American Math Competition – AMC 10/12

 

What is the AMC 10/12?  The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are the nation’s leading mathematics competition for high schoolers and are designed to cultivate the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem solvers. In 2020, approximately 140,000 students worldwide participated in the AMC 10 and AMC 12.

 

Why take the AMC 10/12? For the love of math! Students who take the AMC 10 and AMC 12 have the opportunity to develop creative quantitative thinking skills, which better prepares them to succeed in college math classes. Furthermore, mathematics drives the innovations that shape our society and is useful in a broad range of careers, even those that are not traditionally mathematical, scientific or technological in nature. By offering these competitions the Mathematical Association of America aims to challenge and inspire students to become lifelong learners of mathematics.  

After the competition results are compiled, certificates will be presented to the student with the highest score in each school, to nationally high-scoring students, and to all who participated in the competition. But the real rewards come from challenging each student with mathematics that is new, different, and “outside the box.” Competition problems are more difficult than those encountered routinely in math courses, but they are designed to connect to high school mathematics standards to ensure they are within the reach of students. The measure of success of the competition is not the number of problems solved, but is the level of engagement with mathematics that arises from the intellectual challenge of the problem-solving process. I hope your student enjoys the competition and continues down the path to a lifetime of success with, and love of, mathematics.

 

AMC 10 or AMC 12? The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus. Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12. 

 

Deciding if the AMC 10/12 is right for your child:  In order to determine if taking part in the AMC 10/12 this February there are practice problems that help a student get a feel for what the items on the assessment are like.  The link below has some math problems, which can help students try out test problems as an opportunity to stretch and try hard problems.  2017_AMC1012_Practice_Questions.pdf (maa.org) 

   

Preparation:  A number of students take part in math clubs or math enrichment activities, which help prepare them for the AMC 10/12, however it is not a requirement to have been in any type of math club. There is website to help students prepare from home:  https://maa-amc.org/students/study-space/  The AMC 10/12 is an individual assessment, not a team competition.   

   

Interested?  The AMC 10/12 is online this year. If you are interested in your child taking part in the AMC 10 or 12 on February 10, 2021, please email Cindy Thompson at cindy.thompson@bellinghamschools.org by Tuesday, January 26, 2021.  Please note that due to the nature of the online assessment proctoring needs to be provided by a parent or designee, additional information will be shared when we contact you.    

   

Promise Tomorrow Initiative

See the Promise Tomorrow page for information on this opportunity for academic enrichment and students collaboration.

 

Upcoming Parent Meetings

Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory (HCL PA)

Three meetings will be scheduled for the HCL Parent Advisory for the 2020-21 school year.  These meetings are opportunities for parents of students identified highly capable to meet to learn together, share resources, and to discuss various topics related to highly capable students’ supports, funding for services, and topics brought up by the group for discussion. Meetings are open to all, please come join in the learning, sharing and connection. No RSVP needed, just come and join in!  The agenda and zoom link for each meeting will be posted the week before.   Dates and times for the remaining meetings will be discussed at the Dec 16 meeting.  If you cannot attend and have ideas for this topic please email your input to Cindy Thompson.

 

2020-21 Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory Meetings

December 16, 2020  11:00 AM – 12:30 PM via Zoom

Agenda & Zoom Link: https://bellinghamschools.zoom.us/j/89907164559

Notes

Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Agenda & Notes

 

Wednesday, April 21 or April 28 from 11- 12:30 p.m.  

Agenda & Notes

Past Events

Parent Night, Nov. 17, 2020

To request a recording of this event please contact Cindy.Thompson@bellinghamschools.org

Guest speaker Austina De Bonte will present on understanding and supporting the social and emotional needs of your highly capable learner.  Ms. De Bonte is an advocate for parents and educators of highly capable students and has a wealth of knowledge on this topic.  This flyer has more information about her and the workshop.

 

Guest Speaker Austina De Bonte
Understanding and Attending to the Social & Emotional Needs of Your Highly Capable Learner
6 – 8 p.m., Nov. 17, 2020
Online, via Zoom: https://bellinghamschools.zoom.us/j/87665811124
No preregistration needed.

 

Guest speaker Austina De Bonte will present on understanding and supporting the social and emotional needs of your highly capable learner.  Ms. De Bonte is an advocate for parents and educators of highly capable students and has a wealth of knowledge on this topic.  This flyer has more information about her and the workshop.

 

2019-2020 Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory (HCL PA)

For the 2019-20 school year we had a learning focus that will thread through the  parent advisory meetings around the social and emotional learning needs of students, especially targeted toward the needs of gifted students.  This included the topics of anxiety, self-management, relationship skills, and other related topics identified by the group at the November meeting.  Meetings, minutes and presentations can be found on the Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory webpage or linked here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 9:45 – 11:00 AM at the District Office

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 9:45 – 11:00 AM at the District Office

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Cancelled due to COVID-19 closure

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 9:45 – 11:00 AM, cancelled