Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics 31st Annual Missouri Elementary Mathematics Contest Qualifying Contest Sites and Dates




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Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics

31st Annual Missouri Elementary Mathematics Contest

Qualifying Contest Sites and Dates


Ballwin (maximum of 200 students, 4 students per grade level) – November 21, 2015

Donna Tucek

Rockwood School District

500 North Central

Eureka, MO 63025

Test Site: Selvidge Middle School

235 New Ballwin Rd.

Ballwin, MO 63021

tucekdonna@rsdmo.org
Louisiana – December 5, 2015

Ellen Elson

Louisiana Elementary School

500 Haley Ave.

Louisiana, MO 63353

elsone@louisiana.k12.mo.us
Kansas City – January 30, 2016

Ashley Schetter

Brookside Charter School

1815 E. 63rd

Kansas City, MO 64130

aschetter@brooksidecharter.org
Knob Noster – January 30, 2016

Ann McCoy

WCM 115

UCM


Warrensburg, MO 64093

Test Site: Knob Noster Middle School

211 E Wimer St.

Knob Noster, MO 65336

mccoy@ucmo.edu
Columbia – January 30, 2016

Bob Borst

Rock Bridge High School

4303 South Providence Road

Columbia, MO 65203

bborst@columbia.k12.mo.us
Wentzville – January 30, 2016

(maximum of 55 students total)

Michelle Vaughan

Boonetrail Elementary School

555 State Hwy N

Wentzville, MO 63385

michellevaughan@wsdr4.org
Park Hills – February 6, 2016

Cathy Hawn & Jenny Beck

Mathematics Dept.

P.O. Box 1000

Park Hills, MO 63601

Test Site: Mineral Area College

5270 Flat River Road

Park Hills, MO 63601

chawn@mineralarea.edu
Cape Girardeau – February 20, 2016

Ann Schnurbush

Department of Mathematics (MS 6700)

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

anschnurbusch@semo.edu
Joplin – February 20, 2016

Becky Hendrickson

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School

3401 E. Newman Rd.

Joplin, MO 64801

bhendrickson@tjeffschool.org
Kirksville – February 20, 2016

David Garth

Department of Mathematics

Truman State University

100 E. Normal

Kirksville, MO 63501



dgarth@truman.edu
St. Joseph – February 20, 2016 (maximum of 4 per grade level)

Mike Otto

Oak Grove Elementary School

4901 Cook Rd

St. Joseph, MO 64505

Michael.Otto@sjsd.k12.mo.us



West Plains – February 20, 2016

Jerry Trick

Missouri State University-West Plains

128 Garfield Ave.

West Plains, MO 65775

jerrytrick@missouristate.edu


Cassville – February 27, 2016

Jennifer Pendergraft

Cassville Middle School

1501 North Main

Cassville, MO 65625

jpendergraft@cassville.k12.mo.us
Malden – February 27, 2016

Rebecca Vipperman

Malden Elementary School

505 Burkhart St.

Malden, MO 63863

rvipperman@malden.k12.mo.us
Ravenwood – February 27, 2016

Kila Henry

Northeast Nodaway R-V

126 S. High School Ave.

Ravenwood, MO 64479

khenry@nen.k12.mo.us



Republic – February 27, 2016

Andrea Pullan

Republic Schools

Price Elementary


518 N. Hampton

Republic, MO 65738



andrea.pullan@republicschools.org


Rolla – February 27, 2016

Kim Allison

Mark Twain Elementary School

1100 Mark Twain Drive

Rolla, MO 65401

kallison@rolla.k12.mo.us
St. Louis (maximum of 70 students) – February 27, 2016

Sandy Bigg

New City School

5209 Waterman Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63108

sbigg@newcityschool.org





A Missouri student may compete in the Regional competition if he or she participates in an elementary qualifying round (either a local contest or the in-school qualifying round) during the school year and does any one of the following:

· Earns at least 50% of the available points on any of the individual tests.

· Scores strictly higher than 80% of the participants in his or her grade on any of the individual tests.

