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January 7th – January 18th, 2013


Dear Students and Parents: Enclosed please find information about the on-campus and off-campus 2013 Winter Learning Program (WLP) seminars. After you have read through the packet, please choose the seminars you would like to take. Each seminar is for a specific time frame and you must take the class for that entire time. Please print out the enclosed sign-up sheet and list your choices and return it to me or send the completed sign-up sheet to me via email. Turn the list in to Cynthia no later than October 31st. If you are scheduling to go on the trips, please make sure that you list the trip or trips. Students may participate in one seminar per week as they wish and where space is available on a first come, first served basis. In order for students to participate in any overnight trips, they must be a level R or L student two weeks prior to the beginning of Winter Holidays. Please do not hesitate to contact Cynthia Traylor if you have any questions. Sincerely,

Bruce L. Brownlow, Director Upper School

Kay Morrison, Principal Communication Arts


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM

2013 SIGN-UP SHEET _______________________________has signed up for the following class(es): (Student Name) PLEASE MAKE FIRST, SECOND & THIRD CHOICE FOR EACH WEEK TEN DAYS WINTER LEARNING 1st Week

2nd Week

1st choice____________________

1st choice ____________________

2nd choice____________________

2nd choice____________________

3rd choice_____________________

3rd choice____________________

Below for Office use only Date Received__________________ Time__________________________ Initial_________________________


INSTRUCTIONAL MOBILE CLASSROOM PERMISSION FORM Return all forms by: ________________________________

Today’s date: _______________

I give permission for my student ________________________________ to participate in a field experience/mobile classroom trip to ___________________________________ which is located in ________________________________.

This trip is related to our curriculum in the study of ___________________________________. The purpose of the trip is to ______________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. While on the field experience the students will be required to ___________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. Follow-up activities will include: _________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________.

We will leave campus at ___________________ on _____________________. We will return to campus about _________________________. We will travel by _________________________. Chaperones will be____________________________________________________ providing a ______adult to ______student ratio. Special details: Students need to bring: Fees: _______________

Meals: _________________ Other needs: ___________________

PERMISSION TO ATTEND FIELD TRIP IS GIVEN BY: __________________________________________ Parent/Guardian

____________________________ Date


Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Road Alpharetta, GA 30004-3413 Phone (770) 360-1336 Fax (770) 360-1341

ahartin@millsprings.org

_________________________________ Medication Preparation for Field Trips Please use one envelope for each time of day. Use separate envelopes for each day. Label the envelope as follows Upper right corner: day Middle: student’s name Under name: time of day to be given There is no need to put the name of the medication on the envelope, as the meds are listed on the medication form. Preparing the medication this way lessens the chance of medication errors. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Nurse Ann


ahartin@millsprings.org

AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION DATE______________________ STUDENT_________________________________________________________________ I hereby request that my child be given the following medication while on the ________________________________ trip. I understand that the school nurse will prepare all medication for the trip according to school policy and following the instructions provided with the medication. I understand that the medication will be administered by non-medical personnel who have been instructed by the nurse on the administration of each medication. I understand that the medication will not be administered if this form is not completed and returned with the medication by__________________________________________. ____________________________ Parent/Legal Guardian

________________________________ Phone Number

NAME OF MEDICATION________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN____________________________________________________________________ NAME OF MEDICATION________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN____________________________________________________________________ NAME OF MEDICATION________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN____________________________________________________________________ NAME OF MEDICATION________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN____________________________________________________________________ NAME OF MEDICATION________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN____________________________________________________________________ DOCTOR’S NAME_____________________________________________________________________ PHONE NUMBER______________________________________________________________________ COMMENTS__________________________________________________________________________


internship

LEARN FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE


INTERNSHIP 2013

Dear Parents and Students: We are preparing for the 2013 Winter Learning Program. Winter Learning is from January 7th – 18th, 2013. Some students enjoy and learn from an “internship” experience; therefore, we make this a viable option during Winter Learning, as long as the student wishes to set up this experience. Attached is a form for Student Internship (juniors and seniors only). Students must contact the company that they would like to internship with and the company must agree with Mill Springs Academy Internship requirements before completing the form. Please return the attached form by November 9, 2012. Bruce Brownlow and Kay Morrison will give the final approval and confirmation for your Internship by November 30th, 2012. Please contact Cynthia Traylor with concerns or questions at 770-360-1336. Thank you for your assistance and continued support. Sincerely,

Cynthia Traylor Assistant Principal


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013 INTERNSHIP Internship Title: __________________________ Supervisor__________________ Telephone #__________________ Internship Description: __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Internship length in days: January 7th – 11th, 2013 and/or January 14th – 18th, 2013. On what days: Monday - Friday Internship Requirements: __________ Student must be willing to: ______________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ __________ Student is required to have the following signed forms: Permission slip from parent, WLP Internship job description and evaluation form.

_________ Internship (Business) Address and Telephone Number ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________

______________________________ Student’s Signature

_______________________________ Supervisor’s Signature


Mill Springs Academy Internship Requirements The Winter Learning Program was developed to give Junior and Senior students the opportunity to expand their educational backgrounds, not only in the classroom setting, but also in the community. Please submit to the school, the criteria/expectations of the student before the Internship dates. Also, please provide the name and telephone number, of the contact person. Please note that Supervisors must submit the brief weekly performance report via fax (678-893-7833) or by mail (Attn: Cynthia Traylor for Upper Students). Attachments by email are also welcomed. Each student will: 1. Attend the internship five days a week during the scheduled time. 2. Keep daily attendance records. 3. Follow all school/job rules and regulations. 4. Dress appropriately for the job environment. 5. Follow School rules on No Smoking/Drinking, ever. 6. Use appropriate behavior and conversation at all times. The students, faculty, parents, and staff greatly appreciate your support of our fine students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email.


UPPER SCHOOL

Permission Slip for Winter Learning Internship Program I give permission for my child, ______________________________________, to participate in the Winter Learning Internship Program.

My child will be interning at: ________________________________________ during the winter learning program from January ____ through January ____ , 2013.

Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation. I understand that Mill Springs Academy assumes no liability for students offcampus during this internship.

_____________________________________ Signature of Parent or Guardian

___________________ Date

(Printed form with parent signature must be returned to Cynthia)


MILL SPRINGS ACADEMY Student Internship Program Weekly Performance Report _________________________________________

___________________________

Student

School Level

Please complete this form and return to the school. Please rate the intern on the scale below. A rating of 5 is the Highest and 1 is the Lowest. Rating - Check One 5

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Rating Elements Please rate the intern’s performance by placing a checkmark under one of the classifications in the rating section at the left. ATTITUDE: Consider willingness to perform duties, desire to attain goals to achieve, initiative, enthusiasm about the job; acceptance of supervision; adaptability to changing situations; willingness to accept responsibility, and leadership maturity. KNOWLEDGE OF THE JOB: Knowledge of what to do and how to do it, ability to separate the more important from the less important, and ability to perform that which is required. WORK HABITS: Works without being prodded, plans and organizes, care and preparation of equipment, conforms to rules and procedures, conduct on the job, and ability to communicate. QUALITY OF WORK: Accurate, precision, complete assignments on time, work effectiveness, and work acceptability. DEPENDABILITY: Consistency of performance, trustworthiness, reliability, ability to work under pressure, and ability to work well with others. EMPLOYEE and PUBLIC CONTACT: Ability to work harmoniously with co=workers, supervisors, and the general public, tact, friendliness, creation of favorable impression on the public, and personal grooming. PUNCTUALITY: Observance of rest and lunchtime time limits, beginning work on time, proper use of sick time and other types of leave.

COMMENTS: __________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Signature of Supervision

__________________________ Date

Name of Company:_____________________________________________________________________________.


