RIPLEY - The past week marked the 4th Annual Math Week celebration at Ripley Central School.
Pi or 3.14 - is celebrated on March 14, but Ripley has taken celebrating math to another level by celebrating all week.
The 6th through 12th graders participated in math-themed days including circle day, number day, geometric shape day and similar day. Each day incorporated a special dress-up theme and also a food theme at lunch.
Pi Day events at Ripley Central School
According to 6th grade class advisor, Donna Lauzon, Math Week is just as anticipated by students as Spirit Week in the fall.
Throughout the week students have also been doing math-related activities with the pre-K through 5th-grade students. Activities varied from fraction pizzas to math-themed jigsaw puzzles.
Math Week this year also included a scavenger hunt and for the last three years has ended with a Math Battle. Each class sported a different color tee shirt with a math tree on it, which was created by student Trevor Enterline.
OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
Top: Pictured are the victorious sophomores who won the Pi trophy. Above: Shape fishing with the student fishing blindfolded as their partner provides direction.
Also, each grade made a movie about its favorite mathematician.
The Math Battle included nine events where one or two students from each grade participated. The events included artistic (winner 7th-grader Dax Spacht), 3-D (winners 8th-graders Lauren Ayrault and Emilee Steger), academic (winner 8th-grader DJ Hamrick), balance (winner 8th-grader Dylan Kramer), shape fishing (winners 7th-graders Olivia Adams and Ronette Wescott), ordering (winner 10th-grader Samantha Judd), probability (winner 12th-grader Mark Shang), memory (10th-grader Cody Rater), survivor (winners 11th-graders Nicole Grien and Emory Rowe) and appetite (winner 8th-grader Dominique Rammelt).
Participating students were graded on their performance in each event with the winning class having the most points.
All the activities jogged student's math skills - except maybe the brownie-eating contest at the end. In the competition memory, students had to recite as many decimals in Pi that they could remember. All were prepared with the winner reciting 72, with the runners-up not far behind.
Throughout the battle classes cheered on their classmates, especially toward the end when scores were close.
Other events entailed fishing for shapes, drawing, sculpting and home-made plinko.
In the end the sophomores took home the Pi trophy, winning the battle.
All the events during Math Week were planned by teacher Lisa Stonefoot and students of the Math Week Committee, Dylan Bryte, Aarien Carvallo, Danielle Chapman, Brianna Fisher, Samantha Gardner, Kyle Hammond, Ryleigh Hawkins, Eric Horstman, Nick Houle, Dylan Kramer, Win Nutthapornpong, Ian Petroff, Cody Rater, Vinny Shioleno, Sierra Tessmer and Sammi Trevelline.
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