· Participates on a team that scores either at least 50% of the available points or strictly higher than 80% of the other teams on the team test.


The list of students who qualifies for the regional competition will be listed under the “Qualifiers to Next Level” link within the results of your local qualifying competition at http://mathleague.org/results/elementary/ . All students who qualify for the Regional competition must attend only his/her Regional competition. At regionals or state, all individuals who qualified individually or through the team event will take all events (Number Sense, Target, Sprint, and Team).

Elementary Regional Competitions

(To determine your region, visit https://moctm.org/Regional.aspx)


Central – Columbia- March 26, 2016

Ann Schlemper

Columbia College

Brown Hall

1001 Rogers St.
Columbia, MO 65216

aschlemper@ccis.edu
Northeast – Hannibal – March 19, 2016

Melinda Kneib

Hannibal Middle School

4700 McMasters Ave.

Hannibal, MO 63401

mkneib@hannibal.k12.mo.us
Northwest – Warrensburg – March 12, 2016

Ann McCoy

WCM 115

UCM


Warrensburg, MO 64093

Test Site: Knob Noster Middle School

211 E Wimer St.

Knob Noster, MO 65336

mccoy@ucmo.edu
St. Louis (including St. Louis City/ County

and St. Charles County) – March 12, 2016

Sonya Land

1402 Sycamore Manor Dr.

Chesterfield, MO 63017



Test Site: Parkway West High School

14653 Clayton Rd.

Ballwin, MO 63011

sonya@mathisfun.org
Southeast – Cape Girardeau – April 2, 2016

Ann Schnurbush

Department of Mathematics (MS 6700)

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

anschnurbusch@semo.edu
Southwest – Bolivar – March 5, 2016

Dr. Kevin Hopkins

Department of Mathematics

Southwest Baptist University

1600 University Ave.

Bolivar, MO 65613

Test Site: Wheeler Science Building, SBU

khopkins@sbuniv.edu


Any student whose total individual performance at the regional playoff is among the top 10 at the student's grade level in the student's district will be invited to compete in all events at that year's state championship. Any team whose sweepstakes performance at the regional playoff is the highest in the team's division within the team's district or among the top 5 in the team's division across all districts in the state will be invited to compete in all events at the state championship.
The State Math Competition will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Columbia College, Columbia, MO.

MCTM Elementary Mathematics Qualifying Contest Official Entry Form
DEADLINE: 3 weeks prior to qualifying site date, and membership registration required on http://mathleague.org/membership.php

(see more about membership on the next page)
School Name ________________________________________________________________ Public or Private ____________

School Address ______________________________________________ City _________________________ ZIP _________

Phone _____________________Fax_______________________ Sponsor Name(s) ________________________________________

(Sponsor agrees to serve as a monitor or grader. Two sponsors if more than 9 participants.)


E-mail (Sponsor/Principal required to confirm)_________________________________________________________________

PRINCIPAL'S SIGNATURE ________________________________________________________


ENTRY FEE: $7.00 per entrant (no fee required for alternates) AMOUNT ENCLOSED: $ _______________

Make check payable to: MCTM. (Purchase orders WILL NOT be accepted.)



Mail to: SITE Coordinator (addresses on adjacent page) where your school plans to participate.

Name of Site:____________________________________


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CONTESTANTS: (Type or print legibly Last Name, First Name)

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Educators to accompany students to contest and assist coordinator (indicate if a teacher, administrator, or parent):

