Math4 Life seeking qualified applicants

TAYLOR COUNTY—Attention Taylor County students mathematics needs a new representative to help create a trendy profile. Do you have what it takes?

Parents and students in Taylor County may have noticed a help wanted flyer that was sent home with students last week.

The flyer is a part of the Math4Life initiative that was launched about a month ago. Taylor County has joined 54 other counties in boosting student math achievement in public schools.

Math4life is an aggressive and comprehensive initiative designed by the West Virginia Department of Education to meet the needs of educators, students, families and communities to work together to increase student confidence and performance in math.

The WVDE is in the process of introducing and developing a five-year statewide math4life plan. This plan will be designed around a statewide leadership team that will work collaboratively to create a system of mathematical improvement from the state level to the district level to the school level and, ultimately, to the student level

During the kick-off of the campaign in March, Director of Curriculum Instruction Linda Casto shared that they had many Math4Life activities planned that included a poster contest to use as a part of their March Math Madness launch and marketing materials throughout the campaign, as well as Twitter and a website where community members can submit photos demonstrating how they use math in their everyday lives.

The newest activity is the “Help Wanted” flyer. Casto shared that the actual flyer was developed by Jenny Glaspell, a member of the Taylor County Math4Life team. She is also the leader of the TCMS STEAM Club, which meets weekly.

“We are very excited about the process for sharing this contest opportunity through social media with our students and their families,” expressed Casto. “It is our hope that this will be a platform to help us all understand that, no matter the vocation, Math is a critical element throughout our lifetime.”

As many of you know, math doesn’t get any likes, only has a few followers and barely has any friends.

The Math4life team is looking for a representative that can design a profile page and write a short bio so that Math can be on-trend.

The job description includes creating a picture of a trendy, but fake, social media profile page for Math. Do not create an actual profile page. The profile picture and page should be a representation of Mathematics, not a picture of a student.

The goal is to present math in a positive light.

Applicants may draw a picture, take a picture or design a picture using technology. Students are urged to be creative! After the picture is completed, it should be submitted to: [email protected]

Be sure to save the picture as a jpeg so that it may be submitted. Individuals will also be asked to include a short biography for mathematics with their submission. This should be a 50-100 word paragraph that describes mathematics in a productive way.

All students in Taylor County from kindergarten to 12th grade may participate. Entries submitted after May 17, 2019 will not be considered.

Casto revealed that they will reward the most popular pages. The first-place page will receive a $25 Walmart gift card, second-place will receive a $10 Walmart gift card and third-place will receive a $5 gift card.

This contest is being brought to you by Taylor County Math4Life Team in an effort to raise awareness and create a dialogue about the importance and value of mathematics in today’s world. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.


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