And so the time of year has come to try to get together a Mathcounts team. This is made rather challenging for me by the fact that our school is so small that we only have 7 middle-schoolers, and Mathcounts is strict about not allowing kids in 5th grade or below to participate. It takes 4 kids to make a team. I have 3. I’ve resorted to cajoling, telling the 3 we have to try to convince their friends, emailing parents, and bribing the class with “grid puzzles” during the math class after Mathcounts if we have at least 4 kids at Chapter. And still, I think I’ll end up with only 3. Because of the small size of our school, Mathcounts will allow us to create a combined team with homeschoolers or another small school in our area, but I’ve thus far been unsuccessful in recruiting from any of these venues (though I do have some younger homeschoolers potentially lined up for future years).
My oldest is big into Mathcounts. This is his third and final year. And he really wants us to have a “real” team this year. But he has little influence with his peers…
And so I guess this is my annual Mathcounts whine. 😉