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Mathematics Contest Rules

Grades 4-6
The Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Requests for special accommodations for persons with disabilities must be submitted in writing with documentation to the regional site coordinator at least 30 days in advance of the contest so special arrangements can be made.
Submission of this registration form grants permission to the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics to release the names and photographs of participants in this contest to the news media, the MCTM web site, and the mathleague website.
Qualifying contests are open to students enrolled in grades 4, 5 or 6 in Missouri public or private schools. The maximum number of students a school (elementary or middle) may enter at each grade level is eight. Home-schooled students are also invited to participate either as a representative of the local public school team or as a representative for a minimum of 10 home-schooled children at the same grade level in the region / home school organization. Site coordinators may limit the participation to 3 home-schooled children per grade level.
All entries must be submitted on an Official Entry Form, or copy thereof, signed by the school principal and postmarked no later than 3 weeks prior to the contest date. A non-refundable fee of $7.00 is required for each participating student, and site coordinators do not accept purchase orders. The entry form and check should be mailed to the Site Coordinator (see addresses on the adjacent pages) at the qualifying site where the school plans to participate, which is normally the site closest to your school’s location and within your region. The Site Coordinator reserves the right to return any late entries. Also, all schools must register for mathleague membership at http://mathleague.org/membership.php to ensure that schools can be contacted regarding regional, state, and national qualifications. Schools do not have to pay the membership dues unless they are interested in participating in the in-school contest or attending the state competition.
At the testing locations:


  • No student or adult will be admitted to a testing room after a test has begun.

  • Students must furnish their own sharpened pencils and calculator. Any calculator that is allowed on the SAT will be allowed for the Target and Team Events. Any student choosing to use a calculator must bring his or her own calculator to the contest.

  • Scratch paper will be allowed on the Sprint and Team Events. Any space on the test may be used for calculations.

  • An answer sheet will be provided for recording and marking answers for each event. Care must be taken to write or mark each answer in the appropriate space.

  • Answers involving fractional numbers must be expressed in simplest form (lowest terms) except for ratios which may not have to be simplified.

  • MCTM/mathleague.org is solely responsible for the choice of questions, correctness of answers and the administration of the Mathematics Contest. Test answer sheets will be collected, checked and scored by personnel selected by the Site Coordinator. All decisions will be rendered on questions as they arise. These decisions are and will remain final.

  • The sponsoring school and/or parents must provide supervision at all times except when a student is taking a test. At least one teacher/principal (two if more than 9 participants) must accompany the students to the regional contest and be available to assist the Regional Coordinator as requested.

  • There will be four events: Number Sense (no calculator and no scratch paper), Target (calculator allowed), Sprint (no calculator), and Team (calculator allowed). ALL students will take ALL events. For more details about each of these events and how they will be scored, please go to http://mathleague.org/estests.php or read the Contest Coordinator Handbook also available on the MCTM website at https://www.moctm.org/ElementaryContest.aspx

The students earning the five highest scores in Number Sense, Target, and Sprint at each grade level will be recognized. The top five Sweepstakes scores will also be recognized. An honorable mention will be given to the top scoring student from each school. If a student has already placed from a given school, an honorable mention ribbon does not need to be given to this student; this award is for recognizing the top scorers from each school when no student from a school places in any other events. In each grade level, the top five combined scores (target score plus sprint score plus one fourth of the number sense score) will be recognized. Please see Regional and State Qualifications on page 3 of this registration packet.


A special request must be made if a religious belief prohibits participation in a Saturday contest. The request must be made in writing to the regional site coordinator or the state finals coordinator at least 30 days in advance of the contest so that special arrangements can be made. The arrangements may require that the contest participant go to another location to participate in the contest.
You may wish to go to mathleague.org’s website http://mathleague.org/freetests.php to sign up to receive a free elementary sample contest.
If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Trick, Elementary Contest Director, at jerrytrick@missouristate.edu or 417-255-7292.

Strategies to Share with Sponsors and Students



(Feel free to distribute these next three pages in an email to all sponsors and in a hard copy to all sponsors the day of the contest.)


  • The descriptions on page 1 of the handbook should be shared with all students prior to the day of the contest. Students should be organized into teams of 1-4 students for the team event prior to the day of the contest. Teams may consist of students of different grade levels.

  • Team Formation: Teams can be made up of 1-4 students of mixed or same grade levels; we encourage mixed grade level teams since a fourth grader may be stronger in a particular topic than a sixth grader just because he or she recently studied that topic in school. Every student attending will take the team test. The team event will be a part of the Sweepstakes score. A team's Sweepstakes score is obtained by adding the individual scores of the team members, dividing by 4, and adding the team's score on the team test. A maximum team total would be 400 points (300 points if the team had four members with perfect individual scores, 100 for the team test). Ties are broken by comparing team test scores (weighted by item analysis). If a team is not comprised of 4 members, there will be a 0 added into the sum for each missing team member before dividing by 4.

