Welcome to Black Mountain Middle School Math Team!



Announcement:
- We are looking for team parent(s) for team T-shirt design/ordering and year-end celebration party. Please contact us if you can help. 
- Team sign-up is currently closed.
- Black team: no meeting on Oct 31st (Happy Halloween)
- Nov 14: AMC8 Official Contest


Why Black Mountain Math Team?

The Black Mountain Math Team is designed to increase enthusiasm for math and to engage students using a variety of math activities and competitions. In 2017-2018, Black Mountain Middle School Math Team will be limited to 50 students due to classroom capacity and the number of coaches available. The program runs from August 2017 - April 2018. Mathletes will participate in three major competitions: Mathcounts, AMC-8 and AMC-10.

Tests and competitions:
  • The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools and is supported by the National Society of Professional Engineers at the state and local levels. The school level competition for all team members will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. 12 students will be selected to represent BMMS in San Diego Regional in February 2018. Please see http://www.mathcounts.org/ for details.
  • The AMC-8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice test in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is held in November every year. This year it will be on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most junior high school mathematics classes. Please see http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-contests/amc-8 for details. 
  • The AMC-10 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice test in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra and geometry concepts. 7th and 8th grade students may take AMC-10. AMC-10 will be conducted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 or Thursday, February 15, 2018. More details at http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-contests/amc-1012.


2017-18 Black Mountain Math Team composition:

  • Two teams (25 students each) will be formed for 2017-2018 school year.
    • Blue Team: 6th/7th graders 
    • Black Team: 7th/8th graders
    • Note: Both teams will cover similar materials/topics and participate in the same competition. 
  • A mathcount school team (10 students + 2 backup) will be formed in late Dec based on following criteria: 
    • Homework (10%): for each homework, receive 2 points if 75% answers are correct, otherwise receive 1 point
    • Competition Test (90%)
      • AMC8 - 25 points
      • 2017 Mathcount School test - 46 points (30 points for sprint round and 16 points for target round)
      • Mathcount Mock Test - 23 points (46 * 50%=23)
      • Total: 94 points

Parent Involvement

As always, parents involvement is huge to success of this program. This year, we are able to setup two teams (Blue and Black) and accept 50 students instead of 30 because more parents volunteered to coach. We need team parent to help to organize T-shirt design challenge as well as End-of-year celebration. Please contact BMMS Math Team Head Coach at bmms.mathteam@gmail.com. Thank you for your consideration.


2017-18 Meeting Schedule:

Schedule: We will meet once a week from September 2017 to April 2018. In addition, we will hold additional session for math count teams if there is enough parent support. 

Meeting Time & Place (General):
- Black Team: Tuesday, starting August 29, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm BMMS RM403.
-‍ Blue Team: Monday, starting September 11, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30pm BMMS RM403

(Please note that AMC8/Mathcount Competition for all team members will happen on Tuesday)

Upcoming important dates for all team members:

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017: Mini mathcount with count down round (Note: this is for fun and is NOT for team selection). This is also the last day to cancel the registration.
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: AMC-8 official test
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Mathcount School Competition

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