Brownstown Central Middle School is very excited to announce that, again this year with the Class of 2024, 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
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.
June 5, 2019:
Mark your calendar! There will be a mandatory student/parent informational meeting for all 8th grade students interested in participating in the May 13-May 17, Washington, D.C. trip.
Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
Location: BCMS Gymnasium
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, may also attend the meeting.
Note: Interested 6th and 7th grade students attending the information presentation will be given the chance to participate in the Fall 2019 fundraiser should they choose. Purpose: an additional opportunity to begin accumulating and "banking" profits toward their future trip.
Refer to the page links to the right to view the following:
1) Washington, D.C. Trip BCMS Student Criteria
2) Washington, D.C. Trip Student Dress Code Requirements
3) August 13th Washington, D.C. Student/Parent information power point
4) Class of 2024 Trip Information Letter (May 2019)
5) BCMS Washington, D.C. Trip Fundraiser Policy
For quick reference, here is an outline of important information and events leading up to our May 13th departure. (Please note: this information is NOT meant to be comprehensive regarding all details related to the trip.)
Tuesday, Aug. 13th
8th grade Student & Parent Informational Meeting and Fundraiser Kick Off-- 6:00 P.M. BCMS Gymnasium
Tuesday, Oct. 15th
Registration and $72 Deposit Deadline
Friday, Nov. 15th
Payment #2 Due-- $275
Wednesday, Jan. 15th
Payment #3 Due-- $275
Friday, March 6th
Roommates and T-Shirt Size Form Due
Monday, March 16th
Payment #4 Due-- $273
Thursday, April 9th
U.S. Capitol Panoramic Group Picture Order Due
Medical Form Deadline- turn in at Main Office
Wednesday, May 6th
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 13th
Check-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
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
Load Buses-- 5:45 P.M.
Departure-- 6:00 P.M.
Wednesday, May 13th-Sunday, May 17th
Washington, D.C., Here We Come!
Sunday, May 17th
Arrive to Seymour Middle School-- Approx. 8:00 A.M.
**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 Brightspark 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 Brightspark in Writing to Explain the Reason for Cancellation.
Brightspark Will Retain a $70 Cancellation Fee but Return the Remaining Balance-- Fundraiser Profits Excluded. For Additional Information, Please Refer to the Brightspark Registration and Payment Policy Found In the Attachments Section Below.**
**Brightspark Is Supposed to Mail Out a Medical Form with the Final Payment Notice. This Needs to Be Filled Out and Returned to the School By Thurs., April 9th.
If We Do Not Have a Medical Form on File for Your Child, We Cannot Take Your Child on the Trip!
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.