2022_0222 MATH TEAM

Mon, Feb 21, 8:20 PM

2morrow it’s going to happen!

2 celebrate our time 2gether, un2 you, we capi2late our time on 2sday 2 2 things

• We will meet in our typical rooms, BUT all calculator team participants will start in 1500/1502.  There, Mr. Anderson will do a practice calculator session.  For all students not in calculator, remain in your typical rooms where we will spend time working through a practice regional/state competition specific to your year.  The best way to anticipate the difficulty of questions is to work through old contests.

• at about 4:05, we will go our two room setup:
frosh/soph in 1500/1502
Jr/Sr in rooms 1606/1608
We will work through 8 person events during that time.

All this as we prepare for the regionals competition which will be this Saturday.
For those that are participating in regionals, earlier today you received our second of four emails detailing how our time will be spent on Saturday.  Further emails confirmed your registration for individual, 8 person, and calculator events.  If you did not receive email confirmations, then we do not have you on our list of regional participants.  If you find that this is in error, please contact your coach.

take time 2 2ly accen2ate the details of this email, 2se to 2 on the details, even2ually you will come 2 appreciate… ok, i’m done.

After school to 4:05ish

1500/1502 Frosh/Calculator 
1506 Soph
1606 Jr
1608 Sr

1500/1502 Frosh/Soph
1608 Jr/Sr

until 2morrow, 2daloo!

2022_0215 MATH TEAM

Sun, Feb 13, 4:22 PM

hello, Hello HELLO!

Excited to see everyone again this Tuesday!  After taking a week off, quite a few things have happened so let me fill you in.

1.  Congratulations to AIME qualifiers.  Last week Tuesday, over 30 of us sat for the AIME exam, the second leg of the three test path to MOP and international mathing.  We hope some of you make it to the next round, but we celebrate those who made it this far.  Pretty awesome.

2.  NSML #4 is behind us, and our math team has opened up a whopping 59 point lead over second place second place Whitney Young, 1197 to 1138.  One more round to go!  NSML #5 is scheduled to be held in person with all 50 plus teams invited to descend upon GlenBrook South.  It’s a fun time to see the entire high school math community in one place.  Our next weeks will be spent in preparing for NSML #5 and regional and State competition.  https://nsml.org/statistics/ranked/cumulative/4/

3.  ARML qualifiers.  There are quite a few of us invited to train up for the American Regions Math League.  Please make sure to keep your eye on emails from Mr. Anderson as there are assignments and bus rides in the near future.

4.  This week, we’re going to meet in larger groupings.  Freshmen and Sophomores will join together in 1500/1502; Juniors and Seniors will meet together in room 1608 (or 1606).  We will spend time working in groups to practice math topics for state and nsml, hanging with math and hanging with each other.  While of course, the true reward for math is the math itself, we also will supply some CHOCOLATE!  =)  There should be plenty of opportunities for your groups to win some chocolate and some other random gifts. =)

So enjoy the Super Bowl and we’ll see ya Tuesday, 

3:45 – 4:30 ish

Frosh/Soph 1500/1502
Jr/Sr 1606 or 1608


2022_0208 MATH TEAM – MHD

Fri, Feb 4, 1:42 PM


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—- for those of you that don’t understand my text lingo, here you go —

Hello Math Team!

This upcoming Tuesday, 2/8/2022, we are going to take a “mental health day” 

break.  Several of you will be taking the aime earlier in the day, and we acknowledge the fact that your brain will be mush.  Accordingly, we will not be meeting for math team.  So relax, take a walk, hang with friends, do some recreational math, check out the google classroom for new material, and enjoy a little break.

We will see you again on February 15!  And take heart, starting the week of February 15, we have 5 four day weeks and then it is spring break.

Woot!  The Stevenson calendar gods smile upon us


2022_0201 MATH TEAM

Jan 30, 2022, 9:05 PM

Here we go!

