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Bob Jones High School Math Team

Thank you for your interest in joining math team!!!  Math team is an excellent way to expand your mathematical and logic skills!  We will learn strategies that will not only help you in math team competitions, but also on tests like the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.  Our goal is also that you will learn new skills, enjoy the beauty of mathematics, expand your logic and reasoning skills, and compete competitively across the state and nation.  You will, however, have to work very hard.  You cannot be competitive without investing time solving problems!

Every student will have opportunities to learn and compete on written tests.  Ciphering positions are highly competitive.  Most competitions only allow four students to cipher.  Especially on the comprehensive team where there are three grade levels of students to choose from (10th, 11th, and 12th), excellent math students may still not be chosen to cipher yet. Just because you weren’t chosen now doesn’t mean you won’t be able to cipher soon.  Keep working!

Math team practices are every Wednesday after school until 5:00.  Please try to be at every practice.  Let me know if you have to miss for any reason.


Math team fees are $70.  The fee may be paid at once or in two payments of $35 each.  The first payment is due September 9th.  The second payment is due January 13th.  The fee will cover entrance fees for Mathfax, Fall Startup Event, Team Scramble, Four by Four, Ciphering Time Trials, AMC 10/12, The University of Alabama’s Comprehensive Tournament (limited to only 10 from our school), Vestavia, Grissom, Hoover, and State Written, bus costs for Vestavia and Hoover, paper and copies, and substitutes to administer the AIME and USA(J)MO.

Recommended Books (Optional):

Art of Problem Solving: Volume 1 & 2 by Sandor Lehoczky and Richard Rusczyk


Math Team resources are shared securely through Edmodo and Google Drive.  Ask Mrs. Cox for the code and/or link.

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Tentative Dates:

Sept. 24 Fall Startup Event

Nov. 4  Mathfax 1 (during practice)

Nov. 5 Team Scramble

Nov. 7?  University of Alabama – Ten Members Only

Nov. 25  Happy Thanksgiving – No Practice

Dec. 2   Mathfax 2 (during practice)

Dec. 10 Ciphering Time Trials

Dec. 12?  Vestavia

Jan. 16  ASFA (Geometry Team Only)

Jan. 30  Collierville, TN (Parent Transportation -Hotel recommended)

Feb. 2  AMC 10 or AMC12A (miss 1st block)

Feb. 3  Mathfax 3 (during practice)

Feb. 4  Four-by-Four

Feb. 17  AMC 10 or AMC12B (miss 2nd block)

Feb.  ?  State Written (qualifies us for State Ciphering) (meet there)

Feb. 27  Math-A-Palooza (will change if conflicts with state written)

March 2   Mathfax 4 (during practice)

March 3  AIME I (only for those who qualify on AMC)

March 5   Hoover

April   ?  Grissom (At Grissom High School)

April  ?   Purple Comet! Math Meet 

April   ?   State Ciphering at UNA – Ciphering Team Only