PREVIOUS INTERNSHIPS 1. Peachtree Elementary School in Norcross, Georgia 2. Salomon Smith Barney Inc. in Alpharetta, Georgia 3. The Gorham Hotel in New York, New York 4. Henry Medical Center in Stockbridge, Georgia 5. Sweet Apple Animal Hospital in Roswell, Georgia 6. Optio Software in Alpharetta, Georgia 7. Martha’s at the Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee 8. Waters Hill Bed & Breakfast, Inc. in Brunswick, Georgia 9. Ocean Sailing Academy in Charleston, South Carolina 10. Trego Fitness in Alpharetta, Georgia 11. Jim Thomas Construction in Crested Tutle, Colorado 12. Georgia Pre-K in Alpharetta, Georgia 13. Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Georgia 14. Atlanta Thrashers in Atlanta, Georgia 15. Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia 16. Apprenticeship/Pinnacle Racing in Roswell, Georgia 17. Nikko Ceramics in New Jersey 18. J.R. Racing in Jonesboro, Georgia 19. Crabapple Beds and Bones in Alpharetta, Georgia 20. Architect Apprentice in Roswell, Georgia 21. Trincero Family Estates in St. Helena, California 22. The Chateau in San Jose, California 23. Behind the Scenes/Atlanta Media in Atlanta, Georgia 24. Media Play at North Point in Alpharetta, Georgia 25. Tom Sanford Associates in Alpharetta, Georgia 26. Man’s Best Friend in Woodstock, Georgia 27. Medalist Golf in Canton, Georgia 28. Rosenberg and Company PC in Atlanta, Georgia 29. Lazy Eye Productions in Tallahassee, Florida 30. Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles in Atlanta, Georgia 31. 790 the Zone in Atlanta, Georgia 32. Afrikana Rock Harvest Farm in Alpharetta, Georgia 33. Lassiter Animal Hospital in Marietta, Georgia 34. Charlotte’s Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina 35. SmithKline in Alpharetta, Georgia 36. Chapter 11 Bookstore in Alpharetta, Georgia 37. Discos Revolver in Barcelona Spain 38. Kids-R-Kids Day Care in Alpharetta, Georgia 39. Dental One in Metro Atlanta Area


40. UPS Design and Testing Lab in Metro Atlanta Area 41. St. Barnabas Church in Dunwoody, Georgia 42. Passenger Rail Study (Amtrak) (USA) 43. Fuzebox in Atlanta, Georgia 44. Pelham Links Greer, South Carolina 45. Verse Noia Farm Suwanee, Georgia 46. Snowboarding Utah 47. Wort Hotel Jackson, WY 48. AlternaHealth Solutions Atlanta, Georgia 49. Docuteam in Alpharetta, Georgia 50. Loving Hands Animal Clinic in Alpharetta, Georgia 51. Southern Orthopedic Specialists in Atlanta, Georgia 52. Killswitch Performance in Atlanta, Georgia 53. Family Readiness in Atlanta, Georgia 54. Loving Hands Animal Clinic in Alpharetta, Georgia 55. Flowers of Marietta in Marietta, Georgia 56. Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia 57. Coffman Grading in Alpharetta, Georgia 58. Onward Progress Productions in Buford, Georgia 59. The Church of the Incarnation in Atlanta, Georgia 60. Smith’s 66 and Marine in Orangeburg, South Carolina 61. W & A Atlanta in Norcross, Georgia 62. Staffing Technologies in Alpharetta, Georgia 63. Nalley BMW in Decatur, Georgia 64. AlternaHealth Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia 65. Alpharetta Animal Hospital in Alpharetta, Georgia 66. Katy’s Forge & Farriery in Covington, GA 67. Franklin County Probate Court in Columbus, Ohio 68. Chess Championship, Atlanta, GA 69. Carolina Veterinary Specialist, Winston Salem, NC 70. Swim Atlanta Pool Management, Roswell, GA 71. City of Vestavia Hills, Vestavia Hills, AL


Week one January 7 –11 th

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2013 A+ Research Paper – Greg and Hank Beauty and the Beast – Janet and Brian Driver’s Education – Zonja Hand Me that Microphone – Gail and Annette Internship (Jr./Sr. only) – Cynthia Make Your Own Game - Jamie MSA Mystery – Maritza & Sherry Reality Check – Jeff, Lisa and Keith Rock Band – Elizabeth and Patrick Spain Trip – Jaime, Maritza & Cynthia Total Guide to the Rest of Your Life – Susan and Carolina Your Financial Plan – Vaidhei and Carlos ***Dude Ranch – Kay Morrison (see Kay)


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: “A+ Research Paper” Instructors: Gregory E. Bodeep M.Ed. & Hank Jones M.A Seminar Description: This seminar will explain details with step-by-step directions as to writing research papers. The students will learn “how to” through presentation of information of the following: establishing a topic, looking for sources, taking notes, organizing ideas, writing a first draft, using footnotes and endnotes, writing a bibliography, revising the first draft, and proofreading the final draft. Curriculum Connection: The seminar is designed to assist students in writing and learning steps to successful research. The class will combine lecture by Gregory and Hank with active participation by the students. Writing will be required in the seminar. Given the time constraints of 5 days, producing a full research paper is not the goal; however, producing a sample outline is a reasonable goal. Learner Goal(s): At the end of this seminar, the students are expected to have a better understanding of the research paper process. They will know how to write a paper for their classes at MSA and take the skills they learn and use them in college. Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: Monday - Friday (01/07-1/13)

Seminar Requirements: __ X_____ Limited to _12_ students ___X_____ Students must be willing to: Learn about the Research paper process and formal writing ___X_____ Other requirements: bring a sack lunch or money to order lunch daily

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: “Beauty and the Beast” Instructor(s):

Janet Ford and Brian Buxton

Seminar Description: Help create and produce amazing backdrops, colorful sets and awesome props for the MSA Spring Musical production of “Beauty and the Beast”. Tasks will include constructing and painting full or partial backgrounds/sets and creating stage and costume props. Students will also produce a large piece representing the production to hang in the Stallings Theater. Curriculum Connection: Painting, Drawing, Sculpting with mixed media, Teamwork, Social Curriculum. Learner Goals: To expand the students’ realm of skills and knowledge beyond the normal scope of art class to include other creative forms of expression such as music/drama and the preparation and execution that goes into making those forms become reality. Students will create props for a musical, create large scale elements and work as a group. Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: January 7-January 11, 2013

Seminar Requirements: ____ X____ Limited to _15_____ students __________ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day ____ X_____ Additional fee(s) of $20. ____ X_____ Students must be willing to: work as a team, listen to and follow directions, use their creativity, artistic skills and talents to create a variety of items for the stage production of Beauty and the Beast. __________ Students are required to have the following signed forms: _____X_____ Other requirements: Students will need to wear old or work clothes that might get dirty or paint –covered. MSA dress down day apparel is acceptable. Also, protective goggles and gloves will be provided as needed.

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


Driver’s Ed Class for Mill Springs Academy!! Drive Smart Georgia is offering a Driver’s Ed course for 14 to 17 year-olds!

Students may take the class starting at 14 years old! Students do not need to have a permit to take the class. A permit is only needed once the student is ready to begin the driving portion.

Click Here to Register for the Mill Springs Class!

Dates of Course: January 7th - 11th, 2013 (8:30am - 3:00pm) or January 14th - 18th, 2013 (8:30am - 3:00pm)

Benefits of Drive Smart Georgia’s Driver’s Ed Program:     

$45 discount for all students On-site Road Test examinations at Johns Creek location 1 of 3 Georgia driving schools certified by AAA Get a state guaranteed insurance discount of at least 10% good for three years Receive a $150 Georgia state tax credit

MSA students receive $45 off of our most popular package!

Call 770-232-0903 to Register, or…. Use the Online Discount Code: “MSA” in Checkout.

The discount applies to the Traditional Driver’s Ed package, making the cost $405 (normally $450). This package includes the required 30hour classroom course, and 6 hours of in-car driving lessons. This package qualifies parents for a $150 tax credit, as well as a 10% insurance discount good for three years.


Announcing Drive Smart Georgia at Mill Springs Academy for Driver’s Ed! Here’s some great news for busy parents and teens. Why miss sports or use your Saturdays during the school year, when you can take Driver’s Ed in a 5 day course and with your friends! Take Driver’s Ed taught by Drive Smart Georgia and with Miss Brooks! Why waste your precious Saturday’s during the school year when you can take it during the _____TBD_______ This Driver’s Ed course will fill up quickly, so register ASAP at ____TBD_______       

Age: 14 + Location: TBD Date: January 7th -11th or January 14th – 18th Time: 8:30am-3:00pm Instructor: Miss Brooks, zonja@jcdrivingschool.com Fee: $405* Bring: TBD * Includes 30hrs of classroom and 6hrs of driving lessons. All driving lessons will be scheduled online through www.schedule2drive.com.