1.  Congratulations to the 35 students who made their way to the ARML competition last week!  Stealing from an old Wayne Gretzy quote, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  Yes, we congratulate all 35 students simply because they took a chance.  =)  The questions were tough, and that is also great!  At our particular site (there was also an IMSA, Whitney Young, and Naperville North location), our very own Ben Chen had the high score.  Congratulations to Ben.  Teams will be announced later this month.  And thank you to Mr. Anderson for working the logistics 

2.  AMC / AIME.  For those who qualified for the AIME, congratulations!  You made it to the second of three stages.  The AIME will take place on 2/8, qualified students received an email from Mr. Anderson with details.  In the next week, consider doing a little study session with another qualifier. =)

3.  ICTM Regional.  Thank you to the 80+ students who expressed interest in participation in the ICTM regional at Stevenson High School on 2/26.  We plan to start our individual exams at 8 AM so that we can avoid the most conflicts.  We will then continue with 8 person exams at 9 AM and calculator exams at 10 AM.  Please keep watching the google classrooms for posted problems and resources.  Most of these details, however, we are holding back on until we successfully complete…

4.  NSML #4.  NSML #4 will be held at  Evanston Township High School.  To the lucky 42 students we select (10 at each grade level and 2 oralists), we will leave at 4 PM.  Evanston is fairly difficult to get to, and mother nature is going to bring some of that white fluffy stuff:

“white fluffy stuff” — pk

So we may ask that everyone bring a sack lunch for dinner, similar to what we did for ARML.  I’m guessing it will take over an hour to get there, but we will continue to monitor the weather and advise the 42 of us as we gain a clearer picture.  Please be sure to work your google classrooms, looking for problems, resources, and competitions so that we can make the best selection for our trip.

Accordingly, this Tuesday, we will start in our typical classrooms to start:

FROSH 1500/1502   Anderson
SOPH   1506             pkim
JR         1606            Renken
SR         1608           Tollefson

but then break into larger groups.  
Frosh + Soph in 1500/1502.
Jr + Sr in 1608.

In these larger groups we will detail how the regional and state tournament is done, and possibly run through some practice 8person events for fun and to get to know each other.  

See ya’ll Tuesday! 

2022_0125 MATH TEAM

Sun, Jan 23, 4:33 PM

D125 Math Team!

This week, we will devote our entire meeting to the NSML #4 that is coming up.  

NSML #4 is on 2/2 next week, and there are still lots of decisions to be made in terms of who we will bring.  So please stay on top of your learning, practice, and competitions that are found on your google classroom.

In the weeks that follow, we will begin to spend some more of our time in preparing for the regional competition that is on 2/26/22.  We know Math Team, Science Olympiad, and Scholastic Bowl all have events that day, and we are trying our best to make the schedule work for all of us.  Please keep your coach informed of conflicts that need to be resolved.

see ya on Tuesday 1/25/22

FROSH 1500/1502   Anderson
SOPH   1506             pkim
JR         1606            Renken
SR         1608           Tollefson


Mon, Jan 17, 5:40 PM

Howdy gang,

I hope you are all enjoying your day off!  I must say, I love having days off… I also love the shorter week that comes along with it.

Well, it’s time to get the gang back together. =)

Tuesday 1/18/2022
FROSH 1500/1502 
SOPH   1506 
JR         1606
SR         1608

The time will be devoted to NSML prep… meet 4 is just a few weeks away!

In the coming weeks, we will start breaking up our time to split between preparing for NSML and preparing for the regional event which is also in February.

Regarding both, please be sure to stay on top of your google classrooms.  There are many problem sets and/or solutions to work through as a guide.  

And be sure to read solutions when available!  Even if you find the correct response, solutions will often provide novel strategies that may help you work more efficiently or navigate unfamiliar future problems.

Sleep early, stay healthy, see you manana


Sun, Jan 9, 2021, 10:41 PM

Hello math team buddy!

