Welcome to OSS Competition Math Program. The main theme of the Competition Math Program is to have fun, to learn a lot of math, and to prepare for state and national level math competitions such as MathCounts, AMC 8, 10, and 12, Mu Alpha Theta, and Math League etc.
What is required?
- Regular attendance at weekly practice sessions
- Completing homework each week
- Full cooperation with math coach volunteers, assistants, parent volunteers, and a polite respectful attitude towards others
- Following Orlando Science Schools policies, including those regarding discipline and maintaining grades
- Commitment to attending County and State competitions
- Self-motivation, hard work and dedication
Five OSS Mathletes received MathMovesU scholarships!
5 Mathletes from Orlando Science Schools Competition Math Program received MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) awarded $300,000 in scholarships and grants to middle school students and their schools as part of its MathMovesU® program, an initiative designed to engage middle school students in math and science.
Each of the 150 middle school students from across the United States will receive a $1,000 MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship to be used for a math, science or technology camp or program, or saved for the first year of college. Additionally, each recipient’s school will receive a matching grant from Raytheon.
The 150 scholarship recipients were selected from a pool of 6th, 7th and 8th grade student applicants who created a multimedia presentation that illustrates the importance of math in the world around them. Student submissions were evaluated on creativity, originality, time commitment and the use of math equations to demonstrate an enthusiasm for the subject. Five Mathletes from Orlando Science Schools Competition Math Program; Esha Ranade, Sanjana Konda, Tran Le, Minh Le, and Meghana Talluri received MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship. Congratulations to Mathletes for their great success.
The MathMovesU Middle School Scholarships are just one way Raytheon highlights the importance of math to the 21st century workforce. Raytheon engages with the MathMovesU community of educators, parents, non-profit partners, policy-makers and students to explore the different efforts under way to improve STEM education and inspire the next generation of innovators. Join the conversation with MathMovesU onTwitter or on Facebook.
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Great Success in Duke TIP
Thirteen 7th Graders Gain State Recognition in Duke TIP
Thirteen Orlando Science School students were honored last Tuesday afternoon at a state recognition ceremony by The Duke University Talent Identification Program at University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Duke TIP honors academically-talented seventh graders for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. The students recognized for their outstanding academic achievements are Fiza Ali, Saardhak Bhrugubanda, Miscia Fortna, Khushil Ganti, Sanjana Konda, Dylan Maliza, Alvin Naiju, Abhi Patel, Esha Ranade, Mira Saldanha, Harshitha Uppada, Jared Wheelhouse and Hanna Yamaguchi.
In addition to state recognition, Esha Ranade, Sanjana Konda, Harshitha Uppada and Saardhak Bhrugubanda earned the highest honor of grand recognition and received an invitation to the grand ceremony held in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus.
Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test.
As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who scored the highest on these ACT or SAT exams.
“As seventh graders, these students have achieved scores on the ACT or SAT rivaling those of half of all college-bound seniors who took the tests. We are extremely proud of our ceremonies honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their achievement and encourage them in their academic potential,” says Martha Putallaz, PhD, executive director of Duke TIP and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.
State Recognition Ceremonies
Each year Duke TIP hosts state recognition ceremony in each of the states with the largest Talent Search enrollments to honor students currently in the 7th Grade Talent Search who meet the State level qualifying score criteria. The ceremony is similar to a graduation ceremony—there is a keynote speaker and honorees are called on stage to receive a commemorative medal.
State Qualifying Levels
Students invited to a state ceremony meet at least one of the following criteria:
ACT English ≥ 21
ACT Math ≥ 21
ACT Reading ≥ 21
ACT Science ≥ 21
* Or with three of the four following scores English = 20, Math = 20, Reading = 20, Science = 20
SAT Math ≥ 530
SAT Critical Reading ≥ 510
SAT Writing ≥ 500
*Or with two of the three following scores: Math = 520, Critical Reading = 500, Writing = 490
Grand Recognition Ceremony
Each year Duke TIP hosts a grand ceremony at Duke University to honor the 7th Grade Talent Search participants who meet the grand level qualifying score criteria. Held in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus, students receive a commemorative medal. The ceremony itself is similar to a graduation ceremony—there is a keynote speaker and honorees are called on stage to receive a commemorative medal.
Grand Qualifying Levels
Students invited to the grand ceremony must meet at least one of the following criteria:
ACT English ≥ 29
ACT Math ≥ 28
ACT Reading ≥ 30
ACT Science ≥ 27
ACT Composite ≥ 28
SAT Math ≥ 680
SAT Critical Reading ≥650
SAT Writing ≥ 650
SAT Math + Critical Reading + Writing ≥ 1850
Perfect Scores on SAT College Exams
Two Seventh Grade OSS Mathletes Honored for Perfect Scores on SAT College Exams
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) announced the names of 64 seventh grade students from across the country who have been named 2015 William and Dorothy C. Bevan Scholars for earning a perfect score on one or more sections of the ACT or SAT.
