Tag Archives: Mathematics

LHWHS Junior Heads to International Math Competition

Moses Schindler, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, is one of 12 students selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2018 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship featuring top math students from the U.S, Canada, and the UK. The contest will be held as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, California, on Jan. 13.

Moses was selected for the 2018 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship based on his score on an online qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability, and math history, which was administered by high school math teachers in the U.S, Canada, and the UK using Maple TA, a product of Maplesoft.

Julia Wang Announced Regional Finalist in 2017 Siemens Competition

Senior Julia Wang was selected as a finalist in the 2017-2018 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. One of 101 finalists, Julia has a chance to compete for $100,000 in scholarship money.

These regional finalists were picked from an exceptional group of 491 semifinalists​ who were chosen from the pool of more than 1860 projects submitted this year. The 101 regional finalists will now advance to the next round of the competition – the Regional Finals. All regional finalists receive at least $1,000 in scholarship money while the 1st place individuals and teams from these regional competitions win $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.

The Regional finalists will compete in one of six regional competitions virtually hosted over three consecutive weekends in November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Nov. 3-4); University of Notre Dame (Nov. 3-4); The University of Texas at Austin (Nov. 10-11); California Institute of Technology (Nov. 10-11); and Georgia Institute of Technology (Nov. 17-18); and Carnegie Mellon University (Nov. 17-18).

Winners of the regional events will advance to the National Finals to be held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5, 2017, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including the two top prizes of $100,000 and one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students in the country today.

In a change from previous years, this year’s national finalist prize structure​​ will be: first place – $100,000, second place – $50,000, all other finalists – $25,000, elevating the minimum prize level in recognition of the overall high quality of research represented by national finalists.

Reed Makes Top 20 Local Elementary Schools in Math

The new Post-Dispatch public school guide compares schools on a variety of issues, including test scores. The guide ranked the 20 local elementary schools with the highest rate of proficiency on statewide tests on math, and Reed Elementary made the list, coming in at #19! Statewide, the rate for proficiency in math is 48.6 percent. At Reed, that rate is 80.2%. Check out the list here!


Students Take Home Awards from MCTM State Math Contest

Ladue Fifth Grade Center students participated in the MCTM State Math Contest in Columbia on Saturday, May 6. Four students placed in the top 10 and were eligible to move on to the national competition in Houston, Texas, on June 24.

In the state competition, there were 188 young mathematicians from Missouri eager to participate in four different math test categories. The four FGC students took 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th places for the individual overall category. The Ladue FGC teams took first, fifth, and sixth places. In addition to our four top ten winners, two students won ribbons in individual categories.

5th grade:
Aditya Jain – 1st place
Kevin Tang – 2nd place
Aric Wang – 5th place
Rohan Suri – 6th place
Ari Willick
Abheek Dhawan
Sophia Xu
Sarah Liao
Matthew Awad

Jonathan Yao – 1st place, 4th grade

Johnathan Yao won 9th place overall for fourth grade at the national event, and the Ladue Fifth Grade Center team came in 6th place in the national sweepstakes category.

Photo 1 is of Jonathan Yao (fourth grader at Spoede) who won 9th place overall for fourth grade. The second phono is Jonathan Yao and Aric Wang

LMS Students Compete in National MathCounts Competition

Last week, on May 12, the Missouri MathCounts state team competed in the national competition in Orlando, Florida. The four-student team consisted of three Ladue Middle School students and one Parkway student. The Ladue Schools mathletes are eighth graders Jason Ding, Stephen Jiang and seventh grader Anthony Wang.

As a team, the Missouri team (3/4 Ladue) placed 18th. Jason Ding placed 34th individually, and Stephen Jiang placed 39th. Congratulations to all of the students who competed!

The 224 national competitors represented all 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories, State Department schools and Department of Defense schools for a total of 56 teams.

Fifth Grade Center Math Teacher Tonee Simmons Recognized with May Excellence in Education Award

Tonee Simmons, a math teacher at the Fifth Grade Center, received the May Excellence in Education Award at the May 8, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Tonee on this prestigious recognition!

Tonee has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2004, when she took a position as a teaching assistant at Conway for one year. She then spent three years teaching third grade and then another three years teaching fifth grade at Conway before she moved to the Fifth Grade Center, where she has been for the past four years.

For Principal Julie Helm, the first words that come to mind when thinking about Tonee as an educator is “student advocate”. Tonee sees her students not only as learners but as individuals who each need support and care. This shows in her actions. At the beginning of the year, Tonee spends a good portion of her time and energy building relationships with her students. She was one of the staff members who felt that the teachers needed more time with the students, so the schedule was adjusted this year to feature a Homeroom Day.

