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GRB Course Fair shares elective opportunities

G. Ray Bodley High School seniors and teachers showcased the breadth of elective opportunities for freshmen, sophomores and juniors during the inaugural GRB Course Fair.
The event was offered to help students make informed decisions about the educational path they want to take at GRB. Split into homeroom groups, students spent a half a day visiting classrooms for art, music, business, technology, Project Lead the Way, work study, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), family and consumer sciences, math English, social studies and sciences. GRB’s school counselors also provided guidance on Advanced Placement courses, the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation, and distance learning courses.
With standing room only in the family and consumer science classroom, dozens of students listened to teacher Becky Hawley talk about the importance of visualization in “The Art of Cooking and Baking” and her Human Development courses. As hands-on and delicious as the culinary component can be, she said, strong English Language Arts skills are utilized. As the crowd listened to additional elective offerings from other teachers, students watched current TACAB students decorate cupcakes and frost a cake.
GRB’s art teachers displayed various art forms for students to gaze at while they chatted about elective offerings and technology teachers Brandon Sievers and Eric Wasacz thoroughly explained opportunities for the high schoolers to study construction systems, energy, metal fabrication, auto technology and transportation systems.
One of the liveliest bunches of teachers and their senior student counterparts were the LOTE crew in the cafeteria. The Spanish, French and German teachers utilized Kahoot, a technology application, for their guests to answer questions about foreign languages and awarded them with candy. German teacher Carmen Ruggio encouraged them to take LOTE courses because “learning a new language takes the blinders off.” One German student said learning German at GRB afforded her the opportunity to study abroad and that time was “probably one of the best years of my life.”
Aside from assisting teachers, seniors also spent time at the Course Fair participating in mock interviews to better prepare them for the world of college and careers.
Scheduling assemblies will begin in March and in April students will meet individually with their counselors to discuss their selections. Student schedules will be mailed home in August.

GRB students listen to several teachers discuss elective
offerings during the school’s inaugural Course Fair, as
students begin to consider courses they would like to take in
the 2018-2019 school year.





Brian Pulvino, Superintendent
167 South Fourth Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Phone: (315) 593-5500

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