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Sky Ranch. Parent Information Meeting. Departure. Students should arrive at school by 7:30AM. Students should report to the East side of Stinson Field (near Key Street) with all of their necessary items. Buses are limited in space. Pack lightly. Duffle bags are preferred.

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Sky ranch

Sky Ranch

Parent Information Meeting


  • Students should arrive at school by 7:30AM.

  • Students should report to the East side of Stinson Field (near Key Street) with all of their necessary items.

  • Buses are limited in space. Pack lightly.

  • Duffle bags are preferred.

  • Pack bedding into luggage or in a labeled trash bag.

  • Be sure all bags and pieces of clothing are labeled with your child’s first and last name.

Sky ranch information
Sky Ranch Information

  • Location- Nestled in the piney woods of East Texas in Van, TX

  • 903-266-3300- use only for emergencies


  • Students are assigned cabins with at least 2-3 chaperones in each cabin. Roommate requests are accommodated as much as possible.

  • Students will be in mixed-advisory cabins to encourage new friendships and team building.

  • Each cabin is equipped with beds, showers, and restrooms. Separate cabins for boys and girls.

Sky ranch home edition
Sky Ranch home edition

  • We will provide alternative (Sky Ranch-like) activities for those students not attending Sky Ranch.

  • Your child will be counted absent if they do not attend school on “camp” days. Please inform the office if your child is sick.


  • Limnology- aquatic study of freshwater

  • Challenges- Team building activities involving communication, trust and cooperation

  • Orienteering- Teams practice orienteering skills by learning Geomatics and using GPS

  • Forces in Nature- Learning about gravity and friction and how nature changes our environment

Recreation and nighttime activities
Recreation and Nighttime Activities

  • Open rec time- field games, zip lines, water slides, etc.

  • Team games

  • Campfires- skits, songs, and more

Learning groups
Learning Groups

  • Students will travel with mixed advisory learning groups as they participate in sessions.

  • 12-17 students per group

  • Learning groups are led by experienced counselors.

  • Teachers and parent chaperones will be accompanying the students.


  • We need approximately 6 moms and 6 dads per team depending on class sizes. More is better!

  • Chaperones can sign up tonight or with advisory teachers

    • By Friday for Chiefs, Patriots, and Team Genius

    • By October 7th for Olympians, Superstars, and Titans

  • Chaperones that need to attend due to medical necessity must be included on sign-up form.

  • Chaperones are required to attend an additional chaperone meeting. Meeting times and location to be announced.

  • Responsibilities include supervision in classes, cabins, mealtimes, and bed time.

  • Must have ALREADY completed criminal history background check.

  • Cost approximately $100 depending on numbers

Cost and forms
Cost and Forms

  • Payment $195 per child (if not already paid online)

  • Checks should be made out to MIS and returned to student’s advisory teacher.

  • District Health History Form

  • Sky Ranch Participant Agreement

  • Medication Form (only if needed-available online)

  • Form and payment due dates:

    • Chiefs and Patriots: September 12

    • Team Genius: September 16

    • Olympians, Superstars, Titans: October 3

  • Due to time constraints, no late payment will be accepted


  • Authorized HPISD staff will assist in the administration of medications to students while at camp in accordance with HPISD medication guidelines and board policy.

  • Guidelines will be sent home in communication folders.

  • Please review these guidelines carefully if your child will require medication at camp.

  • If you have questions, contact your child’s advisory teacher or the nurse.

What to bring
What to bring

  • Detailed packing lists will be sent home. Some items include:

    • Sleeping bag/sheets and blanket

    • Pillow and pillow case

    • Towels

    • Appropriate clothing (weather)

    • Swimsuit with swim shirt (t-shirt)

    • Toiletries

    • Watch

    • Backpack

    • Flashlight

    • Sunscreen and bug repellant

    • Refillable water bottle

    • Camera (disposable preferred)

    • $$$ for snacks and gift shop (no more than $40)

    • Please label EVERYTHING

What not to bring
What NOT to bring:

  • Electronics, cell phones, eReaders, iPads, iPods

  • Valuables or breakable items

  • Prank materials


  • Students are expected to follow all school rules and camp rules.

  • Parents of students who fail to follow directions will be called to come pick up their child from the camp.

Twitter updates
Twitter Updates

  • Teachers will post information about our adventures on @SkyRanchMIS2013.

  • Instructions will be sent home to create accounts.

  • Tweets will be protected, so only approved followers can see images and tweets.

  • If your name is different than your child’s, send us a message with your twitter name so that we can identify you.


  • Food is served family-style.

  • Kid-friendly menus

  • Salad bar is available at each meal.

  • Dietary needs are addressed.

  • Please let your child’s advisory teacher know through e-mail about any food allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Arrival at mis
Arrival at mis

  • Our estimated time of arrival back to MIS is 2:30-3:00 pm

  • We will update twitter with more precise arrival times, so please check periodically.

  • Students may be picked up from school after being signed out with advisory teacher.

  • We must have written notice if your child is going home with another adult.

  • Pick-up location will also be on Stinson Field near Key street.