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The Washington State Middle School Math Olympiad is an advanced-level statewide middle school math competition for students in grades 5-8. Teams of 3 or 4 compete to gain as many points as possible across six components:  a long session problem and five short session problems in the content areas of Number Sense, Probability and Statistics, Measurements, Geometric Sense, and Algebraic Sense.  


Who may participate?

Math Olympiad is open to 5th grade students at Puesta del Sol. There are a limited number of spots available. In order to give all interested 5th graders an equal opportunity to participate in Math Olympiad, there is an application that each student must complete on their own. 


What is the time commitment?

All participants are required to attend mandatory morning practices twice a week, M & Th before school, complete a weekly home packet (3-5 pages long) while keeping up with their regular required 5th grade classroom math homework and attend the statewide competition in May. Practice sessions start January and run through April. Statewide competition will be held in the end of April.

Because the Math Olympiad material is above the 5th grade math level and it is a competition team, please have your student consider their current math aptitude before applying. Will they enjoy the extra homework? Will they thrive under the pressure of a competition? Do they enjoy competing with a team? Do they finish their regular math homework with little assistance? Answering these questions honestly together will help determine if this is the right activity for your student.

The Bellevue School District math curriculum is already quite rigorous but most of our students find the Math Olympiad work do-able. Math Olympiad is a fun and challenging way for students to stretch their abilities and interests in a team environment.

What is the cost?

Tuition is $105 for the entire program. In the case of financial need, PTA scholarships are available. Please contact the Puesta del Sol PTA Deposits Treasurer for confidential scholarship information. Payment is not due until students have been selected for the program.

Parent volunteer Commitment?

To ensure our program's success we are asking all families to commit to volunteering a minimum of 3 hours. Although Sr. Mattson teaches the practice sessions, we need lots of volunteers to help keep the program running. Volunteers help with the grading of homework and supervise the students before practice. We will also need about 20 volunteers to chaperone the competition, be room proctors, lunch organizers, graders and data recorders during the competition. 

2018 Math Olympiad Documents:

 

Questions?

Please email Rebecca, Dena, Julee, Coleen or Deb at matholympiad@puestadelsolpta.org.

*This program fulfills math requirement for academic challenge!

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

November 29, 2017: Application Packets go home from Sr. Oropeza

December 5, 2017: Parent Registration, Student Application, and Signed Citizenship Contract due to Sr. Oropeza.

December 11, 2017: Students notified of acceptance via parent email

December 15, 2017: $105 tuition due to PTA via online payment (PTA Scholarships available). The link to make online payments will be emailed to you with your child’s acceptance into the program.

January 4, 2018: Training begins

April 28, 2018: Math Olympiad Competition (mandatory attendance)