Guest post by Marie Medina, Advanced Academics Program Coordinator
Each spring, elementary and intermediate students compete in the National Mathematics Pentathlon Academic Tournament competition. This is Mansfield ISD's fifth year competing in the Math Pentathlon program.
As a testament of participation, MISD sent a record number of 201 students in grades K – 6. Their campuses: Anderson, Brockett, Cross Timbers IS, Daulton, Gideon, Harmon, Holt, Icenhower IS, Lillard IS, Nash, Neal, Perry, Rendon, Shepard IS and Spencer. Gideon Elementary was again the school with the largest participation with 37 kids! It was our first year to have Intermediate Schools participate and we were excited to see four of them come out.
These students earned a total of 105 Pentathlete awards, 24 honorable mentions, 29 bronze medals, 19 silver medals, 14 gold medals, and 10 gold medals in the hall of fame.
“Mansfield ISD, with their focus on what is best for students and outstanding leadership, has become the driving vector in the DFW area for the Mathematics Pentathlon National Academic Tournaments. As a Texan, I feel honored to tip my hat in Mansfield ISD's direction!” said Rene LeBlanc, VP & Associate National Director, Pentathlon Institute, Inc.
Pentathletes are recognized based on their spirit of cooperative competition, knowledge of the procedures and game rules, and tests their problem-solving/strategic thinking skills. At a national tournament each participant is matched with a different player for each of the five games in the appropriate division in grades K-7. More information is available on their website.
Next year’s tournaments:
Grades K & 1 – Timberview HS – March 21, 2015
Grades 2 & 3 – Timberview HS – March 21, 2015
Grades 4 & 5 – TBD – Most likely in Glen Rose
Grades 6 & 7 – Austin, Texas