Doug McClure
Washington D.C.


Brownstown Central Middle School is very excited to announce that, again with the Class of 2027, we have partnered with our Jackson County neighbor, Seymour Middle School, to offer the 8th grade students of our county schools a most unique educational experience . . . Washington DC!  

At the invitation of SMS, BCMS 8th grade students will be given the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital for a learning adventure they will likely never forget.

SMS made their first trek to our nation's capital in the Spring of 2010.  BCMS joined the venture in 2017.

Travelling together helps to insure that both schools have the sufficient number of student participants to keep trip expense costs as low as possible for the students/families of both schools.  (As there will naturally be some fluctuation in regards to the student participation/eligibility rate from year to year, this joint school endeavor will provide additional cost stability and trip solvency for both schools.)

On behalf of BCMS, I would like to thank SMS for their continued partnership.  Of special note:
- the Seymour Community School Corporation School Board of Trustees
- Mr. Brandon Harpe, SCSC Superintendent
- Dr. Daniel Mendez, SMS Principal
- Mrs. Sherri Holt-Price, SMS Teacher & Washington, D.C. Trip Coordinator
 . . . and . . .
- the SMS student body (thank you for sharing your trip experience with us!)

I would also like to thank:
- the Brownstown Central Community School Corporation School Board of Trustees
. . . and . . . 

- Mr. Tim Taylor, BCCSC Superintendent


"NEW INFORMATION ZONE"

This is where you can look for new announcements and information as they relate to the DC trip throughout the course of the year.  Each new announcement will have a date stamp preceding it.


May 17, 2022:
Mark your calendar! There will be an informational video for BCMS 8th grade students/parents interested in participating in the May 17-May 21, 2023, Washington, D.C. trip.

Video Date:  Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
Location:  BCMS Main Page
Participants:  only 8th Grade Parents & Students
 

6th and 7th grade students & parents interested in learning about the Washington, D.C. trip in anticipation of their 8th grade year, are also invited to view the video.

An in-person DC kick-off meeting will also be held in the BCMS gymnasium that same evening of Tuesday, August 9th at 5:30PM for interested students and parents.  Although the same trip information will be covered in-person and via video, the in-person meeting will provide a time for questions and answers.

Refer to the page links to the right to view the following:
1) Washington, D.C. Trip BCMS Student Criteria
2) Washington, D.C. Student/Parent information power point (coming soon)
3) Class of 2027 Trip Information Letter


TIMELINE and OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

For quick reference, here is an outline of important information and events leading up to our May 17th departure.  (Please note:  this information is NOT meant to be comprehensive regarding all details related to the trip.)

 

Touring Company:

WorldStrides, Inc.
218 West Water Street
Suite 400
Charlottesville, VA  22902
1-877-545-0070
 

Important Calendar Dates & Deadlines:

Tuesday, Aug. 9th
8th grade Student & Parent Informational In-Person Meeting (BCMS Gymnasium - 5:30PM) & Information Video released on BCMS webpage

Monday, September 5th
Registration and $88 Non-Refundable Deposit Deadline (Considered Payment #1)

Monday, October 3rd
Payment #2 Due

Thursday, November 3rd
Payment #3 Due

Monday, December 5th
Payment #4

Tuesday, Jan. 3rd
Payment #5 Due

Friday, Feb. 3rd
Payment #6 Due

Wednesday, February 15th
Roommate and T-Shirt Size Request Form Due

Friday, March 3rd
Final Payment Due

Wednesday, April 5th
Final Paperwork Sent Home - Medical Release Form, "Things to Pack" List, Final Meeting Letter

Thursday, April 13th
Medical Form Deadline - Turn In at Main Office

Wednesday, May 10th 
REQUIRED ATTENDANCE - D.C. Parent Informational Meeting @ Seymour Middle School -- 5:00 P.M. In the Gymnasium: Agenda-- Final Instructions, Trip Itinerary, T-Shirt Distribution

Wednesday, May 17thCheck-In-- 5:00 P.M. Seymour Middle School Cafeteria
1. Go to Your Assigned Bus's Table
2. Pick Up Lanyard/Emergency Contact  
   Card, D.C. Travel Guide, Luggage ID Tag and  
   Place Any Medication in Designated Container
3. Fill Out Luggage ID Tag and Attach to  
    Luggage
4. Set Luggage To Be Loaded Below Next to 
    Your Assigned Bus (Weather Permitting); 
    Keep Carry-On Bag and Brightspark Backpack With You
5. Wait and Listen/Watch Patiently for the "Load 
    Buses" Signal; Thank Parents and Hug 
    Them Bye


Load Buses-- 5:45 P.M.

Departure-- 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday, May 17th-Sunday, May 21st 

Washington, D.C., Here We Come!

Sunday, May 21st
Arrive to Seymour Middle School-- Approx. 8:00 A.M.



Miscellaneous "Need-to-Knows"





**In the Event Your Child Does Not Meet the Attendance, Behavior and Other Requirements for the Trip, Mr. McClure Will Contact Your Child and You.  He Will In Turn Notify WorldStrides that Your Child Has Been Removed from the Trip for Failing to Meet the School Requirements.

Should You Choose to Remove Your Child from the Trip for Any Other Reason, You Will Need to Contact WorldStrides in Writing to Explain the Reason for Cancellation.  

WorldStrides Will Retain a $88 Cancellation Fee but Return the Remaining Balance.  For Additional Information, Please Refer to the WorldStrides Registration and Payment Policy Found In the Attachments Section Below.**
      



**REQUIRED WorldStrides Medical Form:  If We Do Not Have a WorldStrides Medical Form on File for Your Child, We Cannot Take Your Child on the Trip!

IT'S THE LAW!  


ANY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS YOUR CHILD WILL BE TAKING DURING THE TRIP WILL NEED TO BE IN A LABELED PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE.  IF YOU NEED AN EXTRA BOTTLE, THE PHARMACY SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE ONE FOR YOU. 

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDS NEED TO BE IN THEIR ORIGINAL BOTTLE AS WELL. 

PLACE YOUR CHILD'S MEDS IN A CLEAR ZIPLOC BAG AND WRITE HIS/HER NAME ON IT. 

THANK YOU!**