Bevan Scholarships are given each year to the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search participants who earn the highest possible scores on the ACT or SAT. These scholars are recognized at Duke TIP’s Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University and are awarded full scholarships to attend TIP’s Center for Summer Studies. To be considered for a Bevan Scholarship, students must take the ACT or SAT through Duke TIP in December, January, or February.
Two seventh grade students from Orlando Science Schools Competition Math Program, Esha Ranade and Sanjana Konda, took SAT this year and received perfect score (800) in the math portion of SAT. Congratulations to Mathletes for their great success.
Bevan Scholars have distinguished themselves from over 64,400 gifted students who participated in Duke TIP’s 2015 7th Grade Talent Search. To qualify for the talent search, seventh grade students must rank in the top 5 percent on grade-level standardized tests. Participants then take the same ACT or SAT given to college-bound high school students as an above-level testing experience to learn more about their academic abilities.
“Duke TIP’s Bevan Scholars represent the brightest students in the country,” said Martha Putallaz, Duke TIP executive director and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. “Their ACT or SAT scores as seventh graders surpass those of 99 percent of all college-bound high school students. We are extremely proud of their accomplishment and look forward to supporting their academic growth.”
You may see the following link for details about William and Dorothy C. Bevan Scholars.
Statewide MATHCOUNTS Competition
The OSS MATHCOUNTS team placed 5th overall in this year’s statewide MATHCOUNTS competition
The OSS MATHCOUNTS team placed 5th overall in this year’s statewide MATHCOUNTS competition, which was held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
With a notable 10th place ranking (Alexandria Bias), each member of the all-girl team placed in the top 25 among all middle school mathletes in the state of Florida.
If our mathletes continue to improve, they could be representing the state in next year’s national MATHCOUNTS competition. Congratulations to all mathletes for their great success.
The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is the only competition program of its kind, with live, in-person events in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and schools worldwide through the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department. The Competition Series is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math who need to be challenged. Students engage in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. Students enrolled in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade are eligible to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.
Mu Alpha Theta February Regional
The OSS Mathletes competed in the Florida Association of Mu Alpha Theta February regional competition at Sun Coast Community High School on February 14th. After starting our day at 5:30 a.m. and driving nearly three hours to reach the competition, our Algebra 2 and Geometry teams did an amazing job and received 1st place. Additionally, the Algebra 1 team got 2nd place.
Our individual winners in Algebra 1 were Siyona Mishra, taking 5th place; Nelson Ying, 7th; Minh Le, 13th; Peter Penev, 13th; and Arnav Pulyala, 15th. In Geometry, Sanjana Konda received 1st place; Esha Ranade, 4th; Nicholas Nguyen, 11th; and Harshitha Uppada, 15th. In Algebra 2, Alexandria Bias ranked 2nd; Lance Jittan, 4th; Zachary McClure, 7th; Tran Le, 11th; Karan Desai, 14th; and Arshia Goyal, 15th. Congratulations to all Mathletes!!!
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Math Competition
Orlando Science Schools competition math teams participated in the 12th annual FGCU math competition on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at Florida Gulf Coast University’s main campus. Once again, OSS mathletes did an amazing job and brought many trophies home. Both the Algebra 2 and Geometry teams received 1st place. While the Algebra 1 team ranked 4th among more than 45 schools from all around the state.
Additionally, Alexandria Bias and Sanjana Konda received 1st place in Algebra 2 and Geometry respectively and earned a one year scholarship of $2500 to FGCU.
Here are the other individual placements;
Siyona Mishra 2nd place in Algebra 1
Nelson Ying 12th place in Algebra 1
Lance Jittan, 3rd place in Algebra 2
Tran Le, 6th place in Algebra 2
Arshia Goyal, 10th place in Algebra 2
Esha Ranade, 5th place in Geometry
Nicholas Nguyen, 9th place in Geometry
Congratulations to all of our mathletes who participated and we wish them good luck at the upcoming competitions.
The FGCU Invitational Mathematics Competition is offered by the Department of Chemistry and Mathematics to encourage students to develop their interests and abilities in mathematics. The competition is administered on the main campus of Florida Gulf Coast University located in Fort Myers, Florida. Participation is open to all middle school, junior high school and senior high school students and is divided into six divisions: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Statistics, Pre-Calculus and Calculus.
Gold Level School
Congratulations to Mr. Murphy and his National MATHCOUNTS club for achieving Gold Level status. Students worked diligently on a Mathematical Scavenger Hunt while creating unique problems with detailed solutions.
Anything from ratios to volume or tessellations to circumference, students gained a comprehensive understanding of how mathematics is present all around them. Apart from this presentation, students also met a checklist of requirements through teamwork and cooperation to become the 2nd school in Florida (19th in the nation) to achieve this prestigious award. Congratulations to all students who took part in this quest.
