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Math Olympiads at Seawell

Does your child enjoy math? Do they like to solve number puzzles and challenging math problems? The Math Olympiads Program for elementary and middle schools ( is a nonprofit public foundation which provides opportunities for children to engage in creative problem solving activities. It has been shown to greatly increase children's understanding of problems similar to the ones on the EOGs and SATs. Interested 4th and 5th graders are invited to join the Seawell team.

Weekly practice sessions or contests will be held on Tuesdays, after school from 2:30 – 3:45 pm in Cafeteria starting October 11 and going through March 7, 2017.  The class size is limited to 30.  We’ll have a second class if there’s sufficient demand and volunteers.  We will have snack from 2:30-2:45 to give everyone time to congregate and regroup.


October 11

October 18

October 25

January 3

January 10 (CONTEST)

January  17

January 24

     November 15 (CONTEST)

November  22

November 29


February   7

February  14 (CONTEST)

February  21

February  28

December   6

December 13 (CONTEST)

December 20

March   7 (CONTEST)

March  10 (Party)


In these contests, Seawell “mathletes” compete against 4th, 5th and 6th graders throughout the United States and the world. Each contest consists of five word problems. Students are encouraged to read the problem, devise a strategy, solve it, and then double-check their answer. During practice sessions, we solve problems from previous contests and discuss general problem-solving strategies. Math Olympiad rules state that the contest must be given to everyone at the same time so there are no make-ups allowed if a student must miss on a contest day. Please be aware that these contests can be very difficult; they are created with 6th graders in mind. It’s fine if your child is answering just one or two questions correctly! We want Math Olympiads to be challenging and fun. We want everyone who has an interest to feel that this can be a safe place to become a better problem solver.


The Math Olympiads at Seawell is organized by parents, so we need every participating family to help to run this worthwhile program! Each parent volunteer would help about 3-5 times during the year depending on how many volunteers we get. Volunteering can range from making copies, ordering team T-shirts, providing snacks, leading a small group in problem solving, leading the MO class as a whole. There are opportunities both in and outside of class time.  We will assign you a job that matches your interest and availability. If we have an overwhelming response of participants, we will prioritize by how quickly you return the registration form and by how willing you are to volunteer.  Up to 30 students are allowed to join each team. We shall have a second class if there’s enough interest and volunteers

Teacher Recommendations Required

Math Olympiad is for those who love solving math problems and want to get better at it.  Appropriate class behavior is expected.  Please ask your child’s teacher (last or this year's) for a recommendation to join the team. Again, the intention is to ensure that the students who participate are math students who will participate appropriately and eagerly.


This year we ask families to pay $25 per student. This will cover the registration cost for the program, copies, and t-shirts for the team. HOWEVER, we don’t want cost to be a reason for anyone not to be able to join the club, so please contact me if your child would benefit from a scholarship. You can also make a donation to cover the cost of other students upon registering.


All checks will be held until we finalize the team list. If we end up with more students than we can accommodate, we will return your check.


If you have any questions, please contact Kavita Rajagopal at or 919-358-5509 and Sarah Milford-Beland at


If your child is interested in participating in Math Olympiads then complete the following before no later than Friday, October 6th.

  1. Complete the online registration form at:

  2. (please remember admission is first come first served; we have a strict cut off of 30 unless we can find more people to help run the program)

  3. Have your child ask her or his teacher for a recommendation to the Math Olympiad

Send in the enrollment fee of $25. The teacher may email the recommendation letter to me at