Reinstate 6th Grade Camp Into LMSVSD Curriculum
As parents, students and concerned community members, we are asking that the LMSVSD reinstate 6th grade camp as part of its regular curriculum. 6th grade campers participate in a weeklong, overnight experience at Cuyamaca Outdoor School that transforms how they feel about science and themselves as learners. The curriculum is designed by credentialed teachers to take full advantage of the Next Generation Science Standards, and lessons incorporate trail experiences and citizen scientist projects to create hands-on learning that is meaningful, memorable and fun.
Prior to 2008, 6th grade camp was offered as a formal part of the LMSV curriculum – meaning students in the District attended camp as part of the regular school year, and not during their spring or fall breaks. School districts receive priority when scheduling camp dates and discounted fees for camp participants that are socio-economically disadvantaged. For the past four school years, 6th grade camp for LMSV students has been coordinated and managed by two dedicated parent volunteers, both of whom are stepping down after this school year.
In response to the 2008 financial crisis, LMSVSD opted to eliminate 6th grade camp from its curriculum (as did other local Districts). As the economy has improved, a number these Districts have reinstated 6th grade camp. It is time for the LMSV district to do the same so that every 6th grader within the LMSV District has the opportunity to participate in this long-standing tradition, and with the advantages afforded to them by District sponsorship.