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Math students across the District celebrated Pi Day with a variety of activities last week. Pi (π), which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is observed on March 14 each year as the number begins with the digits 3.14.

  • Columbia High School created a Pi Day paper plate chain with the digits of pi in the hallway of the third floor of the North tower. Each paper plate was decorated by a different student to illustrate the first 900 digits of pi.
  • Columbia students also collected canned food to benefit a local food pantry.
  • After school on Thursday, the Math Department hosted a Pi Day Recitation Contest.
    • 1st Place:  Jonathan Sills (grade 11) – 205 digits
    • 2nd Place:  Nina Tedeschi (grade 9) – 125 digits
    • 3rd Place:  Molly DeMarco (grade 10) – 119 digits
    • 4th Place:  Corey Curran (grade 11) – 63 digits
    • 5th Place: Tyler Giles (grade 11) – 60 digits
  • Students and teachers at Goff also celebrated Pi Day with various treats throughout the day.
  • The 7th grade class made a paper chain where each digit was assigned a color.  The chain was made so that the digits of pi were arranged in order.
  • The Math Department distributed 240 pies to faculty and staff at Columbia and to administration and staff at Central Administration.  Special thanks to Table Talk for donating the pies, which all had the following poem attached to them.

“For the Love of Pi”
By Tammy Coffey ’13

Dearest Pi, the apple of mine eye
Your digits so numerous – A length that mystifies.
Whenever I see you, my heart starts to flutter.
Your numbers so great, my brain melts like butter.

My affection for you shall never wane.
You stole my heart and fed my brain.
Oh why, why Pi – Must you be so mysterious.
Truly, your symbol leaves me delirious.

Unlike the old lady who swallowed a fly,
I don’t know why I can’t eat Pi.
Perhaps those numbers are just too sweet.
You are a math teacher’s inedible treat.

3.14159 are all I know.
But my affection to you I show
Because through my words it is clearly written:
For you, my Pi, I am truly smitten.