Math Is Easy As Pi for Middle School Students
Posted 03/11/2008 11:08AM
The MA Middle School celebrated Pi Day on March 7 with a variety of mathmatically-themed activities. Many students in the grades participated in a “Math-A-Thon” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; students collected approximately  $2900 from family members and friends in return for their working math problems.  Contributors to the Math-A-Thon had the chance to be selected to throw pies at the stalwart volunteer targets--Mr. Douglas, Mr. Sellers, Mrs. Kyser,  Mrs. Wilkinson, Coach Navidad and Mr. Johnson.

Middle Schoolers took part in a written test of math skills, as well as a team competition in the Cyphering test--a pressure-packed public contest for accuracy and time.  

Fifth and sixth grades  took part in other math-based activities during the day.  There was a contest to determine which student could memorize the most digits of the number Pi--sixth grader John Hooper learned the first 140!  Fifth graders made bracelets representing the digits of Pi and figured their “Jumpy Leg Factor”--the percentage of their own height that each student could jump. They also derived Pi by measuring the circumference of round objects and dividing by the radii. Sixth graders did math-based string art projects and made music videos of their Pi Day songs in addition to reading stories which had math at the core.

Pi Day Individual Winners (Competitive Written Tests)

5th Grade
1st place: Scott Simmons
2nd place: Ted Park
3rd place: Patrick Thackston
4th place: Minh Chung
5th place: Jordan Tynes

6th Grade
1st place: Mimi Chung
2nd place: William Haynes
3rd place: John Palmer
4th place: Michael Miaoulis
5th place: Rachel Warwick

7th Grade
1st place: Mary Elizabeth Massey  
2nd place: Addison Anthony
3rd place: Lee Ellen Bryan
4th place: Parker Turner
5th place: Corrie Tankersley

8th Grade
1st place: Mandy Wakefield
2nd place: Audrey Woika
3rd place: Michael Halvorson
4th place: Stephen Scott
5th place: Julian Freeman

Pi Day Ciphering Team Winners

5th Grade  “Tie Dye Pie“ (Ted Park, Jillian Tinglin, Patrick Thackston, Cody Jones, John Thomas Monroe, Sallie Johnson, Barbara Ann Trotman, Jack Anderson, Matthew Killian, Sam Adams)

6th Grade  “Skittles Pie” (Madeleine Flemming, Jeffrey Stallings, Elizabeth Kelly, Ann Hester, Rachel Lee, Graham Schmidt, Wilson Herrick, Hudson McEntire, Will Cochran, William Haynes)

7th Grade  “The Dividers” (Parker Turner, Henry Toohey, Morgan Heumann, Paige Smith)

8th Grade  “Michael Eats Pie For Breakfast”  (Bruce Parrish, Robin Tinglin, Will Canary, Michael Halvorson)

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