Middle School Trip to Washington, D.C.
Posted by Joanna on April 12, 2018
This week, our school is noticeably quiet with the absence of our middle school students! As I write this letter, they have just witnessed the Changing of the Guard at the Arlington National Cemetery in our nation’s capital.
The Washington, D.C. trip allows us to bring our middle school curriculum to life! Throughout this past year, students have studied the branches of the government and the civil war. Their non-stop schedule has included touring the Capitol and Supreme Court buildings, a walking tour of the National Monuments and Memorials, visits to the National Museum of the American Indian and the Holocaust Museum as well as the Library of Congress and the National Archives. This evening they are headed out to Ford’s Theatre to enjoy The Wiz.
This year’s adventure featured a surprise meet and greet with Massachusetts State Senator Elizabeth Warren, surely a highlight of their trip. The students were invited to ask Senator Warren questions and to have their photo taken with her.
Our middle schoolers are also learning the practical life skills of navigating the Metro system, managing their time, money and relationships which are also important aspects of this experience. I am always so impressed with the manner in which our students conduct themselves both publicly and privately.
The complexity of planning a trip such as this and orchestration of many details cannot be understated. One student remarked, “Overall, I’ve enjoyed this trip and am proud that our group efforts gave us the opportunity to experience it.”