For School - Steps to Implement
Once your school registration is completed, take a look at the next steps below:
1. Coordinate with the school staff on the math challenge submission process. (i.e. how and where students can submit solutions). If you want students to submit their answers and solutions online, you should set up a dedicated email for parents to send their students' works.
2. Send 2 documents to email@example.com:
- Content of your school's page that includes: the contact person & email and how to participate (instruction for students on how to participate. See sample page.
- Due dates list for your students. Use this calendar template: mc_schedule_2021-22_editable.docx. Please note that published dates and solution dates are set (non-editable).
3. Promote the program.
- Share the availability of the program to teachers, parents, students through various venues such as newsletter, announcements, email reminders, etc.
- Get PTSA Support. It’s helpful to have PTSA support, especially if you want to have an incentive program as recognition to students who participate in the program. PTSA may be able to provide funds to purchase these prizes.
- Determine prizes, awards or recognition for students. This is optional but highly recommended as it will help entice students to do ALL challenges.
- You can also simply print certificates for students who completed a set number of challenges.
- Using google form to collect submissions. Since questions are not allowed to be copied or reproduced, please only provide Answer Fields.
- Other schools have parents correct the student's paper and report to the chair-person.
Tips and Guidelines
About One month prior
Two weeks prior
One week prior
- Send a brief announcement (to the school office, to teachers, to newsletter, to PTSA website) about the first Math Challenge, its due date, and information to students on how to submit their solutions. Provide the link to your school's page.
The week of publication
- Send a request to school office to be included in the morning announcement that the Math Challenge is available online to print/download. Remind students of the Math Challenge due date.
End of the year - two weeks after the last Math Challenge
Below are options for school to recognize students who participated at the program:
End of the year prizes - by different schools
While most schools gave end of the year awards (medals or trophies or certificates). Not all schools give prizes for each challenge. The following are ideas that came up from different schools:
- Students get shout-out from principal during morning announcement, lunch with the principals, famous mathlete picture (photo taken with 'math bear' or 'math beagle').
- Norman Rockwell Elementary had a lottery system for each challenge. 12 qualified entries are picked. I believe they did this so that at least 180 students will get a small prize in the rotation (12 x 15 challenges). Prizes are budgeted and set at the beginning of the school year.
- Rosa Parks and Smith Elementary both graded the students' solutions. It took them sometimes, but they have a couple of volunteers to grade the papers. Rosa Parks gave back each math challenge to students. Smith gave papers back at the end of the program.
- Rosa Parks had point system in place instead of asking students to do the minimum requirements of solutions. Students collected points through out the 15 challenges and organizers record these points.
- Alcott Elementary and Wilder Elementary give options to students to submit solutions online using google doc to capture students answers. Other schools also provide online reporting for parents to report the number of correct answers their student did for each challenge.
- Rachel Carson Elementary provides monthly ice cream coupon prize that is randomly selected from qualified submission. End-year certificate emailed to parents to recognize students who completed 10 packets or more.