Friday, May 20, 2016

Group selfies at the Museum of the American Indian

Students were sent on a photo scavenger hunt in the Museum of the American Indian. There they were given the task of taking a group selfie at exhibits from each region of the US. The following is a sampling of their submissions (the first photo was taken with the Director of the museum...well done, ladies!).

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Home, sweet home

The Whippets have landed safely in Wisconsin, another successful DC trip in the books! A big thanks to the kids who were always on time, listened well, and were courteous and cooperative travelling companions. Thank you to my fellow chaperones and to Mr. Schimming who maintained the home front in our absence. And lastly, thank you to our parents and school administrators who continue to support this amazing learning opportunity! Our hope is that our students have pushed the boundaries of their comfort zones and expanded their horizons. And in doing so, gained a greater appreciation for our democracy and our nation's history.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Go, Nats, Go!

Hey DC, what do you say? Nats are going to win today!!  Final score: Nationals over the Twins 4-8

But more importantly...Teddy Roosevelt edge out George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson William Taft, and Herbert Hoover to win the President's Race!

Tree huggers

This massive tree on the Mt. Vernon property was so big that it took four students to reach around it. A small plaque dates it to around 1766...just imagine if this tree could talk, the history it has witnessed!

Happy Earth Day!

Mt. Vernon

This morning's weather was a bit cooler than it has been but the forecasted rain held off! After a leisurely and peaceful boat ride on the Potomac, we toured George and Martha Washington's estate. The 500+ acre property includes the family's burial grounds, the mansion, and an interactive museum with 4D movie theater.

We learned today that Mt. Vernon has been protected and maintained since 1866 by the Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association, one of our nation's first national historic preservation organizations and the country's oldest women's patriotic society. For 150 years they have worked tirelessly to preserve the estate and educate the public about the character and leadership of our first president, George Washington.

Happy campers

Despite long days and a jam-packed schedule, the kids have been fantastic travelling companions. They've been willing to explore the unfamiliar, connect with each other, and experience new things. I suspect a few, however, will be eager to get a good night's sleep in their own bed!




Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hallowed ground

We ended our day on a solemn and reflective note by paying our respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in Arlington National Cemetery. Students were impressed by the precision and dedication of the soldiers standing guard at the tomb. They were also humbled by the countless men and women who gave their lives for our country and who paid the ultimate price for our nation's freedom.

Our last stop of the day was a lighted tour of the Marine Corps War Memorial depicting the iconic photo taken after the American troops captured the island of Iwo Jima from Japan in WWII.