Minnesota Junior High School Mathematics League was founded in 1986
by Marlys Henke. It was originally formed with eight junior high
schools from the City of St. Paul, and was modeled after the Minnesota
State High School Mathematics League (MSHSML). The two organizations
share the same
The purpose of the JHML is to encourage students to participate in math contests, serve as a "farm club" for the MSHSML, enable students to meet mathletes from other schools, and to provide recognition for students excelling in mathematics. It also serves as preparation for the annual MathCounts competition. The meet topics are based on the MathCounts topics.
Member schools belong to a division of two to fifteen schools that often are aligned with their athletic conference competitors. Each school has a team ( or teams ) with a maximum of six students with no more than four eighth graders. Individual participation is also encouraged for those not on the official team. The teams in each division come together for five meets each season. During the 2009-2010 season the League had almost 2000 students from 120 schools around the state of Minnesota participating in 24 divisions.
Ms. Henke started her teaching career in 1968,
teaching math and chemistry in Zambia, Africa. In 1970 she joined the
St. Paul Public Schools where she taught chemistry at the old Mechanic
Arts High School. In the late 1970's Ms. Henke taught math and science
at Highland Park Junior High School. In 1980 she became a member of the
math department at St. Paul Central High School. She became the coach
of the Central Math Team in 1984 and brought them to the State
Tournament every year from 1990 to 2004,
winning the State Championship in 1997 and 2001. In June of 2004
she retired from active teaching, but remains active in the Senior High
At the 2005 Summer Conference of the Minnesota
Senior High School Math League, MS. Henke was inducted in the first
class of the League's Hall of Fame.
Ms. Henke has also coached Minnesota's American Regions Math League teams and has been State Director of the American Junior High School Math Exam given every November.
Because of declining participation, we will not
be having a Ninth Grade Division in 2013-2014. Ninth graders are
encouraged to participate in the Senior High School Math League. A link
to their web site can be found under the "Links" button.
News FlashOver the next year or so the Minnesota Junior High School Math League will be transitioning to a non-profit organization. A volunteer Board of Directors is being formed. A volunteer question writer has been found. Marlys will still be reviewing questions, but no longer has the prime responsibility. Results will still be faxed or emailed to the League Office, and Ken will be entering the data and compiling results. Results will be posted on this site.
Final results for the 2013-2014 season have been posted, along with the statistics that I have. If you find any errors, please let me know, and I will correct them
There have been a number of ties among the Top Ten in several divisions. I have heard from a few. If you had ties, please let me know what you need and where to sent it. I will be trying to fulfill all ties. I should get to it this next week.
During the transition phase there may be procedural changes that will be different than what coaches are used to. We will try to let everyone know, but keep an eye out for changes to the Coach's Manual.
One change for this next year: Each division (or school) must let us know which schedule they are following. Meet papers will be emailed to the host school on or about the Wednesday before the scheduled meet. This should allow for any glitches is sending the material and for making the necessary copies. We have posted a list of the number of participants in each meet for each division under the "Coach's Info" button to the left (scroll down to the bottom of the page).
There have been some corrections made to the Schedule. Please click the "Schedule" button to the left for the latest. We have added a deadline for the returning of results.
In the survey someone suggested adding a search function. I did a little research and found a free search engine I could use. (See the box on the left.) The usual rules seem to apply (Searching John Smith will find all the John's and all the Smith's, where as "John Smith" will only find John Smith. Case does not seem to matter.) It will not highlight the search term on the page you go to, but you can use your browser's search function to find it again.
A couple of survey respondents suggested adding some pictures of mathletes in action. We in the League Office do not have access to such pictures. If you have any pictures that you would be willing to have posted on our web site, please send them. No individuals will be identified unless we are given permission by a parent. I have received a few pictures, but need more. I will be working on a way to link to them.
This site was last updated February 13, 2014.
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