Eighth-grade Washington, D.C., Trip

 In previous years, we have sponsored tours for our students providing them with a chance to experience the excitement associated with important places and events.  Because these class trips have been so successful, we have arranged for another tour scheduled for March 18, 19, 20, 2020.  As in the past, the destination is scheduled for Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg, PA.

Arrangements have been made through Traveling Classrooms, Canton, Ohio.  Meals, guide fees, admissions, hotel accommodations, chartered motor coaches, and security are all included in the package price of $435.  This price is based on a four-student-per-room ratio.

This opportunity will be available to all eighth grade students.  Certain obligations and responsibilities are required on the part of the staff, students, and parents.  The staff of North Canton Middle School has accepted the responsibility of chaperoning the students.  The students must assume their responsibilities by demonstrating acceptable and respectable behavior while at school and while on the trip.  Parents must make sure that their child understands the rules and agrees to abide by them throughout the duration of the trip.  Students who fail to meet certain guidelines may lose the privilege of participating in the eighth grade trip.

The following is a list of behaviors that may deem a student ineligible for participation.  Please read over this list and be aware of the consequences of chosen behaviors:

  1. Excessive detentions assigned by teachers and administrators for disciplinary reasons
  2. Saturday Detention
  3. Suspension
  4. Expulsion
  5. Excessive school absence and/or tardy to school
  6. Excessive office referrals

In addition, there are several requirements that students participating in the trip must meet that relate to physical stamina.  All students must be able to accomplish the following:

  1. Function without direct adult supervision (for example: 8 hours in a hotel room at night)
  2. Be aware of their surroundings and responsible for their own safety
  3. Communicate their needs to others
  4. Follow oral instructions
  5. Stay with an assigned group
  6. Keep up with a moderate pace
  7. Adapt to schedule changes and routine changes
  8. Function on less than normal sleep
  9. Be comfortable being away from home for an extended period of time

An administrator will meet with any student who faces the potential of non-participatory status.  The parent(s) will be notified of the final decision.  A decision made by the school for non-participation can occur any time up to the time of departure.

A very important PRE-TRIP INFORMATION MEETING will be held to discuss trip details.  This meeting will be on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School cafeteria.

VIOLATIONS OF THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ON THE TRIP WILL RESULT IN SCHOOL DISCIPLINE, UP TO AND INCLUDING IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROM THE TRIP.  THIS WOULD REQUIRE A PARENT TO DRIVE TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO PICK UP THEIR CHILD.

The cost for the 2020 eighth grade trip is $435 per student (based on four to a room).  Payments can be made in three installments directly to Traveling Classrooms by cash or check.  Please make checks payable to Traveling Classrooms.   Please DO NOT make checks payable to NCMS.

 

First payment – due September 24-25, 2019     $100 (deposit)

(Payments can be made in the middle school library from 7:00 a.m. to 7:35 a.m.)          

Second payment – due November 21-22, 2019     $170

(Payments can be made in the middle school library from 7:00 a.m. to 7:35 a.m.)

If no payment has been made by November 22,2019, no reservation will be held for the student.  Buses will be scheduled at this time and there is no guarantee of having a seat available at a later date.           

Third payment – due February 6-7, 2020            $165           

(Payments can be made in the middle school library from 7:00 a.m. to 7:35 a.m.)

            

(Refund policy:  The deposit is non-refundable.  Second payment & balance refund policy: cancellation 22 days from departure – full refund.  Cancellation 21-0 days - $50 refund.  All refund requests must be presented to school office in writing and dated.  Traveling Classrooms will issue tour vouchers for all participants if tour is rescheduled due to conditions beyond our control.)  

Chaperones for the trip are staff members and will have an approximate teacher to student ratio of 1:12. In addition, we will take three medically-trained personnel.  To better ensure the safety of the students, Traveling Classrooms will provide night security.

If you have any questions concerning the 2020 eighth grade trip, please feel free to contact Mr. Eby, Principal at 330-497-5635.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

=        If no payment has been made by November 22,2019 no reservation will be held for the student

=        All school fees/fines must be paid by November 22, 2019

 

 To download the full information and intent form, please click the link below: 

  Eighth-grade Washington, D.C., Trip Packet 2019-2020

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