSPECT:

Student who earned the most points for their grade level team:

Gold Medal

Grade 3:  Benjamin Sze

Grade 4:  Emily Xu

Grade 5:  Maxwell Edmister

Students who achieved a score in the top 10% of grade level participants receive a dog tag.

Grade 3: Xiao Xiao Heelan

Grade 4:  Sasha Herzog, Brandon DeRogatis, Max Middleton, Cararose Vitale, Walter Jaklitsch, Jeremy Tam, Maddox Moxham, Owen Duffy

Grade 5:  Olivia Polsky, Olivia Ritossa, Yoav Meron

Top 10 student scores on each team...if the sum of their scores is in the top 10% for their grade worldwide, they receive a team plaque for their team: Grade 4

 

SIWANOY:

Student who earned the most points for their grade level team:

Gold Medal

Grade 3:  John Salerno

Grade 4:  Tedy Creutz and Lila Resnick

Grade 5:  Isaac Lief

Students who achieved a score in the top 10% of grade level participants receive a dog tag.

Grade 3: Flynn Lewis, Edward Puchella, James Fradkin

Grade 4:  Addison Cross, Manu Naik, Jake Namba, Jackson Fauber, Cameron Wanuga, Luca Goodyear, Lila Walsh, Dari Jeffries, Grace Kiamie, Hew Johnson, Connor Bryan, Henry Brandler, Axel Robinson

Grade 5:  Alex Beldiman, Ben Koff, Andrew Scott, Aadita Roy, Jake Milo, Vincent Salerno

Top 10 student scores on each team...if the sum of their scores is in the top 10% for their grade worldwide, they receive a team plaque for their team.

Grade 4

Grade 5

All participants receive a certificate for their hard work and persistence with the problems each month.

 

Two-time gold medalist (in fourth and fifth grades) Ben Gorski of Colonial School had this to say about Perennial Math: “I enjoy math, and really liked participating in this program over my elementary years.  Ms. Finkelstein is an excellent teacher, one of my favorites, and I’m going to miss her.

 

In the middle school, I plan on continuing to the Math Olympiad!”

 

Perennial Math was created by Dr. Sylvia Dean in Huntsville, Alabama - the Rocket City.  Huntsville is the home of NASA, Space Camp, Redstone Arsenal, and Cummings Research Park which has many space,  defense, and technological companies.  Dr. Sylvia Dean has been a gifted specialist for 24 years and has coached and coordinated robotics, math, and technology competitions.

 

 

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