Education

Three Finalists Remain in Math Olympics

99dcbcc8e0d98a33af50_522ce9182183680a4fec031c50114093math-olympics-semi-finals--28-.jpg
School 9, Norman Weir and Don Bosco/School 5 Advance to Math Olympics Finals
2ac3c4c437c3a0938ec2_004e21b31c106f7a1e5b8db5df2a5a82math-olympics-semi-finals--20-.jpg
School 9, Norman Weir and Don Bosco/School 5 Advance to Math Olympics Finals
3afafae8488b254cd0d1_03deabb3025be7098102621be49a47f5math-olympics-semi-finals--24-.jpg
School 9, Norman Weir and Don Bosco/School 5 Advance to Math Olympics Finals
5b60dbd99768e2f323d0_298e230f11cafa016f8ca54c954538d5math-olympics-semi-finals--14-.jpg
School 9, Norman Weir and Don Bosco/School 5 Advance to Math Olympics Finals
2e5ec77d93b0f3abf9d9_2fd785740588bbac9cfa9373384c7cf5math-olympics-semi-finals--13-.jpg
School 9, Norman Weir and Don Bosco/School 5 Advance to Math Olympics Finals
2739e17f5a0644d462df_292d53cb0443a50bb28d2e21475051c7math-olympics-semi-finals--8-.jpg
School 9, Norman Weir and Don Bosco/School 5 Advance to Math Olympics Finals
92e1bf0bb9f1235d3408_b09e9265ebcc4f736e6892d39b680064math-olympics-semi-finals--4-.jpg
School 9, Norman Weir and Don Bosco/School 5 Advance to Math Olympics Finals
99dcbcc8e0d98a33af50_522ce9182183680a4fec031c50114093math-olympics-semi-finals--28-.jpg

 

PATERSON, NJ – The students were pretty much strangers more than a month ago. Some attended School No. 5 in the 1st Ward; others were from Don Bosco Tech Academy in the 2nd Ward.

Their schools were about 13 blocks apart, but they were asked to come together as one team in Paterson’s Math Olympics. Since then, they have grown into friends and teammates.

Sign Up for E-News

“It was hard at first,” said Muminul Islam, an eighth grader in Don Bosco. “But when we got to know each other, it got easier.”

No one was quite sure how long their combined team would stick around in the citywide math competition. “School 5 and Don Bosco aren’t known to be really good schools,” said Don Bosco’s eighth grader, Mahfuj Hussain.

Well, the field in Paterson’s Math Olympic was narrowed down to three teams on Saturday, and one of those that remains in contention is the combined squad from Don Bosco and School No. 5.

“We weren’t sure whether or not we would make it here,” said Hussain.

Along with the underdogs from Don Bosco/School No. 5, the other teams that reached next Saturday’s finals are School No. 9 and Norman S. Weir.

In its first year, the Math Olympics are designed to put students’ academic achievements in the same spotlight normally reserved for athletic accomplishments.

“The competition is promoting teamwork amongst the schools,” said Marlene Harvey, a sixth grader teacher in School 27.

“Our students are smart,” replied Dr. Joseph Atallo, a sponsor of the event. “They can compete anytime, anywhere, any place, with the best and come out on top.”

The competition has exposed the students to situations that await them next year. The sixth graders and the seventh graders are getting a taste of the type of math problems they will be asked to handle as eighth graders. Now, all the elementary school competitors are performing in a high school setting.

For the first three weeks, the Math Olympics had taken place in the New Roberto Clemente gymnasium, but the semifinals were held at International High School.

The new location gave some students motivation, but it made others apprehensive.

“Being in a high school made me nervous,” said Mahjabeen Siddiqi, a sixth grader in School 27.

 “The new environment raised the bar,” replied Norman S. Weir’s eighth grader, Jeremy Gray. “The high school setting made it more serious.”

The first-place team members will get iPads, while the second and third place teams will receive electronic readers. The finals are next Saturday, June 25, in the auditorium of International High School at 9 am. For more information, log onto www.patersonolympics.org

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

‘We Must Not Be Enemies’

May 9, 2018

Dear Editor

I want to take opportunity to congratulate Mayor Elect Andre Sayegh on his awesome election night victory and for running a campaign to unite all Patersonians. His message of “One Paterson” resonated with the electorate. I believe that Paterson's best days are ahead. He will govern the city the same way he campaigned, always putting Paterson and ...

Five Former Salesmen For Morris County Clinical Lab Sentenced For Bribing Doctors In $100 Million Test Referral Scheme

May 18, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – Five individuals were sentenced today for bribing doctors in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, New Jersey, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Doug Hurley, 38, of Hillsborough, New Jersey, and Kevin Kerekes, 52, of ...

Pascrell Signs Bipartisan Discharge Petition to Force a Vote to Protect Dreamers

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) signed a bipartisan discharge petition to force a long-overdue vote on the House Floor to protect America’s Dreamers.

“Thanks to a cruel act by Donald Trump and inaction by this Republican Congress, Dreamers have been living under a cloud of fear and uncertainty,” said Rep. Pascrell.  “I ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

Passaic County CASA Recognizes Volunteer Child Advocates at Annual Event

May 11, 2018

WAYNE, NJ- More than 50 staff members, volunteers, and board members from Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) celebrated the impact of CASA volunteers at the organization's Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on April 28, 2018, at Laurelwood Arboretum in Wayne. This annual event recognizes Passaic County CASA volunteer advocates and the difference they make in the lives of ...

PayPal CEO says Rutgers grads need to "Help Repair the World"

May 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, called on the Class of 2018 to take a stand for social justice as they graduate during a time of unprecedented technological and social change.

He talked about the decision at PayPal to rescind plans to build a global operations center in North Carolina following legislation many considered discriminatory against the ...

Murphy Signs Legislation Championed by Paterson Senator Nellie Pou to Give DREAMers In-state Financial Aid

NEWARK, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by Paterson's Senator Nellie Pou (D-35) allowing students to apply for state financial aid assistance, joining nine other states nationally to make both tuition and financial aid available to DREAMers, was signed into law on Wednesday by Governor Phil Murphy.

The DREAM Act was a bill created by Congress to allow undocumented immigrants ...

Brownie Troop Donates Cookies to Paterson Military Food Pantry. Joint Effort by Great Falls Rotary and Passaic County Board of Realtors Continues to Thrive

May 19, 2018

Today was such a momentous day in the life of a Rotarian/Realtor and the perfect example of community service and partnerships.

Roger Fields, a fellow realtor and current President of the VFW post in Butler and his wife Joan, when approached by Brownie Troop 96521 Butler-Bloomingdale Service Unit regarding the donation of Girl Scouts cookies immediately provided them with my contact ...