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Crossing Carolina (8th Grade)

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Complete information and REQUIRED forms are available in the "FORMS" section.  Your child will receive a printed copy on 1/4/17.

Summary Statement:  Crossing Carolina is a 3 day event/field trip open to 8th graders during the second semester.  Participation is not linked to a competition or club involvement.  Mrs. Sherri Williams (8th grade chair) will facilitate the trip and serves as the primary contact person for questions.

 

Background:

Beginning in the 1998-99 school year, 8th graders at New Bridge Middle School began learning about North Carolina through an engaging field trip called Crossing Carolina.  The trip includes connections to history/social studies, math, science, and language arts.  The trip is contingent upon administrative and board approval and feasibility based on interest/participation.

 

Participants:

NBMS 8th graders are eligible to participate in the event.   The trip will be chaperoned by teachers, parents, and administrators.  (Students not attending the trip will participate in an engaging Crossing Carolina integrated unit at school).

 

WHEN?:

The 3-day trip typically takes place in the week of two before Spring Break.  Arrival time is typically between 5:45 am and 6:30 am on day 1 and the return is from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on day 3 depending on final day activities and traffic. For specific times near or around the CC field trip, check latest news.  

For 2017, the trip will be April 19 - 21.

 

Eligibility:

Behavior Incentive Guidelines

The Crossing Carolina trip is educational and also serves as an incentive trip. With this exciting trip in mind, students are asked to focus on their behavior and academics in order to maintain eligibility. For a set window of time typically consisting of 8 to 9 weeks, students who wish to go on the NBMS Crossing Carolina trip MUST have:

  • No ISS or OSS
  • No more than 6 punches

For 2017, behavior eligibility runs from January 26 - April 18

 

Bus referrals will be handled on an individual basis.

 

Other Behavior Guidelines

Crossing Carolina is our longest fieldtrip in terms of time and distance and student behavior must be exemplary. School administration has determined that students who have served 5 or more days in Out-of-School suspension and/or the School Treatment Program during the current school year are not eligible for this trip.  School administrators reserve the right to restrict participation due to significant disciplinary profiles (grades 6 – 8) and/or involvement with the juvenile criminal justice system.

 

Academic Incentive Guidelines

Students must have earned a 70 or higher in all classes on the third report card. 

 

 

 

 

Tentative Destinations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation:

Students, teachers and chaperones will travel by charter bus.  Students will be allowed to choose their own seats and they must remain in those seats at all times.  Boys and girls will be separated on the bus and chaperones will be seated throughout the bus. 

 

Pre-Trip Procedures:

  • The first payment must be accompanied by a signed medical release form and a signed student-parent agreement, including the initialed student expectations portion.
  • Teachers will share specific guidelines for luggage prior to the trip based upon bus storage capacity.  The restrictions may include one small carryon and one larger suitcase.
  • All luggage, coat and pants pockets will be searched by school staff members prior to departure.  
  • While students may bring a minimal amount of drinks/sodas and snacks, no open beverages will be permitted past the initial checkpoint.  Keep any drinks sealed until departure.   Students should dispose of any breakfast/fast food drink cups and open bottles or cans before being searched.
  • Gambling related items are not permitted on the trip.
  • Medicine cannot be transported with students.   Any student needing medicine during the trip should indicate the need on their medical form.   Arrangements should be made with the school nurse for transport purposes.
  • Electronics are limited on the trip.  Please no gaming systems.   Other electronic restrictions will be shared prior to the trip.
  • As with any school event, students can’t be in possession of drugs, alcohol, illegal materials, questionable/unsavory materials, etc.  These items will be confiscated, offenders will be restricted from the trip (or returned home), and appropriate school discipline and SRO referral will take place.  

 

Food:

All meals will be provided.  Students may bring a reasonable number of snacks for the trip.  

 

Lodging:

  • Four students per room – students choose their own roommates.  Adults will NOT be in the rooms with students, unless a chaperone requests to share a room with his/her child.  (There may be an additional charge for rooms with fewer than 4 people).   Measures will be taken to ensure that students do not leave their rooms at night.
  • The first payment must be accompanied by a signed medical release form and a signed student-parent agreement, including the initialed student expectations portion.

  

Dress Code:  (YES!!  There is a dress code for the field trip!)

