2021_0928 MATH TEAM

Sun, Sep 26, 2021, 10:46 PM

Hear, all ye fellow mathematicians! Hear what we have in store this week!

Monday: By this time, there will be plenty of material made available to you via the google classroom.  We are on our final tune-up for the first NSML event of the year.  Again, the NSML is the North Suburban Math League.  Around the country, there are pockets of schools with a great concentration of math talent.  You got your east coast schools around top universities, west coast schools around Silicon Valley, some schools in Texas boast some talent, and right up there with them all are schools in the Chicagoland area.  It is a great fortune that we can be in the heart of some solid math students because you do your best work when you have great competitors.

Tuesday: MATH TEAM DAY!  We will again meet in 1500/1502 and nearby adjacent rooms.  We hope to sit early to read through questions and then debrief them in our groups.  By Tuesday evening, you will receive an email if you are invited to come to the first meet.  Remember, we can only bring 10 students per year to each NSML event, so coaches select students based on participation and scores among other factors.

Wednesday: For those selected to come, our bus will leave from Lot B at 4PM.  See the permission form for details about dinner and timing.  Remember to bring some cash for dinner, and it is advisable to order ahead via an app if you are tech savvy enough to do so.  Scores across the 50+ schools should be released at about 9:00 PM that same evening!

In order to be part of the fun:
1.  Be sure you have a permission form on file (see your google classroom)
2.  Be sure you are completing all practices, competitions, and showing up on Tuesdays!  Coming on Tuesday and filling out the 5-star attendance form ensures that our roster is up to date and eligible.
3.  Be sure your interest form is complete.  116 of you have already done so.  =)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKAvP-W5Xiudo1c_RDI9ZxaKLrVc6PHo5syMDdNBOPXTh26A/viewform?usp=sf_link

To the 228 folks on this email, we bid you a wonderful evening, and we hope to see you later this week
Da MATH TEAM

2021_0921 MATH TEAM

Sun, Sep 19, 2021, 3:48 PM

Hello to the 200+ recipients of the MATH TEAM email blast!


COMPETITION SEASON INTRODUCTION:
This week we will formally begin preparation for our competition seasonOn Tuesday, we will sit and take a paper/pencil exam to not only simulate the test format, but also to help coaches make decisions on who will compete.  It is imperative that you come to sit for this contest in order to be eligible.  After the practice contest, we will sit in groups to debrief the contest and learn some ideas for improvement


TWO REQUESTS:
As coaches make these decisions, there are two things we ask of you:
1.  Fill out this uber-simple google form, stating that you are available on September 29, the evening of the first contest.  Even if you are “not available,” it would be appreciated if you fill out the form.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKAvP-W5Xiudo1c_RDI9ZxaKLrVc6PHo5syMDdNBOPXTh26A/viewform?usp=sf_link

2.  Your coach will make available to you a permission form via the google classroom.  The form must be completed to participate in any NSML event, ICTM, AMC, AIME, or USAMO event this year.


NOTE OF CLARITY
•  Due to competition restrictions, everybody will not be able to compete in all competitions.  For instance, only 10 students per class will be invited to NSML #1 next week.  But take heart!  As competition topics vary, be hopeful that you will be able to qualify for one or even a few of our selective contests.  AND, since Stevenson hosts NSML #2, we will be able to extend an invitation to many more students, AND everyone can participate in the AMC competition if they filled out their request form.


• For many events, we will take a school bus to and from the event, dine at a nearby restaurant, and compete at local high schools.  Know that the COVID safety protocols for Stevenson High School will be in place at all times and that we will abide by the safety protocols of the restaurants and schools that we inhabit.  NSML participating schools are doing their best to furnish large work spaces so that social distancing can be possible.  

If you have any concerns or have scheduling conflicts, please email me and your coach.  And for everyone, please take a moment to fill out the google form now, check out the google classroom for the permission form, look for some extra practice material, do a handful of problems, and get ready to be great on Tuesday.

TUESDAY
9/21/2021
Room 1500/1502
3:35 – 4:30


Most sincerely yours,
Da MATH TEAM

2021_0914 MATH TEAM (RECITAL HALL)

Sun, Sep 12, 2021, 8:37 PM

Ma-maa-maa-maaaaaaaa.
math team, MATH TEAM.
Ma-ma-ma-ma-maaaaaa


Hooray for math team!
On Tuesday we meet again!
Our speaker from Optiver is pretty pumped to be back on campus after graduating from math team years ago, and I’m excited to hear how his story went on after being a loved member of our math team.


