June 14, 2013 - The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) was informed by MATHCOUNTS that their MATHCOUNTS after-school club was awarded the Gold Level of achievement. This was the first year that PVCICS had a club and it consisted of six sixth grade students. They met after school once a week with the school’s high school math teacher, throughout the school year to play math games, solve puzzles, and work through MATHCOUNTS “Challenge Problems” together. The participants were initially awarded the Silver Level of achievement which made them eligible to take an additional Gold Level challenge test. After taking the Gold Level challenge test, they scored high enough and were awarded the Gold Level for their problem-solving skills.
PVCICS is a tuition-free regional public charter school located in Hadley, Massachusetts, which enrolls roughly 320 K-9th grade students from nearly 30 communities in the Pioneer Valley. PVCICS prepares students for academic and cross-cultural success through rigorous study and instruction aligned with state and federal standards, augmented with Chinese language and culture. PVCICS will be adding additional high school grades until a full K-12 grade span is reached. The high school will use an International Baccalaureate model. PVCICS focuses on graduating students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, and sensitivity to multiple cultures.
MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide organization that aims to cultivate interest and ambition in math among students of all ages. The MATHCOUNTS curricula are designed to foster a group ethic and encourage collaboration among students. The national program has two facets: the Club Program, which provides resources for schools to start their own math enrichment clubs, and the Competition Program, a “bee style” mathematics competition for middle school students.