The mission of the Newton Math and Science Foundation is to create a positive attitude towards math and science and celebrate academic success among elementary school students in the Newton School District (Iowa). We aim to promote broad-based interest in math and science and to reward excellence. The foundation therefore offers prizes and scholarships to motivate and encourage students to do well on standardized tests. Prizes are also offered to those who show the most improvement on standardized test to recognize their progress. High school students will have the opportunity to volunteer their time and teach middle and elementary school students. We also provide parents of academically gifted students to advise and mentor other parents and students. The goal of the foundation is to encourage students to excel in math and science, celebrate success, foster leadership, reward effort and improvement.
How it works
At this time, only students in grades 4-6 will be eligible to participate. A total of 120 prizes will be given out. These will be based on Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) math and science scores and improvement, which students will be taking at their elementary school. Prizes will be given to 20 students per grade per school. Five will be given for the highest scores in each subject and five for the highest percentile improvement. The top prizes are worth $100, while the others are worth $25.
Example 1: Student A gets 93rd percentile in math. This is the 3rd highest score in the grade at his/her school in math. This student will be eligible for a prize worth $25.
Example 2: Student B gets 68th percentile this year in science, but last year got 20th percentile. The improvement therefore is 48 percentile, which is the biggest improvement in the grade at his/her school. The student would be eligible for a prize worth $100 as a first prize.