Fifth Grade Math Students Headed to National Math Contest

Ari Willick wins a third place ribbon for in the Target Test (problem-solving) category.

This past week, four fifth-grade math students placed in the top 10 in the state math contest! These students are eligible to participate in the national contest in June!

The Fifth Grade Center’s team (consisting of the four boys below) came in first place overall. They beat the Parkway West 6th grade team by just a few points. Parkway West beat the FGC’s team in Regionals in March.

Individual Overall Scores for FGC team:
1st Place – Adi Jain
2nd Place – Kevin Tang
6th Place – Aric Wang
7th Place – Rohan Suri

Ten students participated overall. Ari Willick (5) won a third place ribbon in the Target Test (problem solving). Abheek Dhawan (5) won a fourth place ribbon in Target. Jonathan Yao (4) won first place overall for 4th grade.

Congratulations to all students who participated!

Old Bonhomme Students Excel at MCTM Competition

Results for the 2017 Missouri Council of Teacher of Mathematics (MCTM) competition were just announced, and Old Bonhomme students all shone! Congratulations to Henry Goellner (3) for winning first place in the Computer Generated Design category, and Congratulations to Bella Soyfer (4) for winning first place in the Tesselation category for their age group.

Congratulations to the following students for their placements, as well:

  • Vivek Maddineni – Fourth Place, 3rd grade Tesselations
  • Ayla Tunay – Second Place, 4th grade Tesselations
  • Lucia Kerman – Fourth Place, 4th grade Tesselations
  • Eva Kaul – Second Place, 3rd grade Computer Generated Designs
  • Cole Kaufman – Third Place, 3rd grade Computer Generated Designs

Way to represent Old Bonhomme!

LMS Mathletes Excel at Regional MCTM Competition

Saturday was a big day for the Ladue Middle School mathletes! At the regional Missouri Council of Teacher of Mathematics competition in February, 23 of the 24 LMS students who participated qualified for state. Due to conflicts, only 14 of these students were able to compete Saturday. There were 220 students representing 59 schools at the state competition, and the students representing LMS were awesome!

The LMS team of Will Bender (7), Anthony Wang (7), Samuel Chen (7), and William Xie (8) placed first in the state sweepstakes competition and 3rd in the national rankings.

In the overall individual category, five of the top 10 were from LMS: Will Bender (7) 1st, Anthony Wang (7) 2nd, Samuel Chen (7) 5th, William Xie (8) 6th and Richie Jiang (6) 9th.

Following are the results by grade levels for the students who scored in the top 10 for each grade:

6th grade – Richie Jiang (6) 1st, Nicole Li (6) 2nd, Luke Tu (6) 5th, Olivia Hu (6) 6th, Yuvan Chali (6) 7th

7th grade – Will Bender (7) 1st, Anthony Wang (7) 2nd, Samuel Chen (7) 3rd

8th grade – William Xie (8) 3rd

Also participating were Megan Ouyang (6), Winston Chen (7), Hansika Sakshi (7), Louis Li (8), and Lauren Xie (8). Congratulations to all of these students!

LMS MathCounts Students Dominate at State Competition

In February, nine Ladue Middle School students qualified at the regional Chapter Round of the MathCounts competition to advance to the Missouri State Round. MathCounts is the premier mathematics competition for middle-school students. At the Chapter Round, Samuel Chen (7) placed first among all students in the Individual Round, while William Xie (8) earned first place honors in the lightning quick Countdown Round. Also, the four-person team of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7), and Will Bender (7) placed 1st in the team competition.

One month later, on March 4, the LMS MathCounts students were dominant in the Missouri State MathCounts Competition.

The same team of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7), and Will Bender (7) placed 1st in the team competition. In the State Countdown round, Anthony Wang (7) took 2nd, and William Pan (8) placed 4th.

Nine LMS students participated in the Individual competition, all of whom placed in the Top 20. On this particular day, seven of the Top 10 Math kids in the state are Ladue Schools students.

Here are the students and their final positions. Note that the Top 4 finishers (three from Ladue Schools) make up the Missouri team that competes in the National MathCounts competition in Orlando in May. Stephen Jiang (8), Anthony Wang (7) and Jason Ding (8) have earned an all-expense paid trip to Orlando.

1) Stephen Jiang (8)
2) Anthony Wang (7)
3) Jason Ding (8)
5) Will Bender (7)
7) William Pan (8)
9) Samuel Chen (7)
10) William Xie (8)
16) Marina Sha (8)
18) Iris Zhou (7)