IMLEM Math League
Ms. Katherine Keon
IMLEM (Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts is composed of schools from all over Eastern Massachusetts. Competitions are held (October, December, January, February and March) at a hosting school in the geographic clusters that make up the league. Here, the geographic cluster of about five or six schools gather and work on some rather complicated (but not impossible) math. Team members are given ten minutes to complete three problems in five different categories, and teams score based on the number of correct answers per member. There is also a team round during which students are given fifteen minutes to complete as many of the six given problems as they are able. In this portion of the competition, students on a team can put their “heads together” to come up with the answer using any strategy that will get them to the answer.
We do not compete with the schools in our geographic cluster but are placed in a division by IMLEM that is composed of five to seven schools. We compete against these schools. St. Mary’s has belonged to IMLEM for five years, and has placed first in our division for the past 3 years.
St. Mary’s Math League is a select team comprised of students chosen for their mathematical aptitude and ability and outstanding math grade (which should be maintained in order to remain on the team). There is an expected commitment (being at practice, attending the meets, and doing work outside of practice). Practice is every Thursday (from the second week of school in September through the first or second week in April) after school until 4:00 p.m., and the week before a meet until 4:30 p.m. The five meets usually run from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on a Thursday.