Round 1 of * Continental Math League *wound up last week and, as the first session of

*testing comes to a close this week, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you all some information about the three main math competitions available at TJ:*

**Math Olympiad***,*

**Math Olympiad***, and*

**Continental Math League***.*

**Math Kangaroo**What they all have in common is that the goal of each program is to provide students with math problem solving experiences. How they do so is somewhat varied.

* Math Olympiad* and the

*both have 5 meets per year. Each of their meets last 30 minutes.*

**Continental Math League***, on the other hand, has only one 75 minute meet each year.*

**Math Kangaroo**The * Math Olympiad* requires authentic responses from the students.

*has multiple choice questions. The*

**Math Kangaroo***is a combination of both authentic responses and multiple choice.*

**Continental Math League**The * Math Olympiad* and

*are both international in scope, while the*

**Math Kangaroo***has students competing nationally.*

**Continental Math League**Both the * Continental Math League* and

*have students competing against others in their own grade level, while*

**Math Kangaroo***involves competing against students in your own grade level and higher (4th graders, for example, compete against 4th-6th graders).*

**Math Olympiad**Here at TJ, * Math Olympiad* is available to all Level 2 ACE Math students in grades 4-5. All Level 2 ACE Math students in grades 4-5 also participate in the

*, and, in addition, it is available to any other grade 4-5 student by teacher request. Finally,*

**Continental Math League***is available to the first 100 students at TJ to sign up (more info on that will be sent to you via my distribution list in about 10 minutes!).*

**Math Kangaroo**Here is that same information in a chart, in case you’re someone who likes a visual:

We have lots of congratulations to pass out because we had lots of success with our first round of * Math Olympiad* and

*testing!*

**Continental Math League**Soooo….congratulations to the only 5th grader to earn a perfect score of 6 in round one of * Continental Math League*:

**Jeremy Katen**.

Fourth graders had 16 (yes, you read that right – 16!) perfect scores of 6 in round one of * Continental Math League.* Congratulations to:

**Charlie Alexander, Adam Belouad, Ashwin Colby, Turner Crockett, Christopher Draper, Abby Fred, William Hladky, Paige Kessman, Elbetel Kiros, Grace Kummer, Elliot Lam, Sam Norton, Fletcher Saaty, Olivia Thenhaus, Alex Vennebush,**and

**Eli Vennebush**.

The first Math Olympiad challenge of the year resulted in three perfect scores of 5. Super job, **Christopher Draper, William Sutton **and** Joseph Cobucci**!