GSSM’s Seminar Day Invites Parents & Friends to Teach Non-Traditional Skills

January 8, 2016

There aren’t many sixteen-year-olds who can wallpaper a room, decorate a cake or appreciate the basics of beekeeping.

At GSSM, students will have the opportunity to develop these skills and more with a little help from their parents and friends.GSSM’s annual Parents and Friends Seminar Day will take place Saturday, January 9 on the GSSM campus. Students will be exposed to a variety of life skills through two-hour seminars taught by parents and friends. Each student is required to attend two as a way to broaden their knowledge base beyond history, calculus and biology.

GSSM’s annual Parents and Friends Seminar Day will take place Saturday, January 9 on the GSSM campus. Students will be exposed to a variety of life skills through two-hour seminars taught by parents and friends. Each student is required to attend two as a way to broaden their knowledge base beyond history, calculus and biology.

Some of this year’s highlights include Real Estate Math, Basic Home Repair, Cake Decorating, CSI: GSSM, Beekeeping, Yoga Basics, How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, Learning to Live Healthy, and Tech Support 101. 

For as long as Danny Dorsel, GSSM’s vice president of academic affairs, has been working at the School, he has seen the success – and enjoyment – that Seminar Day brings to students.

“The Parents and Friends Seminar Day is an opportunity for parents to come and teach the students something that they might pass on to them at home,” Dorsel said. “Since our students are here at GSSM, parents do not have an opportunity to share a lot of their hobbies and life-lessons. This day provides them a chance to pass on some of their knowledge.”

Seminar Day marks the official kick-off of GSSM’s January mini-mester where students spend three weeks learning something new yet non-traditional. Rather than the advanced, college-level courses they are used to, students can explore everything from ballroom dancing and film making to art and gliding. Some even choose to travel abroad to Europe or China. 

A two-year, public, residential high school in Hartsville, GSSM specializes in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with a unique emphasis on economics and entrepreneurship.

GSSM’s residential program serves 288 high school juniors and seniors annually from across the state. In addition, the school impacts more than 10,000 students and teachers each year through its innovative outreach and virtual programs. Learn more by visiting www.scgssm.org.

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