Slippery Rock 8th Grade Field Trip to

Washington DC

May 14 - 15, 2022

Slippery Rock 8th-graders: get ready for a fun-filled, Spring field trip to Washington, DC!  Students will see and explore the institutions of our federal government and immerse themselves in our national history. Slippery Rock students have been traveling to our nation’s Capitol with Logan Tours for many years. Many remember it as a highlight of their school years. Make it one of yours, too!

Key Dates

Mon. 2/28, 7 pm, LGI Room:  Parent Meeting

2/28 – 3/4:  Registration period.

Fri. 3/4:  Fundraiser orders & payments due.

Wed. 3/16:  Hoagies delivered. Student pick-up, 2 pm.  Parent pickup, 2:30-4:30 pm.

Mon. 4/4:  Roommate forms distributed in class

Wed. 4/13:  Roommate forms & final payments due.

Mon. 5/9, 7 pm, Cafeteria:  Parent meeting.  Bus and roommate lists distributed

Sat. 5/14, 5:30 am:  Buses load, Middle School.

Sun 5/15 9:30 pm (approx):  Students return.

What You'll See

On this exciting 2-day, 1 night trip, students will:

We depart from Slippery Rock Middle School early Saturday morning, traveling on comfy coach buses. After arriving in DC, students spend the afternoon touring the city, then head to Manassas, VA for dinner and evening activities. We tour again Sunday morning and head home by mid-afternoon on Sunday. 

Trip Cost

  • $290 per student covers transportation, admissions, lodging, and most meals.
  • Register by Friday, March 4.
  • A $100 deposit is required to register.  Or, you must commit to selling at least 40 hoagies to cover your deposit.
  • Students may reduce the cost through fundraising.
  • Any remaining balance is due by Wednesday, April 13.
  • Payments must be made on this site by check or credit card.
Refund Policy
  • If your child must drop out of the trip before May 13th, all payments, except the $100 deposit, will be refunded.
  • After May 13, the trip cost is not refundable.  
  • Written refund requests must be submitted to Mr. Book in room 109 including parent name, phone number, address (for mailing the refund check), and reason for dropping.

Slippery Rock 8th Grade Washington – OrdersSell fresh, delicious hoagies to friends, family, and neighbors to help raise money for your trip.  You’ll earn $2.50 toward your trip for each hoagie sold.

  • Take orders from now until Friday, March 4.
  • Charge customers $6 per hoagie and collect their payment when you take the order.  Any checks should be made payable to you.
  • When you’ve finished selling, order hoagies here.  You must pay for the hoagies when you order them.
  • Hoagies will be distributed in the school cafeteria on Wednesday, March 16.  Students pick up at 2:00 pm; parents between 2:30-4:30 pm.
  • If you pay a deposit, and then sell enough hoagies to cover the full cost of the trip, your deposit will be refunded.
  • If you earn more than is required to pay for your trip, the extra will go into the tour scholarship fund.

Scholarship

A limited scholarship fund is available for students in need of assistance. Interested parties should obtain an application from Mr. Book immediately. It is due at the February 28th parent meeting. Students must participate in the fundraiser to be eligible for financial aid. The student’s profits from the fundraiser will be matched with scholarship money.

Meals & Money

Saturday Meals
Breakfast – not included. Eat before you leave or bring something easy to eat on the bus.
Lunch – Subway on the National Mall.
Dinner – All-you-can eat pizza and soda.

Sunday Meals
Breakfast – Hotel continental breakfast including hot items
Lunch – Elephant & Castle Restaurant
Dinner -Hoss’  Steakhouse buffet (chicken tenders, fries, soup, salad, and dessert bar)

If you have special dietary needs, bring food that is safe for you. We can store a cooler under the bus, if needed.

Spending Money:  All meals and admits are included in the trip price.  $30-$50 will be enough for vending and small souvenirs.  More will be needed if you plan to purchase T-shirts or sweatshirts.