Let’s not bury the lede: Math Team will once again delay our first meeting in 2022.That is, there is no in-person math team this week.  

Though we would love to get the gang together and look at problems, prudence suggests that we delay large in person gatherings if possible.  Let’s do some case work.

1.  You are disappointed in the decision.
First, I’m glad that you look forward to meeting together!  We are sorry to let you down, but in the name of public health, we believe this is the correct choice for this week.

2.  You weren’t sure if you would come.
Well, we will make the tough decision for you.  No meeting.

3.  You want to come but planned not to.
Yeah, I know, that’s where we are.

So, what shall we do to fill the math shaped void in our hearts?  
1.  Please check your class-level google classrooms.  Coaches will be dropping in content sometime in the next two days.  Perhaps still carve out time on Tuesday after school to do some extra math

2.  If you signed up to participate in the ICTM regional (and then state) contest and ARML, you will receive a brief message acknowledging receipt.  Sign ups are now closed.  If you do not receive an email from me, Mr. Kim, right after this one, and you believe that is in error, please email me directly.  Further, we know there is a potential conflict on the Feb 26 date with other club competitions…. we’re working with those sponsors to find a solution.

In closing, it’s a full week of school ya’ll.  Work hard and continue to build the engine that is your big talented brain.  Be patient and generous with yourself and others – we all carry our own particular burdens… a smile and a kind gesture could go a long way right now.  

And of course, stay positive … while hopefully testing negative.


Sun, Jan 2, 2021, 3:28 PM

Happy new year to the 200+ math team folks!

I hope you got a chance to embrace your inner 5 year old and play in the snow.  =)I trust that you all got a chance to relax, rest, and recharge before second semester.I love that we all get a chance to continue to meet.  Especially with how crazy the world is and an entire year of not meeting in person the previous academic year, I do not take for granted the fact that we can meet together.

ok ok ok ok…
For this first day back to school on January 4, 2022, we will not be meeting as a whole group.  The coaches and student leaders that you see in the to: and cc: lines above will be meeting as we organize several events that are coming up.  Here is a highlight, in chronological order, of what we are going to get ready for you.

2/2/2022 Tuesday.  Yes.  The moons have aligned.  The second day of the second month in the 2022nd year is a Tuesday – and it is an NSML event in Evanston IL.  As it is a bus ride, we will be limited to taking only the top 10 in each grade.

2/26/2022 Saturday.  Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Regional math contest.  We will serve as the host site for Stevenson students interested in competing in the regional and state math contest.

3/10/2022 Thursday.  NSML meet #5.  Normally, over 1000 students from all 50+ schools descend upon Glenbrook South High School in the last NSML event of the year to determine the winner… ummmm-icron, we will see what happens.  =)

4/2/2022 Saturday.  For three consecutive Saturdays, the math team will be hosting a math circle event for our feeder schools.  We will likely be looking for some more volunteers to help run the event, so keep an eye out for future announcements.

4/23/2022 Saturday.  After having to cancel in 2021, we look forward to reinstating the math tournament for our feeder schools – the junior high math tournament!

4/30/2022 Saturday.  The ICTM State math contest will be held on this day.  Location and format to be determined.

So yeah, there are a few logistical items we need to get in order.  In the mean time, please check out the google page for your year as your coach may be posting material for our next NSML event.

thanks and see ya on 1/11


Sun, Dec 12, 2021, 8:14 PM

Oh dearly beloved, 

With finals week upon us, there is no math team this week.  It will give you some time to breathe and to focus on exams.  =)

1.  We appreciate the generosity in, ahem, allowing other teams to move on in the Math Madness – alas, we are out of the tournament.  But really, it is amazing timing.  =)  We would have had to scramble to get in 2 rounds this week while at the same time finishing up the semester… really, … just amazing foresight and generosity… you all never cease to amaze me.  =)  

2.  NSML, on the other hand, ya’ll are crushing.  300 points this past week is tops for the round and allows us to push our lead!  

