2021_1130 MATH TEAM

Sun, Nov 28, 2021, 10:16 PM

Greetings to the 222 Mathletes and coaches, 

This week, we will meet again in our typical classrooms broken down by year.
FROSH 1500/1502 
SOPH   1506 
JR         1606
SR         1608

To start, we will do some more NSML preparation… NSML #3 @Deerfield High School is next week!  Lots of our work has been async and offline, so be sure to stay on top of your google classroom.  This week, we will have some time for live practice contests and or concept review

Then it is on to the Math Madness.  From Ms. Renken: 

Math Madness: This week is Bracket Round #3 (of 6 total!). Several of you continually rank in the top 100 competitors across the nation. Keep up the great work! This Tuesday at 4:10 pm, we face the Lions from St. Mark’s School of Texas.

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

2021_1123 MATH TEAM

Sun, Nov 21, 2021, 10:38 PM

Hello to the 222 recipients of this week’s email blast!

1.  Fresh off the heels of our AMC weeks, we meet again!  And as this is a shortened week (thank you, oh thank you Thanksgiving weekend), we thought it would be a great time to bring the whole gang together!   That’s right, we will all meet in the same room.  ROOM 2104

Together we will go over some NSML announcements, look at problems as a group (at all levels), and go over some strategies to take down certain AMC questions.  Our very own leaders will break down how they do some problems.  Woot!

2.  This week, we are off for Math Madness due to the holiday week.  Despite what the Daily Digest printed last week, we are the 1 seed of the tournament and crushing through the contest in these early rounds!
Our Sweet16 competition will be on November 30th, where it looks like we will go head to head with St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas, TX.   A little more poking around and you will find BEN CHEN is the top player in the league!  Shoutouts to all those on the page https://www.aretelabs.com/math_madness/66/rankings

1. Ben Chen
6. Brian Shen
15. Andrew Liu
30. “Concealed” SHS student…. I suppose ya’ll can pretend to your friends that this is you… 
34. Angela Guo
72. Jaden Chen
79. Vedant Rathi
80. Nathan Ma
87. Katherine Li
104. Ethan Zhang
Aayush Kashyap, Spandan Goel, Jack Chen, Collin Fan, Aadit Juneja, Michael Ling, Evan Lin, Andrey Vlasov, Keona Liu, Gabe Visotsky, Greycen Ren, Joy Qu, Caden Zhao, Ben Prins, Tim Bui, Lillian Wang, Ryan Liu, Youran Zhu, another Concealed student, Audrey Hong, Faizaan Siddique, Andrew Zhang, Aaroh Tak, Evan Fredin, Vidushi Gupta, Gyeongwu Kim, Ainka Hou, Calvin Hu, Julian Tong, Raghav Agrawal, Tony Liu, yet another concealed SHS student, Shaurya Agrawal, Joey Zhu, Travis Lin, Mark Yang, Kevin Shen, Smriti Kumar, Noah Kim, Diana Tang, Jeffrey Lu,  …

yikes… that’s a lot of you… way to go!  way to be on ther internet!

See you Tuesday!
Room 2104
3:35 – 4:30ish


2021_1109 MATH TEAM

Sun, Nov 7, 2021, 10:24 PM

A big smile and hello to the 225 recipients of our weekly email blast!

Like usual, there are a few new members that are added to our distribution list each week, and we welcome you!  There are also a few extra folks on our email just this week.  They are (in alphabetical order) Mr. Goergen, Ms. Juckett, Ms. Patten, and Ms. Schroeder.  I want to give the four of them a big public shout out for all they do to help out our group!  Without them we would have no places to meet, no busses to get us anywhere, no advertisements for our group, no money for our events… basically we would all be walking around Stevenson High School with a big math shaped hole in our hearts without their support.  So just wanted to give you some love this week in our blast.  =)

1.  NSML https://nsml.org/statistics/ranked/cumulative/2/
Who dat?  Take a look at the standings to see that the SHS MATH TEAM stands on top of the NSML mountain!  We are only two competitions in with three to go – so there is still work to be done.  But take heart in knowing your efforts are not in vain!  It’s exciting that we are all learning a few topics each week, practicing questions, and also seeing positive results.  Our next event is on December 9 at Deerfield high school.  Check out your google classroom for more details about your topics

2.  Math Madness https://www.aretelabs.com/math_madness/66/rankings
Woot!  Sort it however you want: 5, 10, 15, or 20 students at a time, and the SHS MATH TEAM stands on top of the 148 schools involved in the competition across the nation.  The single elimination bracket style competition among the top 64 schools starts this week Tuesday during our regularly schedule meeting, at 4 PM.  We are up against Pullman High School near Washington State University.  Be sure to have a charged iPad and your login credentials ready.

3.  AMC
The AMC A competition is this week, Wednesday after school!  Registered students, be on the lookout for an email from Mr. Anderson with room details.  Resources are in the google classroom for your preparation.  Remember, this is the first leg of the journey.  We hope that many of you will qualify for the AIME then on to the USAMO and (gasp) then on to MOP!   (Yeah, lots of acronyms to potentially google in this third announcement

4.  INTEGIRLS https://sites.google.com/integirls.org/integirlschicago/home
One of our very own, Angela Guo is leading the Chicago team for Integirls… this is another new competition for us this year… and hey, new ideas need friends!  Check out the website for more details, and email Angela if you are interested in forming a team.  It’s free!  and there are prizes!  She really really wants you to give this a try. =)  email her!  angguo24@students.d125.org

5.  Any other math idea you have your eye on?  We are always looking at different opportunities and competitions to try.  If there is something that catches your eye, let us know!  you can email any of the student leaders in the cc line or the coach of your particular year.  

