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Washington D.C. 8th Grade Annual Trip Information
Questions? Please contact Brightspark at 877-545-0070
- $200 + $129 RGP (optional coverage protection plan) due November 17, 2017
- $200 due December 15, 2017
- $200 due January 19, 2018
- $200 due February 16, 2018
- $454 due April 13, 2018 (Final Due Date)
Mandatory Meeting #2 (Planning):
Forms: Itinerary & More:
- HSA 2018 DC Trip - Parent Letter
- HSA Preliminary - DC 2018
- HSA Final Itinerary - DC 2018 (TBD)
- Brightspark - Medical Release Form due TBD
- Packing & Phone Supervision Form due the early morning of our departure.
- Washington D.C. - Places To Go and Things You Didn't Know
There will be no checked luggage. Students may bring one carry-on bag and their orange Brightspark bags. Parents must look through their child’s luggage before his/her departure. Please note chaperones will also look through the luggage at the hotel before your child enters his/her hotel room. Non-liquid snacks are allowed in the carry-on luggage for consumption in the hotel rooms ONLY. Please limit the quantity to a reasonable amount. In the Brightspark bag please consider the following items:
- Rain gear
- Light jacket
- Small umbrella
- Camera labeled with name
- Collapsible water bottle (empty before departure)
- Chapstick or some type of lip balm
- Sunscreen (4 fluid ounces or less)
- Remember the 3-1-1 Rule. 1 ziplock bag per passenger placed in screening bin.
Please plan to wear dressy-casual, age-appropriate, tasteful attire. You should plan to dress a little nicer for the visit to the Arlington Cemetery (keeping in mind it can be very hot) and the boat tour on the Potomac River.
NO: Pajama pants, blue-jeans or jeans of any kind, boxers of any kind, UGGS, tank tops, flip flops, spaghetti straps, midriff tops or camisole tops, short skirts or short shorts (the length of the skirt/shorts must be longer than the students fingertips when their arms are at their sides), low cut dresses or tops, expensive purses.
Please plan to wear dressy –casual, age-appropriate, tasteful attire. Khaki pants, a nice shirt, and a pair of comfortable dress shoes, is expected for our visit to the Arlington Cemetery and our Boat tour on the Potomac River.
NO: Pajama pants, blue-jeans or jeans of any kind, earrings, or hats inside of buildings.
Rain gear, light jacket, comfortable shoes, disposable cameras labeled with your name on them, and $20.00 for the group picture.
Cell Phone Policy:
We strongly recommend that students do NOT bring their cell phones. They will not be allowed to have them in their possession during the day. They will only have them for 10-20 minutes once we arrive at the hotel the first night to call home and then they will be collected. They are not allowed to keep the phones in the rooms overnight. If your child is bringing a cell phone, please place it in a heavy duty quart-size ziplock bag and label the bag with your child’s full name. This phone must be turned in to a chaperone before your child board the bus to the airport. If there is any type of emergency and your child does not have a phone, one of the chaperones will allow your child to use his/her cell phone for a quick call home. Please see Forms: Itinerary & More (above). Note to the students: Remember this is a trip with 20 to 30 maybe even 50 of your closest friends. Talk to one another, have a moment, remember a story, let this trip be a story to remember, enjoy each other's company, and you don't need a cell phone for that. At the end of the trip, you will be thankful to have been away from your technology for a few days.
- When a chaperone addresses individual students or the whole student body, students must stop, look, and listen immediately. We have a tight schedule and we do not have time to repeat information to those who are not listening.
- Students must demonstrate a high level of respect and understanding when touring historical sites, memorials, or exhibits. We expect students to be actively engaged in the learning experience. We expect students to interact with chaperones, tour guides, and other tour staff in a mature and respectful manner.
- Students are expected to learn and share 1 or 2 things with their peers and the chaperones during and after the tours of historical sites, memorials, or exhibits.
- Students will have an assigned number based on their alphabetical order. We will often ask students to line up in NUMBER ORDER to do a head count. Students will then count off their numbers in order. This helps us make sure everyone is with us and we do not leave anyone behind. This needs to be taken seriously and happen as soon as we ask.
- Students are also expected to be a friend to everyone on the trip. Students must have a buddy with them at all times. No one should be by his/herself.
- Students must display exceptional judgment and decision making while on the trip. We do not expect to apply discipline to students, but we will intervene with consequences if students do not meet expectations.
Units of Study
The Civil War Unit (War or Rebellion)
- Unit Question - What is power and how is it gained, used, and justified?
- Historical Context – Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee
- Final Assessment – Unit Exam - Civil War Test
- Unit Question - When should society control individuals? How are diverse cultures alike and different?
- Historical Context - Reconstruction, Immigration, Industrialization, Urbanization, Great Migration, Labor Unions
- Final Assessment – Grant Legacy-Propaganda Poster & Unit 1 Exam - Changing America
- Unit Question - What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy?
- Historical Context - League of Nations, United Nations, Human Rights, Labor, International Trade
- Final Assessment - Presidential Draft/Report Card
- Unit Question - How are things, events, or people connected to each other? What is the cause? The effect? How do they fit together?
- Historical Context - World War I, World War II, The Cold War
- Final Assessment - The World Wars and Life in Between - Unit Exam
- Unit Question - Why does perspective matter? What factors can influence people’s perspectives? What social opportunities and problems arise from an interconnected global economy?
- Historical Context – The Cold War, International Realignment, Contemporary Society, United States as a “Super Power”, Korean War, Vietnam War, War at Home, & Civil Rights Movement
- Final Assessment - The Counterculture (Music) Task
- TBD: 8th graders will be visited by two prominent lawyers, Mr. Hutchinson and Mr. Dunn, who are excited to visit and teach a lesson titled: No Weapons Allowed
- TBD: 8th graders will be visited by two prominent lawyers, Mr. Hutchinson and Mr. Dunn, who are excited to visit and teach a lesson titled: TBD
- TBD: Jean Mishima Visit: Learn about the Japanese Internment Camps during World War II