Volunteers needed for math match

Published on Thu, Mar 14, 2002
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Volunteers needed for math match

You don’t have to be a math whiz to lend a hand at the 2002 Washington State Math Championship, where youngsters from across the state will match wits against their peers. Volunteers are needed to serve as proctors and test correctors March 23, at Blaine schools.

More than 1,700 fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders from 112 schools have registered to compete. Recognized as the largest math competition in the state, the event is underwritten by a $5,000 donation from Phillips 66 Co. Ferndale Refinery and coordinated and hosted by Blaine school district.
The competition starts with each students competing individually. After finishing that test, competitors join two or three teammates to compete on tests in Probability & Statistics, Algebra, Geometry and Potpourri (a mix of questions from all categories).

Proctors ensure teams are in the correct classroom, explain and enforce rules, and read mental math test questions aloud to the competitors. Proctors are not allowed to assist competitors with math-related questions, therefore no expertise in math is required. Proctors start with an orientation at 8:30 a.m. and supervise a classroom from 9:45 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
Correctors check answers on the 3,400-plus tests that are taken.

Correctors receive their orientation at 10 a.m. and serve until all tests are corrected - about 2 p.m.

Lunch will be provided for proctor and corrector volunteers. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, call Gail Wildermuth at 332ˆ0363 or send an e-mail to gwildermuth@ blaine.k12.wa.us..

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