8th Grade – Leadership Retreat at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California, November 7 – 8, 2019
Students will participate in activities that will focus on the character- building traits of respect, courage, honesty, leadership, and teamwork. Students will face adventures and challenges that require self-confidence, self-awareness, and support while serving as metaphors for real life challenges. In addition to the teambuilding exercises, the High Challenges Ropes course includes many unique problem-solving activities which present opportunities for self-discover, group communication, and positive growth.
7th Grade – Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California (GATE Students have been divided into two groups, boys and girls, to accommodate the allowable participant numbers as outlined by the Ocean Institute - Girls: March 25 – 26 and Boys: March 26 – 27)
Students will participate in activities that link directly to current research in oceanography and provide opportunities for them to engage in authentic research procedures that use real oceanographic equipment. They will be placed in challenging research simulations that focus on coring/micropaleontology, underwater seismology, hydrothermal vent communities, and underwater archeology. They will also delve into deep-sea technology as they design and test their own remote operating vehicle (ROV). Training will culminate in a morning research cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer where students will use side-scan sonar, a gravity corer, and the SeaBotix ROV to survey and explore the seafloor.
6th Grade - U.S.S. Midway in San Diego, March 6 – 7, 2020
Students will have the opportunity to spend the night on the historical U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier. Once on the U.S.S. Midway, our sixth grade GATE students will participate in a variety of activities to enhance their understanding of the structure of aircraft carriers and how they work. We will have the opportunity to take the “behind the scenes” tour that is not available to the general public. Students will learn about the importance of the U.S.S. Midway during the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the other missions.