Fall Semester 2018 Middle School Workshops

Sponsored by the Salem City Schools Gifted Department

Dear Parents:

Salem City gifted department is pleased to announce our field trip opportunities this fall. Please look for the official mailing about these options AND the permission forms to arrive at your house by Sept. 17th.  Note the dates and times, and see if any of them might be of interest to your child.

Option 1:          Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Hokie BugFest at Squires Student Center at VA Tech  

Meet us at G.W. Carver Elem. 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 staving off the bee pandemic (insect pathology), responsible pesticide use, insect adaptation and communication, bug “Jeopardy”, and much more—all contained within one building.

Please bring $10 for lunch as we will eat on campus while there. The bus will return to G.W. Carver School at 3 pm.

Option 2:          Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
“Experience Escape Room Fun” at Riddle Me Roanoke

Riddle Me Roanoke will host our groups at their escape room business, located at Oak Grove Plaza on Electric Road.  Students will work together in groups of 6-10 to solve a mystery. Last year the gifted department tried this out with the elementary group, and we found the rooms’ puzzles to be quite tricky! Now it’s the middle school’s turn to give it a whirl! Each group will have 1 hour to solve the mystery of its room based on a theme. Options include “The Malt Shop”, “Battle Behind Bars”, “Pirates”, and “The Lost Will.” A chaperone will join the students in each room.  If your child participated as a 5th grader, we will do our best to see that s/he is assigned to a different room this year

Please sign up soon because this event is limited to the first 26 people to sign up (the limits of the rooms require this) and note that parents must provide transportation to and from this event. In the event that we have more than 26 students ask for a spot on this date, we will schedule another future session at Riddle Me Roanoke. Once we have received responses from those interested in attending, we will sort the students into appropriate sized groups for each of the four rooms.