Monday, April 17, 2017

Reflections from DC

Early spring in 8th grade means one thing here at Essex Middle School...the annual field trip to Washington, D.C.!  Students recently traveled to our nation’s capital for 3 days experiencing our rich history at places like Arlington National Cemetery, walking amongst the many monuments and memorials, and some even touring the U.S. Capitol building.
There’s something about being in D.C. and truly feeling a part of history.  Dates and historical figures come alive as you read famous quotes, stand beneath larger than life monuments, and visit places where historical moments have taken place.  Students had an opportunity to view such famous parts of our past and present, as well as relax and enjoy some of the lighter sides the city has to offer like the National Zoo, and tour museums such as the Air and Space museum, Natural History Museum, and the American History Museum.  
Upon our return to Vermont, here are a few thoughts from some of our 8th graders:

“I had a lot of fun in D.C.  My favorite part was either the night tour of the monuments or the National Zoo.”
  • Ella Larson

“My favorite part on the trip was going on the night tour of the monuments and seeing all of the cool stuff in the museums.”
  • Shaylee Barber

“My favorite part of our trip was walking around The Mall and seeing all of the museums.”
  • Jack Synnott

“I really enjoyed the Air and Space Museum.”
  • Noah Adams

“My favorite part of D.C. was going to the museums, especially the Air and Space Museum.”
  • Sydney Martin


When students look back on their middle school years this trip won’t stand out because it rained, or because of the long bus trip:-); instead it will be remembered because of the memories made at each of our stops throughout our nation’s capital!


Laura Pratt
8th grade teacher

Early spring in 8th grade means one thing here at Essex Middle School...the annual field trip to Washington, D.C.!  Students recently traveled to our nation’s capital for 3 days experiencing our rich history at places like Arlington National Cemetery, walking amongst the many monuments and memorials, and some even touring the U.S. Capitol building.
There’s something about being in D.C. and truly feeling a part of history.  Dates and historical figures come alive as you read famous quotes, stand beneath larger than life monuments, and visit places where historical moments have taken place.  Students had an opportunity to view such famous parts of our past and present, as well as relax and enjoy some of the lighter sides the city has to offer like the National Zoo, and tour museums such as the Air and Space museum, Natural History Museum, and the American History Museum.  
Upon our return to Vermont, here are a few thoughts from some our 8th graders:

“I had a lot of fun in D.C.  My favorite part was either the night tour of the monuments or the National Zoo.”
  • Ella Larson

“My favorite part on the trip was going on the night tour of the monuments and seeing all of the cool stuff in the museums.”
  • Shaylee Barber

“My favorite part of our trip was walking around The Mall and seeing all of the museums.”
  • Jack Synnott

“I really enjoyed the Air and Space Museum.”
  • Noah Adams

“My favorite part of D.C. was going to the museums, especially the Air and Space Museum.”
  • Sydney Martin


When students look back on their middle school years this trip won’t stand out because it rained, or because of the long bus trip:-); instead it will be remembered because of the memories made at each of our stops throughout our nation’s capital!


Laura Pratt
8th grade teacher











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