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Travel Opportunities


Sixth through twelfth graders and their parents as well as community members have the opportunity to travel to China with DeKalb Middle School. Participates have the opportunity to visit Beijing, the Great Wall, Xi’an, the Terracotta Warriors, and the modern city flair of Shanghai. Students also be visit our sister school in Taizhou, giving students a chance to meet pen-pals face to face.

While in Beijing, students take a guided tour of Beijing, visit the Summer Palace, enjoy a dragon boat ride, participate in a Taiji lesson, visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and enjoy a Peking Duck dinner.

In Badaling, students take a tour of the Great Wall of China, participate in a tea ceremony, and take a rickshaw tour of Hutongs.

Students go to Xi’an and travel to the Temple of Heaven Park, take a bike ride on the ancient City Wall, visit the Terracotta Warriors, and see the Drum Tower and Bell Tower.

When in Shanghai, students take a guided tour of Shanghai, visit Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Yuan Garden, and see Nanjing Lu.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! See Mrs. Bonilla for more details.
Chicago, IL

Fusion students in 8th-grade tour Wrigley Field in Chicago and learn about careers outside of being a baseball player. They also learn the history of the stadium and discuss if baseball is just a game or if it represents more throughout history. Students get to see a game and do activities connected to the sabermetrics and physics of baseball by examining the physical laws that drive the success and failure of baseball players and teams. Students study the variables, such as weather, the architecture of an open stadium, bat size, bat weight, and the time of day a game is played, and study the impact of these conditions.

Eighth grade Legacy students visit Chicago in the spring to see the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest museum in North America. Students study the U-505, a German submarine from WWII and critique propaganda used during WWII. Students also study the science of storms, vibration and water, and history of flight. Students experience an IMAX theater and learn about genetics through the baby chicken lab. The goal of the trip is to create interest in the sciences by using real world application and examples from various fields.
Gettysburg and Washington, DC

Each year DeKalb Middle offers 8th-graders the opportunity to participate in a trip to Gettysburg and Washington, DC. The school sponsor, Mrs. Rice, works with Classic Tours to coordinate the trip. The DC trip has been a staple at DeKalb Middle School for over thirty years and offers students the ability to experience history first hand as they walk the battlefields at Gettysburg, visit the Capitol building, and explore the memorials and monuments. The DC trip is currently scheduled over fall break, with students leaving the Friday that break begins and returning Wednesday morning. Interested students can contact Mrs. Rice for more information on the current trip.