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Mary E. Silveira Elementary School

375 Blackstone Drive

San Rafael, CA 94903

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Math Team: Become Greater

For 40 years the international Math Olympiad program has been helping kids in grades 4-5 develop enthusiasm, understanding, and confidence. Now MVGATE brings this program to Mary Silveira, with a few twists all our own.

Math Team offers kids the chance to build their skills and deepen their enthusiasm for math, logic, and problem-solving. We’ll share weekly challenges and collaboration, gain insights into the world of math and logic and statistics, and enjoy the friendly competition of the international Math Olympiad program. Math Team will continue throughout the year for interested students, building towards the competitions Nov-Mar. An important and valuable option for all motivated, curious kids who want to stretch their minds and deepen their thoughts.

Math Team runs eight Wednesdays Mar 21 to May 16 right at school, right after school. (No Team during holidays and conferences.) For grades 4-5 and ambitious 3rd graders, too.

PLUS, Three Savings Opportunities:

-Half-price scholarships available for families who would not otherwise be able to attend
-Parent/Family volunteers receive free tuition and a guaranteed spot for their child in these popular classes.
-After you sign up: Refer a Friend and earn a $25 rebate for each friend that signs up -- plus your friend saves $25 as well!

"This is just what I've been waiting for." --5th grade girl

"Dad, clear my calendar. Move soccer practice. Math Team takes priority." --4th grade boy

Frequently Asked Questions about Math Team

Is this competitive?

Our program blends the structure of the venerable MOEMS program with our own unstructured custom explorations. The MOEMS program is a competition, but we do it as a gentle, friendly competition. It’s not about scores or even correct answers, so much as good thinking. That said, our culminating competitions generate excitement, just as a no-cut soccer team looks forward to its big match or a youth dance ensemble looks forward to its recital.

What are custom explorations?

Kids ask good questions. When they do, it's exciting to have a math-minded adult with the time and resources to help guide and structure the discussion. Sometimes a child’s question will grow into an hour-long discussion that touches on all sorts of math topics.

Does this go all year?

The MOEMS competition season is November to March. We practice before & during, and we're free to explore after. You can sign up one term at a time, but the kids who enjoy Math Team typically do come back and do it throughout the school year. Math goes on forever.

Is this just for math-heads?

No. We believe that kids possess natural curiosity and can become excited for math. If your kid is the next Newton that’s great – come right in! But most kids are not, and that’s great, too. Our goal is not to create the next Newton but to offer motivated kids at various levels the chance to take a step up, to become greater.

MOEMS’s goals, which we share, are to develop enthusiasm; to deepen understanding; to encounter new concepts; to have fun wrestling with profound ideas; and to build a stronger foundation for school. Motivated kids who share those goals, regardless of their current math level, are good candidates to join us.

How about younger kids?

MOEMS gently recommends its competition for grades 4-5-6. Ambitious third graders (and we've met some doozies) may be admitted with instructor's approval; MOEMS cautions that "younger students can easily become afraid of math, rather than excited by it."

How about girls?

In the four years we've been doing this, girls have done great work and have enjoyed it immensely. PRO TIP: we've observed that girls enjoy it most when they go with a friend.

Is this tutoring?

No. But we do offer a flexible pace, one-on-one guidance, and we do welcome all kids who share our goals to develop enthusiasm; to deepen understanding; to encounter new concepts; to have fun wrestling with profound ideas; and to build a stronger foundation for school.

Is there homework?

Not really homework, though we do offer optional take-home challenges. Many kids love that.

Is this like Mathletes?

Yes, a little. The county's Mathletes program is a competition for 7th and 8th graders to solve individual and team problems, with each middle school sending a team of five. We love that! But we thought younger kids should have a fun, no-cut competition of their own. Also we wanted to offer the chance to grow in math to a wider range of kids. So we curated various competitions and built our own program around the global Math Olympiad (MOEMS.org), now in its 40th year.

How is this different from school math?

We'll make use of what your child learns in school then go further and explore fun new directions. Also we emphasize the creative, synthetic, out-of-the-box thinking that characterizes real math.

This sounds fun, can I come, too?

Thought you'd never ask! Adults who have some connection to {math, stats, logic, applications} are very welcome, both as regular assistants and as special guests. If there's one thing MVGATE has learned, it's that Marin is full of remarkable adults who'd love to share what they know with bright, curious kids -- if only someone would ask them. We do.

snapshot of MVGATE math team

"We're thinking of a counting number N. When N is divided by 6 it leaves a remainder of 1. When N is divided by 11 it leaves a remainder of 6. What's the smallest that N could be?"

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