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Foundational Updates March 2020

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

The global COVID-19 pandemic has everyone monitoring the situation and seeking solutions to keep everyone safe and healthy. In this edition of Foundational Updates, we want to say, first and foremost, that we are thinking about you during this challenging time. In light of this situation, we would like to take this opportunity to share some exciting news about some bright Govies who are changing the world.

Thank you for being part of the GSSM community. Thank you for championing our amazing students and our exceptional school. Last but not least, thank you for everything you do every day to make the world a better place.

With best wishes for health and happiness,
The GSSM Foundation


GSSM's COVID-19 Operating Procedures

GSSM's campus leaders planned early, trained students and faculty on Zoom, and ensured that all students have sufficient internet access and/or laptops at home in the event that the Residential campus had to convert to a virtual learning platform. GSSM made the decision to transition the Residential program to a virtual instruction learning platform beginning on Tuesday, March 17. By Sunday evening, all residential students were on their way home. GSSM is fortunate to have the infrastructure already in place to teach virtually due to seven years of experience providing virtual instruction to students around the state. Virtual instruction for Accelerate and TEAM UP students will continue uninterrupted.

Additionally, the GSSM Foundation postponed Around the Globe with GSSM, an event originally scheduled for March 19 to benefit GSSM's global initiatives. It will be rescheduled for a later date when the pandemic subsides.


Govie Celebrations

Pictured above:

  1. Govies' original artwork was exhibited at the Hartsville Museum in celebration of Youth Art Month
  2. Our 4th annual INSIDE GSSM welcomed hundreds of families from across the state to experience our unique learning community through activities such as dissecting a cow eyeball and making ice cream with liquid nitrogen
  3. The GSSM Chess Team won the State Chess Tournament
  4. Anna Caddell '21 and Colyn Morris '20 won first and second place prizes in the South Carolina Optimist Club Oratorical Speech Contest
  5. Seven Govies built a microwave spectrometer to measure the rotational inertia of molecules and will present their work at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy in June
  6. The GSSM Mock Trial Team qualified for the State Competition
  7. GSSM took home first place honors in the Broadcast Journalism competition and in Business Ethics at the Future Business Leaders of America state conference
  8. GSSM was highlighted in SCETV's Palmetto Scene feature on education in South Carolina

Need a laugh?

Check out GSSM's Facebook page for the Joke of the Day! You'll find some gems like this:

Which common chemical compound can be represented H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O?

H to O (H2O)!

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