Bayside Math Olympians ‘Go for Gold’

Bayside Math Olympians ‘Go for Gold’With all the excitement leading up to this year’s Week-Without Walls trips at Bayside, few people noticed the two vans that arrived early to Bayside on the Saturday morning prior, October 29th.  These vans shuttled 12 middle school students to Hong Kong to compete in a regional Math Olympiads event at the Hong Kong Academy.

Advisors Carlos Fuentes and David Robins, who facilitate the Math Club on Monday afternoons, prepared three teams, or four students per grade level, to represent SIS among other area schools, including QSI, The International School of Nanshan-Shenzhen,  and the Chinese International School of Hong Kong, to name just a few.

The event consisted of four stages.  In Stage One, students answer one highly complex, multi-faceted word problem modeled after real-life scenarios.  This typically invokes a variety of mathematical skills, such as algebraic reasoning, making  tables and graphs, and applying properties of rational numbers.  Stage Two involves a series of logic games and puzzles.  Stage Three features a set of short problems that represent a variety of mathematical strands.  Finally, in Stage Four, students get an opportunity to build or construct something based on geometric principles, or in the case this year, the most “stable shelter” using only newspaper and masking tape, as seen here.

The grade six team, comprised of InSeo Woo, Eric Kim, Caroline Peng  and Cindy Shin took  2nd place among a crowded field.  The seventh grade team, comprised of Jack Lee, Spencer Robinson, Yanqiu Wang and Thomas Kim, and the eight grade team, with Daniel Jang, DoYeon Lee, Seojin Oh and Narin Hong, each took third place in their grade levels.

“I think it’s really refreshing to see our students getting an opportunity to compete in friendly ways other than in sport,” said High School teacher, Victoria Robins.  Be sure to wish these students a hearty congratulations for their achievement this year –and in years to come!

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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