Note: DSG offers free pick up and drop off at home for driving lessons for students who live within a 10 mile radius of our Alpharetta or Johns Creek location. Students who live outside a 10 miles radius will be picked up and dropped off at Mill Springs Academy. This offer is valid for their Traditional Driver’s Education class (30 hrs in the classroom & 6hrs of driving lessons). Also, teens that are 14 or those who do not yet have their permit can attend the “classroom” portion and then schedule their actual driving lessons “online” after passing the permit test. Benefit’s of Course:     

$45 discount for all students (Regular price is $450) Students Eligible for On-site Road Test examinations at Johns Creek location 1 of 3 Georgia driving schools certified by AAA Get a state guaranteed insurance discount of at least 10% good for three years Receive a $150 Georgia state tax credit


Drive Smart Georgia and Mill Springs Academy Agreement (MSA) Drive Smart Georgia and Mill Springs Academy Agree to conduct a Driver's Ed course at MSA on the following dates: 1. January 7th - 11th, 2013 (8:30am - 3:00pm) 2. January 14th - 18th, 2013 (8:30am - 3:00pm) * DSG allows MSA the option to schedule an additional Driver’s Ed class based on student demand during the school year. Mill Springs Academy agrees to: 1) Allow Drive Smart Georgia use of their facilities to conduct the 30hr Driver's Ed classroom course. 2) Give Drive Smart Georgia a 14 day notice if MSA decides to cancel any scheduled Driver’s Ed class. Drive Smart Georgia agrees to: 1) Present a State Certified 30hr Driver's Ed course to up to 12 students per class at MSA. (DSG requires a minimum of 10 students to conduct a course) 2) Offer the "30 & 6" Driver’s Ed package for $405 ($45 discount). 3) Allow all MSA students completing 30hrs of classroom and 6hrs of driving lessons the option to take their Road Test on-site at DSG’s Johns Creek location for $75.00 (*this is a separate charge if a student opts to take their road test on-site with DSG). 4) Hold a Teenage Safe Drivers events at the school in October to promote National Teen Driver Safety / Red Ribbon week. 5) Hold a Prom Safety event in March to promote driver safety with AAA’s PROMise pledge.

_______________________ Authorized MSA signature

______________________ Authorized DSG signature

Date: ______________________

Date: __________________


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: “Hand Me that Microphone!”-- Public Speaking for Students Instructor: Gail Kreher, M.Ed Seminar Description: Feel the fear and do it anyway! Stop dreading those class presentations, and prepare for your own eventual Senior Presentation. We will work to calm your nerves and direct leftover nervous energy toward your success. We will learn useful strategies, practice presenting several mini-speeches, and prepare a final five minute speech for presentation to an audience on the last day of class. Curriculum Connection: Public Speaking Learner Goal(s): Organization of Material, Word Choice, Diction, Use of transitions, Thesis statement formation and support of thesis. Choosing material and word usage appropriate to purpose and audience. Planning a long-range project. Seminar Length in days: 5 On what days: Mon-Fri, Week 2 (1/14-18/12) Seminar Requirements: ____x_____ Limited to 8 students __________ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. __________ Additional fee(s) of money: ____x_____ Students must be willing to: be serious participants and serious audience members __________ Students are required to have the following signed forms: ____x______ Other requirements: Arrange for your own lunch, or if the group decides, we can order out

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: Make Your Own Game Instructor: Jamie Fambrough Seminar Description: We all know of popular board games like Monopoly and Chess. Other games like Tag and Golf have been around for centuries. But how are games made? What makes a good game? Could I make a game? Sure! Come make your own board, card, or whatever game! We will all make our own game and then try (or beta-test) them. Let’s see if we have what it takes to make a truly legendary game! Curriculum Connection: Acting, Directing, Improvisation, Society and Culture, Advertising, Critical Thinking and Creativity. Learner Goal: Students will begin with a conceptual design of a game and see it through to the finished product. Students will work individually and in groups and will design, construct, playtest and present their games to the class. Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: January 7-11, 2013

Seminar Requirements: ____x_____ Limited to 10 students __________ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. ____x_____ Additional fee(s) of $35 for materials. ____x_____ Students must be willing to: think creatively, artistically, and completely outside the box. __________ Students are required to have the following signed forms: __________ Other requirements:

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: MSA Mystery Numb3rs Theatre Featuring: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company and the MSA NUMB3RS Team “Come join us to solve the age old mystery of what really happened to Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Sherlock Holmes, and our MSA Mystery Guests” Instructor(s): Members of The Atlanta Shakespeare Theatre Company, Maritza Gracia, Sherry Robinson Seminar Description: In the AM session, students participate in a Drama Workshop led by The Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Students learn to fence, participate in sword fights, and perform scenes from famous Shakespearean plays. Whether being a warrior, a witch, a King, or a tree, students show that they have what it takes to take on Shakespeare. In the Pm Session, students become forensic detectives by solving mysteries from “Who Done It” scenarios. Episodes from NUMB3RS, the forensic investigation series that uses Math to solve the crimes, gives students a taste of applied forensics in the real world. Curriculum Connection: British Literature, Theatre, Forensic Science Learner Goal(s): • To learn skills to perform scenes from plays • To learn deduction skills to solve mysteries • To learn skills to work in a group setting Seminar Length in days: 8:15-3:15 On what days:Mon-Fri Jan 7-11 Seminar Requirements: ____X____ Limited to 20 students ___$95____ Fee __________ Additional fee(s) of money: __________ Students must be willing to: interact and work in a group

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: “Reality Check (Where’s My Mom?)” Instructor(s): Lisa Brown, Keith Muma, Jeff Sargent Seminar Description: This seminar will work towards understanding the importance of money and teaching independency to our students for today and their future. • Time management-setting priorities, creating a plan, and carrying out the plan. • Personal financial management-bank accounts, debit/credit cards and budgeting. • Learning simple household chores. • Planning, shopping and preparing meals. • Job application process-phone etiquette, writing a resume, complete an application • Public Transportation (Learning to use MARTA) Curriculum Connection: Social curriculum Skills Lab Learner Goal(s): To understand the workings of every- day life, without someone always taking care of you. At the end of the seminar each student will know how to self-advocate; be confident and independent. Seminar Length in days: 5 On what days: Jan 7- 11 Seminar Requirements: ____x______ Limited to _12__ students __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. _____x_____ Additional fee(s) of money: TBD _____x_____ Students must be willing to: Participate in all activities with a cheerful attitude _____x____ Students are required to have the following signed forms: Medication forms and Field trip permission forms __________ Other requirements: Dress clothing (one day only)

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: Rock Band Instructor(s): Elizabeth Plastiak and Patrick Rose

Seminar Description: Students will audition, will be placed into bands, and will spend the week rehearsing both cover material and original material to be performed on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Stallings Theatre at MSA. THIS SEMINAR IS BY AUDITION ONLY! Please do not sign up if you have not been pre-approved. Please email eplastiak@millsprings.org to schedule an audition. All students must audition before November 15, 2012. Why you would like to be a part of this Band‌ To learn to work as a group; to create a product you will be able to share in the MSA community and to perform before a live audience. To be great musicians!!! Curriculum Connection: Music, Performance and recording, social curriculum. Learner Goals: Students will form bands, rehearse, record and promote themselves which culminates into a concert at the end of the week. Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: January 7-11, 2013

Seminar Requirements: _____x_____ Limited to approved students, maximum number TBD _____x_____ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. The time requirement is an evening performance on Jan 11, 2013 at 7:00pm. _____x_____ Students must be willing to: Be in attendance for every minute of this seminar!!! Please DO NOT schedule doctor’s appointments or other appointments during this week! Every moment of rehearsal is important, and lack of attendance will directly affect the performance of your group! Please do not let your band down! Also, leave the bad attitude at home. If you are not willing to work hard, we are not willing to spend the week making music with you. _____x_____ Students are required to have the following signed forms: Attendance Agreement _____x_____ Other requirements: A good attitude. No divas!! Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning.


