Northvail’s Mathematical Olympiads

Seventy fourth and fifth grade students from Northvail are participating in the Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools program. (MOEMS)

MOEMS is a nonprofit corporation created in 1977 by Dr. George Lenchner, an internationally known math educator. Last year nearly 150,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads. All 50 states and about 30 other countries were represented.

The highlights for students are five monthly contests, given from November to March.  These contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math.

The goals for Math Olympiad participants include:
•    To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics
•    To reinforce important mathematical concepts
•    To practice strategies for problem solving
•    To practice mathematical flexibility in solving problems
•    To strengthen mathematical intuition
•    To foster mathematical creativity and ingenuity

“All the students who participate volunteer and practice during their free time,” said Mrs. Joy Paterno, the coordinator of Math Olympiads and fifth grade teacher at Northvail.

Mrs. Paterno hopes that by participating in the Olympiads at the elementary level, the students will continue to enjoy math throughout middle school and into high school.