3.  Though we are not meeting this week, we do have one request.  Will you please fill out this survey?  It will help motivate what we do in the first semester next year and what activities we continue to do in the second semester.

Wow!  It’s the last week of school!  Anybody else pumped?

2021_1207 MATH TEAM

Sun, Dec 5, 2021, 8:27 PM

What’s up Mathletes – and welcome to the new folks to our email distribution list!

Here is a review of some general information for the newcomers:
a.  The people in the to: line of this email are the math team coaches in order of: frosh coach, soph coach, jr coach, sr coach, oralist coach.  Please reach out to the coach for specific questions you may have.  
b.  The folks in the cc: line are the officers of Math Team.  Each person in the cc line is, imho, as brilliant as they are kind.  So feel free to email them with your questions if you prefer.
c.  Then the 200+ folks in the bcc line are the wonderful folks that make up our group.  
d.  A lot of information for MATH TEAM is dispensed on our uber-amazing website: shsmathteam.com  Contests and other resources are housed in the google classroom run by one of the coaches above.

And now to our weekly updates.
0.  We will be meeting in our typical classrooms this week: 
FROSH 1500/1502 
SOPH   1506 
JR         1606
SR         1608

1.  Shirts are in!  
Earlier this weekend I emailed the folks who ordered a t-shirt… Collin will be walking around to pass out the swag, just be sure to pass along $12 to him on Tuesday.  And for those who did not get a free Optiver t-shirt from our earlier meeting, we can get you one of those too.  =)  We have a few extras in Mr. Anderson’s 1500 room.

Be a part of the madness this Tuesday at 4:10 PM sharp.  We move on to the Elite-8 against The Davidson Academy in Reno, NV.  Come to test your math skills with competition math questions in a timed environment.  It’s also great practice for future events like the 2-person event for regional and state math competition.  Shout outs to Ben Chen, Brian Shen, Andrew Liu, “Concealed,” Vedant Rathi, Angela Guo, Nathan Ma, Collin Fan, Jaden Chen, Jack Chen, Katherine Li, Aayush Kashyap, Ethan Zhang, Aadit Juneja, Andrey Vlasov, Keona Liu, Michael Ling, Benjamin Prins, Tim Bui, Gabe Visotsky, Evan Lin, Greycen Ren, Ryan Liu, Audrey Hong, Joy Qu, “Concealed,” Caden Zhao, Lillian Wang, Youran Zhu, Eric Tsui, Charles Zhang, G.K., Faizaan Siddique, Evan Fredin, Vidushi Gupta, Tony Liu, Ainika Hou, James Bradley, Raghav Agrawal, Andrew Zhang, Julian Tong, “Concealed,” Aaroh Tak, Shaurya Agrawal, Calvin Hu, Joey Zhu, Kevin Shen, Travis Lin, Diana Tang, and Jeffrey Lu for making it onto the internet – being listed among top scoring students!  It is no wonder that Stevenson is listed as the top scoring school when scoring the topo 5, 10, 15, or 20 students in each school across the nation.  

3.  NSML #3 @Deerfield
There are 47 seats on a bus and 6 coaches, we can take only 42 students, 10 at each grade level and 2 oralists, to Deerfield this week on Thursday … yeah, one of the coaches may have to drive…  If you have not done so yet, be sure to fill out your availability form so that coaches can cross-reference top scoring students with availability of students.  We will make announcements on who will get on the bus with us by Wednesday of this week.  For those selected, expect to be on the bus by 4 PM and to be back at SHS at around 8:45 PM.  We will have dinner on our way to Deerfield… details will be sent later to those selected.
Related to NSML, please be sure to stay on top of asynchronous assignments – it helps coaches make the best decisions possible.

See ya Tuesday! 
3:35 – 4:30
Math Madness begins sharply at 4:10 PM