General Information - Cobb County School District

8th Grade
Fieldtrip Prospects
• In efforts to make this a year of exceptional learning
opportunities, the 8th grade teachers are proposing the
following fieldtrips for their students.
• The trips are intended to give students real world
experiences while linking to the GA curriculum
standards for 8th grade content area subjects. Due to
limits on the number of fieldtrips which can be taken
during the school day, many of these experiences are
offered as extra credit opportunities on the weekends.
• The school trips will be taken using a private carrier.
• This is necessary because of time restraints in using
county transportation – as busses can’t leave prior to
9:30 am and must return no later than 1:45 pm.
• This carrier is approved by the county and has been used
for several years by the 8th grade.
• Extra credit fieldtrips will require parent transportation.
Selection Process
• Fieldtrip venues were selected by teachers
based on previous knowledge of the sites.
They were discussed by the teachers in a
collaborative effort to provide experiences
that meet a variety of subject area objectives,
are easy to get to, and are reasonably
There will be events planned for all students, with the exception
of one specialized trip discussed later in this presentation.
Per administration, students can be removed or denied
participation in the fieldtrips based on behavioral concerns
arising throughout the year.
Overnight Trip Participation requirements will be discussed later
in this presentation.
Etowah Indian Mounds
Extra Credit Field Trip
• August 23, 2014
– 9:00 – 12:00
– Social Studies
– Travel provided by parents
– $4 per person (pay at the park) for museum ticket.
See any of the 8th grade social studies teachers upon
arrival at the park.
– If you go any time other than Saturday, the cost is
$4.00 - $5.00 without group rate.
Chickamauga Battlefield &
Dahlonega Gold Mines
October, 2014 (date TBA)
6:30 am – 5:30 pm (Chickamauga)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm (Dahlonega)
Cross Curricular in nature
– Travel on private carrier coaches
– $80.00 per student for both trips. Cost
includes transportation for both trips,
mine tours, and lunch both days.
Atlanta History Center
Dia De Los Muertos
• November 2, 2014 (12:00 – 5:00 pm)
• Spanish – Extra Credit
• Travel provided by parents – extra credit
• Come learn about and experience a Day of
the Dead Festival. Enjoy storytelling,
crafts, and authentic Mexican food and
• Cost is free for this day.
Oakland Cemetery
October or November, 2014 (Date TBA)
Parents provide transportation – extra credit
AC ELA fieldtrip – Links to writing
$10.00 per person for guided tour
Shakespeare Tavern
December, 2014 (date choices will be sent
home in the next week)
Students will view “A Christmas Carol”
ELA students invited – links to ELA classes
Travel provided by parents – extra credit
Cost varies depending upon seating (ranges
$20 - $34 each). If we book group seating,
cost is $5.00 less per ticket.
Can’t make it to the Tavern, catch a performance at any of the many
theatres in Atlanta Metro Area presenting this timeless classic. Extra Credit
provided for attending any performance.
Georgia Close Up Youth
Legislative Conference
• Social Studies students only, by application
(including essay) and Student Council
• February, 2015 (2 days 7:00 am – 4:00 pm)
• Conference at GA State Capital Building
• Mock Legislature
• Estimated cost $80 per student
The Breman Holocaust
March or April 2015 (it will be a Sunday due to Jewish
Sabbath on Saturday).
– 10:00 – 1:00
– All 8th grade students – cross curricular in nature
– Travel provided by parents
– $5 per student and parent, pay at the museum, plus
lunch at Varsity for any who want to join us.
Cost includes presentation from Holocaust survivor
speaker and entrance to museum.
Savannah Fieldtrip
• May 6* – 9, 2015 (Depending
upon interest & cost, we may
leave after school on 5/5
instead of 5/6).
• Cross Curricular
• This is a basic itinerary and
not the finalized trip
itinerary for the 2015 trip,
but rather just a glimpse at a
typical trip.
Sample Itinerary Could
Visits to following educational
Telfair Academy
Jepson Art Center
Owens-Thomas House
Davenport House
First African Baptist Church
Temple Mickve Israel
Cathedral of St. John the
• Greyson Stadium
• Factor’s Walk
• Tybee Pier & Science Center
• Ft. Pulaski
• Tybee Lighthouse &
• Wormsloe Plantation
• Colonial Park Cemetery
• The Squares of Savannah
• The Savannah Museum of
• Historic Trolley Tour
• Bonaventure Cemetery
• Forsyth Park
• River Street
• City Market
Sample Itinerary Could
Dine at the following restaurants:
Visits to following entertainment • Pirate’s House
• Vinnie Van Go-Go’s Pizza
• Roly Poly
Historic Savannah Theatre
• Leopold’s Ice Cream
Sand Gnats Baseball Game
• Historic Greyson Stadium
• Lighthouse Pizza
Riverboat Dance Cruise
• Longhorn’s Steakhouse Catering
Ghost Tour
• Lady & Sons
Putt-Putt & Batting Cages
• Express Café
• Bryson Hall
• Fiddler’s Crab House
• Tubby’s Tank House
Savannah Fieldtrip
Cost per student approximately
$500 per student depending on
number of students attending and
number of tours booked. I make all
arrangements, which saves us the
cost of a travel agent.
