10-22-2013 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #51


Title
Field Trip - Johnson Middle School - Faces of Florida

Discussion

The Johnson Middle School STAR Program is requesting permission to journey back in time to experience the pioneer spirit of Florida through the eyes of its entrepreneurs, immigrants and original settlers.  The 150 to 200 students and fingerprinted registered parent volunteers will be accompanied by nine STAR teachers and an administrator from Johnson.  Beginning on March 17th and ending on March 20th, the Star Program's Faces of Florida field trip is rife with history, economics and culture as it explores a Florida prior to air conditioning, tourism and insect repellent.  This unit emphasizes the five themes of in relation to absolute location, relative location, regional economics, human-environmental interaction and people in relation to movement and culture.  Participants will experience Billie's Swamp Safari on the Seminole reservation, will trace the lives of Cuban cigar workers in Ybor City, will visit Cracker Country for the Florida frontier experience, will tour the Plant Museum at the University of Tampa, will see the Ringling Brothers' rich legacy in Sarasota, will soak up the natural sponge industry in Tarpon Springs and finally land on the steps of Florida's capital in Tallahassee.  As part of this course of study, all Star students will be reading and discussing A Land Remembered, the Student Edition Volume I by Patrick D. Smith in their History and Language Arts classes in preparation for this once in a lifetime opportunity. 

All participants will travel by a school board approved transportation vendor.  Per student cost is $450, many fundraisers have been undertaken allowing students the opportunity to raise the entire amount of the trip.  Scholarship opportunities are available for qualified students through teacher generated grants and funds solicited from area businesses and sponsors.  Acknowledging that four days out of school is a significant amount of time, every minute of the time spent on this trip will be used to foster within these high ability students (97% of this year's STAR 7th and 8th graders are level 3, 4 or 5 in Reading and 95% are level 3, 4 or 5 in Math) a real world understanding and appreciation of the state in which they live.  Funds for this trip will be held in trust.  There will be no cost to the District.                   



Recommendation
Approve the request for the Johnson Middle School STAR Program including 150 to 200 students, finger-printed registered parent volunteers, nine STAR teachers and an administrator to participate in the Faces of Florida trip, March 17-20, 2014.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 10/22/2013
Consent after Information11/19/2013

Authority for Action
Procedures and Criteria for Field Trips

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program

Contact
Robert Fish, Principal, Johnson Middle School, 242-6430
K. Jane Cline, Central Area Superintendent, 633-1000, ext. 411


Attachment:  Johnson Trip 3-17-14.pdf