Saturday, October 5th, 2019 – Mark the Date!

Sponsored by the Salem City Schools Gifted Department

Dear Parents:

Salem City Schools gifted department is pleased to announce our first opportunity for an extended social-learning excursion[1] this fall. Salem City Schools gifted department regularly plans and schedules extracurricular workshops to support the interests and talents of gifted students. This school year, the gifted staff plans to emphasize college exposure by affording students the chance to visit various campuses. It is our hope that this series of workshops and field trips will familiarize the gifted population with effective networking, hands-on collaborative problem solving, and social activities that will help them plan and consider their higher education futures. Participants will tour campuses and attend information sessions and other special events as offered by each institution.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you about our first such special college event. Please look over the description below, note the date and time, and see if this might be of interest to your child.

Hokie BugFest at Squires Student Center at VA Tech

Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 9am till 3:30pm

Meet us behind Andrew Lewis Middle School on Tennessee Street at 9:00am to travel by Salem City Schools bus to VA Tech for this day-long event sponsored by VA Tech’s Department of Entomology. See more bugs than you’ve ever seen in one place… maybe more than you ever wanted to see! Students will be able to choose among a wide variety of options. There are opportunities to learn about everything from insect pathology, responsible pesticide use, insect adaptation and communication, bug “Jeopardy”, and much more—all contained within one building. This day is filled with exhibits and demonstrations, many of which are hands-on to encourage a richer learning experience through discovery, outreach and engagement. This event highlights an ongoing youth education program hosted by the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program, and the department’s student-run professional organization, the W. B. Alwood Entomological Society. In this way, students from Salem Schools will have the chance to work with and learn from college professors, local businesses, and the Blacksburg community as a whole.

Please bring $10 for lunch as we will eat on campus while there. The bus will return to the Tennessee Street location behind Andrew Lewis Middle School at 3:30 pm.

This trip was very popular last year and we are pleased to offer it again but keep the following in mind:

Space for this trip is limited so please reserve your child’s spot by signing and returning the permission form that was mailed to your home as soon as possible to your child’s school secretary.

The deadline for returning the permission form is Wednesday, Oct. 2nd.

Students should bring their lunch money on the day of the trip.

Hope you’ll join us!

~ Chris Taibbi and Beverly Nicely, Gifted Education Specialists

[1] Ahem, all of that is a fancy way of saying we’re offering a field trip, Folks. This is a field trip….