Food and beverages are permitted on the buses and in hotel rooms.  Only drinks with resealable containers are allowed.  Students are expected to discard waste and keep buses and rooms clean. If not, snack privileges will be revoked.

Hotel & Roommates

We will be staying at the Hampton Inn, Manassas VA, which features comfortable, well appointed rooms equipped with cable TV and a blow dryer.  4 students will be assigned per room, and each room has either two queen beds or a king bed and a sleeper sofa.

Students choose their own roommates using a form that will be distributed in History class on April 4. They are due back on April 13.

Packing & Preparing

What to Bring:  Take all items on board the bus that you plan to use throughout the day, including  phones, cameras, jackets, spending money, snacks/drinks.  You’ll also need to have a gym bag with you on the bus.  Pack this with whatever you’ll need for the Freedom Center pool & recreation area.

Everything you’ll need at the hotel (sleepwear, toiletries, games, more snacks & drinks) goes in a bag that can be put in the under-bus storage. You won’t be able to access it throughout the day.

What NOT to bring:  Don’t bring anything that isn’t allowed at school (weapons, alcohol, vapes, etc.).  All bags and luggage will be inspected. Please triple check that there are no prohibited items. If there are, you might not be able to attend the trip and school policy enforced.

Medication must be given to the chaperones before boarding.

Weather:  We will be outside and walking A LOT!  Wear comfortable shoes.  Check the DC forecast and pack accordingly, including jacket/rain coats.

Phones and other screens:  Students are responsible for their possessions, so use discretion.  Label these items with name and parent phone number in case they are misplaced.

Music and video: Must be played through headphones. No flash photography after dark.  No laser lights.  Movies rated G or PG only.

Student Behavior

  • Students are expected to abide by all applicable school policies while on this trip.
  • The District has the right to deny a student from participating based on disciplinary or other issues that arise before the trip (e.g., fighting, bullying, etc.).
  • The “Good Night” time on the itinerary is the last time that any student will be permitted in the hotel hallways.  Errands, such as obtaining soft drinks, ice, or asking questions of the chaperones must be carried out before that time.
  • If behavior is an issue with any student, the chaperones will employ the following procedures:  1. Verbal warning.  2. Assigned seat.  3. Deny permission to remain with group at itinerary stops (will remain on bus with a chaperone).  4. Phone call to parent. 5. Require parent to pick up child and remove from trip.

Slippery Rock staff and students have gone on the Washington DC field trip nearly a decade. They’ve always been well received by the hotel, restaurants, and tour sites visited.  Help us keep up our good reputation!

Safety

Student Safety is the most important aspect of this tour. The following procedures are in place to ensure safe travels:

  • Masks are required by the Federal Government on buses and at several stops. School exemptions do not apply. Students may not attend if they show any signs of illness.
  • Each bus has at least 4 chaperones. Most are district employees who know the students and are familiar with the places we visit.
  • Experienced tour coordinators travel with the group at all times. They explain meeting times, places, etc. in advance of each stop. They will alert students and chaperones to any changes that need to be made, and are in contact with the bus drivers at all times.
  • Chaperones and tour coordinators have required clearances.
  • Students travel in groups with their roommates and their bus chaperones.
  • The places we visit have strict security and/or police on site.
  • Hotel rooms do not have exterior exits. Hotel rooms have landline phones and students are told how to contact chaperones during the night.
  • A security guard walks the halls all night. Mechanisms are put in place to ensure students do not visit one another’s rooms during the night.
  • Only experienced drivers are used, and we strictly follow federal laws pertaining to driver safety.

Questions?

Rebecca Green, Tour Coordinator
Mr. Book, Social Studies Teacher
Room 109
robert_book@slipperyrock.k12.pa.us
724-794-2960 x3109
Mrs. Daugherty, Social Studies Teacher

Room 114
michele_daugherty@slipperyrock.k12.pa.us
724-794-2960 x3114