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013 Seminar Title: TRIP TO SPAIN Instructor(s): JAIME GUTIERREZ AND CYNTHIA TRAYLOR Seminar Description: C ultural trip around the cities of Madrid, Salamanca, and Barcelona. Curriculum Connection: Foreign language immersion / World cultures Learner Goal(s): Students will have a chance to immerse themselves into the Spanish and the Catalan cultures. They will experience many cultural differences and will learn about history, language, geography and world cultures.

Seminar Length in days: 8

On what days: Jan 5th – 12th 2013

Seminar Requirements: ____X______ Limited to _20__ students ___ X______ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. __________ Additional fee(s) of money: __________ Students must be willing to: X Students are required to have the following signed forms: - Permission Slip - Medication form - Forms required by the Casterbridge Travel Agency X

Other requirements: Bring appropriate clothes for the weather

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: “The Total Guide to the Rest of your Life” Instructor(s): Susan Day & Carolina Ayerbe Seminar Description: This seminar will focus on exploring careers that match the students’ personality and skills. Each student will complete assessments including interest inventories on Naviance and will use the book Do What You Are to match his/her personality with possible career choices. Prior to the class, students will answer a career questionnaire. Based on student interest, we will visits several sites to learn more about the world of work. Guest speakers may also be scheduled. Curriculum Connection: Junior and Senior transitions Psychology Social curriculum Learner Goal(s): Gain an understanding of each student’s personality Learn what level of education is required for different careers Clarify the relationship between interests and skills and the choice of a career Seminar Length in days: 5 On what days: January 7 -11, 2013 Seminar Requirements: _____X_____ Limited to _12_ students ________ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. _____X____ Additional fee(s) of money: $65 to cover the cost of transportation. _____X____ Students must be willing to: Take assessments on Naviance, complete classroom activities, and act appropriately off campus. The students should be prepared to participate in discussions about the world of work. _____X___ Students are required to have the following signed forms: Field Trip permission form and Medication Form _____X____ Other requirements: Bring $10 cash each day for lunch. Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


INSTRUCTIONAL MOBILE CLASSROOM PERMISSION FORM Return all forms by: December 21, 2012

Today’s date: December 14, 2012

I give permission for my student ____________________________ to participate in the Winter Learning Program The Total Guide to the Rest of Your Life experience January 7 – 11, 2013.

The purpose of the program is to explore possible career options based on each student’s personality. The students will take assessments on Naviance and will have the opportunity to obtain firsthand knowledge about the world of work. The program is designed to assist the students with clarifying the types of careers they desire to purse based on their interests and the Naviance assessment results. During the experience, the students will be required to ask questions and follow directions. The students should be prepared to participate in discussions about potential careers and personality dimensions.

We will leave campus at each day 8:15AM and will return to campus about 3:00PM. We will travel by bus. Chaperones will be Susan Day and Carolina Ayerbe providing a ratio of 1 adult to 6 students. Special details: The fee for the Career Explorations program is $50. Students need to dress nicely (no jeans) as they will be representing Mill Springs Academy. In addition to the program fee, students should bring $10 each day for lunch. Level S students may not travel off-campus.

PERMISSION TO ATTEND FIELD TRIP IS GIVEN BY: _________________________ Parent/Guardian

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WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: “YOUR FINANCIAL PLAN-Where it all begins!” How to manage money and be better prepared for a happy life Instructor(s): Vaidehi Rallapalli & Carlos Colon Seminar Description: During this seminar, the students will learn skills to manage a budget and unleash more financial freedom each year to prepare for the real world. The program is designed to assist students in making wise decisions with money. Students visit the Federal Reserve Bank, interact with bankers and financial planners, do brain teasing activities related to money management. Curriculum Connection: Finance, Accounting, Mathematics, Economics Learner Goal(s): • Students learn about the financial planning process—what it is and what it can do for them • An opportunity to apply the process through assignments given in the seminar that relate to their experiences with money • To learn to take control of their finances, starting today. Seminar Length in days: 5 On what days: January 7-14, 2013 Seminar Requirements: _____X____ Limited to _12_ students __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. _____X____ Additional fee(s) of money: $65 to cover the cost of transportation. _____X____ Students must be willing to: Ask questions, follow directions, and act appropriately off campus and also when interacting with speakers. _____X___ Students are required to have the following signed forms: Field Trip permission form and Medication Form _____X____ Other requirements: Bring $10 cash each day for lunch (learn to budget and work on financial planning).  Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


Week two January 14 –18 th

2013

Apple Applications for Education– Jaime Beauty and the Beast – Janet and Brian College Visits – Susan and Vaidehi Dancing with MSA Stars – Maritza, Taniah and Sherry Driver’s Education – Zonja Internship (Jr./Sr. only) – Cynthia Introduction to Sociology– Greg Kickin’It – Gail Money Counts – Carolina and Keith SAT Prep – Annette and Hank Spring Musical Set Build – Patrick and Jamie Theatre Games – Kate McElliott Winter Hiking – Jeff and Carlos ***Dude Ranch – Kay Morrison (see Kay)

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WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: APPLE APPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATION Instructor: JAIME GUTIERREZ Seminar Description: Exploring, learning and using multiple applications that Apple has created for the iPad, the iPod touch and /or the iPhone. Many students have and use these devices on a daily basis. Curriculum Connection: Any school subject. Learner Goal(s): They will learn about many educational possibilities including the Renweb and Drag and Speak application. The student will become more knowledgeable with the Renweb app. They will be able to use it for all kinds of projects (science, math, social studies, languages, art, etc.), or to study and learn.

Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: Jan 14th – 18th

Seminar Requirements: ____X______ Limited to _10__ students ___________ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. ____X______ Additional fee(s) of money: Additional fee(s) of $50.00 ($10.00 per day) for lunches, snacks and refreshments. _____X_____ Students must be willing to: Bring iPad, iPod touch or iPhone to school to work with. ___________ Students are required to have the following signed forms: __________ Other requirements:

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013 Seminar Title: “Beauty and the Beast” Instructor(s): Janet Ford & Brian Buxton Seminar Description: Help create and produce amazing backdrops, colorful sets and awesome props for the MSA Spring Musical production of Beauty and the Beast. Tasks will include constructing and painting full or partial backgrounds/sets and creating stage and costume props. Students will also produce a large piece representing the production to hang in the Stallings Theater. Curriculum Connection: Painting, Drawing, Sculpting with mixed media, Teamwork, Social Curriculum. Learner Goals: To expand the students’ realm of skills and knowledge beyond the normal scope of art class to include other creative forms of expression such as music/drama and the preparation and execution that goes into making those forms become reality. Students will create props for a musical, create large scale elements and work as a group. Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: January 14-January 18, 2013

Seminar Requirements: _____X____ Limited to _15_____ students __________ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. The time requirement is _________. ___ X____ Additional fee(s) of $20 _____X____ Students must be willing to: work as a team, listen to and follow directions, use their creativity, artistic skills and talents to create a variety of items for the stage production of Beauty and the Beast. __________ Students are required to have the following signed forms: _____X_____ Other requirements: Students will need to wear old or work clothes that might get dirty or paint –covered. MSA dress down day apparel is acceptable. Also, protective goggles and gloves will be provided as needed.

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: College Visits Instructor(s): Susan Day & Vaidehi Rallapalli Seminar Description: During this seminar, students will tour several colleges in the surrounding area. The students will have an opportunity to learn about college life during the tours. The program is designed to assist students with the college search process and help them clarify the types of colleges they wish to attend. Students should be prepared to ask questions of the admissions representative on each campus. Curriculum Connection: Junior and Senior transitions Learner Goal(s): Gain an understanding of the differences in local colleges Learn what questions to ask when visiting a college Clarify the qualities of a college that would provide a good fit for each student. Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: January 14-18, 2013

Seminar Requirements: _____X_____ Limited to _12_ students (Preference given to Juniors) ________ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. _____X____ Additional fee(s) of money: $65 to cover the cost of transportation. _____X____ Students must be willing to: Ask questions, Follow directions, and act appropriately off campus. The students should be prepared to participate in discussions about the transition from high school to college. _____X___ Students are required to have the following signed forms: Field Trip permission form and Medication Form _____X____ Other requirements: Bring $10 cash each day for lunch. Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


INSTRUCTIONAL MOBILE CLASSROOM PERMISSION FORM Return all forms by: December 21, 2012

Today’s date: December 14, 2012

I give permission for my student _____________________________ to participate in the Winter Learning Program College Visits experience January 14 – 18, 2013. The purpose of the program is to visit various colleges in the Atlanta area. The students will have an opportunity to tour college campuses and learn about college life. The program is designed to assist the students with the college search process and help them clarify the types of colleges they desire to attend. While on the experience, the students will be required to ask questions and follow directions. Following each college visit, the students should be prepared to participate in discussions and think about the transition from high school to college.

