Experiencing More Of Washington, D.C.

Seven miles of walking took the sixth graders to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the American History Museum, the Capitol Building, and the Library of Congress today.

Did you know that Woodrow Wilson’s portrait adorns the $100,000 bill printed in 1934? At the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, students measured their height compared to that of a stack of $100 bills. Some totaled $1.7 million tall and others a meager $1.3 million. A proper determination of net worth, right?

The actual Star Spangled Banner that inspired Frances Scott Key lies reverently displayed in a dimly lit room at the American History Museum. Also in the museum, many of our sixth grade young ladies delighted in seeing the dresses each First Lady wore on Inauguration Day and learning how the First Lady contributes the work of the White House. There were even several students who were spotted giving televised presidential addresses behind that infamous podium!

At the Library of Congress we saw one of only three perfect copies of the Gutenberg Bible printed entirely on vellum in the 15th century. Also on display is the complete library of Thomas Jefferson with books in Latin, French, Greek, Italian, and English. Word on the street is that some certain sixth grade teachers may have scored Library of Congress library cards!

At the Capitol building, sixth grade got into a nasty brawl! Punches thrown, teeth flying, blood spurting! Oh, wait. Sixth grade only did a mild reenactment of the brawl which actually occurred in 1858 amongst members of the House of Representatives over the issue of slavery in the very room where we stood, now the National Statuary Hall. Also  in national statuary hall, we admired the courage and strength of Rosa Parks who is represented seated as on a Montgomery bus.

by Michelle Seneff, parent blogger

Museums and Making Memories

Greeted by the cool morning air, we began our day walking, waiting at crosswalks, catching the Yellow Circulator bus, then walking again to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately because the Court was in session, we were not permitted entrance into the actual courtroom, but we took in the grandeur and history of America’s “Temple of Justice” which was erected during the Great Depression and completed in 1935.

Above the Supreme Court building entrance the inscription reads, “Equal Justice Under Law.” Our next stop challenged precisely that ideal.  To whom does equal justice under the law apply? At the African American Museum of History and Culture, our students traveled back in time to the 1400’s when the Atlantic slave trade began, walked through a Jim Crow era segregated rail car, and even learned about the Central Florida town of Eatonville, the first incorporated African-American city in the United States.

After a picnic lunch, we visited the Ford’s Theater to see with our very own eyes the presidential box in which Abraham Lincoln was shot by Confederate sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth.  We heard the story of how that infamous day unfolded and how several days later, the great manhunt for Booth culminated in a shoot out and a barn on fire!

Each chaperone group strolled through Chinatown to choose their dinner fare, whether Indian cuisine, Peruvian food, or good ol’ burgers. Back at the hotel, our sixth graders enjoyed a little friendly competition around the game tables before heading off to bed.

Another day is done for our sixth grade Geneva Knights in Washington DC. A day full of history, curiosity, exploring, pondering, and waiting at crosswalks…

by Michelle Seneff, parent blogger

 

First Day in D.C.

How many stairs to reach the Lincoln Memorial? How deep is the reflection pool? How long does the Metro door stay open? On which side do you stand versus walk on the escalator? Our bright, energetic students who arrived at the Orlando airport this morning, did not complain when they were separated from friends on the plane, pulled out playing cards and creative games while waiting for hotel rooms, hurried their steps to keep up with our excellent guide, Mr. Andre, and respectfully observed the solemn memorials to our fallen heroes. For their ten miles of walking throughout our first day in DC, the sixth graders were rewarded with a sunset cruise, dinner, and dance party aboard a yacht cruising down the Potomac. By 10 pm, worn out feet and sore legs carried tired sixth graders and chaperones back to the hotel eager for the adventures tomorrow will bring.

by parent blogger, Michelle Seneff

  

 

  

   

Light In The Darkness

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.”

John 1:5

Our day started at the Ford Theatre where President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated. Both the students and chaperones were surprised by how much they enjoyed their time there. We had a highly knowledgeable and entertaining park ranger who treated us to retelling the story and aftermath of Lincoln’s death in a way that felt like a performance, highlighting the history, drama, and surprising details of how Lincoln’s death effected all those involved. The ranger finished by encouraging our students to be lights of their generation, shining in the darkest hours.

Following our time in the theatre, we crossed the street to see the museum, where a spectacular three-story tower of books greeted us. It was amazing to think that many books had been written about Abraham Lincoln, but it really only contained less than half the books written about him.

Leaving the museum, we stopped for an open-air lunch where the students enjoyed spending time together. It’s amazing to see our children still entertained by simple things in life like looking for a four-leaf clover. The day had been mostly overcast up until this point, but after a few raindrops fell, we left the green space with the sun shining.

Then we walked to the recently opened National Museum of African American History, which was new to all of us. Reading and listening to the stories told throughout the museum of horrible atrocities of slavery, segregation, and oppression led to some profound questions and discussions. It’s one thing to read about this subject and another thing to hear first-hand accounts.

We began three levels down, in a dimly lit area, and as we moved up through history, the museum became a bright celebration of culture and achievement, literally moving from darkness into light.

We can’t wait for what our last day in D.C. will hold!

