NHMS SI STUDENT EXCHANGE. 2013/2014 Family Information Meeting October 17, 2013 5:30 PM. YEAR TWO WAS A SUCCESS!!. The NHMS/Liceo connection. -Founded by Susan Wells and the SI parents of 2011/2012- this program will continue under the direction of NHMS staff!
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Family Information Meeting
October 17, 2013
-Founded by Susan Wells and the SI parents of 2011/2012- this program will continue under the direction of NHMS staff!
- It was born out of the desire to provide an authentic cultural and language enhancing experience for the SI middle school students!
-Pairing- with Liceo- a private school in Madrid who is also passionate about providing authentic language experiences for their students in the US and other countries.
-We will continue to use the previous trip model created by Susan Wells with some adjustments as needed. Liceo’s model of exchange programs will be used to provide a successful design model.
- Approximately 20-30 students will have the opportunity to attend the trip with two staff members. The chaperones for this year are Sr. Duffie (2nd trip) and Sra . Klocko.
-The final number of students who can attend is based on the number of students who will participate in the exchange from Liceo.
-The trip is for 7th grade students only. WHY??
-The trip dates are June 5- June 21,2014 and our Spain exchange students will be here from September 5 - September 19, 2014.
***Travel dates pending confirmation with Liceo***
Cost Projection-$2700.- $3000.- THIS INCLUDES:
~Airfares- Roundtrip from Grand Rapids to Madrid and back- $1640. = upper end - Early decisions on student participation could lower this price!
~includes some of the outings planned for hosts and their Spain guests when in GR!
~and some incidentals (ie passport, spending money,etc)
~parents of traveling students will be required to participate in tasks such as bookkeeping,optional fundraising,t-shirt design contest, plan daily excursions for visiting Spain students, attend the excursions,etc.
In other words……. this is a trip based on RECIPROCITY!! (THIS MEANS THAT YOUR STUDENT WILL BE TREATED TO THINGS IN SPAIN AND WE WILL RECIPROCATE WHEN THE SPAIN STUDENTS COME HERE!!
These are required to prepare students for a trip abroad!!!
- How many?? (4) Student Meetings
(2-3) Parent Meetings
TBD- some after school/some at night!
- Each student participant is paired with a host family. The same pairing will exist when in(@NHMS)
-This is a round trip pairing meaning you must be willing to travel there and host on our end!
-Reciprocity is key and saves $$$.
- First night- Hotel with teacher chaperones- ADJUSTMENT!!
-The remaining overnight stays are with the HOST FAMILY!!
-Weekdays- school and daily excursions!
(the Spain host will attend school while the NHMS student goes on daily excursions)
-Weekends- with the host family!!!
(Spain excursions/ specific sightseeing will be shared on our SI Exchange Student website at siexchangetrip.weebly.com
Each host will:
***Weekday excursions will be listed on the exchange website siexchangetrip.weebly.com
-Since this is an overseas trip and students will be representing our school, state, and country (ambassadors) , and will be staying with host families- they must have exceptional integrity, self - discipline, respectful behavior, and should be comfortable being away from their family. In other words, this should not be their first trip or first experience away from parents!!
- To be eligible students should:
~be maintaining grades of at least a C and above
~have a solid command of the Spanish language
~no discipline /behavior problems for the last year and through the middle experience to date. (an in-school or out of school suspension in the last year disqualifies a student for this trip)
-If eligible for the trip- each student must have a valid passport, current physical, and signed behavior contract.
STEP 1- Determine if this trip is a good fit for you!!(IF SO- COMPLETE APPLICATION PAPERWORK - DUE IN THE NHMS OFFICE BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25!!!
STEP 2- Student Interviews (SCHEDULED DURING THE WEEK OF NOV. 5-9)
-The SI Team will determine qualified applicants based on:
- The number of students that can attend is based on our Liceo student participation. If our qualified/eligible number exceeds this, a lottery will be held to determine who will attend.
-The number of male/female participants is also based on Liceo student participation. Homogeneous homestays are required. (girl w/girl, boy w/boy)
~ The behavior contract must be completed and signed.
~A current health/physical must be on file for the current year.
~A student profile must be completed to help match students from NHMS and Liceo
SO WHY ATTEND THIS TRIP?????????????