We will leave campus at each day 8:15AM and will return to campus about 3:00PM. We will travel by bus. Chaperones will be Susan Day and Carolina Ayerbe providing a ratio of 1 adult to 6 students. Special details: The fee for the College Visits Program is $50. Students need to dress nicely as they will be representing Mill Springs Academy. In addition to the program fee, students should bring $10 each day for lunch. Level S students may not travel off-campus.

PERMISSION TO ATTEND FIELD TRIP IS GIVEN BY:

_______________________________________________ Parent/Guardian

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WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: “Dancing with the MSA Stars”

Join us for a fun-filled week!!! Instructor(s): Professional Dance Instructor at Atlanta Workshop Players Studio; MSA Teachers: Maritza Gracia, Taniah Jones and Sherry Robinson Seminar Description: “Join us for a fun-filled week of music and dance to enhance your physical well-being and to learn social skills practiced in the world of Dance.” In the AM session, students participate in warm-up exercises for 30 minutes before learning new dance steps each day. Students practice and then perform the dance steps at the end of the session in smaller groups. In the PM session, students view movies that highlight Professional dancers performing the types of dances they have learned in the AM session as a reinforcement of the skills attained. Line Dancing-Footloose Hip-Hop-Step Up Salsa- La Bamba Jazzy Ballet-Center Stage Ballroom-Take the Lead Curriculum Connection: Performing Arts, Physical Education, MSA Community Social Structure. Learner Goal(s): • To improve physiologically • To acquire new dance skills • To practice and improve interaction skills Seminar Length in days: Mon-Fri On what days: Jan. Seminar Requirements: ______X____ Limited to __14_ students _____$115 __ Fee ______X____ Additional fee(s) of money: $5-7 for lunch X Students are required to have the following signed forms: medical and transportation ____________ Other requirements:

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: Introduction to Sociology (Seminar) Instructor: Gregory E. Bodeep M.Ed. Seminar Description: What is sociology? How does one do sociological research? This seminar introduces the students to the field of sociological inquiry and imagination; how to think using theoretical approaches (symbolic interactionism, functionalism, Marxism, Weberian and rational choice approach, etc.) and have great imagination. Students will be shown how to combine analytical theories with empirical (participant observation, interviews, surveys and statistics) evidences in sociological research. Curriculum Connection: The curriculum connection will include the sociology, social curriculum and research skills. The seminar covers both the classics, such as those of Marx and Weber, and the recent publications which will be presented in class; lecture by Gregory and active participation by the students. Learner Goal(s): At the end of this seminar, the students are expected to develop a critical understanding of the different domains (social inequalities and social culture) of sociology and its research methods, and to further develop their thinking about the contemporary world and its transformations from a critical sociological perspective. Seminar Length in days: 5 On what days: Monday - Friday Seminar Requirements: X Limited to 12 students X Students must be willing to: Have fun and go outside the comfort zone to experience new subject material. X Other requirements: Must bring a sack lunch or money to order a lunch

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013 Seminar Title: Kickin’ It Monthly SPECIAL EDITION

Instructor(s): Gail Kreher Seminar Description: Be a journalist for a week: help produce Issue 115 of Kickin’ It Monthly (KIM) our Upper School/Communication Arts news magazine – Winter Learning Special Edition. Curriculum Connection: Journalism Learner Goal(s): Disciplined writing, editing, organization of thoughts, follow-through, teamwork, time management, personal responsibility. Seminar Length in days: 5 On what days: M-F, Week 2(1/14-18/12) Seminar Requirements: X Limited to 8 students X Students must be willing to: 1. Cover at least one story of their choosing 2. Research background information 3. Use Journalism textbook - how to write features, sports and editorials 4. Find/take/source photos 5. Draft a story of Who, What, When, Where, How, Why 6. Edit your work 7. Proofread the work of others 8. Sketch out rough layout design 9. Publish (print) copies in paper and pdf form 10. Write a summary statement for MSA Weekly News X

Other requirements: Computer needed daily. Bring two magazines that have interesting content, arresting graphics, or both. Bring your lunch, or we can vote to order out once or twice.

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: MONEY COUNTS Instructor(s): Carolina Ayerbe & Keith Muma Seminar Description: At one point, sooner or later, everyone has questions about money and finances. With this seminar, we would like to introduce students to certain aspects of the financial world, such as savings, credit, mortgages, student loans, insurance, etc. In order to do so, we will have financial planners speaking during the week, and we will visit financial institutions to get a better understanding of the money world. Curriculum Connection: Math, Finances, Life Skills Learner Goal(s): Students will learn about managing money and how their financial decisions effects their futures. At the end they will be able to take over their own finances. Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: January 14 to 18, 2013

Seminar Requirements: ____X____ Limited to 10 students ________ Limited to L’s and R’s _________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. ____X____ Additional fee(s) of money: $65 (transportation) __________ Students must be willing to: _________ Students are required to have the following signed forms: Transportation ____X_____ Other requirements: Bring $10 cash each day for lunch (learn to budget and work on financial planning). 

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: SAT Prep Instructor(s): Annette Higgins and Hank Jones Seminar Description: Prepare for college admissions testing with the help of MSA faculty! Students will use The Official SAT Study Guide published by The College Board with coaching from Annette (Math) and Hank (Verbal and Writing) to prepare for upcoming SAT exams. Curriculum Connection: Mathematics, Language Arts/Writing, Test-Taking Skills Learner Goal(s): The objective of this seminar is that, upon completion of this program, students will be optimally prepared for SAT. Not only will students review academic material covered on college-admissions exams, they will also acquire test-taking strategies for standardized assessments.

Seminar Length in days:

On what days:

Seminar Requirements: X Limited to 10 students X Students must be willing to: work cooperatively to improve their math, verbal and writing skills to prepare for the SAT. X Other requirements: 1. The Official SAT Study Guide by The College Board (available on amazon.com), 2. TI 83 or higher graphing calculator, 3. Laptops.

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: Spring Musical Set Build Instructor(s): Patrick Rose, Jamie Fambrough and Jay Hudson Seminar Description: Students will construct scenic elements for the spring musical, Beauty and the Beast. Students will use basic carpentry techniques and painting techniques to dress the set for production. Curriculum Connection: Carpentry, painting, tool skills, and team work Learner Goals: To expand the student’s knowledge of carpentry techniques for the theater as well as scenic artistry. The students will appreciate the scope and scale of a large production from a technical viewpoint. The students will work in groups and will realize a complete design for the spring musical. Seminar Length in days:

5

On what days: January 14-18, 2013

Seminar Requirements: ___X____ _ Limited to 15 students __________ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. ___X _____ Additional fee(s) of : $20 ___X______ Students must be willing and able to: Use power tools such as a chop saw, panel saw, table saw, cordless drill, hammer and others. Student must also be willing to use paint and painting tools. __________ Students are required to have the following signed forms: ____X_____ Other requirements: students must wear clothing that can get dirty.

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: Theatre Games Instructor(s): Kate McElliott Seminar Description: Students will play a multitude of different theatre games, to help learn to focus, use teambuilding skills, and develop their physical, social, and artistic skills. Each day will focus on one kind of game: Warm-Ups, Improvisation, Group Cohesion, Concentration, and Skill Building. This is a great workshop for any students who have always wanted to try theatre and also for those who have been involved in theatre before. Curriculum Connection: Theatre, drama, team building, social curriculum. Learner Goals: Students will develop basic acting skills to portray characters who interact in improvised scripted scenes. They will compare and incorporate art forms by analyzing methods of presentation and audience response for theatre, dramatic media and other art forms. Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: January 14-18, 2013

Seminar Requirements: _____X_____ Limited to __14____ students __________ Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. __________ Additional fee(s) of: ____X______ Students must be willing to: participate fully and behave appropriately. __________ Students are required to have the following signed forms: _____X_____ Other requirements: Minimum of 4 students.

