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Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 8:47 am | Updated: 10:44 am, Sat Aug 20, 2011.

The optimum classroom doesn’t necessarily have desks arranged neatly in rows and bulletin boards lining the walls. The teacher isn’t seated at a desk, red pen and gradebook in hand.

Might you recognize your child’s classroom if it were a tall ship docked off the coast of Catalina? Could your student learn seated creek-side in the midst of a redwood forest? Would your child love school if it were held aboard a lunar module? Should your middle-schooler stand in the very spot at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech?

Learning can take place anywhere, so why not take the students there?

Each year Vineyard Christian Middle School is privileged to provide young people with a myriad of field trip opportunities. Encouraged to experience history in the making, art created by the Masters, or God’s thumbprint in science, middle-schoolers get excited about piling into cars and caravanning to great destinations known.

Mission Springs awaits eager sixth-graders, where they “kiss” banana slugs and join the “Slug Club.” Seventh-graders portray marine biologists for a week, dissecting sea creatures and earning their sea legs while sailing the ocean blue. Eighth grade takes to the sky destined for Washington, D.C. and the moon — separate itineraries please.

And there’s more — the streets of San Francisco, the depths of Mercer Caverns, government halls in Sacramento, Egyptian tombs in San Jose, theater, museums, and art galleries galore!

Classrooms sit proudly on our campus, as Allen Drive is home. Yet we know the world awaits the curious student. When the opportunity presents itself, VCMS has lessons to learn. Oh, the places we will go!

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So ... get on your way.” — Dr. Seuss

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  • Cyndi Carter posted at 5:39 pm on Sun, Aug 21, 2011.

    Cyndi Carter Posts: 2 Staff

    This feature is called School Scoop. Every Lodi school, both public and private, is provided with an opportunity to showcase their school to the community as scheduled by the Lodi News-Sentinel. It is up to each principal to submit an article and/or photos.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:54 pm on Sat, Aug 20, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Steve... you forgot to say... Bah... Humbug

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:06 pm on Sat, Aug 20, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2238

    This piece reads more like an advertisement than an article. Was the LNS paid to run it?

  • Kim Lee posted at 2:38 pm on Sat, Aug 20, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    We agree, Darrell!

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:05 am on Sat, Aug 20, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    K Lee... I couldn't agree more... When I home schooled my son for two years, I enjoyed the various places we went that gave him an opportunity to learn through experience rather than just a book. I so much liked seeing the joy in his eyes when experiencing that which made him curious.

  • Kim Lee posted at 7:59 pm on Fri, Aug 19, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    It's sure wonderful when students have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:39 pm on Fri, Aug 19, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4305

    Interesting print screw up - the print version of LNS stated, "Vinewood students can learn anywhere."

    When the spokesperson mentioned "God's thumbprint in science," I had to re-read to see what this article was really about.



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