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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Students Succeed at National Mathematics Pentathlon Tournament

Thirty-two students from Erma Nash Elementary competed in Division II (2nd and 3rd grade) of the National Mathematics Pentathlon Tournament in Midlothian, Texas on April 2.

This was the second year for Nash students to take part in the Pentathlon tournament, and they arrived with great expectations and a goal to do their very best.  Dozens of parents and teachers attended and volunteered at the tournament to show their support for these determined students.

The rules of a national Pentathlon tournament require each participant to be matched with a different player for each of the five games in the appropriate division. The activities test problem-solving and strategic thinking skills through creative games.

Of the 32 Nash competitors, about 50% were students from the Bilingual program. Instructors believe the Pentathlon exercises are extremely beneficial to students with language barriers.

“Pentathlon is a fun way to improve students’ critical thinking and logical reasoning skills, but it also improves our students’ communication skills,” said Christa Beebe, Nash Math Specialist. “For our Bilingual kids, this program has given them a place to practice the math vocabulary they learn in class.”

The students did a fantastic job at the tournament and most importantly, they exhibited confidence and excitement, which represented their school and Mansfield ISD in a very positive way.

Congratulations to these bright students!

Peyton Ruder

Xavier Myers

Alicia Mares
Jared Sanchez

Honorable Mention:
Abigail Garcia
Daniel Gomez
Jesus Mancha
Alex Ramirez
Daniel Ramirez