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As many of you already know, this is my final year of teaching and coaching math. I cannot leave this program without saying thank you to all the parent volunteers who have helped us over the four years I have been part of the RaiderMath Math Club. Your efforts are what make this whole program work.
Every year we pay fees to participate in a variety of math competitions which are local to national in scope. These include Mathcounts, American Mathematics Competitions (AMC), Continental Math League, Texas Coaches’ Math and Science Association (TMSCA), Texas Math League, and others. We also need to buy practice materials to help the students prepare for these competitions. We take approximately 90 qualified mathletes to the state TMSCA tournament each year. As you know, this trip includes an overnight stay in San Antonio. Without our funding, the cost of this trip would be onerous, if not impossible, for some of our kids. The funding for all of this comes as a result of your good efforts.
Last summer our club was able to give the school a grant of over $6,000 toward purchasing the latest in calculator technology for our algebra classrooms. With this grant our algebra students now work with the latest math classroom technology, Texas Instruments Nspire CX calculators that are linked together through a classroom wireless network.
This year we found ourselves in a position to offer partial scholarships to our top mathletes to attend summer competition math workshops. These scholarships range from $100 to $300. This will enable our best kids the opportunity to improve and hone their skills. These scholarships will total close to $3,000.
Most of these funds come from two math tournaments we host here at Quail Valley. Over the past four years the Quail Valley Math Tournament held in early December has become one of the largest Mathcounts style tournaments in the state (if not the country) with over 300 participants. Likewise our TMSCA Regional Qualifier in March also ranks with the largest. This year the 400+ contestants took over 1,200 tests. Entry fees and concessions mean these two events bring us significant revenues. And without your generous giving of time and effort, these events would not happen at all. And through our volunteers who work for ExxonMobil we receive some funds from the company which matches employee community service time with grants.
In addition to everything outlined above, there is an intangible that comes from your kindness that makes our work easier. Knowing we have this kind of community support makes things a lot easier and gives us an extremely comfortable feeling. And yes, there are days when we need this.
So, from the bottom of my heart, I say, Thank you.
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We finished out the year on a high note with several awards on the state and national stage.
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Summer is a great time to improve your competition skills and add new tools to your math toolbox. These workshops are a wonderful opportunity for you to learn from the best.
If it is at all possible to take advantage of this opportunity, I strongly encourage you to do so. You will learn a tremendous amount, and you will have an opportunity to meet new friends — kids you will see at competitions all next year. And what could be more fun than learning from Mr. Boyd in the summer and then beating his team during the school year?
CLICK HERE to see the workshop information flyer.
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On Saturday, March 9 we held the final tournament for students to qualify for the State TMSCA competition. We’re pleased to tell you we hosted over 447 students from some 28 schools. That is about 95 students more than last year!
All together the students took 1267 qualifying tests. With every test scored twice and qualifiers scored a third time, we ended up scoring 3252 tests. Our thanks to all of the volunteers who helped not only with scoring, but also data entry, registration, monitoring, and concessions.
The results are available on line at the link below. You can see how each student and each school performed as we get closer to April and the state finals.
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If your child is really interested in math and wants to take his or her skills to the next level, a summer math camp might be a consideration. These camps are typically two to three weeks long and the kids live on a college campus while attending. There are many of these camps around the country, but I am listing some very fine camps that are here in Texas.
Please understand that I do not have any personal experience with any one of these camps. All I can tell you is that they run by the math departments of major state universities. I have had students attend them in the past and all were pleased. The websites are list if you are interested in learning more about them.
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The TMSCA Regional Qualifier will be held at Quail Valley Middle School on Saturday, March 9. We invite everyone to join us for the final TMSCA Qualifier before the state competition. Click on the Menu Tab above for complete registration information.
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Get ready for a big year with RaiderMath!
We were very successful last year, and we expect another great year this year.
When we attend a math tournament we like to look sharp, wearing the absolutely best looking tee-shirt of any math team going. If you don’t have a shirt, or you need a new one, now is the time to order. Order deadline is October 21st!
You can RaiderMath Tee-Shirt Order Form or you can pick up an order form at the RaiderMath bulletin board in the math hallway. Make checks payable to QVMS.
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We had about 260 student at the Mathcounts Mini-competition this past Saturday, and it could not have happened without all the help from our wonderful parent volunteers. We appreciate all of your help!
Also, a special thank you to Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers which sponsors all of our Mathcounts tournaments year-in and year-out.
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