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:


 

Math Circle for Elementary and Middle School Students

Math Circles are groups of students (or adults!) who get together to explore fun math! The activities are generally designed for all levels of math experience. We will be playing games and sometimes using online apps to play with different math activities. More information on Math Circles in general can be found at https://mathcircles.org/

I have been wanting to start a student Math Circle for several years and it is time to get started! 

We meet over Zoom on Mondays from 5:00 – 6:00. This program is ongoing and open to Elementary and Middle School Students, their siblings and parents. Please feel free to invite other families. 

If interested, please register at: MH Math Circle Registration 

Links and reminders will be sent to registered families on Mondays.

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

 

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. 

I am hopeful that pandemic restrictions will be lifted by August, and the school year will commence as normal. 2021 Mathletics will meet on Tuesdays, from 4:00 – 5:15 pm at Barrett Elementary, from September 7 through October 26.

 

Try Outs for the Fall 2021 season are over.

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

 

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.

I am hopeful that pandemic restrictions will be lifted by August, and the school year will commence as normal. Students selected for 2021 MathCounts6 will meet on Thursdays, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at Barrett Elementary School, starting on September 9 and continuing until October 28, 2021.

 

Try Outs for the Fall 2021 season are over.

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 2021-2022 program will start in November 2021 and end in March 2022. Select students from our Morgan Hill Math 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 thirteen 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. Advanced sixth graders are also welcome, although the class is taught at a seventh and eighth grade level.

All interested students are welcome to participate!

Register for the 2021-2022 school year MATHCOUNTS Registration

 

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.