Shoreline Math Olympiad for non-club students

What is Shoreline Math Olympiad (SMO)?

The Shoreline Math Olympiad contest is an exciting celebration of mathematics! It’s a math contest open to all 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-graders in Shoreline, whether they are in a Math Club or not. There will be multiple-choice contests, mental math, team rounds, a lunch break (pizza available for purchase), and plenty of entertainment leading up to an awards ceremony.

See the Shoreline Math Olympiad website for general information.


Where and when is SMO?

The Shoreline Math Olympiad is usually on a Saturday in March at the Shoreline Community College.  Meridian Park students will be meeting at 8:00AM.  Look for the table labeled “Meridian Park.”  We are usually downstairs, not in the cafeteria.


Which students are eligible?

Any 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-grader in Meridian Park is eligible to participate.  Students do not need to be in Math Club to participate in this contest.  But there are important things to consider if you are not in Math Club (keep reading for more details).

Important note:  In the past, 3rd-graders (and below!) were allowed to participate in this contest on an informal basis.  Due to space constraints and other factors, this is no longer permitted.  Please join us in respecting this decision.  We hope K-3 students will consider Math Club and SMO in future years.


How is the experience different for Math Club vs non-Math Club students?

At the contest, everyone gets the same experience.  Prior to the contest, however, there is an important difference:  Because of PTSA policies, we cannot host non-Math Club students at math club classes where we practice.  Therefore, we cannot mix Math Club and non-Math Club students on the same teams.


My student wants to be on a team.  How can we find one?

Please reach out to other students at the same grade level.  Sorry, the Math Club coaches have our hands full with club students and cannot assist with this process.  But contact the coordinator once you have identified your team members and we will add that team to our registration.  This must be done two weeks before the contest.  The team must also have an identified parent chaperone who will be responsible for team members for the duration of the contest.


Can we join your club teams?

Sorry, we don’t place non-Math Club students on Math Club teams, since non-Math Club students can’t attend our practices (per PTSA policy on club sessions and attendance).  Coaches in Math Club form teams and conduct practices well ahead of time in order to carefully balance student abilities and goals.  So it is disruptive for all students, both in the club and out of the club, to change the teams from what we have practiced with.


How do I sign up?

All students:  Make sure you turn in a signed permission slip before March.  If you are not in Math Club, you must contact by February 1st, if you are interested in attending.  Let us know your name, grade level, and non-Math Club teammates you have identified (if any).  Coordinator Raif will give you more information.  Turn in your permission slip to the Math Club box in the school mailroom.

Math Club families will receive more information about this event from their coaches and in email from the club coordinator.  Turn in your permission slip to your coach.


How can my student practice?

I’ve put together some practice materials based on previous years’ tests that I have copies of.

Practice Tests:  2013 (Problems | Solutions), 2014 (Problems | Solutions), 2015 (Problems | Solutions), 2016 (Problems | Solutions),

You can also check out previous years’ tests and other practice items.  They’re great materials to learn from, but the tests have changed significantly from year to year, so as practice materials go they may be less relevant than the other links above.


Do you need volunteers?

Glad you asked!  The SMO organizers definitely need volunteers to help run this event.  Please take a look at the job descriptions here and email right away if you can help.  Thank you!

Set-up:  Help set-up the facilities from 3-6 p.m. Friday and/or 6:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday

Clean-up:  Help with clean-up from 11:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday

Proctor:  Meet at 8:00 a.m. for orientation. Proctor tests from 9:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Responsibilities: As a team of two, proctors supervise students in a testing room, distribute testing materials, and time tests.

Test Monitor:  Meet at 8:00 a.m. for orientation.  Responsibilities: Oversee a group of testing rooms to ensure a quiet and respectful testing environment. You will be responsible for working with a high-school runner who will be collecting tests and returning them to the scoring room. Duties are complete once all testing rooms have been returned to their original order, and classrooms are locked (approx. 11:45 a.m.). This job will be performed outside, so please dress accordingly.

Registration:  Meet at 7:30 a.m. for orientation. Check in students until the Welcome Ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Responsibilities: Check in teams. * Registration volunteers can also work as scorers.

Scorer:  Meet at 9:30 a.m. for orientation. Correct tests until completed at about 1:00 p.m. Responsibilities: Correct tests, record scores, and tabulate the results.  (Scorers can also volunteer as registration assistants.)

Concessions:  Help sell food concessions during the day. Shifts range from 7:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.


Anything else I should know?

You can get more detailed day-of-event information here.

You can also read our general math contest FAQs for parents and students.