6.  At some point soon, we want to get the whole gang together.  So keep an eye out for when we will meet all together again in 2104…  

7.  … but for now, see ya Tuesday in our typical rooms

3:35 – 4:30

FROSH 1500/1502 
SOPH   1506
JR         1606
SR         1608
Math Madness begins sharply at 4 PM


2021_1026 MATH TEAM

Sun, Oct 24, 2021, 6:45 PM

Welcome mathletes!  …and a special welcome to our fall athletes who will be able to join us, perhaps for the first time!

1.  NSML #2 will be upon us next week!  As we are one of the 11 host sites for NSML #2, we should be able to accommodate many of you.  Still, to maintain social distancing, we may have to limit the number of participants.  We will reserve seats for contestants and official alternates, but we hope to have a seat for everyone else who may wish to come.  Coaches will confirm your ability to participate, depending on demand.
Please fill out the form now if you would like to participate in NSML #2!
You will be notified to confirm your seat. =)
Tuesday, we will begin our meeting by doing more NSML practice in our rooms:
frosh: 1500/1502 (Anderson)
soph: 1506 (pk)
jr: 1606 (Renken)
sr: 1608 (Tollefson)

2.   After our NSML prep, we will work through the madness.  The first of two qualifying rounds for the national Math Madness competition will determine if we are in the top bracket or lower brackets.  After the second qualifying round next week, we will find out which bracket we are in and what seed we will be as we fill our spot on the bracket-style competition.  Be sure to block off a little extra time Tuesday as we may have to run into 4:45 to give you full time on the contest.

3.  Be sure to work through the AMC material prepared by our student leaders.  The material is available to you via the google classroom.

4.  If there is more news I forgot to mention, I’ll send over another email before we meet on …



2021_1011 MATH TEAM

Mon, Oct 11, 2021, 7:39 PM

Let us co-labor together!

This week is a 100% let’s get better at math day.  The goal will be to give help or receive help, to say “thank you” or to receive the thanks of others.

1.  We will begin in our groups by year to work through problems related to NSML.  We’ll look at problems and learn strategies together.
2.  We will work through MATH MADNESS promptly at 4 in groups!  This round is explicitly a “collaboration round” where students are meant to work together.  Starting right at 4 will ensure that those who need to catch a bus will be able to do so.

Hope you loved your day off.  =) … and now we have a short week! =) =)

See ya tomorrow:
3:30 – 4:30
1500/1502 and the rooms around there. 

2021_1005 MATH TEAM

Sun, Oct 3, 2021, 4:10 PM

Greetings to the 229 recipients of the MATH TEAM weekly news blast!

Every week, we seem to add a few new members – welcome!For those of you we have not seen in a while, we’re here when you are ready to come back and do some excellent, elegant, luxurious math.  =)  

1.  NSML
Hopefully you saw the shoutout on the daily digest about our great start to the competition season.  Congrats to the 41 students who got on the bus and the hundred pus behind them that have pushed them to be excellent.  It is a team win for all of us.  They did not win, WE win.  This week we will begin to formally introduce our second unit of study for NSML 2:

Freshmen: NO CALCULATOR. Number Bases: May include conversion and computation in different bases (bases from 2 to 16); finding the base given some information. 

Sophomores:NO CALCULATOR. Logic, Sets, and Venn Diagrams: Notation, intersection, unions, subsets, empty set, complements, universal set, cardinality (number of elements) of a set, solution sets, and number of subsets. Should include classic type Venn diagram problems involving how many things are in various intersections. Emphasis for logic is on using logic, not formal vocabulary. No truth tables.

JuniorsNO CALCULATOR. Polynomials: May include factor, remainder, and rational root theorems; Descartes’ Rule of Signs; upper/lower bounds of roots; coefficient analysis; determining polynomials given various information. 

Seniors:NO CALCULATOR. Theory of Equations: Including factor, remainder, and rational root theorems, upper bounds, coefficient analysis, DesCartes’ Rule of Signs, synthetic division, complex roots, and determining equations given various info. Possible sources: Advanced Mathematics by Richard G. Brown, or some older Pre-Calculus texts.

That’s a lot of information beyond what we traditionally teach in our SHS math classes.  

And here’s the thing about NSML #2: SHS is one of the 11 sites across the league.  This means that we can accommodate as many of you that want to come!  So block out November 3rd on your calendar so we can MATHamos!

2.  MATH MADNESSMath Madness is upon us! This week we will participate in a practice round. Everyone who has signed up for Math Madness via our Google Form must now create a profile on Arete Labs.

3.  BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!On top of these two competitions that are open to all of us, we want to introduce a few more opportunities and gauge what kind of interest there is.

So meet us Tuesday, October 51500/1502 to start, and then look for room signs as we split up into grade levels3:35 – 4:45… yeah, a little later to accommodate some new competitions… if you have to leave early to catch the bus, we understand, but if you can stay, great!

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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.  =)

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

2021_0921 MATH TEAM

Sun, Sep 19, 2021, 3:48 PM

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

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

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.

•  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.

Room 1500/1502
3:35 – 4:30

Most sincerely yours,


Sun, Sep 12, 2021, 8:37 PM

math team, MATH TEAM.

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.  =)

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

con amor, 
su equipo de matematicas