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Math SuperBowl Equals Fun, Educational Experience for Montville Students

The fourth annual bowl featured 58 Hillsdale Elementary School fourth-graders.

Team Hogan’s Flaming Red Hot Brainiacs won Math SuperBowl IV. (Photo: Susan Marinello)
Team Hogan’s Flaming Red Hot Brainiacs won Math SuperBowl IV. (Photo: Susan Marinello)
Written By Susan Marinello

Students have been talking Super Bowl since September at Hilldale Elementary School. The excitement centered on the school’s three fourth-grade homerooms that competed in Math SuperBowl IV on Jan. 30. There were 58 fourth-graders who faced off for a chance at the title of Champions in Math.

“We've designed the Math SuperBowl to be an exciting event,” said fourth grade teacher Stacey Hogan. “As the children move into fourth grade, mastery of their math facts is critical to their success in math.  Fourth grade math covers two-digit times two-digit multiplication, as well as long division. Without mastery of their math facts, students cannot progress.”

Since the first day of school, Hilldale’s three fourth grade teachers have been coaching their homerooms. All year, the students and teachers prepared for the big game. The students created banners and practiced math facts, “so they could fly through them on the day of the event,” Hogan said.

Through exercises and practice, each homeroom learned teamwork.

Each homeroom also named their team and chose colors. Math SuperBowl IV saw Hogan’s Flaming Red Hot Brainiacs, Mrs. Garibell’s Lightening Fast Lucky Leprechauns and Mrs. Weber’s Brave Wise Blue Bulls battle for top spots and everlasting math glory.

Two days before the event, students took math fact assessments that tracked their time and accuracy so they could secure a spot in the Math SuperBowl IV competition. On game day, proudly dressed in their team colors, the teams took to the field prepared to win.

“The homerooms compete against each other in all four operations,” Hogan said. “We've structured it so that all kids have an opportunity to participate.”

Thirty students, 10 from each team, competed in answering 75 questions per round. As the students finished they were assigned a number from 1 through 30. Each round took three to five minutes to complete.

“I thought it was awesome,” said Sophia Kuznetsova, a fourth-grade student who participated in all four math operation competitions. “I was nervous at first, but in the end it was pretty fun.”

Kuznetsova said she began preparing for Math SuperBowl IV last year when her mom gave her several sixth grade math workbooks for practice.

At the end of the day, it was Hogan’s Flaming Red Hot Brainiacs that emerged victorious as Math SuperBowl IV champions. The Brainiacs were also the Multiplication and Division champions, but Mrs. Garibell’s Lightening Fast Lucky Leprechauns led in Subtraction and Mrs. Weber’s Brave Wise Blue Bulls led in the Addition operations.

The MVPs for the day included Leprechaun, Thomas Chen, who finished first in all four operations. Wise Blue Bull, Nilay Patel, and Brainiac, Adit Terapanthi, placed second and third, respectively.

Following the game, parent fans and teachers prepared a big "tailgate" party.

“In the end, it's a very fun day,” Hogan added. “The kids come to school filled with excitement over their math facts... what could be better than that!”

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