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


WINTER LEARNING PROGRAM 2013

Seminar Title: Winter Hiking Instructor(s): Carlos Colon, Jeff Sargent Seminar Description: Daily hiking trips to local trails, instruction on trail safety, etiquette, and gear

Curriculum Connection: health and fitness awareness, wellness and nature appreciation Learner Goal(s): Students will increase their awareness of the location of local trails, trail safety and etiquette, and appropriate gear. Students will also increase their endurance on/for easy to moderate terrain.

Seminar Length in days: 5

On what days: January 14 - 18

Seminar Requirements: X Limited to 13 students Limited to L’s and R’s __________ Seminar goes beyond 8:30-3:15 school day. X Additional fee(s) of money: $75 for bus rental X Students must be willing to: Wear appropriate attire for winter hiking, including previously broken in boots, clothing layers to adjust to changing weather conditions, and headwear or sunscreen as needed. Walk 4-6 miles daily in winter weather, which may include rain, fog, snow or ice. _________ Students are required to have the following signed forms: Instructional Mobile Classroom Permission Form, Authorization to Administer Medication form (if applicable) __________ Other requirements:

Unless a meeting is called, we will not have Levels on Fridays during Winter Learning


INSTRUCTIONAL MOBILE CLASSROOM PERMISSION FORM

Return all forms by: December 21, 2012

Today’s date: August 30, 2012

I give permission for my student ____________________________ to participate in the Winter Learning Program Winter Hiking experience January 14 – 18, 2013.

I understand that the purpose of the program is to extend the physical education curriculum off campus in the Atlanta area. The students will have an opportunity to check out nearby trails, to gain confidence and endurance, and to learn alongside their peers and an experienced hiker/ex-Boy Scout who has over 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail and at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM.

I understand my student will leave campus promptly at 8:30 AM on an MSA bus and return to campus by 3:15 PM for buses and carpool. I further understand that late arrivals will be at MSA for the day helping Cynthia. Chaperones will be Carlos Colon and Jeff Sargent, providing a ratio of 1 adult to 6.5 students.

PERMISSION TO ATTEND FIELD TRIP IS GIVEN BY:

______________________________________________

_________________________

Parent/Guardian

Date


Enclosed is information regarding our January, 2013, trip to the West, including costs and due dates. The students will travel by airplane to Las Vegas, Nevada and then by vans to the Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch in Yucca, Arizona. The cost of the trip is $1,690 for one week and $2,948 for two weeks, which includes airfare, lodging, ground transportation, entrance fees, guides, accommodations at Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, the Grand Canyon, and Phoenix, and food (except for airport meals). The trip is limited to 20 students each week. Chaperones are Kay Morrison and Carol Adams (both weeks), Mateo McConnell, & Taniah Jones (first week); providing a 1:5 ratio. Since this is a Level L/R trip, students should make the commitment to reach L or R prior to the trip. Current level L’s and R’s who go on the trip must maintain their level after signing up for the trip. Please note the refund policy. The deadline for a commitment to go on the trip is Monday, October 1st. The deadline for payment for the total amount is Tuesday, November 6th. After this date, all but $500 will be refunded if your student is unable to attend for any reason. You might consider travel insurance if you have any concerns in this area. Sorry, but in order to get the group rate students may not use frequent flyer miles for the trip, and they must fly with the group and not on any other flight. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions. Happy Trails!

Kay Morrison


Grand Canyon and Phoenix Trips PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Students going for only one week will go to the Grand Canyon South Rim. Students going both weeks will go to Phoenix (2 nights) the second week. First Week: Grand Canyon South Rim by Train Daily Horseback Riding at the ranch; visit to Oatman, Arizona, on Historic Route 66; ride to the Grand Canyon from Williams, Arizona, on a train; visit Hoover Dam

Second Week: Phoenix: Living History Western Town, Heard Museum & Hiking in the Mountains Daily Horseback Riding at the ranch, visiting the famous Heard Native American Museum, visit to Pioneer Living history museum; hike at ancient archeological sites; two nights in Phoenix, Arizona. $1,690

Total Fee for one week at ranch (first week) Includes airfare and all other expenses except for airport meals and money for souvenirs.

$2,948.00

Total Fee for two weeks at ranch: includes airfare and all other expenses except for airport food & money for souvenirs.

Payment-in-full may be made at any time.

Total payment due date: Tuesday, November 6th REFUND POLICY NOTE:

All money for the trip is refundable except for $500. Note: Students are responsible for extra costs involved in delays due to inclement weather.


Week One Sunday, January 6th, 2013

8:00am- Meet at the Atlanta Airport: Air Tran Counter 10:20am- Depart Atlanta, AirTran Flight #66 Arrive in Las Vegas 12:02pm Stagecoach Trails will pick MSA students up at the airport and the students will travel via bus through the spectacular scenery of the Arizona high desert. On the way, we’ll stop by magnificent Hoover Dam and tour the power plant. Then it’s on to the Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch in Yucca, Arizona. The afternoon will be spent becoming acquainted with the staff and exploring the ranch. Special emphasis will be placed on high desert flora and fauna. Evening activities may include campfires, line dancing, games, storytelling, roping demonstrations and cowboy singers. Monday, January 7th, 2013 Students will learn the parts of a horse and safety regulations regarding riding. The students will explore the surrounding ranch land on horseback. Riding will be across desert trails, rolling hills, canyons and sandy washes. Students will begin to learn the names of cacti and trees of the desert. Evening activities may include campfires, line dancing, games, storytelling, roping demonstrations and cowboy poetry. Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 Today we take lunch rides in the spectacular desert. We’ll study the surrounding mountain ranges, and view the surrounding Saguaro cacti and wildlife. Often we see a coyote! Evening activities include watching a John Wayne movie. Evening activities include a country-Western band who’ll sing some old cowboy favorites as we sing-along. Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 Today we head out for Williams, Arizona, where will board a train for a scenic trip to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon South Rim, one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the Southwest. We’ll have a musician on the train, and it’s been known to be stopped by a gang of rustlers! At the rim, we’ll visit gift shops, take in the views, enjoy a lunch, and view Native American art work. We do not hike into the Canyon itself. Thursday, January 10th, 2013 Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we’ll be riding our horses in the beautiful Arizona desert. We’ll take two rides a day, plus taking a hike around the ranch to study the cacti and wildlife. Tonight, Matthew McConnell will take our group out to study the constellations, which are amazingly visible in the night desert sky. Friday, January 11th, 2013 After our morning ride, today we head to Oatman, Arizona, on historic Route 66, a famous former mining town full of gunslingers, old historic buildings (including a haunted hotel) and burros that roam the streets. We’ll head home for game night at the ranch, and we’ll watch The Cisco Kid and Roy Rogers shows. Yee-Haw! Saturday, January 12th, 2013: One week group leaves today


Get along little Mustangs!!!! Week Two Sunday, January 13th, 2013 Today the gang will make Native American Dreamcatchers, and take a hike among the Joshua trees and barrel cacti. Tonight we’ll watch an old classic westerns starring John Wayne. Afterwards, we’ll sit around a campfire and tell “tall tales”. Monday, January 14th, 2013 Today we take some lunch rides out into the beautiful desert landscape. We’ll ride out to view the giant Saguaro, prickly pear, ocotillo, and aloe vera cacti. We’ll dismount in a beautiful sandy wash, tie up our horses, and enjoy the multi-hued colors of the surrounding mountain ranges while munching on some good vittles. Tonight is Cowboy Poetry night. Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 Today we head our early for Phoenix. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Heard Museum, the foremost Native American museum in the world. To get to Phoenix we’ll be traveling through some of the most beautiful landscape in America. Bring your cameras! Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 This morning we head for the Pueblo Grand Museum. After viewing their collection of Native American pottery and clothing, we’ll go hiking in the mountains which are filled with the archeological ruins of ancient tribes. We’ll have lunch at an authentic Mexican restaurant, then head out for the Pioneer Living History museum, which features characters dressed in old-West Garb who’ll show you how people lived in the early 1800’s. We’ll stay in Phoenix tonight. Thursday, January 17th, 2013 Today we head back to the ranch, and stop by several scenic photo ”op”s on the way. Tonight is karaoke night, where we sing out hearts out and do the two-step. Friday, January 18th, 2013 Today we’re back in the saddle again. We’ll have a great morning ride with our favorite horses, then this afternoon head out on our favorite hike to collect old shell casings from WWII. After the hike, we’ll try our hand at leather tooling. Tonight is riddle night, where we try to stump all you wranglers! Saturday, January 19th, 2013 Today we kiss our horses “goodbye”, take a flight home to Atlanta to join the “City Slickers.” Dang!


