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2019 #JEIMathOlympiad Winners Announced!
We want to congratulate everyone who participated in this year's contest. JEI is proud to announce this year's Math Olympiad grand-prize winner, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place winners by grade, as well as those who were awarded for their merit. We encourage all JEI students to continue practicing their math skills and challenge themselves every day! Grand Prize Winner (8th Grade): David Lee (Austin, TX) EAST COAST WINNERS: 1st Grade: 1st: Ian Schlicht (Eagan, MN) 2nd: David Seok (Cresskill-Tenafly, NJ) 3rd: Ashkan Ahmed (Hillsborough, NJ) 2nd Grade: 1st: Victor Xu (Warren, NJ) 2nd: Sidharth Tumu (Parsippany-East, NJ) 3rd: Paravi Jain (Old Bridge, NJ) Award of Merit: Sahasra Chennady (Cumming, GA), Ved Jhunjhunwala (South Plainfield, NJ), Kavya Mehta (North Edison, NJ) 3rd Grade: 1st: Arusha Bhargava (Hillsborough, NJ) 2nd: Sribala Arunachalam (Cary, NC) 3rd: Ishanth Movva (Cary, NC) Award of Merit: Aryan Mittal (North Edison, NJ), Myra Vankar (Princeton, NJ), Connor Li (Livingston, NJ) 4th Grade: 1st: Sathvik Kasarla (Bedminster, NJ) 2nd: Anish Krishna (North Edison, NJ) 3rd: Haripriya Arulprakasam (Eagan, MN) 5th Grade: 1st: Aryan Ahire (North Edison, NJ) 2nd: Ryan Zhu (Livingston, NJ) 3rd: Aaditya Mittal (North Edison, NJ) 6th Grade: 1st: Ishan Raghavenda (Princeton, NJ) 2nd: William Jin (Princeton, NJ) 3rd: Gurkeerat Singh (North Edison, NJ) Award of Merit: Swathi Bodduluri (Levittown, PA) 7th Grade: 1st: Saaketh Ananthoju (Levittown, PA) 2nd: Kevin Ha (Livingston, NJ) 3rd: Ashwin Guda (Levittown, PA) 8th Grade: 1st: Jack Xu (Livingston, NJ) 2nd: Ashrith Athmaram (East Brunswick, NJ) 3rd: Mishty Mishra (Levittown, PA) WEST COAST WINNERS: 1st Grade: 1st: Koyel Das (East Fremont, CA) 2nd (tie): Aadi Dixit (Union City, CA) 2nd (tie): Arya Kantamaneni (East Fremont, CA) 2nd (tie): Danielle Manford (Folsom, CA) Award of Merit: Colin Seungwon Cho (Austin, TX), Sritan Kudaravalli (South San Jose, CA) 2nd Grade: 1st: Thaman Venigalla (Milpitas, CA) 2nd (tie): Anika Chaurasia (East Fremont, CA) 2nd (tie): Elaine Gu (Dublin, CA) Award of Merit: Ananya Ganji (East Fremont, CA), Tanush Kondragunta (East Fremont, CA), Claire Moon (Austin, TX), Amrutha Padmaraju (South San Jose, CA), Sriya Ailnani (Austin, TX), Atiksh Jena (Cupertino, CA), Sania Pandya (East Fremont, CA), Sanvi Sharma (East Fremont, CA) 3rd Grade: 1st: Anthony Wan (East Fremont, CA) 2nd: Varun Harith (Austin, TX) 3rd: Nikhil Srinivasan (San Diego, CA) 3rd (tie): Sudhish Siddan (San Ramon, CA) Award of Merit: Spoorthi Madhava (San Ramon, CA), Akhil Gupta (Folsom, CA), Diya Sharma (Folsom, CA), Kenneth Kwon (Austin, TX) 4th Grade: 1st: Sanjay Harikumar (East Fremont, CA) 2nd: Arjun Thakur (East Fremont, CA) 3rd: Benjamin Oh (East Fremont, CA) Award of Merit: Mihir Das (East Fremont, CA) 5th Grade: 1st: Allen John (Pleasanton, CA) 2nd: Ritvik Urkude (Pleasanton, CA) 3rd: Hiresh Siddan (San Ramon, CA) 6th Grade: 1st: Julian Yang (San Diego, CA) 2nd (tie): Tvishi Medathana (East Fremont, CA) 2nd (tie): Mahathi Harith (Austin, TX) 7th Grade: 1st: Claire Shin (San Diego, CA) 2nd: Minseo Kwon (San Diego, CA) 8th Grade: 1st: Alicia Shin (San Diego, CA) 2nd: Yeonsoo Kang (Coquitlam, CAN) CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS!
