Field trips are a purposeful way to extend education into the 'real' world.  Each year our teachers plan outings for their classes that coincide with classroom learning or with the current holiday or season.  Some of the places visited over the past few years are Kartchner Caverns, Apple Annie’s, the hospital, the San Pedro River (tadpoles), Tubac, the Fire Station, and the public library.

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Kartchner Caverns Field Trip
On November 17, 2010, third and fourth grade teachers Yvonne Grossi and Pam Fink took their class to Kartchner Caverns.  This field trip was the culmination of their science unit, ‘Investigating Minerals, Rocks, and Earth’s Structure.’ 
Kartchner Caverns is a carefully preserved, living cave, 20 miles north of Sierra Vista. Our third and fourth graders had a great time investigating the museum displays before attending a docent guided tour of the Big Room. 

Windmill Ranch Assisted Living
In December our third and fourth graders enjoyed a visit to Windmill Ranch Assisted Living as their community service project this year.  In preparation the students learned (and practiced) a hymn and a Christmas carol on their recorders and learned many other songs to sing.  The students made Christmas cards to cheer the residents and in return were delighted and encouraged to hear stories told by the residents about their own lives.

St. Andrew’s Pipe Organ
On January 28, 201, as an extension of their music studies, Mr. Whalen’s class (5th and 6th), Mrs. Nelson’s class (7th and 8th) and Mrs. Grossi’s class (3rd and 4th)  went on a walking field trip to St Andrew the Apostle Church to learn about and listen to its pipe organ. 

St Andrew’s church pipe organ is an impressive and intricately constructed instrument that is built into the main church building.  Our students greatly enjoyed learning how the organ works and listening to several pieces of music played on it by the organist.  They also got to go ‘behind the scenes’ and see all the pipes while experiencing the powerful sounds of the organ as they stood near the pipes themselves.

My Big Fat Greek Restaurant
On March 10, 2011, the students of the graduating class were invited by their Greek teacher, Mr. Andrew Lennartz, for a lunch at 'My Big Fat Greek Restaurant'. This was a pleasant change from the trite routine of the daily Greek class.  No Greek chants, syntax or grammar, nor paradigms or parsing, just real delicious Greek Souvlaki, Gyros and Lamb Chops.
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