School Launches New Seminar Time 3 Days Per Week
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In an effort to improve student achievement, Southfield A & T added seminar time to the schedule this year.
Seminar gives students 40 minutes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday after lunch to catch up on studies or seek extra help from a teacher.
Junior Barry Ginyard said, “It can be productive” but it requires the student to make decisions on how best to use the time.
“Seminar could be a big benefit,” said Economics teacher Matthew Hirvela. “It gives students a chance to get caught up on work. I think we’ll make better use of it once we get used to it.”
During seminar, students are required to report to their home room for attendance, then use their planners as passes to attend another teacher’s class.
Some clubs, such as DECA, National Honor Society and Business Professionals of America hold meetings during seminar time.
Senior Jayla Taliaferro said, “Having seminar comes in handy for having DECA meetings because people have to work or do homework after school and sometimes it’s difficult to get transportation back to school.”