Fifth and Sixth Grade
Calleva Outdoor Adventure
The fifth and sixth grade classes attend a Team Development Course at the Calleva Outdoor Adventure Center in Poolesville, Maryland, taken early in the school year to help new students in the fifth and sixth grades get to know each other better and help the students make a smooth transition into the CES Middle School. Returning students also benefit greatly from the programs on campus. The program is designed to improve the classroom learning environment by helping the students develop effective communication skills, foster cooperation within a group and enhance group problem solving skills.
Seventh and Eighth Grade
The seventh and eighth graders spend three days at the Echo Hill Outdoor Education Program on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Echo Hill experience offers the students a unique setting within which to learn new ideas and to develop new relationships with classmates.
The Echo Hill experience is grounded in the desire to have students live and learn closely with nature. From sensory exploration classes, to canvas platform tents from the outdoor dining hall, to the dorms surrounded by forest, the philosophy of immersion is present. Small hands-on classes provide opportunities for all students to become engaged and participate. Students explore the forest, meadows, ponds streams, marshes, beaches, fields, towns and waters of the Chesapeake Bay. With the guidance of the Echo Hill teachers, students learn to observe, incorporate previous knowledge, formulate questions, and draw conclusions. Adventure classes provide the students with group problem solving and they learn how to develop trust, cooperate, make decisions and communicate within the group.