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Math Pentathlon

2018-2019 Online Application will open September 10, 2018 and will close at 5:00 PM on September 14, 2018.  Below is a copy of the description you will see on the online application form.  This information should help you understand our process.

Click here to access the Application for Registration form.

The Mills Math Pentathlon Club is a parent-run organization that follows the curriculum of the National Mathematics Pentathlon Institute. The curriculum consists of 5 grade-specific games designed for students with a broad range of abilities. The games develop logical, computational, and spatial reasoning in a highly motivational format. The games use a variety of physical models to hone strategic thinking and problem solving skills. And, they're fun too!


MEETING TIMES

Our Math Pentathlon Club meets after school on Wednesdays and ends at 4:15pm.  Our first meeting is scheduled for October 3, 2018.  In the fall, we will meet for 10 weeks reviewing and learning all five of the Math Pentathlon games specific to each division and will wrap up with a popcorn party.  We will not meet on Wednesday, October 31st.  In the spring, those students wishing to participate in the tournament will continue to meet focusing on additional rules and strategies (Tournament registration of $42 must be paid by Dec 20, 2018 & spring volunteer dates must be provided if students wish to continue in the Spring Semester - fee is paid directly to the Math Pentathlon Institute).


TOURNAMENT

This club is a full year commitment and tournament participation is strongly encouraged.  Please consider committing to the tournament before signing your child up for Math Club.  All students attending tournament will need an adult to attend with them and serve as either a game monitor or stand chaperone for the whole group.  A game monitor training will be offered in the spring for new families.  If you cannot commit to the tournament dates at this time, please know that we still expect a focused attitude during each session.


Tentative Tournament dates are as follows:

  • Division I (Grade K-1)     March 30, 2019
  • Division II (Grade 2-3)    April 6, 2019
  • Division III (Grade 4-5)   April 27, 2019


For more information on the tournaments please see http://www.mathpentath.org/austin-area/


CODE OF CONDUCT

We hold all students and families to the highest code of conduct.  Both students and parents must sign a commitment contract, agreeing to work cooperatively, show good sportsmanship, follow directions and respect authority.  We see membership as a privilege; those who are unable or unwilling to cooperate may be asked to leave.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Due to the high demand for the Math Pentathlon club, there are two stages to our application process.  PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE INTO CLUB!  Division enrollment is limited by the number of parents willing to commit to leadership (coach & coordinator) positions.  This club is 100% volunteer-based and all families are expected to volunteer regularly.

1.   Submit your online Application for Registration (below), one for EACH child you are registering between September 10 and September 14, 2018.
2.   Registration Confirmation or Waitlist
a.   Registration Confirmation - If space is available, you will be notified (via email) by September 17 of your team placement.  You are required to submit your $50 non-refundable registration fee by September 24, 2018.  Further instructions will be provided in your confirmation email.
b.   Waitlist - If space is not available, you will be placed on the Waitlist.  Spaces may become available if families do not complete the registration process or cancel their team placement prior to September 24.
c.   Team placement will be closed on October 1, 2018.


***The $50 fee will cover training for coaches, supplies, games, club t-shirt, incentives, winter break popcorn party, end of year party and awards, and admission for Division 1 chaperones at end of year party.***

***Scholarships for club fees are available. For information contact Susan Jetton ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).***


PRIORITY OF APPLICATIONS

Space is limited, so enrollment is handled with the following priority:

  1. School Coordinator, Team Coaches and Team Coordinators will receive automatic placement on the MP team.  New coaches MUST email School Coordinators, Megan Lowary & Jinny Suh, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and confirm commitment & availability to attend training and practices in order to receive priority placement.
  2. Returning families that commit to regularly volunteering during team practice (at least 5 practices in the fall and 5 practices in the Spring).
  3. New families that commit to regularly volunteer during team practice.
  4. Returning families - limited volunteering (less than 5 practices in the fall and 5 practices in the spring).
  5. New families - limited volunteering.


***For the 2018-2019 school year we anticipate capping enrollment in Division I at 16 students and Division II and III at 20-24 students per division.  Please note that when considering applications at the same priority level, the team will take gender and grade balancing into account in an attempt to build the most cohesive team.***


VOLUNTEERS

Family volunteers do not have to be parents and can be grandparents, neighbors, college students, babysitters, nannies, aunts and uncles, etc. - any adult willing to learn games and participate at team practices.  We are a cooperative volunteer organization and need families willing to support our weekly practices by actively participating.  Please apply even if you know you cannot volunteer at the meetings.  There may be a situation where we have additional volunteers and can accept more students, but this situation is not guaranteed.


QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about this form, please email Mills School Coordinators Megan Lowary & Jinny Suh at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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