Pi and pie: North Hills celebrates mathematical symbol

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 14, 2015

While the infinite digits of the mathematical symbol pi might intimidate some, students at North Hills Christian School find it to be a reason to celebrate.

Pi is the ration of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is used to find the area and circumference of a circle. It is often shortened to the number 3.14.

Pi Day, or March 14 (3/14), is technically Saturday, but North Hills’ students celebrated a day early with crafts, projects, trivia and, of course, pie.

Pi Day at North Hills wasn’t just reserved for students taking geometry, either. Even the youngest of students were able to participate in age appropriate activities.

Elementary students talked about circles, drew pictures with circles, made shapes out of circles and participated in a trivia contest. One class read “Sir Cumference and the First Round Table” by Cindy Neuschwander.

“At this age, we’re a little young for pi itself,” said elementary teacher Kristin Sabia.

Middle school had to use circular stickers to create a representation of pi for an art competition. They also discussed the history and use of pi.

“The kids seemed to enjoy themselves,” said middle school teacher Shanon Vickers.

Constance McGrail’s first block class mainly consists of seniors, so they have “Food Fridays” every week. This week, however, they feasted on banana cream pie in honor of Pie Day.