After a few announcements, we’ll give him the floor, and we’ll close with questions.  I’m also told there is a box of free swag on my desk for all of us… as it is my goal to have as many math related t-shirts as possible, I’m excited to see what’s inside.  =)

TUESDAY.
RECITAL HALL!!!!   
Remember.  Recital HALL!!!
(It’s the room by the PAC near the swimming pool)

=)
con amor, 
su equipo de matematicas

2021_0907 MATH TEAM

Tue, Sep 7, 10:52 AM

Well, no, we do not have MATH TEAM today.
But in order to solidify in your mind that TUESday is MATHday, I wanted to reach out and give you some math team news!

1.  GOOGLE CLASSROOM.  If you are not on a google classroom, you will not have access to the specific announcements, resources, and contests that we want to provide you with.  Be sure to be in; Sign in!  Your coach may also be assigning some material for you this week, so be sure to check out the classroom. (check email for links)

2.  AMC.  The first step for any student who has participated in the United States of America Math Olympiad is to take the American Mathematics Competition, the AMC.   The Stevenson MATH TEAM is excited to host and pay for you to sit for this exam.  To help us find the correct number of rooms and order the correct number of contests, we need you to sign up.  The deadline for signups is September 21. (check email for sign-up link)

3.  OPTIVER.  Next week, we have a former SHS math team alum coming in person to talk about his experience in math team and how he leverages his math abilities at Optiver, a multi-billion dollar market maker.  Be sure to free up your Tuesday next week to hear one career option for your big brain. =)

May the math be with you, pk

MATH TEAM 2021_0831

Sun, Aug 29, 8:14 PM

Happy September eve!!!


On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, come on by to MATH TEAM as we say goodbye to August and hello to September… 


This week we will:
0.  Get to hear from some alumni of math team.
1.  Spend a fair amount of time with the math team folks that are at our grade level.  We hope that you can learn a bunch of names and build some community with the folks in your year, some of the math team leaders, and your math team coach:     
Freshmen – Mr. Anderson     
Sophomores – Mr. Kim     
Juniors – Ms. Renken     
Seniors – Ms. Tollefson
2.  Prepare for and learn how to qualify for our first contest of the year: The North Suburban Math League competition #1.
3.  Win at life together.

TUESDAY, August 31, 2021
ROOM 2104
3:35 – 4:30

8/24/2021 MATH TEAM

Aug 23, 2021, 8:42 PM

After 530 days, the math team will once again meet together after school.  To help appreciate how crazy that is, I have written this 530-word message to you.

Our original plan was to meet in 1500, but all signs are pointing towards a large first meeting, so we have moved the show to 2104.  If you are new, come on by to check out what math team is all about.  If you have been one of us, come by so that we can see each other in real life!  Our math team officers have prepared some events to do some math and meet new people.  I’m pretty pumped to see what they have prepared. =)

Again, our first meeting is:

Tomorrow, August 24, 2021

Room 2104

3:30 – 4:30

Our meetings after that will be determined by the room size we will need going forward. 

Uh-oh, I’m only 148 words in… that’s like August 5, 2020… not even to the beginning of last school year!  Sheesh, it’s been so long since I’ve seen all of us in the same room!

I mean, it’s been a really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really,really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really long time!

Whew!  Made it!

See ya’ll tomorrow,

Math team coaches and officers

2021_0504 MATH TEAM

Sun, May 2, 10:31 PM

It’s unbelievable.   Second to last meeting of the year coming up.  Wow.  Our last guest speaker will be Dr. Dolata of Georgetown University.  He will be giving a talk titled, ““Proving the existence of the atom with high school mathematics.”  Pretty sweet title!  Be sure to zoom in to hear, to be inspired, to enjoy a talk from big brain people.  =)

In our last meeting on May 11, we will be formally “handing out” awards that we have been gathering throughout the year, recognizing students for their achievements, telling you where to pick up some physical awards you may have won, and announcing the new M3C team for next year – it’s AWARDS DAY!    We’ll also share some other announcements and give some parting words.