Grand Canyon South

We’ll travel by locomotive from Williams, Arizona, to the magnificent Grand Canyon South Rim


Ride the rails to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon! Step back more than a century ago when the arrival of the train forever changed how folks traveled in the Old West and to Grand Canyon National Park. Now, tourists have the opportunity to relive history, both en route to the Canyon and aboard Grand Canyon Railway’s restored, historic locomotives and passenger cars. The trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim covers 65 miles of classic Old West territory. Passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery during the two-hour journey while strolling musicians and western characters provide entertainment.

How the Grand Canyon was Formed Are you wondering how the Grand Canyon was formed? One word: erosion. When hiking along one of the canyon’s rims, look down and try to spot the tiny ribbon below. That’s the Colorado River. This river has wound its way through the various layers you see on the canyon’s walls for millions of years, carving a gorge of epic proportions. Water and wind erode the rock and sweep it away.


NATURAL HISTORY

It’s hard to imagine that the river was once on top. The layers of the Grand Canyon are a spectacular feature that reveals the canyon’s past. Sediments left behind reflect the conditions (muddy, rocky, sandy, volcanic, etc.) of certain time periods. The river has cut through the earth, which allows us to see the passing of eons before our eyes. The Early People of the Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon has been home to Native Americans for thousands of years. About 10,000 years ago, paleo-hunters were known to have hunted big game throughout the area. More recently, hunter-gathers lived in the area until about 1000 BC. Archaeological findings, such as pottery found in the canyon, have been carbon dated to 4000 years ago. Ancestral Puebloan people moved in around 500 AD. They cultivated corn, hunted bighorn sheep, rabbits, and deer, and made intricate baskets. Their basket making skills lead archaeologists to call these people the “basket makers.” The park contains nearly 2,000 ancestral Puebloan sites including the impressive Tusayan Pueblo which was built in 1185 AD. By the late 1200s, the early Grand Canyon Native Americans abandoned their homes. Some speculate that an extended drought prompted this mass exodus. In the 1300s, the Cerbat (ancestors of today’s Havasupai and Hualapai Tribes) people moved in along with the Southern Paiutes. A century later would see the Navajo and the Dine (relatives of the Apache) people settling in and around the canyon. Today, the Navajo’s reservation is located along the eastern section of the Grand Canyon.


Exploring the Grand Canyon In the mid 1800’s, an army survey party explored the region led by Lieutenant Joseph Ives. Ives came to the conclusion that the area was “altogether valueless” and a “profitless locality.” John Wesley Powell became one of the first to raft the Grand Canyon in 1869. He and his party of nine traveled 1,000 miles through the Grand Canyon on wooden boats. Three men were lost during this dangerous expedition through rapids and overwhelming heat. A second journey in 1871 provided a wealth of information about this unexplored part of the U.S.. Powell is also known for founding the U.S. Geological Society. Lake Powell is named after John Wesley Powell. “The Mountain Lying Down” was a term once used by the Paiutes to describe the area. John Wesley Powell later began using and publishing the term “Grand Canyon” in the 1870s and the name has stuck.

Grand Canyon Mining The 1870’s and 1880’s yielded the discovery of lead, zinc, asbestos, and copper which prompted many to stake mining claims. However, actually mining the canyon proved difficult and treacherous. Instead of getting dollars through mining, many miners turned to a more profitable venture: tourism. Buildings, railroads, lodging, and new trails along with fabulous photos and paintings depicting the canyon and eventual National Park status in 1919, beckoned tourists from all over the world with promises of a sight unlike any other in the world. They were right.


The Grand Canyon Here and Now Today there are two major rims of the Grand Canyon that attract tourists and vacationers. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the most popular and most accessible, hosting over 5 million visitors each year. About 90% of the tourists that visit the Grand Canyon, go to the South Rim which is only 60 miles from Williams, Arizona, home to the Grand Canyon Railway. It is also only about 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona, the hub of Northern Arizona. The red rock country of Sedona is just about 20 miles south of Flagstaff on SR 89A.

The Grand Canyon North Rim is very remote with few services. It is more ideal for the adventurous visitor. Although the North Rim of the Canyon can be seen from the South Rim and is only 10-15 miles away as an eagle flies, it is about a 5 hour drive to get to the other side. Although more remote, many visitors believe the views are more incredible versus the South Rim. The North Rim is most accessible from southern Utah.


Hoover Dam * The Hoover Dam was the first man made structure to exceed the masonry mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza. * The dam contains enough concrete to pave a strip 16 feet wide and 8 inches thick from San Francisco to New York City. * The dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.


Oatman, Arizona Oatman started life over 100 years ago as a mining tent camp, and quickly became a flourishing gold-mining center. In 1915, two miners struck a $10 million gold find, and within a year, the town's population grew to more than 3,500. Oatman was named in honor of Olive Oatman, who as a young girl, was kidnapped by an Apache tribe, sold to Mojave Indians and later rescued in a trade in 1857 near the current site of the town. Her chin tattoo was given her by the Mojave Indians, who reportedly treated her well. Oatman was served by a narrow gauge rail line between 1903 and 1905 that ran 17 miles to the Colorado River. But both the population and mining near Needles, California were short-lived. In 1921, a fire burned down many of the smaller shacks in town, and three years later, the main mining company, United Eastern Mines, shut down operations for good. Oatman survived by catering to travelers on old U.S. Route 66. But in the 1960s, when the route became what is now Interstate 40, Oatman almost died.


Oatman's "Wild" Burros are the descendants of burros brought here by the miners in the late 1800s; when the miners no longer needed them, they were turned loose. Each morning they come into town looking for food. They wander the streets and greet the tourists. Burro pellets and carrots are for sale at many of the shops -- the burros will eat all day if you feed them. Shortly before sunset they wander back to the hills for the night.

The Oatman Hotel, built in 1902, is the oldest two-story adobe structure in Mojave County and has housed many miners, movie stars, politicians and other scoundrels. The town was used as the location for several movies such as How The West Was Won, Foxfire and Edge of Eternity.

Clark Gable and Carol Lombard honeymooned at the Oatman Hotel March 18, 1939. Their honeymoon suite is still one of the major attractions at the Oatman Hotel. Gable returned there often to play poker with the local miners and enjoy the solitude of the desert.


Pioneer Living History Village Located in North Phoenix, you’ll visit over 90 acres of an old 1800′s town, with no cars or smog! You will find authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions. See the Opera House where Lilly Langtry sang; look through a rifle port in the actual cabin that survived Arizona’s bloodiest range war; laugh your way through a “melodrama”; or browse through an 1890′s dress shop and much more! All of this, plus a blacksmith shop, sheriff’s office and jail, complete ranch complex, and costumed interpreters including cowboys, lawmen, and lovely Victorian ladies await you at Pioneer Living History Village, Arizona’s most authentic Old West town.


The Heard Museum

. Nearly 2,000 treasures including jewelry, cultural items, pottery, baskets, textiles, beadwork and more. Company collections. -foot stunning glass and clay art fence by Tony Jojola (Isleta) and Rosemary Lonewolf (Santa Clara/Tewa.)

-room with access to Web sites, radio stations, and Native newspapers and magazines. showing the new production HOME.

a video gallery

-sized Navajo hogan, Hopi piki room, Yaqui ramada and Pueblo oven. -foot mural featuring a cultural portrait of the Yaqui people by Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui.)


