Monday, September 07, 2009

Math Olympiad Parent Meeting - 9/17 @ 7 PM

Dear parents,

King school will start the Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools program (MOEMS) this fall for 4th and 5th graders. The MOEMS has been a major math contest for school children for 30 years. In the 2008-2009 year, 150,000 students participated in the program, representing 49 US states and 30 countries. Its stated goals are:
• To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
• To introduce important Mathematical concepts
• To teach major strategies for problem solving
• To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
• To strengthen Mathematical intuition
• To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
• To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
Sign-up will be in mid- to late-September. Everyone who wants the challenge is welcome, regardless of the level of math proficiency. We will hold approximately 12 after-school training sessions. Five contests will be held at King school from November to March. In each contest, students will have 30 minutes to solve 5 word problems.

An informational meeting for interested parents will be on Sept. 17th at 7pm in the King School Media Center. I will show sample contest problems and outline our plan for training and contests. We need a lot of volunteers (some on-site, some at home) to work in all areas from keeping a team roster and coordinating volunteers to coaching the team and monitoring the contests. Just as the King School Science Olympiad, we will make volunteering mandatory: if your kid signs up, you need to volunteer. I will also provide information on volunteering at the info. meeting.

If you have any questions, please email

Jing Liu, PICO (Person In Charge of the Olympiad)