FOURTH ANNUAL CITYWIDE MATHCOUNTS COMPETITION

April 19, 2010
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:           Michelle Wade, (203) 946-8450  Cell – (203) 675-5132
Michelle.wade@new-haven.k12.ct.us
                      
FOURTH ANNUAL CITYWIDE MATHCOUNTS COMPETITION
 
NEW HAVEN – The 4th annual citywide MATHCOUNTS competition is scheduled for April 29, 2010 from 9:30am to 4pm at Yale University’s Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, located at 1 Prospect Street in New Haven. This year, New Haven Public Schools has almost 400 middle school students from 27 schools participating, the largest number ever. 
 
Founded in 1983, MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment and competition program for middle-school students and is sponsored by New Haven Public Schools Mathematics Department.  The MATHCOUNTS program promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills which are vital to educational success.  New Haven Public Schools are partnered with over 60 volunteer Yale students who serve as coaches and mentors to the students.  The program is very successful in New Haven and was recently recognized on the national level with Beth Klingher, teacher at Worthington Hooker School, being honored as “coach of the week” by the nationwide MATHCOUNTS foundation.
 
New Haven Public Schools is committed to providing cutting edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs and curriculum in order to prepare students for further education in these areas.  STEM education provides all students the opportunity to access careers in these fields. This is important because the skills students need to be competitive and successful in the 21st century are based upon these important areas.
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