March 18

SEE Seminars High School

So if you are new to the school, you might be asking, “What are SEE  Seminars?”  SEE is an abbreviation for Secondary Education Enrichment which (hopefully) explains that these seminars  offer you opportunities to enhance or enrich your learning in an off-campus setting with other gifted students from other schools.  The topics are varied and cover a wide range of interest areas.  Each semester there are 5-6 seminars scheduled that you can sign up for.  When the topics are sent to me, I will send out an email to you as well as post the topics here.  In order to sign up, you may email me back or stop by my office in 1009 where the forms will be posted.

Here is the schedule for Spring, 2017, 2nd Semester.

Buffalo Bill in Lancaster: A Cowboy Celebrity Helps Rewrite a Local Story

Date:                       Friday, February 3, 2017

Time:                       8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:                The Fulton Theatre

Presenters:          Leslie Stainton, Jack Brubaker, Steph Jo Wise

Seminar Description:  Lancastrians loved William F. Cody—aka Buffalo Bill. They packed the Fulton for his premiere in 1873 and flocked to outdoor arenas when his “Wild West Shows” later came to town. Yet 110 years before Cody’s Lancaster debut, the Paxton gang had broken into the Lancaster jail (later the foundation of the Fulton Theatre) and murdered the last of the Conestoga Indians. And so when Cody took the Fulton stage in a show about killing Indians on the Western frontier, he was indirectly paying homage to the very spot where the long process of “Indian removal” had begun. Authors Leslie Stainton and Jack Brubaker explore this uncanny connection and tell the real-life story behind the man whose exploits inspired the musical Annie Get Your Gun, onstage at the Fulton from January 24 through February 19, 2017. Cody’s popularity, in Lancaster and across the United States, says much about the way Americans grappled with the turbulent history of relations between native and non-native Americans in the 19th century.


Maple Syrup Farming & Consumption

Date:                       Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Time:                       8:00 AM – 3:15 PM

Location:                Lancaster County Park’s Environmental Center

Presenter:            Lisa Sanchez

Seminar Description:  On a cold February morning, do you need to some interesting reminders about why winter is such a great season?  Do you pause to study the changes to the ecosystem and wildlife habitats in the winter?  Here is your chance to explore our local winter environment.  Lisa Sanchez, park naturalist and SEE presenter, has a great day planned, highlighting many things that can only be experienced in the winter!   At this “sweet” SEE seminar, you will experience the history, collecting, boiling, finishing, and candy-making stages of maple sugaring. There will even be time for tasting a pancake or two with REAL maple syrup with lunch! You will also explore how animals survive the winter.  This seminar will explore wildlife migration, hibernation, and winter activity habits. A hike through the woods will offer an opportunity to find signs (like tracks and scat) that the animals that are active throughout the cold days of winter.


Thriller, RomCom, Tragedy and more: Your Life in 3 Acts

Date:                       Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time:                      8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:                The Conference and Training Center at IU13

Presenter:            Dave Bender

Seminar Description:  For thousands of years, we have kept stories alive, because stories have returned the favor and kept us alive. They hold treasures of knowledge about you, your friends and yes, your enemies. This seminar will break down the structure of novels and films to give you a new look at your life’s journey. You are always the protagonist in your own story, but you also play roles in the lives of others as friend, mentor, comic relief and even antagonist. Each role demands that you act, take bold risks and meet the world in a conversation of mutual reshaping. Through readings, film samples, Hollywood loglines, writing exercises and role play (totally voluntary!), you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the elements of story and how to use those elements to communicate, advocate and live fully in the universality of your own story.


The Strange and Thrilling Old/New World Radio Hour: Adventures in Wireless

Date:                       Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time:                       8:20-2:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Location:                The Conference and Training Center at IU13

Presenter:            Jenny Hill

Seminar Description:  In this session, we’ll learn about the history of radio theatre, and the elements of a radio drama. We’ll create short, original radio plays, advertisements, and public service announcements developed from personal stories. There is a lot of group work in this session, a little improv, and plenty of opportunity to get your creative writing, movement, and flair for drama flowing. Radio broadcasts will be available on a podcast for extended listenership after the session.


Architecture & Photography at Rock Ford Plantation

Date:                       Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time:                       8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:                Rock Ford Plantation, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA

Presenters:          Maryann Marotta, President and Connie King, Project Architect at Marotta/Main Architects: Debbie Smith, docent at Rock Ford Plantation

Seminar Description:  At this seminar, students will study architecture, history and design on the site of a historical 18th century Georgian style home, Rock Ford Plantation. Guided by architects from Marotta/Main Architects and a docent from Rock Ford, students will tour the interior and exterior of the historic home and barn. Students will learn how architects see structure and ornamental details of period buildings and objects through the perspective of line, texture, rhythm and scale. Students will apply this knowledge as they sketch, photograph and work with different media to create products in response to what they’ve learned. We request that students bring digital/cell phone cameras if possible.;


Gift of Life / Organ Tissue Donation Awareness (OTDA) ● DETAILS COMING SOON!

Date:                       May 19, 2017

Time:                       7:15 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:                Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Presenters:          Gift of Life representative / Sue Howes

Description of Seminar: “If someone told you that you could save someone’s life by having a conversation, would you do it?” -David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America.  Currently there are approximately 120,000 people waiting for an organ transplant.  One person can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people through organ and tissue donation.  Students will learn what can be donated to help save a life or give a better quality of life to those in need. When applying for or renewing a driver’s license, everyone will be asked if s/he would like to be an organ donor. As students prepare to drive, this SEE Seminar will help them make an informed decision about organ donation. Students will also gain an understanding about the donation and transplantation processes, medical and scientific advancements and career opportunities in the field while touring and learning about the many departments at Gift of Life.

*Please note that transportation times are included.

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