Catalina Registration 2019 HMS 7th Grade Outdoor Education Trip to Emerald Bay
Dear 7th Grade Parents/Guardians,

The primary focus of the trip is to create an outdoor educational experience that cannot be replicated in the classroom setting. The visit to Catalina Island has been a long-standing tradition for 7th graders at Huntington Middle School. This opportunity allows students to meet and foster friendships with their peer group. The activities and instructors at Catalina will provide the type of challenging critical thinking exercises that students are accustomed to in San Marino schools. Activities include the study of marine ecosystems through snorkeling, canoeing, hiking on the island to study biological and meteorological interactions between coast and sea, and close observation of marine life including squid dissection.

About Naturalists At Large (NAL):

NAL operates its program from Emerald Bay Cove in Catalina, which is known to be the most beautiful cove on the island and is one of the top 10 snorkeling spots in the world. Crystal clear water hosts abundant sea life found nowhere else on the island. Students are guided through a hands-on educational experience. The plankton lab, fish aquariums, shark touch tanks, and invertebrate touch tanks are a few of the amenities that make this an unparalleled research and study center.
NAL employ a staff of instructors and an on-site director for the duration of our stay on Catalina. Each research group of students will be supervised at all times by NAL staff. Additionally, HMS will take site employees, both certificated and classified, including an administrator, for additional supervision. Prior to departure, all chaperones are required to attend a mandatory chaperone orientation and medical training session. Additionally, all students will attend a student orientation outlining expectations for behavior and daily operations.
Once on the island, students begin each day at 8:00AM and rotate between sessions within their research groups. All students will enjoy an exciting nighttime activity each evening. The buses will depart Monday from HMS for a ferry ride across the channel at Long Beach to Catalina and may witness pods of dolphins, Orcas, whales or flying fish. Students return on Friday via ferry and bus back to HMS.

Trip Dates: October 7, 2019 through October 11, 2019

Cost Per Student
Parent fees fund this trip. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 35335, fees may be charged for outdoor science camp programs, so long as no pupil is denied the opportunity to participate because of nonpayment of the fee (Education Code section 35335). Furthermore, Education Code section 39807.5(b), (d), and (f) allows for fees to be imposed for an event deemed optional.
The cost per student is $800 payable by check or credit card (check made out to HMS) or Click here http://tinyurl.com/y2bseeue to pay online. The cost includes but not limited to:
• All meals
• Accommodations
• Access to water sport equipment
• NAL instructors
• Transportation to and from Catalina

Parents who request assistance to pay the fee may contact Michelle Boecking, HMS Account Technician, to develop a payment plan or other option. mboecking@smusd.us (626) 299-7060 ext. 5007

Teachers at Huntington Middle School will provide regular instruction to students not attending this trip.

This form contains the following information that must be completed for all attendees unless otherwise stated:
• Temporary Delegation of Parental Rights and Limited Power of Attorney for Consent to Medical Treatment form.
• Behavior Contract
• Medical Form
• Administration of Medication Form (Complete this ONLY if your child must take medication at Catalina.)
• Medication Policy (Read only)
• Packing List for Catalina
• MSA Medical and Release forms

To request tent-mate choices: https://forms.gle/RmDuV5jQ8u4uzgfr8
(You are encouraged to use your child's email address @student.smusd.us email.)

Please complete the registration and payment process by 12:00PM on May 30, 2019 to the HMS office to guarantee your child's place on this trip.
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