Must Have Skill for Children #1: Reading a Road Map
In today’s digital age, does your child know how to read a road map? What may be considered a dying skill in this digital age, is still an extremely important skill worth having. Life is full of adventures, and what better way to navigate one than with a handy map on National Read a Road Map Day! Many may be content using a GPS to get from point A to point B, but it is not the most reliable tool without basic skills as back up. What if your child cannot recognize the symbols the GPS uses? Is that a railroad track or a bridge? Who knows? Not to mention, this technology typically relies on some type of power and/or the Internet. Without one or the other, a GPS is practically useless. How would your child get out of a rut in the future without a handy physical map in the car? Apart from the obvious practical aspects, learning how to read a map at an early age helps children with their education. At a young age, they are only just developing their spatial awareness and intelligence. Adults may take this for granted now, but children are still learning about positions, locations, and directions! It is hard for them to merely envision these concepts, which is why the JEI Learning Center’s program, Brain Safari, encompasses workbooks dedicated to mastering them. Children can learn the difference between North, South, East, and West with maps provided in the specialized workbooks provided throughout the program. In order to read a road map, children will learn not only about positions, locations, directions, and distances but also symbols and compasses. The legend, or map key, is a box on a corner of a map that shows what each symbol means. The symbols can vary depending on what sort of map it is, so it is important to look at the legend first. This should help children recognize landscapes and realize that symbols are stand-ins for real objects and concepts. The dashed line is a symbol for a real road in some cases or a dirt path in others. An arrow pointing one way on a street means that is a one-way street, which is another important distinction. The compass rose also on the map should help children learn the directions north, south, east, and west, further increasing spatial intelligence. Some map compass roses may show only “N” for “north,” so make sure your child knows all parts of one to be prepared for any situation. Pair up the map with a compass, and your child will be a navigating master in no time! Keep in mind, though, that for some children, it is easier to navigate by landmarks while, for others, it is easier to navigate by directions. Practicing both will be the most helpful! On top of that, JEI Math introduces the Metric System and the concept of distances as maps are scaled versions of the real world. A map may have a scale of 1 cm to 1 km, meaning 1 cm on the paper map would be 1 km of ground in real life. This is a fun way for children to apply math and number concepts to daily life. To have your child interested in reading maps, there are many fun ways to go about this and apply it to real life. You could have a scavenger hunt or create a fake treasure map! Your child could even draw her/his own map for an imaginary or real area. Children sure love national parks and amusement parks--but a GPS is useless there. Have them grab a map when entering the park and use that to find the best way to landmarks or favorite rides. For more real-life application, whenever going on a familiar route, say aloud the directions so your child can learn how to get there and consequently feel confident about learning directions to somewhere new in the future. For example, in the car, you can narrate, “And here, at this corner with the church, we turn right! At the next stop sign, we turn left onto Cranberry Avenue and keep going past the bagel shop until we see JEI on the right.” Reading physical maps is a lost art, but it is a fun and important skill to tackle nonetheless! To further amplify the talents that reading a map entails, such as following instructions, figuring out directions, and learning distances, take a look at the Brain Safari and Math programs offered at a JEI Learning Center near you.
JEI for All Learners
The JEI Self-Learning Method is specially designed to help all types of learners with different needs. Our specialty is providing a safe classroom environment for all, where students can learn at their own pace with individualized curricula specifically designed for each child. At JEI Learning Center, we believe a better life is achieved through a better education, which is why it is important to us that the needs of every child are met. Through our extensive individualized programs, we ensure that our: Instructors Meet Children at Their Level Each class at JEI has at most five students to one instructor, ensuring a setting in which children can feel comfortable asking for help. Unlike the larger classrooms at school, this smaller setup allows each child to feel less shy about speaking up and asking questions; additionally, instructors can personalize the instruction to match the child’s learning style. This way, students will feel more confident, get the personal attention they need, and be met at their level. Instructors Provide Safe Environments The mission of JEI is to create healthy studying habits for each individual. In order to work toward this goal, all instructors make sure to create a distraction-free and safe environment for heightened focus. Every child should feel safe within the walls of the classroom without feeling overwhelmed by loud noises. This enables them to focus on the work at hand, which in turn promotes self-confidence and self-discipline. Students Follow a Clear Routine Routines allow children to feel safe and secure, so any sudden changes could result in panic and adversity to learning. To prevent this, each classroom follows a routine involving clear instructions and schedules. Children will know what to expect coming in, can practice until they are comfortable, and will be told of any changes ahead of time. Clear routines will also promote self-discipline and good studying patterns. Students Learn at Individualized Paces As a part of the enrollment process, JEI assesses students in order to gauge where they stand in the program. Afterward, an individualized learning program is specifically designed and implemented for them. This way, children will feel neither rushed nor bored; rather, each child will feel stimulated at a pace that is comfortable yet challenging for her/him. Even if a class is full with a maximum of five students, each one will work at her/his own pace. Centers Promote Visual Learning Each carefully composed workbook has engaging illustrations to help children understand new concepts. These visual examples help children grasp new information easily, no matter the difficulty level. Whether a child is struggling or rushing ahead, the visual aids are there for reference. This also enables them to draw from inference and strengthen their observation skills rather than simply being told facts and what is right and wrong. Instructors Show Positive Reinforcement JEI is aware that children can be easily discouraged by any sign of negativity, some more so than others. That is why instructors show support and positive reinforcement to show children that making mistakes is okay as long as they learn from them. We want to build their self-confidence and self-motivation, which will, in turn, further accelerate their learning. After all, a discouraged child is not eager to learn, and that may be the biggest obstacle. -- At JEI, it is important that each student feels safe and that each parent feels assured of this, which is why we always open our doors to all types of students with different learning needs. We promote an open-minded, flexible institution that shares the common goal of all parents and students to strive for understanding and growth. If interested in enrolling at your local JEI Learning Center, find your local Center today.