Students Put Math Skills to the Test in Districtwide Tournament

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Administrators, staff, students and families gathered in the Shaw Avenue Elementary School gymnasium on March 14 for an evening of healthy competition as students from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools participated in the first districtwide NBA Math Hoops Tournament. 

NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game, curriculum and community program that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The curriculum is tied to Next Generation Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills and has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills, driving them to collaborate more effectively with their peers.

Students have honed their playing skills and increased their math abilities through a Math Hoops club at each of the three schools. The goal is to ultimately compete against other schools in the region at the fourth annual NYC NBA Math Hoops Tournament on March 24 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

Last year, Shaw Avenue School competed in the tournament and came out victorious as students Athena Pajotte and Priya Mangal placed first out of 40 teams from throughout the region. 

The districtwide tournament, aimed at giving students the chance to practice their game, featured four teams from each of the three schools. Under the guidance of teachers Timothy Rau, Andrew Canle and Christopher Onorato, each team consisted of two students who put their skills to the test against their peers. First place winners were Memoona Mustafa and Innaya Ilyas from Shaw Avenue School and second place winners were Michael Sukhu and Saige Frisco from Clear Stream Avenue School. The four students will continue to compete at the NYC NBA Math Hoops Tournament in Brooklyn with other students in the district. 

“I believe one of the most critical aspects of the Math Hoops Tournament was bringing together all three schools to promote friendly competition with a healthy dose of camaraderie,” said Mr. Rau. “At the same time, I am hoping that the students were able to better understand the competition setting that they will be stepping into this weekend in Brooklyn for the NYC Championship. Lastly, I think it was pretty evident that all of the students, parents, teachers, and administrators involved had a tremendously enjoyable time!”