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Gordon takes state math championship

Gordon once again dominated Rhode Island MathCounts tournament on Saturday, March 30th, taking first place in the team competition, and first and fifth place in the individual competition.

This was the third time in the past four years that Gordon earned first place in both the team and individual rankings.

The day included one hundred and fourteen students from fourteen schools across the state. All ten Gordon students were in the top fifty.

Gordon's first place finisher will join two other top scorers to represent the Rhode Island at the national competition in Washington, DC in May. As the coach of the championship team, Eric Kravitz will serve as the Rhode Island coach at the nationals. This is the fifth consecutive year that Gordon has sent a team member to the national competition. 

Students are chosen for the competition according to their performance on a demanding written test given to hundreds of sixth, seventh and eighth graders in public and independent middle schools across the state.

Gordon's teams have historically stood out at the competition by having a strong proportion of female students, and this year's team featured a fifty-fifty gender balance. 

A long-term investment

Gordon has fielded a Math Counts team every year since 2004. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders qualify for the team through a challenging written test given every January.

In 2012, Gordon implemented a new math curriculum, Math in Focus, and hired Eric Kravitz as the schoolwide math specialist. 'When this year's team members were in Kindergarten and first grade, Gordon made a long-term investment in inclusive and demanding math instruction that engages and challenges every student,' explains Head of School Noni Thomas López. 'The success of this team, and its gender balance, confirm that an inclusive program can bring out the best in every learner.' 

More on this investment elsewhere on Gordon's blog

Over the past five years, Gordon’s performance has been as follows:

2015  Third place for team, third and fifth place individual
2016  First place for team, first place individual
2017  Third place for team, second place individual
2018  First place for team, first and third place individual
2019  First place for team, first and fifth place individual

Gordon's MathCounts team is one of a number of competitive academic opportunities offered each year. Gordon also fields a robotics team which has earned a number of championships, and a Gordon National Geographic Geography Bee champion has gone on to compete in the global competition. A math club for third to sixth graders also meets every week. 
The Rhode Island MathCounts competition is hosted annually by the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers.

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