  • During the restroom break (approximately 10:00-10:15), students are expected to remain in the area near their testing rooms. Restrooms and a water fountain will be nearby. No food or drink may be taken into the testing rooms.

  • No student will be allowed to enter a testing session after a test has begun. Students are expected to remain in their assigned rooms and to refrain from talking throughout the individual testing sessions. Any student making disruptive noises may be asked to leave the room. During the team event, students should talk quietly with their teammates so that they do not inadvertently share answers with other teams.

  • Students should bring at least 2 sharpened pencils and a calculator. Any calculator allowed on the SAT may be used (http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/calculator-policy).

  • Calculators are allowed ONLY on the Target and Team Events. A student must furnish his or her own calculator. Calculators are NOT allowed on the Number Sense and Sprint Events.

  • Students may not use any dictionaries or other reference materials. If any student's proficiency in the language(s) the tests are offered in is so severely limited as to preclude participation in mathleague.org contests, that student's coach may make arrangements with mathleague.org to provide a written translation of the tests, so long as the translation can be accomplished in a timely and secure fashion, and at no cost to mathleague.org. Any such translation must be approved by mathleague.org before use at a contest.

  • Most questions will not require units since it will be included in the question; however, if a student writes the incorrect units, his or her answer will be counted as incorrect (e.g., “13 meters” written as an answer to something that was to be measured in square meters).

  • Fractional numbers must be expressed in simplest (lowest) terms or as an equivalent decimal fraction, unless a ratio is requested. For example, 0.33 is not equivalent to 1/3 and would be counted incorrect if the answer were 1/3. All improper fractions may be expressed as mixed numbers or improper fractions.

  • Mental computation and estimation items are intended to be performed mentally. Paper and pencil computation may be slower, allowing less time for working problems. Scratch paper will be given on Team and Sprint.

  • Students may be working in adult-sized arm chairs in university classrooms.

  • Each participant will receive a Ribbon of Participation.

  • The students earning the five highest scores in Number Sense, Target, and Sprint at each grade level will be recognized. The top five Sweepstakes scores will also be recognized. An honorable mention will be given to the top scoring student from each school. If a student has already placed from a given school, an honorable mention ribbon does not need to be given to this student; this award is for recognizing the top scorers from each school when no student from a school places in any other events. In each grade level, the top five combined scores (target score plus sprint score plus one fourth of the number sense score) will be recognized. Please see Regional and State Qualifications on page 3 of this registration packet.

  • In the past, MCTM has not released any portion of the students’ tests due to using some similar questions from year to year. However, mathleague.org would like to encourage all site coordinators to keep all of the students’ tests by school, and return them to the appropriate schools after all of the contest sites have been completed for that month. This allows students to see what they have missed, learn from their mistakes, and even have time to learn some new concepts before the state competition on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Site coordinators may choose to mail the contest papers or forego the expense of mailing out large amounts of paper and make them available for pick up at their school after the last Saturday of the month the contest was held.

  • In addition to releasing the test materials, results of ALL sites will be available online at mathleague.org to the public after the results have been finalized by the site coordinator. Students’ names will not be listed; the school’s name will be listed and the student’s first and last initials. Students will now be able to see how they rank with regard to everyone else at a particular site and across the state. Please encourage all students to understand the penalty for guessing on all events. On Number Sense, they should answer quickly but accurately. On Sprint, students should once again work accurately and generally not guess unless they can narrow it down to 2 choices. It is possible and probable that students will receive negative scores on the Number Sense and Sprint rounds due to not understanding the penalty for incorrect answers. For example, a student who gets 2 questions correct on Sprint and then guesses on the remaining 28 (getting all 28 wrong) would have a score of 4×2 – 28×1 = -20. On Target and Team, students should never leave a question blank—they should always guess since there is no penalty for guessing.


