Middle School Trips Are Fun for All!
As we move into the second month of the school year, our students have already had some pretty exciting experiences. Last week was no exception, as the Middle School classes expanded their horizons beyond the school campus. Our seventh graders traveled to Ashland, Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, while the fifth and sixth grades went on a camping trip to the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands.
In Ashland, the seventh graders had the opportunity to see plays by Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) as well as many other writers (Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile). In between shows, they learned about theatre history and technique, exploring writing, design, and the role of the director. The festival employees also provided a workshop on movement and performance, and a multimedia tour of the Elizabethan-style theatre where some of the shows were performed.
This was the first time that Point Bonita served as the host for our annual camping trip, and they provided a wonderful experience for our fifth and sixth graders. During their four days in the Headlands, the students hiked, observed animals such as coyotes and raccoons, learned about marine biology, and studied the local flora and fauna.
While their younger colleagues were out of town, our eighth graders focused on the future, spending the week visiting high schools and working on their application essays.