TO THE 38TH YEAR OF MOEMS
We hope you find our contests and materials a valuable addition
to your math program. Many leading teachers believe that solving
problems is the best way to teach problem solving. MOEMS®
(the Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools
) is built on this foundation.
PICO is the Person
In Charge of the
Olympiads - that's YOU now.
We salute you for your commitment to help students grow mathematically
and as problem solvers, to strive to reach their potential. We wish
you and your students a lively, challenging, enjoyable, and valuable
experience this year.
We suggest that before you meet with your mathletes, you study all
the documents in this section, the handbook
for all teams, and in the Start-of-year materials for all
can help you plan for your practices and other things.
WITH YOUR TEAM ENROLLMENT
which can help you to organize.
- The 50
Olympiad Problems and Solutions given in your division over the
past two years, for practice purposes. These are found in the
area of our website. You will need your ID and password to
access these. Treat our contests as part of a larger program that
develops problem-solving skills. IMPORTANT! The practice problems and the current contest problems
are copyrighted materials. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES may the actual
contests or the individual problems and/or solutions be published
in any form, including the internet
which outlines the rules of the contests.
Every Young Mathlete Should Know, which gives the official
definitions of terms used on the Olympiads.
"Tried and True"
hints from our PICOs.
Message to Parents,
suitable for duplication and distribution.
Newsletters and the year's
Honor Roll will be posted online containing the scheduled contest
dates, important reminders, follow-ups on contests, hints, appeals,
and other helpful information.
POST Contest 1
POST Contest 2
POST Contest 3
POST Contest 4
POST Contest 5
- The 5
monthly contests will be posted on line in the secure
area of our website at least one week before the scheduled
date. An email will alert you to the posting.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, ...
excellent way to prepare your students for this year's contests
is to provide them with opportunities to solve non-routine problems
such as the collections of Olympiad problems. An effective approach
used by many teachers is the following:
at least 4 times before the first contest, the more the better.
Let students know what to expect. Schedule practice every week
for at least one hour. The key ingredient for improvement of any
skill is the amount, consistency, and frequency of time spent
using the skill. Practices also help students know what to expect.
for the first half or for the full session, teach a new topic
Problem Solving in School Mathematics 2nd Edition. This book
was developed from a series of popular in-service courses for
the second half assign problems from past Olympiads. Use the 50
practice problems supplied with your enrollment, choose a session's
practice problems using the "Contest Problem Types"
section of each of the three volumes of Math
Olympiad Contest Problems for Elementary and Middle Schools
to ,or use the "Problem
of the Month" and other sample problems found on our
website. Maximum growth occurs when reviewing solutions. Our model
solutions can help.
time permits, explore variations on selected problems.
homework weekly. Some teachers reproduce selected pages from any
of the three volumes of Math
Olympiad Contest Problems for Elementary and Middle Schools,
while others put a copy of the books into each child's hands.
Many children purchase their own copy to practice actively at
do not distribute practice problems by posting them online (neither
a secure website nor any other website). Posting them is a violation
of the copyright laws, and, therefore, not an acceptable way to
distribute paractice materials.
we can be of any additional help, do not hesitate to contact us.
welcome to the Olympiads! We wish you a stimulating and mathematically