Welcome to 6th Grade!
OUTDOOR ED NOVEMBER 2017
As part of
the Montgomery County Public School curriculum, sixth grade students will
participate in the Outdoor Education program.
This year, our school has been scheduled at the Skycroft Conference
Center, in Middletown, MD from November 27 – December 1. Students will be going
in two groups on the following days:
Mr. Hyson’s Science
Classes and Ms. Chin’s Period 7: Monday,
November 27 to Wednesday, November 29
Ms. Hoobler’s Science
Classes and Ms. Chin’s Periods 3, 4 & 8:
Wednesday, November 29 to Friday, December 1
Outdoor Ed trip, we will be working in all subject areas but plan to emphasize
science and social studies, engaging students in outdoor activities that we would
not do in a regular classroom.
Neelsville teachers and a MCPS outdoor specialist will be in charge of
There is a
nurse on duty at the site during the day (from approximately 8:00 a.m. until
5:00 p.m.). Staff members take care of
any health concerns or issues during the evening, consulting with the health
technician and with parents when necessary.
camp, students will be staying in cabins with bunk beds. Group living in the cabins, the dining hall,
and elsewhere adds to the valuable experience of living, learning, working, and
clothing and possessions should be packed into one piece of luggage, which he
or she can carry. Each child should also
bring a sleeping bag (or blanket) and pillow.
All possessions should be clearly labeled with a sturdy nametag. It is not necessary to purchase new
clothing. In fact, old, comfortable
clothing is more appropriate for most outdoor activities. A warm jacket and rain gear of some type is a
must. A recommended packing list will be
provided closer to the date of the trip.
The cost of
this program is $80 per child. Montgomery County Public Schools charge $76 for the program and Neelsville
Middle School charges an additional $4
to cover supply expenses. If this fee
imposes a financial hardship on any family, please send a confidential note to
the sixth grade team leader, Mrs. Amanda Chin. No child will be deprived of this valuable learning experience for
financial reasons. All permission slips
and money should be turned in to your child’s science teacher no later than Friday,
On the day of
departure, students may not carry their luggage on the school bus, they will
need a ride to school. Students should
arrive to school at 8:30 a.m. When
arriving at school, students should take their luggage to the cafeteria. His/her luggage will be loaded onto the
luggage bus and then transported directly to the outdoor education center. Students will ride in separate buses. Students will leave their bus one mile from
the camp and hike in. They should wear
shoes that are sturdy and comfortable for walking. They should dress for
weather conditions that morning.
All meals are provided at the camp
except for lunch on the first day.
Students should bring a bagged lunch for that first meal. We expect to arrive back at school around 1:00
p.m. on the day of return. Students
should be picked up at this time as they cannot carry their luggage home on the
permission forms, with cash or check made out to the school, should be filled
out and returned as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the
outdoor education program, please contact the sixth grade team leader, Mrs. Amanda
Chin at Amanda_Schafer@mcpsmd.org.
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