Junior High Math Bee Information

ETOWAH COUNTY MATH BEE

GRADES 6 – 8

 
ECBOE Math Bee Google Doc (for more information) 

The Etowah County Math Bee, Grades 6 – 8, is a competition that has been held annually for more than thirty-five years.  In Grades 6 – 8, each school may bring seven participants on each team.  A team is based on a grade level—for example, Glencoe Middle School brings a sixth grade team, a seventh grade team, an eighth grade team, and an Algebra I team.  If a school has more than one teacher per subject, the teachers are responsible for choosing the seven members of the grade-level team.

The Grades 6 – 8 competition consists of two parts.  There is a written test, which consists of fifty multiple-choice questions.  The questions follow the Alabama Course of Study (2010) and the Common Core Standards, and will come from an agreed-upon number of chapters in the textbook series that was adopted in 2012.  In previous years, the written test had been constructed using the software that accompanies the textbook series currently in use.  In a meeting held May 31, 2012, it was agreed that this procedure would continue at least through 2013.  Individual medals are awarded for first, second, and third place, and if there are ties, each student receives a medal.  Medals are currently provided by a grant from the Etowah County School Foundation.

The second part of the competition consists of ciphering matches.  There is a round for each grade level, plus an additional round for schools in which Algebra I is taught in the eighth grade.  Previously, five of the seven students participated in the ciphering match, but as of May, 2012, all seven students will make up the ciphering team.  A ciphering match can have up to eight questions, but is generally made up of six questions.  The questions are projected on a screen, and the members of the teams have one minute to work each problem (see ciphering round rules).  One point is awarded for each correct answer, and the team’s score is the sum of all correct answers for the match.  Medals are awarded to the first, second, and third place team in each grade/subject category.

As of May, 2012, any Etowah County school housing grades six through eighth may participate in the competition.  Students from Gadsden City schools, Attalla City schools, or private schools will not be eligible to participate.

 
ETOWAH COUNTY MATH BEE

GRADES 6 – 8

ROTATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

MAY 31, 2012


YEAR

 2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

WRITTEN TEST

 SARDIS

WEST END

GASTON

GLENCOE

HOKES
BLUFF

RAINBOW
MIDDLE

CIPHERING MATCHES

 WEST END

GASTON

GLENCOE

HOKES
BLUFF

RAINBOW
MIDDLE

SARDIS

HOSPITALITY FOR TEACHERS

 GASTON

GLENCOE

WEST END

RAINBOW
MIDDLE

SARDIS

HOKES
BLUFF



WRITTEN TEST HOST:
Set up and registration
Assign monitors for written tests
Assign checkers for written tests
Arrange for grading written tests
Prepare copies of written tests
Order and bring Scantron sheets for written tests
Arrange for seating for written tests

CIPHERING HOST:
Preparing ciphering questions
Prepare copies of answers for ciphering questions
Arrange for equipment for ciphering matches
Assign graders for ciphering rounds
Provide timer for ciphering rounds
Prepare packets for ciphering matches

HOSPITALITY HOST:
Secure a location
Prepare refreshments for teachers
Set up and take down refreshment area
Assist with seating for written tests if needed
Assist with trophies if needed

One teacher from each of the three host schools will form a Math Bee Committee for that year, and will meet one or more times during the school year to prepare for the competition.

Photographs will be taken by a representative of the Etowah County Board of Education and posted to the ECBOE web site.

 


 


ETOWAH COUNTY JUNIOR HIGH MATH BEE CIPHERING GUIDELINES

REVISED MAY 31, 2012

  1. Each school will have a team consisting of seven students.  There will be no substitutions during the match.  Alternates are not permitted.

  1. At the beginning of each match, each student will receive a packet of answer sheets, on which he/she will compute and record his/her answers.  Each student should be sure that all information is recorded correctly on each sheet before the match begins.

  1. Each problem will be projected on a screen.  The time limit will be sixty seconds for each problem.

  1. Each student will work the problem and record his/her answer in the box on the answer sheet.  The answer must be in final form and must be in the answer box.

  1. All answer sheets will be passed to scorers at the end of the sixty seconds.  NO answer sheets will be collected before time has expired.

  1. If appropriate, answers may be given as fractions (proper or improper, in simplest form), mixed numerals, or decimals.

  1. Commas are optional, but if used they must be used correctly.

  1. When the answer involved money, the dollar sign and decimal point must be used correctly.

  1. In measurement problems, the answer should be expressed using the correct unit of measure.  Abbreviations or symbols must be used correctly.  This includes the appropriate units for perimeter, area, and volume.

  1. In a division problem, remainders may be expressed as a whole number, fraction, or decimal, unless the specific problem states other wise.

  1. When solving an equation, proportion, etc., the answer should be given in the form x = 12.

  1. If an answer is to be rounded, it will be specified in the instructions for that problem.

  1. If an answer requires a percent or degree sign, it must be used or the answer will be considered to be incorrect.

  1. Judges will make every effort to read students’ answers.  If a judge cannot read an answer, it will be considered to be incorrect.  The judge’s decision is final.

  1. A ciphering match will consist of no more than six questions.  A total of eight questions will be made in the event that one or more questions must be discarded.

  1. The school score for a ciphering match will consist of the total number of correct answers from that school’s students for each round (maximum points possible = 42; seven students X six questions).

  1. In the event of a question or concern, please check with one of the host schools.  Every attempt will be made to resolve a situation as quickly as possible.

 

18.  In the event of ties, all teams will be awarded medals.
 
*Special thanks to Susan Sauls (Glencoe Middle) for preparing this information.   
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