OSS Competition Math teams would like to invite all middle school students to the MathCounts school-wide competition held on Saturday, January 25th.
There will be a dress down day for each participant and a pizza party for the top 3 teams.
Students may create their own team of four and register with Mr. Akyalcin by next Wednesday January 22nd.
Mu Alpha Theta Application
Orlando Science Schools – Mu Alpha Theta Honor Sciety Application FormOrlando Science Schools Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society is currently accepting new members. The Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society organization was formed in our school for the purpose of fostering interest, developing strong scholarships, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics. Application forms are at the front desk.
Please see Mr. Akyalcin or Mr. Moon for details.
OSS Mathletes continues their success!
OSS is proud to announce the results of the AMC – 8 Nation Wide Mathematics Test. Our students achieved fantastic results. Alexandria Bias was our overall school winner with a score of 23 finishing in the top 1% nationwide.
Wally Vargas and Thomas Shea placed 2nd, Annabel Zinn, 4th, all finishing in the top 5% nationwide. Also, 6th graders Esha Ranade and Sanjana Konda received an achievement roll award with their high scores.
OSS was also recognized as an Honor Roll school in Florida with our team receiving 67 points and placing in the top 8 schools in the State in Florida. Congratulations to you all, and to all the mathletes that took the test!
About the AMC 8
The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40 minute multiple choice examination for middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills. A special purpose of the AMC 8 is to demonstrate the broad range of topics available for junior high school mathematics curriculum. Additional functions of the AMC 8 are to promote excitement, enthusiasm and positive attitudes towards mathematics and to stimulate interest in continuing the study of mathematics beyond the minimum required for high school graduation.
You may see more information at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-8
MathCounts Chapter Round
Orlando Science Schools placed 1st out of a total of 40 middle school teams across the region during the annual Central Florida Regional MathCounts competition, held at University High School on Saturday, February 21st.
The OSS team, composed of Alexandria Bias, Tran Le, Sanjana Konda, Esha Ranade qualified to compete in the State MathCounts competition hosted by the Florida Engineering Society at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, on Friday, March 20th. After 3 challenging rounds, (Sprint, Target, and Team round) Alexandria Bias, Esha Ranade, Sanjana Konda, Harshitha Uppada, Tran Le, and Nicholas Nguyen received trophies for their individual rankings; 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 12th, and 15th place respectively out of approximately 300 students. Congratulations to all of our students that competed and we wish them good luck at the upcoming state competition.
A special thanks to all of our OSS Math teachers!!
MATHCOUNTS Competition Program
The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools.
MAA American Mathematics Competitions
OSS is proud to announce the results of the MAA American Mathematics Competitions 8 (AMC – 8) 2014. Our students achieved fantastic results. Once again, Alexandria Bias was our overall school winner with a score of 24 finishing in the top 1%nationwide.
Nicholas Nguyen and Harshitha Uppada placed 2nd, Sanjana Konda, Esha Ranade, Tran Le, Christina Ta, and James Kim received 4th, all finishing in the top 5% nationwide. Also, 6th graders James Kim, Minh Le, Siyona Mishra, and Anthony Le received an achievement roll award with their high scores. OSS was also recognized as a Merit Roll school receiving 64 points and placing in the top 10 schools in the State of Florida. Congratulations to you all, and to all the mathletes that took the test!
About the AMC 8; The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40 minute multiple choice examination for middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills. A special purpose of the AMC 8 is to demonstrate the broad range of topics available for junior high school mathematics curriculum. Additional functions of the AMC 8 are to promote excitement, enthusiasm and positive attitudes towards mathematics and to stimulate interest in continuing the study of mathematics beyond the minimum required for high school graduation. You may see more information about AMC 8 at:
Invitational Math Contest
James S. Rickards Fall Invitational Math Contest
OSS Competition Math Teams are participating in a state wide invitational math contest. The James S. Rickards Fall Invitational is a math competition for elementary, middle,
and high schools held on the Rickards High School campus in Tallahassee, FL.
For more information please visit http://www.rickardsinvitational.org/
Mu Alpha Theta Competition
On January 12th Orlando Science Schools participated in the first statewide Mu Alpha Theta competition held at Vero Beach High School. Our students excelled with our Algebra 1 team (Wally Vargas, Lance Jittan, Thomas Shea, Sydney Cornell) taking third place in the state.
Individual Algebra awards were earned by Lance Jittan who finished in 10th place and Wally Vargas who finished in 11th place. Congratulations to all of our students that competed and we wish them good luck at the upcoming Mu Alpha Theta Regional competition.(January 19th Lake Mary High School)
What is Mu Alpha Theta?
Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society with 93,300 student members in June 2012 in more than 1950 schools. They are dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students. From January through March there will be one regional and one invitational competition each month. This school year the math teams will travel to Vero Beach, Tampa, and Oviedo for invitational contests. Teams from across the state of Florida participate in the invitational competitions.