The 27th
annual IPS District Math Competition Awards ceremony was held on May 21, 2015,
in the Anderson Auditorium at Arsenal Technical High School. The awards honored
students earning the top four scores in each grade level or course. This
ceremony capped a great year for mathematics education in IPS.

Over several
days this spring, our students competed online by answering a rigorous set of
questions requiring critical thinking under time constraints based on grade
level or course. Each grade-level test is aligned to the Indiana College and
Career Readiness Standards with a focus on procedural fluency, conceptual
understanding and real-life application.

The
district-wide competition’s culminating ceremony is an event that celebrates
students for their accomplishments and fosters a climate where students can
feel proud of their hard work and can share their achievements publicly with
their families.

The
competition and the ceremony are important to the students because they provide
them the chance to compete with their peers all across the district. For
the winners the ceremony validates their hard work and the outstanding math
instruction they receive from their dedicated teachers.

Eric Beebe,
a District Mathematics Coach 7-12, said, “Our hope is with the emphasis on STEM
(Science Technology Engineering and Math) career paths emerging in higher education
that our students can begin to push themselves to excel in math. Participating
in competitions that provide rigorous tasks and opportunities for them to build
critical-thinking skills is a beneficial opportunity for them.”

Student
Katherine S. of Center for Inquiry School 84 summed it up when she said, “The
trophy and certificates are the best part because we competed against hundreds
of other students.”

IPS is proud of all those who competed
in this year’s math competition and all the winners who excelled. The ceremony
is a widely attended event each year for students, staff and families. As
Deputy Superintendent for Academics, Dr. Wanda H. Legrand noted, “It’s exciting
having an evening of celebrating math.”

Team
awards presented included:

  • Third Grade to Sidener
    Academy for High Ability Students
  • Fourth Grade to Sidener
    Academy for High Ability Students
  • Fifth Grade to Sidener
    Academy for High Ability Students
  • Sixth Grade to Center
    for Inquiry School 84
  • Seventh Grade to
    Center for Inquiry School 84
  • Eighth Grade to Harshman
    Magnet Middle School
  • Algebra 1 to George
    Washington Carver School 87
  • Algebra 2 to Sidener
    Academy for High Ability Students
  • Geometry to Arsenal
    Technical High School
  • Precalculus to Arsenal
    Technical High School
  • Calculus to Arsenal
    Technical High School