We’re going hiking!

Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park is the site of a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin located just minutes away from Sky Harbor International Airport in metropolitan Phoenix and is a National Historic Landmark and Arizona Point of Pride. Along the outdoor trail the museum features a platform mound and ballcourt ruin, replicated houses, and native plants. Inside are three galleries, including a children’s hands-on gallery, and theatre. Imagine exploring untouched desert lined with majestic saguaro and cholla cactuses, home to coyotes, great horned owls and gila monsters, all just minutes from downtown Phoenix. It's no surprise that Phoenix is one of National Geographic’s best hiking cities. And it's not just famous for natural beauty. Look for signs of ancient civilizations in rock art petroglyphs left behind by the city's prehistoric inhabitants. There's a trail for everyone, from busy, arduous summit climbs to secluded, meandering valley walks, and everything in between.


The Heard's permanent exhibition combines more than 2,000 of the museum's finest pieces to tell stories--past and present--of Southwestern Native people. See a spectacular display of Hopi Katsina dolls, a Navajo hogan and Pueblo horno. Plus, view a Hopi corn grinding room and imaging baking bread in a Pueblo horno (oven). Located the Ullman Learning Center, this exhibit is the only gallery display in the state to include all 21 of Arizona's federally recognized tribal communities. In their own voices, Arizona's native people explain their histories, cultures and futures.


Flight Times for All Groups One Week Group and Two Week Group Leave Atlanta: Sunday, January 6th, 2013- Depart Atlanta 10:20am/Arrive Las Vegas 12:02pm Air Tran Airways Flight 66

One Week Group Returns: Saturday, January 12th, 2013-Depart Las Vegas 12:47am: Arrive Atlanta 7:35pm Air Tran Airways Flight 641

Two Week Group Returns: Saturday, January 19th,2013-Depart Las Vegas 12:47pm; Arrive Atlanta 7:35pm Air Tran Airways Flight 641

Phone numbers for the Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch: 866-444-4471 or 928-727-8270


Cowpoke’s Packing List Weather: Some cool days (can be freezing), some warm days (can get up in the 80’s), with cool nights. Plan to dress in layers, and prepare for a variety of weather. Boot with a heel (required for riding) (Please break-in before trip!) Riding Helmet (required for riding) – students must bring their own: horse-riding helmets are required because they provide better coverage for the back of the head. (Horse Town on Shallowford Road in Marietta has a large variety to choose from and their prices are reasonable.) Socks (long riding boot socks prevent blisters while riding; at least one pair of good hiking socks to prevent blisters; Merino wool socks are excellent.) Undies Riding gloves: must be leather Personal hygiene products: deodorant & mouthwash pul-leez! 2-3 pairs of jeans (one-week group); 3-4 pairs (two week group): Jeans should not be too loose or you’ll end up with a bad case of blisters. . . just ask Mateo! Shirts and t-shirts for layering Jammies Hat(s) Hiking/tennis shoes Sweaters, sweats, jackets, vests, or hoodies for layering Poncho or rain jacket Swimsuit (1 piece for girls) and cover-up for jacuzzi Sunscreen and bug spray $50 for extra meals and souvenirs ($100 for two-weeks) Water Bottle (marked with your name) Flashlight


Dude Ranch Trip Application Form Communication Arts Mill Springs Academy Student’s Name: Home Phone:

___________________________ ________________________

Age: ______

Male or female?

Parent’s Business Phone:

________

____________________

I, the undersigned, hereby give my child__________________________, permission to travel with Mill Springs Academy on a trip to the Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch in Yucca, Arizona, January 6th through January 12th,or 19th. I understand that my child will be rooming with other students of the same sex, in an individual house located on the grounds of the dude ranch, or at a hotel we may use, and that a chaperone will be housed in close proximity to my student’s room. I also understand that chaperones will accompany students to all events, activities, and meals. The chaperones act only as guides for the students in regard to travel whether by railroad, motor coach, private car, boat, aircraft of any other conveyances and assume no obligation for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle, through the acts of default of any company or person engaged in conveying the students or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour. Mill Springs Academy and the tour leaders can accept no responsibility for less or additional expenses due to delay or changes in schedule or other causes, including without limitations weather, strikes, war, flight delays, mechanical failure, or any act of God. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of any tour or to change or withdraw the tour as circumstances demand. All rates are based on prices in effect at the time the tour was planned and are subject to change in the event of adjustment therein. The student waives any and all claims against Mill Spring Academy and its associates for any damage to or loss of, property, or injury to, or death from any act of negligence of any airline, hotel, or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included. Permission is hereby granted to the representatives of Mill Springs Academy, to authorize emergency treatment when unable to locate a parent. I understand that I will be responsible for expenses of such medical care.

Health Insurance Company:

Signature

____________________

(of custodial parent/ guardian):

Policy Number:

___________________________

____________________

Date: _______________

Please include a copy of your current insurance card.


Acknowledgment of Risk

Acceptance of Responsibility I (we) acknowledge that being on a guest ranch involves an undetermined amount of risk of physical and other injury, whether it occurs from riding a horse, encountering an insect, animal, bird, or reptile of any type, or from operating any type of vehicle including a motorized vehicle, or from walking, hiking, camping, fishing, or otherwise being out of doors in a structure, or from being exposed to natural elements including snow, rain, sun, wind, lightening, sleet, hail, ice, land movement, rivers, lakes, streams, or vegetation, or from the consumption of any food or beverage, or from any interaction with other humans including injury from firearms or from campfires or the use of the swimming pool or hot tub. The guests whom have signed below expressly assume all such risks and waive any claim against Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch (which includes any owner or employee or other guest or their property). This guest(s) also agrees to hold Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch harmless for any form of injury of property damage which results in any way from the presence of this guest on Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, including violation of any Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch rules and instruction or the terms and conditions of this agreement. This agreement shall be binding on any minor(s) accompanying this guest(s) and shall be in effect for the entire stay at Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, including any repeat visits. The parties hereto acknowledge having read and understood this agreement.

Please print name next to signed name.

Adult’s Printed Name and Signature: Student’s Printed Name and Age:

_________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

Date: ______________________________


1. Write your student’s FULL name in left hand corner. 2. Write date on each packet in right hand corner:

Day of week, then date: example: Tuesday, 1/17 Use a separate packet for each meal. Breakfast; Lunch; Afternoon (give time: example: 4pm) Dinner; or Bedtime. Please write this in the center of med packet. If there are other specifics needed, please include them on packet. 3. Always include at least two days of extra meds in case we have a weather-

related layover (it’s happened twice). 4. Please label all inhalers with your student’s full name with a permanent

marker. Students all use the same brand and it can get confusing. 5. If your student uses an epipen, or might need one in case of a bite or sting,

please send two along as well. Please write student’s name with a permanent marker.

We look forward to having a fabulous experience with your child during Winter Learning!


Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Road Alpharetta, GA 30004-3413 Phone (770) 360-1336 Fax (770) 360-1341 ahartin@millsprings.org

_______________________________ AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION DATE_____________________ STUDENT____________________________________________________ I request that Mill Springs Academy administer the following medication/s to my child while he/she is participating in the___________________________________ field trip. I understand that an MSA teacher will administer all medications on this trip following the instructions provided below. I understand that the teachers are familiar with each student’s medication/s and have been instructed by the nurse on the administration of said medication/s. __________________________________________ Parent/Legal Guardian __________________________________________ Phone Number NAME OF MEDICATION____________________________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_____________________________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN________________________________________________________________________________________ NAME OF MEDICATION____________________________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_____________________________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN________________________________________________________________________________________ NAME OF MEDICATION____________________________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_____________________________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN________________________________________________________________________________________ NAME OF MEDICATION____________________________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_____________________________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN________________________________________________________________________________________ NAME OF MEDICATION____________________________________________________________________________________ DOSAGE TO BE GIVEN_____________________________________________________________________________________ TIME TO BE GIVEN________________________________________________________________________________________ DOCTOR’S NAME and PHONE NUMBER______________________________________________________________________ DOCTOR’S SIGNATURE____________________________________________________________________________________ COMMENTS_______________________________________________________________________________________________

PLEASE ATTACH A PHOTO COPY OF YOUR INSURANCE CARD

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