Signature Trips are unique opportunities where our Middle Schoolers are encouraged to engage in new experiences and to grow both as students and young people. Students gather twice a year (once with the entire Middle School and once with their individual grades) for exciting, inclusive and appropriately challenging educational and cultural journeys
Below is a sample list of our signature trips:
Spring “Middle School Trip Week”
The spring trip for each grade level is more of a journey, taking students off-Cape for several days. These trips are tied to curricular goals, the specific age and maturity level of our students and always include cultural experiences locally, regionally or nationally. All three grade levels go on separate trips during the same week.
PARTICIPANTS: 6th grade
CURRICULAR EMPHASIS: Incorporation of concepts, lessons and language from our Geography and World Cultures classes
ACTIVITIES: Visits to restaurants featuring cultural foods and activities; historical locations in downtown Quebec; shops and merchants where French is spoken; native Huron and British sites of historical significance; a maple sugar farm; museums and exhibits highlighting Quebec’s history; and an historical play.
PARTICIPANTS: 7th grade
CURRICULAR EMPHASIS: Citizen Science - data collection and comparison of similar habitats from Maine to Cape Cod. Chewonki focuses on real-life science rather than overviews of scientific principles. Students bring classroom methodologies to “in-the-field” experience.
ACTIVITIES: Estuary study
LOCATION: Washington, DC
PARTICIPANTS: 8th grade
CURRICULAR EMPHASIS: An experiential opportunity to visit the seat of governance and bear witness to the democratic process in action. This trip provides a chance to enact book knowledge gained throughout the year in Civics class.
ACTIVITIES: Tour of National Monuments, Smithsonian Museums, Capitol Building, Supreme Court and visits with local politicians where and when appropriate. Students usually attend a theater production and dinner out.