2019-2020 Student Life — 22 October 2019
NMSI helps AP students

By Selena Lu

On Saturday, Oct. 12, at Oakland High School, the National Science and Math Initiative conducted a study session for math AP classes to help students achieve a higher score on their AP exam.

The session started at 8 and ended at 12:30. The subjects that were at the session were the AP math classes, such as AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science. For each subject, students had to attend four classes. Each class was taught by an experienced teacher that had both taught the class and graded the AP exam before.

“More people went this year than last year,” said Kathleen Su, an ESA junior taking AP Calculus BC. “There was a really good turnout.” Su said that the teachers “tried to connect with you,” and were “outgoing and open.”

According to the NMSI website, NMSI’s mission is to “advance STEM education to ensure all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem solvers and lif​elong learners who pursue their passions and tackle the world’s toughest challenges​.”

NMSI says it has supported 2,000,000 students, trained 65,000+ teachers, and transformed 1,300+ schools. “In just one year, NMSI’s College Readiness Program boosts student performance in Advanced Placement math, science and English by five times the national average,” says on their website. 

”It helped me because the classes that they had went into more detail,” says PLTW senior Jenie Galicia, also in AP Calculus BC. “It was like review but more in depth.”

To encourage students to come, a raffle was held at the session. Each student got a raffle ticket by simply being there, but only nine prizes were given out. The prize was a $10 Amazon gift card. Vice Principal Shoshana Towers-Cabrera made an announcement that at the next NMSI study session, there would be more prizes given out.

The next NMSI session will be a science support session on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30a to 12:45p. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided.

At the Oct. 12 session, for breakfast they had croissants, muffins and bagels. For lunch, there was pizza. 

Students who score a 3 or higher on their AP exam, will receive a $100 check from NMSI. This check is usually given around late October on the next school year.

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