The halls of the Middle and Upper Schools were relatively quiet last week due to the yearly student trips. Only freshman and sixth graders remained on campus. According to chaperones and students, the trips were a rousing success!
For the third year in a row, the seventh grade class traveled to the Pali Institute in Running Springs, CA. Pali aims to introduce experiential education to students by providing progressive learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom. Over the 3 day trip, our students were given the opportunity to hike, climb, and experience other fun outdoor activities.
Meanwhile, our eighth graders traveled to Astrocamp located in the San Jacinto Mountains. The School has made the yearly trip to Astrocamp for approximately 25 years. Campers were treated to a unique mix of science and space exploration activities coupled with mountain adventures. Middle School Director, Brian Siegel, said of the trips, "They present a different type of learning for our students. Students learn to overcome fears and work together and support each other."
In tenth grade, Meadows students are each enrolled in a US History & American Literature course. As a way to enrich the curriculum, the sophomores journeyed to Washington, D.C. for their yearly, class trip. They were given tours of the Library of Congress, the Capitol, Colonial Williamsburg, and the monuments—just to name a few. Sophomore Davidson R. said, "It was an awesome experience. I was able to see the foundation of our country first hand."
Juniors were able to choose between a Pennsylvania or New York College Tour for their trip. Students on the Pennsylvania tour visited Drexel University, Villanova, University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, and Lafayette College. The juniors who decided on the New York trip toured Columbia, Vassar, Syracuse, Fordham University, Colgate University, and the University of Rochester. On the final day, both trips met up in New York City for dinner and some fun in Times Square.
Finally, even though the freshman and sixth grade classes were still on campus, students were treated to fun activities throughout the week. Freshman Fun Week @ TMS included a scavenger hunt, Escapology, a talent show, and a morning of community service at Opportunity Village. Sixth graders enjoyed extended academic and elective class times plus a kickball game versus the freshman. Both classes were treated to Kona Ice to beat the heat after the kickball games.
Each student adventure was made possible by donations to The Meadows School Annual Fund. These donations are also used to support other School programs that include: athletics, the arts, and professional development. Please click here to explore ways to give to the TMS Annual Fund.