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New Team Intro
2015 2016

Welcome to the 37th year of the MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIADS. 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.

A 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 new teams, and in the Start-of-year materials for all teams. They can help you plan for your practices and other things.

Included with your enrollment are the following useful items:

To get started with practices, log in and download the 50 problems and solutions from the past two years. Treat our contests as part of a larger program that develops problem-solving skills. 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.

One effective approach used by many teachers is the following:

1. Practice 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.

2. Either for the first half hour or for the full hour teach a new topic from Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics 2nd Edition. This book was developed from a series of popular in-service courses for teachers.

3. For the second half hour assign problems from past Olympiads, some of which are online. Maximum growth occurs when reviewing solutions. Our model solutions can help.

4. Where time permits, explore variations on selected problems.

5. Assign 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 home.

6. Please 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.

During the year you will receive the following mailings and emails:

1. Your contests will be posted online at least one week before the scheduled date. An email will alert you to the posting.

2. Eight Newsletters will be posted online containing the scheduled contest dates, follow-ups on contests, hints, and other helpful information. An email will alert you to the posting.

An 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 mentioned above. If we can be of any additional help, do not hesitate to contact us.

Again, welcome to the Olympiads! We wish you a stimulating and mathematically productive year.


Nicholas J.Restivo

Executive Director