News Briefs: New Trier takes home 2nd place, $ 15,000 in math challenge; D36 brings on a new director of innovation; Leaf-blower bans go into effect May 15

A group of New Trier High School students placed second out of more than 600 teams in a prestigious international math competition.

For their runner-up showing at the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge April 25 in New York City, Aruni Chenxi, Nika Chuzhoy, Max Hartman, Connor Lane and Nathan Liu earned $ 15,000 toward college scholarships

The event welcomed high school juniors and seniors from the United States and United Kingdom to use math modeling to predict the future of remote work. The competitors “analyze the percent of jobs that are remote-ready and whether the workers are willing to work remotely, then determine the percentage of workers who will be remote in a given city or metro area,” according to a press release.

The results reportedly were judged by Ph.d-level mathematicians from across the globe.

“What sets M3 Challenge apart from other types of competitions is that it uniquely requires students to model, analyze, make predictions and provide insight into current phenomena,” said Michelle Montgomery, M3 and Applied Mathematics. “We pose many problems about real issues that many students may not know much about. They need to research, quantify the parameters, organize data, and use skills they’ve learned in math class but they can never be related to something real. ”

The winners were announced following a rigorous, six-week-long, three-round blind judging process engaging 150 applied mathematicians.

View the 2022 winning solution papers and full list of winning teams here.

Dr. Becky Mathison

District 36 brings a director of innovation from neighboring district

Winnetka Public School District 36 has hir Dr. Becky Mathison as its director of innovation, teaching and effective learning July 1.

Mathison comes over from West Northfield District 31, where served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. She was also the administrator in Skokie D73 1/2, started her education career as a science teacher and is co-founder of the Niles Township Instructional Coaching Network.

“We were fortunate to have a highly qualified slate of candidates for this position, and Dr. “D36 Superintendent Trish Kocanda said in a statement. “I am confident that Dr. Mathison’s passion for student-centered education will help the district meet the goals set out in its Strategic Plan and Portrait of a Graduate. ”

“I am honored to have been selected for a leadership position in The Winnetka Public Schools,” Mathison said in the release. “I look forward to partnering with the skilled staff to continue the commitment to Progressive Education while evolving in order to execute the vision of the Portrait of a Graduate. My goal is to make my knowledge, passion for learning, and joy for the work an asset to the students and district. ”

Leaf-blower restrictions to begin

Local leaf-blower bans go into effective Sunday, May 15.

New Trier Township communities throughout the summer months, and the bans by the Villages of Wilmette and Kenilworth are in effect from May 15 to September. 30.

“Gas-powered leaf blowers produce dangerous levels of noise and air pollution. Residents can help reduce the nuisance caused by gas-powered leaf blowers, according to the Village of Wilmette.

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