Please note: If your student has misplaced or was not given a green permission form, a letter from the parent/ guardian stating that they have permission to go on those three days with clear names and a signature with money will suffice.
To: Parents of 8th grade students at Silverton Middle School
Re: “Wheel” field trip – Thursday, March 1, 8, and 15
We are excited to announce that Ms. Nordlund, Ms. Coombes, Ms. Jackson, and Mr. Jamsa have planned three separate field experiences for the entire 8th grade on the dates listed above! Field trips can enhance classroom lessons and provide hooks for future learning.
The 8th grade will be divided into three groups. The teachers above have all organized experiences at three different venues. Over three consecutive Thursdays, each group will be sent to a different venue. After three weeks, each student group will have gone to all three.
This is the first time the middle school has attempted to provide this type of opportunity for the students, so your kind and constructive feedback/ suggestions are always appreciated before, during, and after. This might become an annual event or this might be a one year event depending on how it all goes.
Humanities A: Trip to Portland metro area. Students will first visit the Oregon Holocaust Museum and Portland State University. Afterwards, they will travel to Tualatin to experience the Medical Teams Real Life Exhibit. (organized by Coombes)
Humanities B: Trip to downtown Salem. Students will visit the Mission Mill Museum, tour Willamette University, and tour the State Capitol. (organized by Jackson and Nordlund)
Science: Trip to Salem area. Students will first visit Chemeketa College. They will attend an Observatory show. Then they will tour Chemeketa with a focus on technical careers and receive an on-site lesson from Mr. Jamsa. Afterward, students will go to Brooks and receive a lecture and tour of the Covanta Power Station. (organized by Jamsa)
Students are scheduled to be back before 2:50 on each stop of the wheel
For more information on how the experiences connect to the standards being instructed in the classes, please contact the teacher.
The actual cost for admission to the seven venues and workshops/ shows and the school buses for all three days is $30. If that cost is too high, please pay what you can. Students will not be denied these experiences due to money. For lunch, students can either order a school sack lunch or there will be dining out opportunities at each venue.
Checks should be made out to Silverton Middle School. Monies will be collected by Mr. Jamsa in science or the office staff.
For more information, please contact one of the sponsoring teachers above. Thank you.