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What is Math Circle on MS Teams?

We are excited to introduce our Microsoft Teams team, "Math Circle," a virtual space dedicated to math enrichment at Horace Mann Elementary. Whether your child is a budding mathematician or you're looking to provide them with additional learning opportunities, Math Circle is the place to be!

What Can You Expect?

  • Announcements: Stay up-to-date with the latest news on math contests, preparation sessions, and other math-related events.

  • Resource Sharing: Access practice tests from previous competitions, study materials, and more.

  • Community: Connect with other parents, share insights, and engage in discussions about math enrichment.

How to Join

Follow these simple steps to join our MS Teams team:

  1. Download Microsoft Teams: If you haven't already, download and install the Microsoft Teams app on your device, or access it via your web browser here.

  2. Sign In: Open the app and sign in with your Horace Mann PTSA account. If you don't have one, you can create it through this site or you can choose to use another Microsoft account unrelated or create one here. If you choose to use your own Microsoft account, then the following instructions may not allow you to join. However, you can email us at with your email and we can add you in manually. 

  3. Join Team: Click on the "Teams" tab on the left sidebar. At the bottom, you will see an option to "Join or create a team." Click on it.

  4. Enter Code: Enter the team code "a8kka9u" and click "Join."


  1. Use Direct Link: Click on this invitation link to directly join the team without needing a code.

  2. Welcome!: Once you've joined, take a moment to explore the channels, resources, and announcements we've posted.

Need Help?

If you encounter any issues while trying to join or navigate the team, please don't hesitate to contact us through We're here to help! Feel free to directly post questions in the general channel of the team and use @ symbol to call our attention to it.



Math Challenges are designed to gives elementary students grade K-5 opportunities to sharpen their mathematical problem-solving skills. There will be 15 sets of challenges every other week starting in September and ending in May.

Throughout the challenges, the program covers problem solving strategies such as draw a picture or model, make an organized list, look for a pattern, working backward, and guess and check.

Here is how to participate:

1) Pick up the current Math Challenge from the front office, print it out from here:, OR solve it from an electronic device and use a scratch paper to record the answers of the questions you solve. Neatly write your name, grade, and teacher at the top.

2) Solve as many problems as you can (more than you are required to do). We encourage you to discuss strategies and solutions with your parents and siblings. 

3) Drop it off in the collection box in the front office or email it to by the Wednesday 3pm deadline in the following chart.

Once every two weeks there will be a drawing for prizes from the correct entries submitted, and students who submit all the challenges will be recognized at the end of the year.  The program is completely free, and no sign-up is necessary. This is a great opportunity for families to be involved and enjoy math through fun and engaging math problems. We encourage parents and siblings to get involved in discussing and solving them. Schedules and problem-solving strategies are available at



Register for the Noetic Learning Math Contest at 

  • Eligibility: Grade 2 up to 5
  • Date: November 18, 2023
  • Time: 10-11am
  • Location: Horace Mann Elementary School
  • Format: During the contest, students have 45 minutes to solve 20 creative problems independently without a calculator.
  • Deadline to Register: November 1, 2023
  • Practice Contests: Math Contests Practice

We believe that problem-solving helps students to become better mathematicians, better thinkers, therefore better equipped for advanced STEM learning. The goal of our contest is to develop students' problem-solving skills, to encourage their interest in math, and to inspire them to excel in math. Learn More


MATH IS COOL 2023-24

The Math is Cool competition consists of two individual rounds, as well as several team rounds, including a team multiple choice, triple jump, and college bowl rounds. Math is cool provide a platform for students to challenge themselves and work on more advanced math problems. This can be helpful in preparing them for the rigors of higher-level math courses in middle school. Learn more

  • Eligibility: Grade 4 and 5 (open to Grade 3 conditionally)
  • Team: 3-4 students from the same grade
  • Tentative* Location: In Person at Liberty High School,
    16655 SE 136th St, Renton, WA 98059
    (50-60 minutes  drive from Horace Mann Elementary)
    *The exact location will be assigned to us, but this is the closest so far.​
  • Tentative Date of Exams: Grade 4 on March 23rd, 2024​ and Grade 5 on March 9th, 2024
  • Tentative Time of Exams: 9am-2pm, with Award Ceremony starting at 2pm
  • Format: Group and individual tests
  • Registration (Open NOW for 4th and 5th Graders):
    Math is Cool officially registers students for grades 4 and 5. However, grade 3 students are also welcome to participate at the grade 4 level. Preference will be given to 4th graders, but if spots are available, we will be happy to accommodate 3rd graders as well.
    Please note: Registration for 3rd graders will OPEN on Jan 1, 2024

    Please make sure you follow both step 1 and 2 to register for Math is Cool and step 3 to sign up for enrichment.

    1. Participation Fee: The participation fee for Math Is Cool is set at $15 per participant. Please sign up at
      (You will be redirected to Step 2 once you have completed Step 1)

    2. Team Spreadsheet: To streamline the registration process, we have created a team spreadsheet Math is Cool SignUp.xlsx. If you already have a team, use a unique color to identify your members. Colors only need to be unique by grade, so there can be different “Red” teams for 4th and 5th grade.
    • Looking for a Team: If you're looking for a team, check the spreadsheet for other students with incomplete teams. See if you can join one of them. If that doesn't work, look for individuals marked as "Looking" in the spreadsheet to form a team together. If all else fails, put "Looking" to signal your search for a team.
    • ⁠Parents/students are responsible for forming their own teams. Once the registration is closed, anyone with “Looking” at that time will be assigned to a team, if possible.

    1. Enrichment/Preparation Classes: With the help of some high schoolers, we will be offering enrichment and preparation classes to ensure that our participants are well-equipped for the challenges of Math Is Cool. To sign up, please visit



This year's Math Tournament will be held sometime on April 10-20, 2024. We now know that it will be in person! For updates, you may directly check the website at




All Math Challenges can be found here:



(Wed 3pm PST) 


(FRI3pm PST) 

MC 1 

Oct 4

Oct 6

MC 2 

Oct 18

Oct 20

MC 3 

Nov 1 

Nov 3

MC 4 

Nov 15

Nov 17

MC 5  

Dec 6 

Dec 8

MC 6 

Jan 3

Jan 5

MC 7 

Jan 17

Jan 19

MC 8  

Jan 31

Feb 2

MC 9 

Feb 14

Feb 16 

MC 10  

Feb 28

Mar 1

MC 11 

Mar 13

Mar 15

MC 12 

Mar 27

Mar 29

MC 13 

Apr 17

Apr 12

MC 14 

Apr 24

Apr 26

MC 15  

May 8

May 10

Math Challenge Tournament 

April 20, 2024

Awards Recognition



Contact Math Co-Chairs Sandi Xhumari and Subeka Chhabra at for any inquiry about mathematics enrichment at Horace Mann. We welcome new ideas and suggestions to make mathematics more fun for our students.



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