Welcome to 6th Grade!


Mrs. Melissa Sigley 
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Mr. Anthony Howe 
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Team Leader: 
Mrs. Amanda Chin 
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Dear Sixth Grade Parents,

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


During the 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 instruction.


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.


While at 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 playing together.


Your child’s 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, November 10.


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 school bus.


The attached 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. 







Information Letter

Permission Slip

Medical Form

 Packing List 

Carta Informativa

Hoja de Permiso

Forma Médica

Lista de Empaque