Grades 5 and 6
Calleva Outdoor Adventure
The Grades 5 and 6 classes attend a Team Development Course at the Calleva Outdoor Adventure Center in Poolesville, Maryland early in the school year. The program helps new and returning students in these grades strengthen and make new friendships and begin a comfortable and successful year in the CES Middle School. 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.
Grades 7 and 8
Echo Hill Outdoor School
Students in Grades 7 and 8 spend three days at the Echo Hill Outdoor School on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Echo Hill experience offers the students a unique setting within which to learn about the Chesapeake Bay environment and to develop and strengthen 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, to 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 as they learn to develop trust, cooperate, make decisions and communicate within the group.