A fun way for Middle School students to explore more advanced math
Recently our Middle School MATHCOUNTS team (Sophia Darling, Dominic DiFrancesco, Max Ellis, Shaheer Fahad, Jack Gilbert, Rebecca Lee, Roman Novy-Marx, Maxwell Sun, David Villani, and Alexander Wasley) represented The Harley School at the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition held at RIT.
Middle School math teacher Lee Allen coaches the students, who have been training weekly throughout the school year on Friday mornings. Our students competed individually and cooperatively on a variety of math problems against middle school teams from Monroe County to the Pennsylvania border.
Maxwell Sun finished first overall in both Individual and Countdown Round scoring, and was the only student out of well over one hundred entrants to achieve a perfect score. This was the third straight year he has won the entire competition!
David Villani finished fourth overall in both contests, a personal best. The Harley competition team comprised of Max Ellis, Roman Novy-Marx, Maxwell and David finished second overall to perennial favorites Calkins Road MS, and will advance to the State MATHCOUNTS meet to be held in Troy, NY on March 17th.
At The Harley School, our team has been in existence since the late 1980’s. The program runs all year and provides students the opportunity to hone skills, challenge each other (in a friendly way), and have the opportunity to participate in the meets.
It is also a way for Middle School students to explore more advanced math; or, as coach Allen says, “This is a place for kids who love math to feel at home.”
The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs to U.S. middle school students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.
For more than 30 years MATHCOUNTS has provided enriching, extracurricular opportunities to students and free, high-quality resources to educators. Every child is unique, but we believe all children are capable of seeing the beauty and joy of math, whether they come to us already passionate about math, or intimidated by it.
There are many paths to math. We work to ensure that all students discover theirs.