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7th and 8th Grade Visit to the Windy City
Each year the 7th and 8th graders take a special trip to an exciting new city. Every other year, the trip is to Washington DC, so that each NCS middle schooler gets to have that experience, but their other year, they travel to a different destination. In the past few years, the middle school has visited St. Augustine and Philadelphia. This year, they travelled to the third most populated city in the U.S., Chicago! Brian Bishop, the Middle and High School Principal, was on this year’s trip and kept us updated each day on their adventures.
Wednesday, May 10
I wanted to take a moment to update you on our tour of Chicago (with a brief scenic stop in Lafayette, IN). We did have a bit of a hiccup today as the boys' bus had a busted belt. This gave us a moment to enjoy the scenes of a really flat (and empty) field. However, never fear, there were several "certified mechanics" among the staff and parents along on the trip who were able to put the bus back together again. This delay did cause us to get into Chicago a little late. However, we were able to enjoy a scenic boat ride through the city with great views of the architecture and Sears Tower. We were able to enjoy famous deep-dish pizza at Gino's East Side Pizza. We won't discuss who ate the most (Coach Frazier). After this, we went to everyone's favorite, famous site of Chicago...The Mall! There was much rejoicing on the girls' bus. We did have a wonderful and real experience of "The Windy City" as we walked to the mall in a bit of a rain/wind storm. After all of that, we have now crashed in the hotel and are looking forward to some great events and locations tomorrow. All is well and everyone is safe in Chicago. Hope you are enjoying the warm weather there in Nashville. It is a brisk 53 and windy here....
Thursday, May 11
Once again, we have enjoyed a long day full of fun things to do. We started early this morning at the Museum of Science and Industry. This was a really large science museum with a lot of neat things to do. One of the main attractions was a real German U-boat submarine from World War II. After this, we went to Navy Pier for shopping, lunch, and fun. Many chose to ride the giant Ferris Wheel, though some regretted it once they were at the very top. Others chose to try the Mirror Maze and have the bruises to prove that they took a few wrong turns. After this, we took a guided tour of the city with a few stops along the way. These stops included Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory and Millenium Park. Finally, we drove, 26 miles outside the city (a comfortable 80 minute ride in afternoon traffic) to enjoy Ye Olde Medieval Times Dinner Show. All the Lords and Ladies enjoyed a medieval feast while watching jousting, sword fighting, and other medieval games and tricks. We all cheered as each Knight died on the battlefield in sword battle (actually, it was a completely non-violent production, totally safe for all the kids to enjoy)! Once again, everyone is completely tired, and I am sure they will go straight to sleep when they finish packing.
Friday, May 12
We are currently on our way home, just north of Indianapolis. We had another fun and easy day in Chicago. We began by visiting the Hancock Building (one of the tallest in Chicago) for a 360 degree view over 1,000 feet up. Several of our people "tilted" over the edge to look straight down! We then travelled to the Shedd Aquarium (along with thousands of other school tours) to see some amazing sights. Baluga whales, dolphins, and pythons were among the animals we visited. Finally, we went to the Adler Planetarium for a video presentation. All is quiet on the buses (at least the girls' bus anyway), and we are headed home with about 5 hours and 30 minutes of drive time remaining. With a supper stop included, I think we should be home around 11:00 pm. Thank you for sending your children with us! We have had a great time as always and our students behaved very well. See you all tonight.
So it was another great adventure for the 7th and 8th grade. Everyone made it home safe and sound with many great memories to reflect on. Next year they will head back to the nation’s capital once again. What a great opportunity for our middle school students to share an adventure and see another part of this great country!