Academics

As the major component of its Morgan Hill community outreach, AIM provides coaches and extra-curricular math enrichment programs for students enrolled in 4th through 12th grades. Our math enrichment programs in Morgan Hill include:


2020 Update, due to COVID-19…

Mathletics and MathCounts6 classes will not be held this fall. We would not be able to have in person classes and I’m not prepared for our usual curriculum to go virtual, at this time. I am also unsure how interested our students will be in another Zoom meeting, since they may be on Zoom all day with their teachers. 

I am hopeful that we can have Mathletics and MathCounts6 classes in the spring, either in person or online, maybe March through April. In the meantime, Morgan Hill Math will have an Elementary School Math Madness team competing from October through December for 3rd through 5th graders. Please see below for more information and the registration link.

Mathletics

This program for mathematically talented students enrolled in 4th and 5th grades started in 2008. Mathletics centers on problem solving, alternating hands-on lessons with paper and pencil work. Mathletics reviews basic problem solving techniques, tackling both multi-step word problems and more challenging “out of the box” thinking problems.

Traditionally, following an entrance exam in the spring, and starting in the fall, over one hundred 4th and 5th grade students from Morgan Hill’s elementary schools are invited to attend an 8 week after school class at a centralized location. Because space is limited, students are selected based on their standardized math scores (they should be “advanced”), their score on the entrance exam, their behavior and their ability to commit to attending the fall program. 

Tryouts for the 2020 fall program are on hold due to the COVID-19 orders.

If you have any questions, please email Morgan Hill Math program director Kelley Barnes: note4kel@yahoo.com.

 

NEW – Math Madness Elementary Competition

 

As you are aware, current conditions have thrown a monkey wrench into the usual AIM fall program. In the place of our traditional Mathletics program, this fall I am inviting 3rd – 5th graders to compete in Math Madness

All Morgan Hill Math students will make up a single team. In a nutshell, each team member will compete online, from home, at a predetermined time each week.  This is a bracket type setup and you will play against a different school each week. It might be live or it might not be, dependent on team availability. Each week, your team’s score is the top 5 players’ scores combined. There are around 8 questions each week. All grades take the same test. The questions will be quite challenging! Afterwards I hold a Zoom meeting to go over the answers. Competition starts in October. 

This past spring there were about 60 Morgan Hill kids who competed in Math Madness from March through the summer, both officially and just for fun. Feel free to sign up siblings or share this link with another family. There is no upper limit to the team’s size. 

This is only for 2020/2021 3rd – 5th graders! Register here: Elementary Math Madness Fall 2020

 

MathCounts6

This program for mathematically talented students enrolled in 6th grade will expose students to new problem solving methods. The MathCounts6 program uses word problems to develop new skills in the areas of probability, combinatorics, statistics and number theory. Students also continue to focus on problem solving techniques, including identifying information necessary to solve a problem. This increased mathematical breadth and depth provides students with a foundation for the middle school MATHCOUNTS program.

Tryouts for the 2020 fall program are on hold due to the COVID-19 orders.

If you have any questions, please email Morgan Hill Math program director Kelley Barnes: note4kel@yahoo.com.

 

Math Olympiad

AIM coaches run a program that allows local students to participate in the national Math Olympiad contest. During each of five once-a-month sessions, students take a five question, thirty minute, Math Olympiad quiz, with the instructor reviewing the problem solutions during the remaining half hour of class. Sample quizzes can be found at www.moems.org. The Elementary School Division is for 4th through 6th graders while the Middle School Division is for 6th through 8th graders.

Our 2020-2021 program will start in November 2020 and end in March 2021. Select students from our Math Madness and MATHCOUNTS programs will be invited to attend based on the outstanding interest, capacity and behavior that they demonstrate in our fall programs.

 

MATHCOUNTS

This is a national middle school competitive math program. Students focus on complex problems, methodologies and challenging the mind. Advanced problem solving techniques are tested at School, Chapter, State, and National competitions. Please see www.mathcounts.org for more information about the national MATHCOUNTS organization.

AIM has provided MATHCOUNTS coaches for Morgan Hill’s students enrolled in 7th and 8th grades since 2004. Students participate in a weekly program starting in September. In January, a subset of students from each school is selected to train for, and participate in, the Chapter competition in February. Teams and students excelling at the Chapter competition may advance to the subsequent Northern California State competition. For the past twelve years, Morgan Hill teams and/or individual students have advanced to the State MATHCOUNTS competition. AIM also provides students the opportunity to compete in another national math competition, the AMC8, produced by the Mathematical Association of America (see www.maa.org).

Participation in MATHCOUNTS puts the middle school student on a firm footing for both the near future (such as excelling on the math section of the PSAT and SAT) and for longer term goals, including being successful in the many fields of study where problem solving is key.

Seventh and eighth grade students who live or attend school in Morgan Hill and are strong math students are invited to attend this free, challenging program. Very advanced sixth graders are also welcome, although the class is taught at a seventh and eighth grade level.

Registration for the 2020 season is open!  If you are interested in the 2020-2021 competition season, please register your student. You will be notified via email as more information becomes available. All competitions and training sessions will be online.

 

Mu Alpha Theta

At the high school level, the students are the leaders, establishing a math honors society, Mu Alpha Theta, at  Live Oak, Sobrato and GECA. Club activities include mentoring of younger students (by becoming MATHCOUNTS competition coaches), having speakers on fun math topics and optionally, participating in high school competitions, including taking the AMC10 or AMC12 (www.amc.maa.org) and BAMO (www.bamo.org). In the past, several high school students have scored in the top 5% in the nation and thus have been invited to participate in the prestigious American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). College mentoring for UC’s and beyond is also an element of these clubs. 

 

Director’s Circle

Dr. Brian Conrey, Executive Director of AIM, provides several seminars for middle and high school students each year, designed to challenge top Morgan Hill students. Participation in the Director’s Circle is by personal invitation, with preference given to exceptional Morgan Hill students who are long time participants in AIM’s Morgan Hill Math programs.