Friday, April 26, 2013


We had the unique privilege of greeting an Honor Flight at Reagan. We helped welcome and cheer WWII and Korean veterans. Our students applauded the tearful but so very happy and proud men as they came in.

Check out these moves...

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Wreath Laying.

Much better photos are forthcoming.

We are all so proud of Erin, Lizzie, Blake, and Will.

Preparation for the laying of the wreath...


One of the most important parts of our trip.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Just Dance 2013

The Class of 2017 busted out some new moves this evening on the Potomac.  It was a beautiful evening, capping off a great day. Video will come soon.  Only one more to go in DC!

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Oh yeah...

It's dance time!

National Zoo!

After reassuring students we had not "broken in" to the zoo by not paying, we had a great time!

Of course, we visited the pandas...

Thursday at Gettysburg

We spent the batter part of the day on the hallowed ground of Gettysburg National Military Park today.  After seeing the opening movie and cyclorama, our young historians turned soldiers as they raced to the railroad cut like the Iron Brigade  formed the lines of the Union and Confederacy near Robert E. Lee, and relived Pickett's Charge on the actual spot of the event.  We also spent some time at the National Zoo, hanging out with the animals ... and the zoo wildlife as well.  Pandas are soo cool according to the 8th garde class.  Sorry we don't have many pictures yet for our Thursday collection, but we will be sure to take many on the Potomac River cruise this evening!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What a Wednesday!

It was quite a day in DC with our young historians!  As you can tell from Laurie's pictures below and our Wednesday photo album, we were everywhere ... and having a ton of fun at each stop.  We began with a new stop on our tour - the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum out by Dulles. The kids loved it, and I have to say I was overwhelmed with the place.  The Enloa Gay, an actual Billy Mitchell plane (yay Milwaukee), the Discovery ... the list could go on.   We will be back again .. and again ... and again!  We then headed to lunch and a White House picture stop, where the kids spoke with a protester and took some photos.  Our Capitol tour was awesome, and while we didn't get to meet Senator Baldwin, thanks go out to her office for arranging the visit.  The Archives were closed, but a quick stop at the Navy Memorial helped ease the disappointment.  After dinner, we did the traditional memorial walk at night - WWII, Vietnam Veterans, Lincoln, and Korean War Veterans.  The kids (and parents) enjoyed each of the memorials and were ready for more ... but the pillows at the hotel called our names.    Most importantly, we welcomed Mr. Mussoline to the trip!  The kids are doing a fine job, learning and having a great time with each other.  Tomorrow ... off to Gettysburg!

Monument Walk

Easily one of the best parts of the trip.

One of my favorite shots...

Everyone taking a picture of the dome in the Capitol.

National History Day...

Right here at the Air and Space Museum! Abby and Emma found Amelia Earhart's flight suit and a 99s lapel pin!

Photo Op...

At the White House!

Best. Thing. Ever.

Fighter plane flight simulator at Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum. Amazing.