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Ben Orlin, acclaimed math educator and author, visited the lower, middle and upper school math departments on Thursday, March 3.
He popped into Upper School Math Teacher Zach McArthur's calculus class and fielded questions on Gabriel's horn, a mysterious figure that has infinite surface area yet finite volume, as well as Koch's snowflake and the coastline of California, which both turn out to have infinite length.

He also spent the afternoon playing math games with the math teachers in preparation of the release of his new book, "Math Games with Bad Drawings."

Orlin is the author of "Math with Bad Drawings" and "Change is the Only Constant."

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Acclaimed Math Educator and Author Visits Latin's Math Department

Ben Orlin, acclaimed math educator and author, visited the lower, middle and upper school math departments on Thursday, March 3.
He popped into Upper School Math Teacher Zach McArthur's calculus class and fielded questions on Gabriel's horn, a mysterious figure that has infinite surface area yet finite volume, as well as Koch's snowflake and the coastline of California, which both turn out to have infinite length.

He also spent the afternoon playing math games with the math teachers in preparation of the release of his new book, "Math Games with Bad Drawings."

Orlin is the author of "Math with Bad Drawings" and "Change is the Only Constant."

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Ben Orlin, acclaimed math educator and author, visited the lower, middle and upper school math departments on Thursday, March 3.
He popped into Upper School Math Teacher Zach McArthur's calculus class and fielded questions on Gabriel's horn, a mysterious figure that has infinite surface area yet finite volume, as well as Koch's snowflake and the coastline of California, which both turn out to have infinite length.

He also spent the afternoon playing math games with the math teachers in preparation of the release of his new book, "Math Games with Bad Drawings."

Orlin is the author of "Math with Bad Drawings" and "Change is the Only Constant."

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5th grade students at math contest 2022

The 2022 Latin Math Contest: “Been a while since we’ve seen you in 2022” was a success. Latin had a team place in each grade level and three individuals won awards. The competition was held remotely on Saturday, January 29. Check out these highlights and accomplishments from the event.

Fifth grade placed 2nd overall for the team competition.

5th grade students at math contest 2022

Team Mathemachickens (left to right: Ryan '29, Devan '29, Peter '29 and Sybella '29)

Sixth grade placed 2nd overall for the team competition.

5th grade students at math contest 2022

Team Cherry Pi (left to right: Milo '28, Arlo '28, Maxie '28 and Kaitlyn '28)

Sixth grade individual contest

5th grade students at math contest 2022

Maxie '28 won 1st overall for the sixth grade individual contest.

Seventh grade placed 3rd overall for the team competition.

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Team Blue Team (left to right: Greta '27, Ashym '27, Aryan '27 and MJ '27)

Seventh grade individual contest

students at math contest 2022

Ashym '27 won 1st overall for the seventh grade individual contest.

Eighth grade placed 2nd overall for the team competition. 

students at math contest 2022

Team Pushin' Pythagoras (left to right: Wyatt '26, William '26, Theodore '26 and Minnie '26)

Competing in State Finals

The eighth grade team of Quinn '26, William '26, Ralu '26, Minnie '26, coached by Mr. Getzel) advanced to the State Finals of the MathCounts competition. They finished 12th out of the 40 teams present at the State Finals on Saturday, March 5.

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LS BHM Black Achievement

The Writing and Reading Workshops' informational unit gives fourth grader students the opportunity to improve skills around researching, note-taking and summarizing and synthesizing nonfiction text.

Students in all three fourth grade homerooms spent weeks researching Black American inventors and makers, authors and artists, athletes and activists. Shining a light on Black achievement was an important aspect of the students’ work. Culminating projects include a research-focused paragraph, a poster, and a Google slide deck to present to their peers.

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100th day of school 2022

On the 100th day of school, we celebrate. Senior kindergarten students participated in lots of activities focusing on… math, of course!

SK students rotated through four math stations:

1. Hop, Skip and Jump to 100 
Students hop by 5's, skip (larger hop) by 10's, and jump by 25's to count to 100. 

2. 10 Frame Bowling 
Students knock down pins with a ball in a 10 frame formation. Students record the number of pins that are knocked down each round. The idea is to see groups and not count and to use the structure of 10 (with the 10 frame) to find out how many pins are knocked down. 

3. Move It, Move It 
Students roll a dice with six different movements on the dice (see movements below). 
shoveling snow
making snow angels
pretend to throw a snowball
grow tall like a snowman
pretend to ski
fall like a snowflake

A second dice is rolled to show the speed of each action (fast, slow, and normal). After performing the movement 10 times, the students record the dice roll using a 10 frame and icons of the action. At the end of the rotation, they count to see how many movements they rolled. 

4. Toss-a-Ten 
Students pick a bean bag numbered one through nine. They throw the bean bag on one part of the mat. (example: a student picks the bean bag with "7" on it). 
The student then needs to make a 10 by throwing the correct number of bean bags on the other side of the mat (with 7, they need to pick 3 bean bags to throw). 

See them in action!

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