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5th Grade Outdoor Trip

On this trip, my favorite memory was hanging out with my friends. This trip really helped me get to know my community. I feel like I know my community a lot more than I did before. - Meta, Westside Class of 2021

 

On this trip, my favorite memory was hanging out with my friends. This trip really helped me get to know my community. I feel like I know my community a lot more than I did before. - Meta, Westside Class of 2021
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th grade spent 4 days exploring Mt. Rainier National Park. During this time students built basic outdoor skills of camping, hiking, and teamwork. Students also got an opportunity to experience and learn a bit about watersheds and weather through guided hikes, play, ranger talks, and the Paradise museum. Most of all, this trip was an opportunity for our fifth graders to step outside their comfort zone, build relationships with their peers and teachers, and set the tone for the next four years of their middle school experience.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I loved most about spending a week with the 5th graders at Mt. Rainier was hearing the students reflect on their own growth as a result of the experience. From students declaring that they are determined to someday climb Mt. Rainier to realizing they have overcome homesickness and now know that they can therefore go on longer trips to saying out loud, "I kind of feel proud of myself for hiking this much today!" Hearing students speak confidently and with a sense of accomplishment is one of the most valuable aspects of being a teacher! I am so proud of these 5th graders! -Keliko, 5th/6th Humanities Teacher


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