Friday, October 13, 2000
Eighth graders will head to NYC
New York City will replace Quebec City this year as the destination for the eighth-grade out-of-state trip. Teachers Paula Ewers, David Mayall and Donna Heidemann have been planning a "curriculum-relevant trip" to New York City for the 92 Carlisle students in that grade. The trip, scheduled to take place from June 7-8 at an estimated cost of $269 per student, was approved by the Carlisle School Committee.
There were several reasons for the shift in destinations. Since Spanish is now a middle school foreign language option, the French experience of Quebec City is less compelling for the entire class. The drive to New York is four hours versus the eight to Quebec. Also, the total curriculum of the eighth grade is enhanced greatly by a visit to New York. Students will visit the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to learn how migrant workers lived. The next day, there is a planned visit to Ellis Island, as well as to Battery Park and students will take a ferry to Liberty Island to view the Statue of Liberty. Sandwiched in will be a dinner at a "quaint country-French restaurant" and a performance (maybe Phantom of the Opera). Additionally, one night will be spent at a hotel in New Jersey and students will have lunch at an underground McDonald's.
At the October 3 school committee meeting, member Harry Crowther questioned whether students had any input in the planning process. Teacher Dave Mayall responded that the planning was done at the staff level so that "elements would be integrated with themes of the curriculum, the languages and social studies." The trip will be managed by the same company that the school used for the successful Quebec trips.
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