This is a school trip and appropriate attire is required.  Although the uniform isn’t a requirement, please adhere to this modified “Dress Down” dress code:

  1. T-shirts are permitted; however, no offensive or suggestive material on any piece of clothing is allowed.
  2. No sleeveless tops or shirts, low necklines, spaghetti straps, shoulder- baring, midriff-baring or revealing tops or open back shirts may be worn. 
  3. Modest and appropriate is the goal (no see-through material, no midriff or underwear showing).
  4. Overly short apparel is not permitted.  Skirts, skorts and shorts must be at least fingertip length, even if leggings are worn under a skirt.
  5. Tennis shoes, athletic shoes, and sandals are permitted.
  6. No low necklines or tight fitting tops, pants, shorts, etc.
  7. No cut-offs, frays or clothing with holes/slits above fingertip length.
  8. No sagging or bagging.
  9. Hats and sunglasses may not be worn inside buildings during the field trip. 

 

Cost & Payments:

  • The estimated cost for the trip is $300.
  • A total cost will be determined once the total number of participants is determined.
  • A payment schedule will be determined with $50 due per payment
    • 1st payment in early Jan.
    • 2nd payment in mid-Feb.
    • 3rd payment in early Mar.
    • 4th payment in mid-Mar.
    • 5th payment in late Mar.  
  • If actual cost exceeds estimated cost, additional balance will be due with the final/fifth payment.
  • 2017 Payment Schedule
    • 1/17/17
    • 2/2/17
    • 2/16/17
    • 3/2/17
    • 3/16/17
    • 4/3/17

 

Other Cost/Payment Issues:

  • Outstanding balances on school accounts (i.e. media, cafeteria, fees, etc.) must be paid before the final payment is applied to the trip.
  • All money and forms should be turned in to homeroom teachers.
  • If the cost of this trip will prohibit your child from attending, please contact his/her homeroom teacher prior to the first payment date.
  • Please make every effort to turn in payments on time or early.  If you MUST make a late payment, please notify your child’s homeroom teacher before the due date.
  • If it is necessary for you to request a refund at any time, for any reason, we will only be able to refund the amount we can get back. 
  • A full refund is NOT guaranteed.
  • All refund requests should be submitted in writing to the student’s homeroom teacher.  Please state the reason for the request. 

  

Behavior Expectations During the Trip:

Although this educational trip is fun, it is still a school event.  Students are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.  Safety is our number one priority.  Therefore, it is essential that all students understand and follow the student expectations as listed on the student-parent agreement form. 

Behavior issues will be addressed individually.   Consequences are the same off campus as they are at school (punch, ASD, ISS, OSS).  In addition, the student may suffer loss of privileges while on the trip or be sent home.  If a student engages in any illegal, destructive, or dangerous activity, his/her parent will be called to pick him/her up immediately.

 

Financial Help:

If you or someone you know is interested in helping to cover the cost of a deserving student, please contact Mrs. Williams by e-mail (sherri.williams@onslow.k12.nc.us).

 

Chaperones:

  • If you are interested in serving as a chaperone, please indicate it in the appropriate space on the permission slip.  Do NOT send chaperone money now.
  • Chaperones MUST be fingerprinted and approved by Onslow County Schools no later than February 1st. For more information contact Mrs. Bender as soon as possible.
  • Chaperones will be required to attend a meeting in mid-March.

 

Expectations:

  1. All school rules will be strictly enforced, including appropriate consequences as outlined in the NBMS Student Handbook and the Onslow County Discipline Handbook.
  2. All students are to be in the designated places at the specified times.  Students are to make their chaperone aware of their whereabouts at all times.  No one should ever go anywhere alone.
  3. At no time shall any student go into a hotel room that is assigned to or occupied by students of the opposite gender.
  4. Loud talking and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated at any time during the trip (bus, hotel, various stops, etc.).
  5. All students will be respectful to other students, chaperones, and all personnel on the trip (drivers, tour guides, etc.).
  6. There will be no horseplay at any time.  Students must keep their hands, feet, etc. themselves at all times. 
  7. Public displays of affection (hugging, kissing, hand holding) are not permitted at any time in any location.
  8. Cell phones should remain on silent at all times and headphones/earbuds must be   used.  In public places, phones may be used for photographs only.  If cell phones are misused or overused, they will be taken away.  Inappropriate       messages/texts/pictures will not be tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly (may include removal from the trip).  If the situation warrants, administration has the right to read and review any texts and/or pictures on cell phones that are confiscated.
  9. Any student who leaves the group, misses a curfew, uses profanity, is caught with alcohol, drugs, or tobacco, or who misbehaves persistently will be removed from the trip immediately.  The student’s parents will be contacted and immediate transportation arrangements will be made.
  10. Students have a responsibility to inform a teacher or chaperone if any medical or otherwise unacceptable situation arises while on the trip.  If something doesn’t seem right – tell an adult.
  11. Students may not have any medication in their possession at any time, unless it is an emergency inhaler with prior approval.  All medication, including prescription and over the counter, must be turned in to a teacher and be accompanied by a medical form signed by a doctor.

 

QUESTIONS?:

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher via email or call the school office to schedule a conference.

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