PCR Math Whizzes Earn Perfect Scores

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Palm Crest Elementary’s Blake Chang, Neal Frankenberg and Thomas Sorensen all scored a perfect 25 on this year’s Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools testing.

A trio of math virtuosos at Palm Crest Elementary School recently pulled off a mind-boggling feat: They all achieved a perfect score of 25 on this year’s Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools testing, for which they will be recognized with the Lenchner Medal, the award named after the late founder of the program.
Of 90,000 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students who participated internationally in 2016-17, only 155 earned perfect scores, “a highly improbable 0.2%,” as parent Sugi Sorensen put it.
This year, PCR 6th-graders Blake Chang, Neal Frankenberg and Thomas Sorensen all did it — and then downplayed their accomplishment, which was achieved over the course of five individual five-question tests taken over the span of five months. Continue reading “PCR Math Whizzes Earn Perfect Scores”

PCR’s ‘Panthercast’ Broadcast Delights Audience

The hardest part of putting together the Weekly Panthercast isn’t writing the scripts or interviewing students and teachers, or even producing the show — it’s trying not to laugh.
“It’s always fun and it’s never hard, it just sometimes gets somewhat out of hand,” said Finn Valderhaug, who with Jaidon Gupta, recently anchored one of Palm Crest Elementary’s increasingly popular video bulletins.

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Student council advisor Mariana Valderhaug discusses a script with Panthercast anchors Finn Valderhaug and Jaidon Gupta before they record an episode of the popular student bulletin videocast in her classroom.

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PCR’s Golfing Gnome a Real Ace

Photo courtesy Brian Parker

The Dads’ Committee is hosting the Palm Crest Golf and Tennis Open on Monday, April 23, to raise money for the school’s PTA STEAM projects — and 6th-grader Troy Parker is helping out.
To promote the tournament, Parker is up early every morning wearing his golf outfit, waving to drivers and passengers in the car line. His dad, Brian Parker, made four cutouts of Troy to put in front of Palm Crest families’ houses with an invitation to donate — and then move — to another family’s front yard.
“We are calling them the ‘Roaming Gnomes’ and if you get one you have been ‘gnomed’!” wrote Brian Parker in an email.
The “gnoming” will continue until April 21. The tournament, at La Cañada Country Club, is a daytime adult golf and tennis event, followed by a social hour, dinner and awards ceremony. For kids, dinner and a movie will be available at the club starting at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit birdeasepro.com/palmcrest.

Local Students Win in ‘Water is Life’ Art Contest

Palm Crest Elementary 2nd-grader Lauren Park won first place.

Foothill Municipal Water District (Foothill) recently concluded its 6th annual “Water Is Life” student art competition, with three local elementary students named as winners.
Lauren Park, a 2nd-grader at Palm Crest Elementary, won first place; PCR 6th-grader Chia Matsuka took second place; Arra Cho, a Paradise Canyon Elementary 2nd-grader also took second place; and Chloe Calix, a 1st-grader at PCY, garnered honorable recognition.
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