G/T Instructional Seminars are designed to extend student interests beyond general exploratory experiences. Students develop a broad range of advanced-level skills in preparation for in-depth study and creation of a product on a chosen interest.
G/T Resource Teachers provide advanced-level instruction and schedule these opportunities for interested students. Skill development might include written, oral, and visual communication skills, critical and creative thinking skills, research skills, technology skills, and skills in visual and performing arts.
Mrs. Sharbaugh will visit all Geography/History classes in mid-September. At that time, students will be given G/T Seminar applications, which must be turned in with a parent/guardian signature by Friday, September 28, 2018.
G/T Instructional Seminars meet on a rotating basis throughout all the periods of the school day. Individual seminars will not meet more than two times during the same period per quarter. It is the student's responsibility to make up any missed work while attending a G/T Seminar meeting.
The 18-19 G/T Seminar Application can be downloaded here. TV Crew and Yearbook applications are separate from the general application.
BBMS is proud to offer a live television broadcast every school day, sharing school-wide announcements, engaging videos, and current events reporting! Students in this seminar can choose to be an on-camera anchor or work behind the scenes using our state-of-the-art, high-tech. TV studio equipment. Participation in the live television broadcast requires that crew members arrive no later than 7:45 am, ready to rehearse.
Our monthly meetings revolve around student-led discussions about our book of the month. Students are given a safe place to share their enthusiasm for reading by analyzing the author's craft, debating the effectiveness of the plot, connecting to the characters, and relating the book to their lives! Students in Book Club also have the opportunity to attend county-wide discussions at Howard County libraries.
Students who join debate learn the art of arguing. From identifying issues, to finding high-quality research sources, to developing convincing speeches, students in debate learn the delicate balance between emotional appeal and powerful evidence to convince the judges they are right! At BBMS, we have a Home Debate Team that competes in-house and a Travel Team, which attends the county competition in March (tryouts are during first quarter).
Screenwriting, story-boarding, production, filming, editing, exhibiting...students in this seminar use the professional film-making process to create high-impact, engaging films. The iMovie editing program is used to add special effects and do professional-level editing. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Howard County "Movies That Matter" Film Festival in April and/or to showcase their original films at the Enrichment Fair in May.
Also offered at BBMS:
Photography/Graphic Design: Explore the art of visual imagery by using digital media to tell a story, elicit a reaction, or communicate an idea; participate in the creation of the BBMS Yearbook (7th & 8th only).
Environmental Awareness Committee: Give a voice to the life that is all around us by influencing BBMS and our community to be more earth-friendly while also maintaining our Maryland State Green School status!
African American History: Develop and practice oratory and declamation skills through the primary documents and speeches in African American history.
Math Team, Jr.: Strengthen math skills through individual, team invention, and team problem-solving tasks; opportunities for participation in local competitions are shared.
Research Investigations: Apply advanced-level secondary and primary research methodologies to an area of interest that inspires you! Research can be conducted individually or in small groups.
Writers Workshop: Invoke the writer within by participating in mini-lessons on creative writing techniques and peer reviews to get authentic feedback on writing. Student-publishing opportunities are shared, such as the Howard County Our Voice literary magazine. Here are the 2018 BBMS submissions - enjoy!