Congratulations, team, we couldn’t be more proud of you!!
Below you can read the article that is in the IR.
A team of four Capital High School math students is one of the top high school math teams in the world.
After placing in the top two teams in the country, the team was judged in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge, where they placed second.
The four students were given five days to create algorithms to pick the best place for a hypothetical international meeting. The selected meeting place was supposed to allow participants to come from different countries and suffer the least amount of jet lag and productivity loss.
After considering distance, travel time, cost and the number of time zones attendees had to cross, the team picked a community in Russia for a primary meeting and Beirut or Cairo for the second.
Their math teacher, Dennis Peterson, said the team was one of two schools competing from the United States. The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics took first place, while Capital tied for second with teams from North Korea, Argentina and Germany.
There were 27 countries or regions invited to participate in the 2017 challenge and after the national selection round, 49 teams competed in the international round of judging.
“I’m just really proud of these kids,” Peterson said. “They have to be able to write. They know how to do computer code. They can do math.”
Team member Jack Murphy previously told the Independent Record he thought the team did well due to a program that automated the process. When they tried it in a real world problem, such as where to host the G20 summit, the actual meeting in Germany was one of their top results, he said.
“They work really well together and they’re very creative,” Peterson said. “They each have their strengths.”
Now, after placing in an international competition, three of the students are going to college. Murphy is going to Williams College, Caleb Noble to MIT and Willie Gross to the University of St. Thomas. The remaining teammate, Jaskrit Singh, will be the only returning member on the team next year.
Peterson said Singh will be joined by three new students from the Math Club on the team next year.
We are pleased to announce that Broadwater Elementary School and Capital High School have received an “MBI Exemplar School” award! Montana Behavioral Initiative issued both of these schools with a Platinum status! We are very proud of Broadwater and CHS! Congratulations!
You can read the entire recognition letters by clicking on the link below.
Jefferson students were treated to a performance by the Utah Valley University Cultural Envoy Leadership Program! The group is touring Montana with the goal and objective in sharing cultural and expressive arts is based on the following tenets.
2.) Validating students’ cultures through performance and helping them feel comfortable in creating, viewing, interpreting, and investigating their cultural performances as a complementary tool to formal education
3.) Through expressive arts students’ develop skills, knowledge, and understanding as creative problem solvers, collaborators, critical thinkers, and learn to be open-minded to new ideas and to value multiple perspectives.
The student council at Jefferson Elementary presented an art scholarship to the Holter Museum of Art on Tuesday in memory of Kevin FauntLeRoy, the son of a Jefferson para-educator.
Each year the school holds a bake sale and donates the proceeds to a different cause. This year they raised $405 to provide an art scholarship and buy games and puzzles for nursing homes in Helena. The scholarship will help a student who couldn’t otherwise afford it attend summer classes at the Holter.
All of the student council members were required to bring something for the bake sale, which they held this St. Patrick’s Day. Their student council coordinator, Mary Larsen, said students outside of the council volunteered to help.
“Each year we do a bake sale,” Willa Bishop, a fifth-grader, said. “We should have a cause for it.”
During their presentation, the students said they chose a memorial art scholarship because they care about their para-educator, Mary FauntLeRoy. Her son, Kevin, was 28 when he died last Christmas Eve due to a carbon monoxide leak.
The team of math wiz kids at Capital High School was a bit stunned to learn last week that they are one of the top two teams in the nation in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM).
They are one of two U.S. teams competing in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge of 27 teams.
To read more, visit the IR’s website.
Photo credit to the Helena IR.
On May 11th, students from Helena High School and Central Elementary School planted 10 trees and pulled weeds at the Lincoln Campus with the help of volunteers from Growing Friends of Helena. HHS students broke ground at 9:00 AM, digging holes in previously identified locations. Shortly after, Central School students joined the HHS students and adult volunteers, pulling weeds in flower beds, placing the trees, and filling the holes with soil and compost. Willie Schlepp, Assistant Principal at Helena High School, stated that “the experience will be a life long memory for the students involved” and that “the collaboration between the schools and community provide a positive experience”. About 40 students and adults participated in the tree planting. Central School would like to thank Growing Friends of Helena and Helena High School for their work in making this happen.