Cost will be deferred by fund raising
opportunities, however in order to
benefit from the fundraising, you
must participate in the activities.
Savannah Fieldtrip
Cost of the trip includes the following:
(estimates only based on previous years)
•Transportation on private carrier - $125
•Lodging $120
•Meals (2 not covered) $100
•Admission to all venues $130
•Gratuity for drivers, tour guides, docents $20
Savannah Fieldtrip
Cost of the trip does not
include the following:
•Additional meals:
• Meals during travel
•Spending Money for souvenirs
and/or snacks (Most museums
have gift shops, as well as City
Market and River Street
shopping one day)
Savannah Fieldtrip
–You should complete and return the entire packet along with the
required deposit by September 5, 2014.
–Medical Release Form & Insurance Card will be due at the paperwork
meeting in January for all parents. A notary will be available that
evening to notarize medical release forms. Please let me know if you
are a notary and are willing to assist that evening.
–Parents interested in chaperoning should complete the chaperone
application and return by September 5, 2014. The chaperone
application is available in the packet. These will be dated and
chaperones will be selected in the order they are received, pending
administrative approval and based on the number necessary for
student’s attending.
Savannah Fieldtrip
Payment Schedule:
$100 deposit due with paperwork by 9/5 to reserve spot.
Remaining Payment Schedule for Students and Chaperones
Installment Due Date
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
*Remaining Balance
Savannah Fieldtrip
Balance notices will be sent home throughout the year reflecting
payments and any fundraiser credits. Parents can choose to pay the
entire balance in one lump sum at any time between September 5,
2014 - February 24, 2015. If a monthly fee schedule is needed, please
notify [email protected] so that it may be noted in her
records. The initial $100.00 deposit should be made and then monthly
payments of $60 - $65 (depending upon final cost) should be sent in
each month from October – February.
•As cost is determined by initial sign up and as
deposits are paid to all venues in October, no refunds
will be given. This includes students removed for
academic or behavioral reasons or at the parent’s
discretion. Please consider this before signing up for
the trip.
Savannah Fieldtrip
All 8th Grade students who meet the academic
& behavior requirements listed below who have
also completed paperwork and payment
schedule are eligible.
academic requirements and disciplinary
infractions that will exclude you from this trip:
• Failure to maintain a grade average of 80%
or better in all classes, with the exception of
high school credit classes (Coord. Algebra, CoAG
and Spanish). In these high school classes you
must maintain an average of 74% or better.
Averages will be monitored at the 12 week
progress report mark in October and grade
worthiness reminder issued. Final grade
worthiness will be determined at the end of the
first semester in December. Students/parents
will be notified if the student is no longer
eligible for the trip based on academic status
when report cards are issued in January.
Savannah Fieldtrip
N or U in conduct in any class, as resulting
from behavior, per grading period that is
repeated and results in the lowering of a
conduct grade and/or administrative
referral will be excluded or removed from
the trip.
Assignment of three cumulative ISS days
during the months beginning August 15,
2014 – May, 2015 – based on
infraction/administrative recommendation.
Assignment of any number of OSS days
from school during the months beginning
August 15, 2014 – May, 2015 – based on
infraction/administrative recommendation.
Savannah Fieldtrip
Some examples of infractions resulting in
removal from the trip regardless of
discipline history could be, but are not
limited to:
Skipping any class
Use of alcohol or drugs
Continued insubordination or
belligerence in any class
Per administration students can be
removed or denied participation in the
fieldtrips based on other behavioral
concerns arising throughout the year.
Teachers have a right to take these
concerns to administration based on
continued behaviors in the academic areas.
Savannah Fieldtrip
• The grade cut off will be at the end of
semester one in December; however, behavior will
be monitored up until the time of departure and
also on the trip. We cannot take any students on
the trip with which we have concerns about
potential misconduct.
• ** Please remember any student removed for
grades and/or behavior will not be eligible for any
portion of a refund of monies paid to date. This
includes the initial deposit plus any additional
payments made on the payment schedule.
Additionally, any credits earned through fund
raising would be forfeited to the general field trip
Any Questions, e-mail
[email protected]
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announcements by signing up. Text
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E-mail reminders will also be sent.
Be sure to complete the 8th grade
Google Doc to ensure your e-mail
addresses are available.

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