Woot!  Anybody else getting that summer feeling?
pk


ZOOM!
Tuesday3:40 – 4:30ish
https://zoom.us/j/92119341972

2021_0427 MATH TEAM (part 2)

Mon, Apr 26, 9:03 PM

What?  It’s still only Monday?Anybody else feeling like they deserve a Friday by now?  At least a Thursday, right?  Well, as a positive note, we do get to have MATH TEAM tomorrow, Tuesday, after school.  That makes me feel better. =)


1.  Guest speaker!As we mentioned before, tomorrow… “we will continue our time in Cambridge by hearing from Evan Chen, PhD student at MIT and one of the United States math olympiad coaches. Woot!  Shout out to Andrew Liu who connected us with this speaker.  Andrew has taken a course with Evan and says that he has a really great style of teaching.  Evan is also the team selection coordinator for US Olympic team, so it may be nice to get some face time with him.  =)”   His talk will begin with modular arithmetic and complex numbers as he walks up to higher math.  So block off your schedule and zoom on by.  It is a real honor to have a world class mathematician come by and speak for our group.


2.  M3ConclusionWith a deep, tired breath the entire SHS m3 team collectively exhales.  It is a long sigh that is equally satisfaction and tiredness from the a tremendous outpouring of effort.  Congratulations to the senior team of Praneet, Emily, James, Brandon, and Sai along with the junior team of Spandan, Anderw, Joy, Greycen, and Gabe.  Today both teams successfully defended their work before professors and professional mathematicians.  And though they did not walk away with the top prize, the two teams take home a combined $13,500 in scholarship money along with an incredibly unique experience.  We also want to acknowledge the team of Daniel Brin, Sravani Bhamidipaty, Brady Rivkin, and Lillian You.  They competed unofficially and served as a pilot study for the M3C group.  This third team also competed in the MCM math modeling competition this year.  


Selection for the m3 team next year will continue this weekend for those students that signed up.


Take care and we’ll see you on zoom tomorrow


ZOOM!
Tuesday3:40 – 4:20ish
https://zoom.us/j/92119341972
pk

2021_0427 MATH TEAM

Wed, Apr 21, 11:21 AM

Don’t worry… 
It’s not Monday.  This email is just crazy early.  We want to get some information out there in case you missed it yesterday


1.  M3C
Be part of the legacy!  Come and submit your application to be part of the next M3 Team!  The deadline to signup is this Friday, April 23.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8ZWi15wcZKeB3OLCO2niDfaH9N3WB2OLN-pfQzhB-PKmh9w/viewform?usp=sf_link

2.  MIT
We hope you enjoyed the talk by Philena and Emily this week, recent math team graduates that are now living the math dream at MIT.  Next week, we will continue our time in Cambridge by hearing from Evan Chen, PhD student at MIT and one of the United States math olympiad coaches. Woot!  Shout out to Andrew Liu who connected us with this speaker.  Andrew has taken a course with Evan and says that he has a really great style of teaching.  Evan is also the team selection coordinator for US olympic team, so it may be nice to get some face time with him.  =)  So block off your schedule and zoom on by.  Of note, I do want to explain my muted screen – I’m in a gym yelling at volleyball players, so while I will be tuning in, I won’t be able to fully participate like I normally do.

  
Have a great little break today, and let’s continue to invest in ourselves – working to be the best we can be and contributing to make the best math team in the region, state, nation, internationally, and the universe.  =)
pk

2021_0420 MATH TEAM

Mon, Apr 19, 12:19 PM

We meet again, mwuh-ha-haaa-haaaaaaaaaa!


That’s right champ, math team is back online.  Hear now the amazing details.


1.  Guest speaker!  Guest speaker! Tomorrow we will have a guest speaker!Who is it going to be?  Well, you’ll have to zoom by to find out!  …but here are some clues.  There will actually be a couple speakers.  Both of these individuals are recent graduates of SHS, and thusly they are both at university.  They both attend a university that I’m pretty sure any math team kid would happily go to if accepted.  One of our speakers was born on a Tuesday, the other a Wednesday 22 days later.  Together they have 20 fingers, 4 eyes, 4 knees.  I know, I’m making it too obvious.  Their talk will cover various topics including gambling, cryptography, and randomness.  Come check it out.


2.  The M3C team selection for next year will be announced tomorrow, with sign up information described in our meeting.  Be a math hero like these fellas here:Emily, James, Brandon, Sai, Praneet, Andrew, Joy (who apparently is mostly clear and chilly), Spandan, Greycen, and Gabe.

ZOOM!
Tuesday3:40 – 4:20ish
https://zoom.us/j/92119341972
pk