Pi Day celebrated with Math Fest
by Mark Andrews
Mar 16, 2013 | 2271 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
White Elementary School students Kason Kittle, from left, Faye Luhring, Lexi Atilano, Caleb Bailey, Kathryn Mullinax and Ian Herman compete in the 
county-wide Math Fest as Allatoona Elementary School’s Mary Hannah observes as a table waiter. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
White Elementary School students Kason Kittle, from left, Faye Luhring, Lexi Atilano, Caleb Bailey, Kathryn Mullinax and Ian Herman compete in the county-wide Math Fest as Allatoona Elementary School’s Mary Hannah observes as a table waiter. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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At the Bartow County Learning Center on Thursday, local elementary school students celebrated the calendar date known as Pi Day by engaging in the annual math competition known as Math Fest, held at the Bartow County Learning Center. Its fifth year in Bartow County, the competition calls for students to put their teamwork and math skills to the test in an effort for individuals and schools to become county champions.

“We have two sections, it’s only for fourth and fifth graders, and they are chosen by their teachers at their school to come and participate,” Emerson Elementary School Principal Robb Kittle said.

The top six math students from fourth and fifth grade were chosen to compete in the competition, which was broken down into two sections.

“The Math Fest side of the competition is [done with] paper and pencil and we give them questions with multi-step problems where they have to work through our Common Core State Standards ... they’ll present their answers to the group and they get three chances and if they miss three times, they’re out of the competition and the school who lasts the longest wins that side [of the competition],” Kittle said. “On the flip side, on the other side of the gym we have a Math Trail, which is a team effort where you’re working together to solve four different problems and you rotate stations.”

He said the event is a fun way for students to work through all the elements of the Common Core State Standards.

“Math has been a Bartow County system focus for the last few years; we’ve pushed ourselves in reading and language arts and we’ve gotten better each and every year, but math was kind of on the back burner a little bit, so when the schools created the Math Fest five years ago, we wanted to put that focus back on math and math success ..., so we felt like this was a good way to get kids excited about doing math,” Kittle said.

He said the system also works to provide opportunities like Math Fest so parents can become more involved in their child’s academic endeavors, even if the parent is not necessarily strong in the subject at hand.

“I think as a community of schools we try to do more things with math, like math nights and Math Fest, where parents can come out and see the work we’re doing with math and can become more comfortable with the terminology we use and the process we do to solve the problems and so by doing community events like this where they can see their kids learning and how they’re learning, they become more comfortable with the atmosphere,” Kittle said.

Clear Creek Elementary School student Bryanna Candelaria placed first in the individual Math Fest competition for fifth-grade students. She said she enjoyed both the teamwork and individual work required during Math Fest.

“At first they put us in the Math Trail where we do a lot of games, and our team work was pretty good,” Candelaria said.

While Candelaria said Math Fest was a fun experience, it required hard work outside of school.

“Usually I do a lot of practice at home, go over it, and make sure the answers are logical,” Candelaria said.

Schools participating in this year’s Math Fest are Adairsville Elementary, Allatoona Elementary, Clear Creek Elementary, Cloverleaf Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Euharlee Elementary, Hamilton Crossing Elementary, Kingston Elementary, Pine Log Elementary and White Elementary.

Fourth-grade individual Math Fest winners are, first place, Delana Prince, Allatoona Elementary; second place, Skyler Blalack, Allatoona Elementary; third place, Jillian Boyter, Euharlee Elementary; fourth-grade Math Fluency winner, Kayla Cantor, Allatoona Elementary; fourth-grade Math Fest Team winner, Allatoona Elementary; and fourth-grade Math Trail Team winner, Euharlee Elementary.

Fifth-grade individual Math Fest winners are first place, Bryanna Candelaria, Clear Creek Elementary; second place, Lexi Atilano, White Elementary; third place, Frances Runyon, Emerson Elementary; fifth-grade Math Fluency winner, Anthony Rodriguez, Kingston Elementary; fifth-grade Math Fest Team winner, Emerson Elementary; and fifth-grade Math Trail Team winner, Clear Creek Elementary.