GRB Seminar course supports 9th, 10th graders


G. Ray Bodley High School teachers are working toward creating sustainable foundations for ninth- and tenth-grade students through the new Seminar class.
 
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, freshmen and sophomores only have been scheduled every other day with the 40-minute Seminar course, which seeks to build relationships between teachers and students, personalize student education, further develop students’ soft skills and create a structured, supportive environment. Teachers Angela Ferlito and Ami LaDuc, who led a Seminar class teacher training this summer, said those benefits will collectively help GRB students and future graduates become productive members of society.
 
Seminar curriculum framework will center around monthly topics: transitions and academic support in September, school pride and academic support in October, decision-making and academic support in November, interpersonal and communication skills and academic support in December, personal wellness and academic support in January, appreciating diversity and cultural awareness in February, career exploration and academic planning in March, leadership skills and academic support in April, community pride/involvement and academic support in May and end of the year wrap-up and academic support in June.
 
Guest speakers, field trips and additional highlights will also be featured throughout the school year.
 
Eventually, Seminar may be offered to students of all grade levels at GRB. Students will receive a half-credit upon successful completion of the course.


GRB English teacher Ami LaDuc, left, co-leads a training on the
new Seminar course, which seeks to prepare students for life
beyond high school.