Number Sense Event


The philosophy behind Number Sense is that students should learn how to do mental math quickly and accurately:

  • Because of the emphasis on mental math, no calculators or scratch paper are allowed. Scratchwork on the test is highly discouraged because successful Number Sense students often find that it is faster to do all calculations in their head. In addition, students in Texas should note that when they move to middle school and high school, the rules regarding scratchwork are MUCH stricter, so it's in their best interest not to develop a habit of working their answers out on the test that could harm them later.

  • Because of the emphasis on speed, students are given only 10 minutes to complete as many of the 80 problems as they can.

  • Because of the emphasis on accuracy, answers must be completely legible, exactly correct, entirely numerical, fully computed, and in simplest form (see below). If the form of an answer is specified in the problem, the answer must adhere to that form.

The student's intended answer for a given problem is interpreted to be the entirely numerical portion of anything written in the answer blank that is not marked out or erased. Note that, in contrast to other Number Sense rules you may have seen, markouts or erasures are not counted as incorrect in this version of the test, but nothing that is marked out or erased will be counted as the student's answer either. The "entirely numerical" portion of an answer will consist of any digits (0-9), decimal points, commas, negative signs, and pi symbols (π) that appear in the answer blank without being marked out or erased. Unless the specific form of an answer is specified in a problem, the following forms of an answer are equivalent if they can be expressed exactly and in simplest form using only the approved symbols: decimals, mixed numbers, and improper fractions. Every tenth problem is an estimation problem, for which the answer must be an integer and must be within 5% of the exact answer to earn credit. Problems that ask for an answer in dollars must include a decimal point and be precise to the exact cent. Thus if the answer is twelve dollars the correct answer is 12.00, not 12 or 12.0 (in this context 12.00 is considered simplest form because the question deals with currency that is defined to require two decimal places). Note that there was a major revision to the rules at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, so tests from earlier years may have symbols in the answer keys that do not conform to the guidelines listed here.

At the end of 10 minutes, the tests are collected and each student's answers are graded, starting from question 1 and proceeding to the last question for which any intended answer is visible in the answer blank (i.e. the last question attempted). Each correct answer is worth 5 points, and each incorrect answer is worth -4 points. Note that problems beyond the last question attempted are not counted incorrect.



Below are SOME examples of what would and would not be counted correct on Number Sense for a problem where the question asks the student to divide 600 by 800 but the form of the answer is not specified:

Answer

Outcome

Notes

3/4

CORRECT

this is one of only two possible answers that would be accepted at Texas middle and high school contests

.75

CORRECT

this is one of only two possible answers that would be accepted at Texas middle and high school contests

0.75

CORRECT

this is considered a fully simplified equivalent to the preferred answer of .75

0,75

CORRECT

this is allowed as some students use commas in place of decimal points

.75 miles per hour

CORRECT

although this is not entirely numerical, the entirely numerical portion is .75, which is correct

.750

INCORRECT

this is not in simplest form and conveys information that is not equivalent in every way to .75

6/8

INCORRECT

this is not in simplest form

600/800

INCORRECT

this is not in simplest form

75%

INCORRECT

this is not entirely numerical, as % is not an approved symbol; according to the rules above, this answer would be interpreted as 75, which is not correct

3:4

INCORRECT

this is not entirely numerical, as : is not an approved symbol; according to the rules above, this answer would be interpreted as 34, which is not correct

3 ÷ 4

INCORRECT

this is neither entirely numerical nor fully computed; according to the rules above, this answer would be interpreted as 34, which is not correct

three fourths

INCORRECT

this is not entirely numerical; according to the rules above, this answer would be interpreted as a non-answer, which is not correct

6/8 = 3/4

INCORRECT

this is not entirely numerical (note that if the student scratches out the "6/8=" part and leaves the 3/4, it would be counted correct); at best, this response looks like the student intended to give two answers to the question, which is not allowed

42

INCORRECT

this is not exactly correct




Notice that if a student has the correct numerical portion but does not have the correct units, this is counted CORRECT. Most of the time, the units are already printed on the test itself, so students do not need to write units.





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