Monday, November 10, 2014 10:15 AM


The deadline to register for the AMC8 Exam is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 12th. On Tuesday, November 18th, all middle school students will have the opportunity to take the 30th annual American Mathematics Competitions 8 (AMC 8) contest.  With these contests there are awards in each school for the student with the highest score, certificates for high-scoring students in each school, and statewide awards. The AMC 8 contest can lead to other more selective math contests, even all the way to the USA team sent to the International Mathematical Olympiad. But the real rewards come from challenging each student with mathematics that is new, different, and “outside of the box.” The problems on the contest are difficult, but designed to be within the reach of students. Even so, if your son or daughter manages to solve only one or two problems, this should be an encouragement to learn more, because

these problems are meant to be more challenging than students routinely encounter in their mathematics courses.

This is the seventh year that Lake Harriet will participate.  The test will start at 8:30 a.m. Students should arrive by 8:15 outside Room 207 for a room assignment.  The test is a 25 question multiple-choice exam. It is 40 minutes long and students will be finished in time for their first class.  The test is sponsored by the MATHCOUNTS club and funded by the PTA so it is free for your student. You just need to register by Wednesday, November 12.  Forms are available from your middle school math teacher or by emailing Joanne Kaufman at  We also need parent volunteers to administer the test that morning.  If you are interested, please indicate that on the form or let Joanne know.  You can learn more about the test at