In November, advanced students at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School enrolled in Advanced Math Applications 6, seventh-grade students at Chagrin Falls Middle School enrolled in Algebra I, and Honors Geometry students at Chagrin Falls Middle School competed in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8 online contest. The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40 minute multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills. The examination provides students from across the country with an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the middle school level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most middle school level mathematics classes.
The District’s offering of the AMC 8 is intended to promote excitement, enthusiasm and positive attitudes towards mathematics and to stimulate interest in continuing the study of mathematics beyond the minimum required for high school graduation for some of our most advanced math students. Developmentally, students who participate in the AMC 8 may be at a critical point in which attitudes toward school and learning, and perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics are solidified. It is important that they are provided with opportunities that foster the development of positive attitudes towards mathematics and positive perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics. Math contests like the AMC 8 can provide this opportunity.
There were 127 students (two fifth graders, 45 sixth graders, 40 seventh graders, and 40 eighth graders) who accepted the challenge of participating in the AMC 8 this fall, and many of those students received awards. They include:
Eighth grader Nathan Nguyen had the highest AMC 8 District score, designating him as a Gold Winner, a First Place Winner, and a Team Member (placing within the top three scores from our District).
Fifth grader Jack Shein had the second highest AMC 8 District score, designating him as a Silver Winner and as a Team Member (placing within the top three scores from our District).
Eighth graders Margaret Goss and Fraya Brattebo and sixth graders Eric Goyzman and Peter Mitchell tied with the third highest AMC 8 District score, designating all four of these students as Bronze Winners and as Team Members (placing within the top three scores from our District).