Grauer Middle School Students Compete at Math Olympiad
From Morgan Brown, Middle School Math Team Advisor:
On Friday, April 12, The Grauer School's Middle School Math Team, consisting of 8th graders Max B., Kellen C., Adrien C., Ethan D., and Michael L. and 7th graders Kendall B., Talia F., Nicholas H., Gavin M., Mac R., Zach R., Sarai S., and Ryan S., participated in the MOEMS (Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School) Tournament, hosted by the San Diego French American School. The goal was to collaborate with students from other schools, meet students with similar interests, and have fun thinking about numerous challenging problems that required the students to not only remember their math knowledge, but also to apply it in new ways.
The students worked through three rounds of math problems. First, the students did an individual test of 10 challenge problems. Next, the students broke into mixed groups and worked together with peers from the other schools on another set of 10 challenge problems. Then, for the final round, it was tiebreaker questions. The students worked in groups on one question at a time, earning points for their team for being correct, and bonus points for finishing quickly. At the end, students celebrated together with a pizza lunch and shared the strategies and tricks they used on the problems with one another. Our students had a great time and although "winning" wasn't the point, our individual results were right on par with the other students in the event, with 8th grader Michael L. taking the 3rd place individual award and 7th graders Mac R. and Gavin M. on the winning team for the group challenge. We look forward to encouraging and supporting our middle school mathematicians now and into the future!
This week, Dr. Grauer invites you to go far out into nature in a vivid and immersive short read, long on implications…
In this week's column, Dr. Grauer's recent visit to the Chagall stained glass windows at the Chicago Institute of Art allows him to stop and focus on the importance of timeless causes facing The Grauer School and all teachers.
The senseless gun violence that has troubled our nation is extremely difficult for all of us to bear, whether we are parents or educators. In this week's column, Dr. Grauer shares his thoughts on how we can move ahead, even in the face of the political impasse that has gripped our nation on this issue.
In this week's column, Dr. Grauer ponders important questions about the purpose of teaching and the field of education, culled from years of searching for stories illustrating the essence of teaching.
Inspired by a moving book he was reading, Dr. Grauer recently visited a Kumeyaay Indian "recovery powwow", and he shares his thoughts about the experience in this week's column.
This week's column features Dr. Grauer's Head of School report from May 2019, which reviews key findings about the 2018-19 academic year and suggests key directions going forward.