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?

The cost is $45 and covers tuition, materials, competition registration, t-shirt and lunch on competition day.  In the case of financial need, PTA Scholarships are available.  Please contact the Puesta del Sol PTA Deposits Treasurer for confidential scholarship information.  Payment will not be due until selected students have been notified.  Students will be notified via email by January 15th, 2019. Tuition is due on the first training session, Thursday, January 17th and is non-refundable.  For non-scholarship related tuition questions, please contact one of the Math Olympiad chairperson(s) at matholympiad@puestadelsolpta.org.

Parent volunteer Commitment?

First, help your student.  Please help review their homework and go over any problems or concepts they do not understand.  The additional volunteer commitment is a minimum of 4 hours.  We will need volunteers to help with the following activities:
 
• Homework grading: (Mondays & Thursday mornings) Answer key is provided.

• Competition volunteers for April 27th: About 20 adult volunteers will be needed for the April 27th competition day. One-two parents per team to be chaperones, room proctors, lunch organizers, graders or for data input on the competition day.

2019 Math Olympiad Documents:

Questions?

Please email Tamzin, Stefan or Valerie at matholympiad@puestadelsolpta.org.

*This program fulfills math requirement for academic challenge!

IMPORTANT DATES:

January 11, 2019:  Application Packets available on Puesta del Sol PTA website.

January 14, 2019: Parent Registration, Student Application, and Signed Citizenship Contract due Please submit all required materials to the dropbox in Sra. Walteros room.  No late applications accepted. 

January 17, 2018: Training begins.

April 27, 2019: Math Olympiad Competition (mandatory attendance).