Watching teenagers helping each other in a classroom setting is an awesome sight. Huntington High School Math Honor Society members recently staged Regents review sessions for classmates on a hot June evening and those observing the event unfold couldn’t help but be impressed.
There’s little doubt that many students will soon be earning a higher score on their respective state exam as a result of receiving free tutoring from some of the most accomplished and enthusiastic scholars in the building.
Huntington math teachers selected “hardworking students who are on the cusp of passing the Regents” for a two hour review session with the Math Honor Society tutoring corps, said Monica Racz, who along with Trish Avelli serves as the organization’s co-faculty advisor.
Huntington Math Honor Society
members tutored students.
“We had 60 students preparing for Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II exams attend the program,” Ms. Racz said. Fourteen tutors worked with three to five students at a time, reviewing important concepts that are sure to be on this year’s tests.
“Huntington math teachers provided an activity with answer keys and assisted tutors when needed,” Ms. Racz said. In addition to Ms. Racz and Ms. Avelli, teachers Lynn Hendricks and Kara Horn also volunteered their time, helping and supervising both the tutors and the students receiving the extra help.
“The students were intensely engaged for the two hour period,” Ms. Racz said. “Students said they got a lot out of it and our Math Honor Society tutors said it was a lot of fun.”
The participating Math Honor Society members thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to help fellow high school students and clear up questions they might have prior to sitting for the Regents exams.
“Math Regents review night was a great event,” said the organization’s president, Steve Yeh, who is valedictorian of Huntington’s Class of 2017. “It was very inspiring for me as well as for the other tutors to see our peers work so hard reviewing for their Regents exams.”
Huntington High School’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national Math Honor Society has been very busy around the building. Formed two decades ago, the organization has carved out a niche for itself in the lives of its members.
The Society’s tutors and the students benefitting from the review program both had a blast over the two hour period. “It was a great experience working with the kids,” said Jonathan Shechter, the organization’s vice president. “I hope they all ace the Regents the way I know they can.”
Participating Math Honor Society members were able to choose the math course they felt most comfortable with and facilitate a review session to give students more confidence on their upcoming Regents exams and to answer any last-minute questions.
“It was a successful night and we are very proud of our tutors as well as all the students that participated,” Ms. Racz said. “Sometimes these children never cross paths so it was fantastic that they not only finished their work, but developed friendships at the same time.”
To be eligible for membership in Huntington High School’s Math Honor Society students must be enrolled in a math class higher than Algebra 2 Trigonometry, have a minimum un-weighted average of 90 in previous math courses and have at least an 85 average in the first quarter of their pre-calculus (or higher) math class.