Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools

Information for MOEMS veteran PICOs

DEAR PICO,

Welcome to our 42nd year of competition. This will be a challenging and unpredictable year for us all. Many years of experience in the classroom has shown that solving problems is the best way to teach and learn mathematics. MOEMS® (the Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools ) is built upon this foundation.

 

PICO stands for Person ICharge of Olympiads. That’s you – the person who will devote time, effort, and energy regularly to help your Math Olympians grow as problem solvers. We salute your commitment to help your students “be all that they can be” and extend our best wishes for an exciting, enjoyable, and mathematically worthwhile year.

To help you become aware of some details of MOEMS® and to help you prepare your students for the contests, HERE ARE THREE BASIC POINTS TO START:

1. COMMUNICATIONS: It is important that you study the following information carefully, since you will receive all materials (including practice materials and the contests) and submit all student data (including the scoring) via the Online Scoring System. For every team there are three critical pieces of information. All are needed before our computers can accept a student’s scores.
    • Every team enrolled in Math Olympiads has a unique seven-digit Team ID number. Schools with more than one team will have a different Team ID for each team. Use the Team ID only for the team to which it was assigned.
    • Each PICO will receive a password to the Online Scoring System. (It is recommended that this be immediately changed to something more memorable.) For PICOs with more than one team, the password will give access to all teams coached by that PICO at that school.
    • The list number (1 – 35) assigned to each student tells our computers which line of the team’s file is reserved for a given student.
To identify a specific student in a communication to MOEMS, both the team ID and line number must be used. 2. CONTEST DATES: This year the date for administering each contest will be chosen by the PICO from an approximatley 4-week “Administration Window”. There is an “Earliest Date” which is the same for all teams, for both divisions, and for both OnPaper and OnLine formats. There is also a “Latest Date” after which the contest may no longer be administered. Also new this year is a Score Entry Deadline for each contest. Late score entry forms will be available for PICOs who need to enter or edit scores following that contest’s deadline.
2020/2021
Contest 1
Contest 2
Contest 3
Contest 4
Contest 5

Contest Window

Nov 16-Dec 12

Dec 14-Jan 16

Jan 11-Feb 13

Feb 8-Mar 6

Mar 8-Mar 31

Score Entry Deadline

Jan 9

Jan 30

Feb 27

Mar 20

Mar 31

Record these dates on your calendar now.

3. CONTESTS: The printable form of all contests will be posted to our website approximately one week before the beginning date of the contest window. You will recieve an email reminder at that time. In addition we will send an email notice to OnLine teams which includes a link to the OnLine document which your team will use with the testing platform. For a more detailed description of test PREPARATION for our contests, refer to our rulebook. Keep the contest questions secure until you give the Olympiad, keep the answers secure until you collect the student papers, and wait until the first practice following the contest to share our solutions to the problems. IMPORTANT! These 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.

HERE ARE IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR YOU:

  1. Tips for PICOs, which can help you to organize.
  2. Message to Parents (to help build support for the Math Olympiads).
  3. “What Every Young Mathlete Should Know (our glossary of terms used in the contests).
  4. Additional Study Resources:
  5. Enthusiasm builders: