Math Pentathlon

Come join us where fun, math and family time come together. Registration for the 2016-2017 season is open now. Please register by November 25, 2016 to participate in the Kiker club practices. Registration Form is here.
For the end of season tournament registration, please see the answer to “how do I register for the end-of-season tournament in Austin?” below.

What is Math Pentathlon?

The Pentathlon Institute, a Non-for Profit educational organization runs Mathematics Pentathlon® which it describes as “a time-tested Program of interactive problem-solving games, supportive curricular and instructional activities, and assessment tools for students in grades K-7. This motivational Program strengthens basic math concepts and skills, aligns with National and State Mathematics Standards, and stimulates creative thinking while developing problem-solving skills.”
The Mathematics Pentathlon problem solving games provide a highly motivational format for developing and practicing important math concepts. While playing games in cooperative groups, students strengthen their strategic thinking and critical reasoning abilities. For more information on the general program, visit http://www.mathpentath.org.

How is the Math Pentathlon Program set up at Kiker?

The Math Pentathlon Club at Kiker is run by a team of parent volunteers and sponsored by Assistant Principal Ms. Alma Chapa Moore. The Club will meet various Monday evenings at Kiker from 5:45-6:45pm beginning in November. Students will learn and practice five games in division age groups led by parent volunteers.
Members of Math Pentathlon are eligible to participate in the Texas area tournament held in Austin. Each student should have a parent volunteer who is willing to attend practices to learn the games, as well as volunteer during the tournament at the end of the season.

When and Where are the Practices?

Practice Dates
2016/17
Division I (K/1st)
(Cafeteria)
Division II (2nd/3rd)
(Library)
Division III (4th/5th)
(Ms. Swint’s Art Room)
November 14
November 28
December 5
December 12
Winter Break
January 9
January 23
January 30
February 13
February 27
March 6
March 20
March 27
April 3
April 10
April 17
April 24

Location of Practices:

  • Division I (Grades K – 1): Cafeteria
  • Division II (Grades 2 – 3): Library
  • Division III (Grades 4 – 5): Ms. Swint’s Art Room

When and Where are the National Math Pentathlon Academic Tournaments?

  • Division I (Kinder/1st Grade): April 1, 2017  Location: TBD**
  • Division II (Grades 2/3): April 8, 2017  Location: TBD**
  • Division III (Grades 4/5): April 29, 2017  Location: TBD**

* The tournament is a 1-day local event where students compete against same grade level students from other schools
**Most locations will be one of the AISD Schools if your child’s tournament registration is completed on time. If registering after that time, you may be placed in the Leander or Round Rock tournament.

How do I join the Kiker Pentathlon Club?

Registration for the 2016-17 school year is Now OpenRegistration Form is here.

I have registered my child for Kiker’s MP Club. Now, how do I register for the end-of-season tournament in Austin?

Go to this link and follow the instructions for registering for tournament in Austin. When it asks you for Coach’s Name and Email, please put Gaurav Johari’s (Gaurav.johari@gmail.com) information because he will be overseeing Kiker’s registrations. Once you have submitted your registration, be sure to forward Gaurav Johari your email ticket confirmation.
The Mathematics Pentathlon Tournament requires 1 volunteer supervisor for every 2 students that we send to tournament. If we send at least 20 kids to a division tournament, we will need 3 volunteers for every 5 students. We will pass around a sign-up sheet at practice for parents to choose a game to monitor at the tournament.

Is there training available for those volunteering to monitor a game at the tournament?

Yes! Parents should plan to attend a Game Monitor Training to learn more about tournament and how to volunteer. There will be a training in our area:
2017 Dates TBD
You do not have to register for this training via the MP website but please do let Gaurav Johari or your Division Leader know which training you will attend. He will inform the MP people so they will bring the appropriate amount of materials. Training is for adults only. Please find other accommodations for the kids. If you have gone through this training session before, you are welcome to attend as a refresher or for updates, but it is not necessary. (MP recommends parents attend every 3 years, as program information changes.)

How do we order a Kiker MP T-shirt?

Kiker has their own Math Pentathlon t-shirt available. The students wear these shirts at tournament and certain days at school.
We will be wearing the same black with white “Star Wars” style lettering that we have used the past few years. Unless you need to order a new one because your child is bigger now, you may use last year’s t-shirt.
Parents are strongly encouraged to order a shirt to wear at the tournament.  This helps kids locate Kiker parents in the crowd, as well as helping the tournament organizers when matching kids with Game Monitors.
We will have t-shirt order forms available early in the season. Please bring cash or check to practice or order online here: (Link will be posted when available).

Where do I get the Pentathlon Games?

  • Pentathlon games are sold online through the math pentathlon organization. Visit math pentathlon online store.
  • A limited number of game sets will be available to check out at practices.
    *If you own a set of games, please bring them to practice!

How can I learn all the rules and strategies for the games?

  1. Rules/strategies for each game will be covered during the practice sessions. Rule books are available with the games.
  2. Download the ‘highlights’ sheet(s), a condensed version of the rules that are very helpful for understanding the games better.

Updated Highlights sheet for Div I: http://www.mathpentath.org/pdf/highlightsdiv1.pdf
Updated Highlights sheet for Div II: http://www.mathpentath.org/pdf/highlightsdiv2.pdf
Updated Highlights sheet for Div III: http://www.mathpentath.org/pdf/highlightsdiv3.pdf

What if I am new to Math Pentathlon and would like to learn more about whether this will be a good fit for my child?

Please send an email to the parent volunteer Gaurav Johari with your questions or concerns.

Other Questions?

Contact parent volunteer: Gaurav Johari

Upcoming Kiker Events

  • August 7, 2017 - August 18, 2017
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  • August 29, 2017
    Back to School Night - Pre-K, PPCD, 3rd, & 5th

  • August 31, 2017
    Back to School Night - 1st, 2nd, 4th, & SBLC

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