 

by parent bloggers, Chris Lemieux and AnnMarie Hoyt

Beauty, Structure, and Function

We started our day bright and early, not knowing what to expect.

We would never have anticipated that the actual structures built to house our government would be so thoughtfully planned. Those who built our government intentionally incorporated so many symbolic, artistic, yet functional components.

In the rotunda of the Capital Building, the story of our nation is told through art. Given its beauty, it’s hard to believe that so many people actually go to work there. Laws are still being passed, and in fact, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, walked through the room during our tour. Another group saw news crews prepping for interviews with lawmakers.

The Library of Congress is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings we had seen.   The art was absolutely stunning and the architecture and mosaics had an absolute wow factor. We are still in awe of it. It seems almost odd to think that it is still a functioning library, with over 20 reading rooms. In fact, Mrs. Brodrecht went to get a Library of Congress library card while we were there, and we later found out that one of our chaperones already had one.

The Supreme Court building was filled with symbolism, including a depiction of Moses. Students were able to enter the courtroom where cases have been heard since the 1930’s. We were surprised to see how small the actual courtroom is in relation to the grandeur of the building.

We ended our day at the National Archives. This building houses some of the most important documents ever written. Students were excited to view the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. They saw the Emancipation Proclamation and also the Magna Carta, which even though it was written in the 1500’s is still relevant and important today.

Thanks to what they had learned at Geneva in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade, our students already understood the context and significance of the documents and were happy to see the real deal.

It was a great day.

15,000 Steps

It all started bright and early at Orlando International Airport with 65 excited students, chaperones, and teachers.

Friends were excited to find out who was in their group for the week. Parents said their goodbyes. Teachers did a little last minute boarding pass shuffling to make sure students were all seated together. Flight attendants did their best to fit all of our carry-ons into the overhead bins.

Once we arrived at our destination, we realized that the teachers hadn’t been exaggerating when they’d said there would be a lot of walking.

After navigating the METRO, we walked to our hotel to drop off our bags. Then we headed in the direction of the National Mall and walked around the Washington Monument. We went to the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, then stopped by the Lincoln Memorial, made our way by the Vietnam Memorial, and finished at the World War II Memorial.

The springtime weather was beautiful and perfect for a day of walking. Flowers were in bloom. Dandelions dotted the lawn, and dried cherry blossoms were on the pathways throughout the memorials. Students enjoyed their time moving between the memorials laughing, playing games, taking pictures, and spending time together with friends.

We ended our day quietly, settling into our hotel, with everyone looking forward to tomorrow. It was a great first day in D.C!

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May 22, 2024
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    Date: May 17, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 11th Early Dismissal at 11:45

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 11th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 7th-10th Full School Day

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 7:15 am- 8:15 am
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  • 6th Gr - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • 2nd Gr - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
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May 23, 2024
  • 9th-11th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • US Early Dismissal 11:45 (9-11) 12:00 (7-8)

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Lower School Fun Day

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 8:15 am- 2:45 pm
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  • K4 - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 8:20 am- 9:15 am
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  • K4 - End-of-Year Lunch

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 10:45 am- 11:15 am
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  • K - End-of-Year Lunch

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 11:40 am- 12:35 pm
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  • Baccalaureate Service

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
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May 24, 2024
  • 1st-6th Gr Parties

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 7th-10th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Early Dismissal - Last Day of School

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • US Early Dismissal at 11:45

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
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  • Fathers Watch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:00 am- 9:30 am
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  • 4th Gr - End-of-Year Brunch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 12:00 pm
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  • 6th Gr - Last Day of School Celebration

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 12:00 pm
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  • 5th Gr - End-of-Year Brunch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • 3rd Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:40 am- 9:30 am
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  • 1st Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 9:00 am- 10:00 am
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  • 2nd Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
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  • Commencement Ceremony

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
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May 22, 2024
  • Senior Trip

    Date: May 17, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 11th Early Dismissal at 11:45

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 11th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 7th-10th Full School Day

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 7:15 am- 8:15 am
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  • 6th Gr - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • 2nd Gr - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 22, 2024 - May 22, 2024
    Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
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May 23, 2024
  • 9th-11th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • US Early Dismissal 11:45 (9-11) 12:00 (7-8)

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Lower School Fun Day

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 8:15 am- 2:45 pm
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  • K4 - Closing Ceremony

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 8:20 am- 9:15 am
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  • K4 - End-of-Year Lunch

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 10:45 am- 11:15 am
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  • K - End-of-Year Lunch

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 11:40 am- 12:35 pm
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  • Baccalaureate Service

    Date: May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024
    Time: 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
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May 24, 2024
  • 1st-6th Gr Parties

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 7th-10th Exam Schedule

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Early Dismissal - Last Day of School

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • US Early Dismissal at 11:45

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Fathers Watch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:00 am- 9:30 am
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  • 4th Gr - End-of-Year Brunch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 12:00 pm
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  • 6th Gr - Last Day of School Celebration

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 12:00 pm
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  • 5th Gr - End-of-Year Brunch

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • 3rd Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 8:40 am- 9:30 am
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  • 1st Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 9:00 am- 10:00 am
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  • 2nd Gr - End-of-Year Party

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
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  • Commencement Ceremony

    Date: May 24, 2024 - May 24, 2024
    Time: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
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