Academics

As the major component of it’s 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:


Mathletics

This program for mathematically talented students enrolled in 4th and 5th grades started in 2008 and has grown in size each year. 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.

Following an entrance exam in the spring, and starting in the fall, 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.

This year’s program will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30pm – 4:30pm at Barrett Elementary School, starting in September.  Tryouts were held in May and our program is currently full.

If you have further questions, please email Kelley Barnes: note4kel@yahoo.com.

MathCounts6

MathCounts6

This program for mathematically talented students enrolled in 6th grade is a follow-on to the Mathletics program. 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 logic and problem solving techniques. This increased mathematical breadth and depth provides students with a foundation for the middle school MATHCOUNTS program.

The class will meet at a centralized location (Barrett Elementary) from 4-5pm, on Thursdays, starting on September 15th and continuing until November 3, 2016.  Tryouts were held in May.

If you have further questions, please email Kelley Barnes: note4kel@yahoo.com.

 

Math Olympiad


AIM sponsors the participation of students in 4th-6th grades 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.

Our 2016-17 program will start in November 2016 and end in March of 2017. Select students from our Mathletics and MathCounts6 program 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 10 week program starting in early October. 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 nine 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’s (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 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. If you are interested in the 2016-17 competition season, please register your student. You will be notified via e-mail as more information becomes available.

 

Mu Alpha Theta

At the high school level, the students are the leaders, establishing a math honors society, Mu Alpha Theta, at both Live Oak and Sobrato High Schools. Club activities include mentoring of peers and younger students (through a tutoring program at the public library and by becoming MATHCOUNTS competition coaches), running a math activity booth at AIM’s community event day (usually Math Mardi Gras) and optionally, participating in high school competitions, including taking the AMC10 or AMC12 (www.amc.maa.org) and BAMO (www.bamo.org). For the past four years, 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.