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Students solving questions together during math camp.
For incoming freshmen and sophomores, the challenges of online school were many. Additionally, the transition from virtual to in-person school was difficult because freshmen and sophomores at CVHS had yet to visit the school they were going to attend for the next few years.
For this reason, honor societies at Carnegie Vanguard High School, including as National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, hosted an in-person math camp for new students to regain some math knowledge they may have lost over the summer, bridge any learning gaps, discover more about campus and extracurriculars, and meet some of their teachers.
Mu Alpha Theta Tutors for Carnegie’s Math Camp include (back row, from left) Cynthia Gan, Nathaniel Barnett, (front row, from left) Anisha Gidh, Tracy Huang, Ayushi Mohanty, and Lazo Attar.
Tutors were CVHS juniors and seniors who have spent at least one year on campus and have already taken Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II. These junior and senior tutors were experienced at Carnegie with both offline and online learning, which made it easier for them to speak to the worries of the incoming class. Upperclassmen gave tours around CVHS showing students classes, clubs, and even the best lunch spots.
Not only did students get detailed math lessons, they also got the chance to meet their peers face-to-face for the first time. Through team activities and games, students got to know each other and create new friends.
After math camp, several underclassmen were grateful they got the opportunity to meet others before school started, as the pandemic had kept them from seeing their friends, teachers, and the campus itself. Math camp really helped in getting them settled at Carnegie.