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Washington D.C. Trip is back! 8th-grade students apply ASAP!

Putnam County Middle School has been sponsoring the Washington D.C. trip for over a decade now. Though we took a break during the pandemic, This historic, fun and extremely educational trip is back. A unique opportunity for students to finish their time in middle school by going on the trip of a lifetime with a group of classmates.


Some of the sights experienced might include:


Arlington Cemetery Tour


Monuments Tour


White House Tour


Capital Tour


Library of Congress Tour


Supreme Court Tour


Twilight Tattoo (History of the Military- Live Entertainment)


Smithsonian Air & Space Museum


Bureau of Engraving & Printing


Hop & Stop Bus Tour


Ford’s Theatre


National Archives & other Smithsonian Museums


Haunted Graveyard Tour


National Zoo


Mount Vernon Tour


The Capital Wheel (Ferris Wheel on the Potomac River)


Pentagon Tour



One of the best parts from a student’s perspective is the wonderful time hanging out with classmates while experiencing new adventures, something that they will never forget.


Encourage your 8th-grade student to pick up an application, write an essay, and apply. Applications and essays are due November 12, 2021, in the Middle School Office.

Feel free to email agarber@putnamcountyr1.net with any additional questions. Students may also apply for scholarships for the trip with an additional essay. Good luck! Adventure awaits!


After a 2 year hiatus, the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip is back! The trip is currently scheduled for June 8 to June 15. 8th grade discussed the trip and questions they had in Social Studies class with me this week. I have lots of exciting things on the schedule for this trip and am very excited to show some of our 8th graders the places we spend a great deal of the year talking about in class. 

Students are asked to write a short essay as part of their application. They must have the following qualifications: 

  1. Attend and participate in all scheduled classes and meetings.

  2. Maintain acceptable grades.  This means no D’s or F’s

  3. Remain on excellent behavior standards (no discipline consequences given by the principal).

  4. Recognize this trip as a learning opportunity, not a vacation.

  5. Meet the financial obligation on time without fail.


Applications are due November 12th at 8 am and can be found in the Middle School office or my classroom. There is one scholarship available as well that can be applied for with an additional one-page essay. The cost of the trip can be found on the application, which needs to be signed by a parent or guardian before it can be submitted. 

We encourage as many students to apply as possible! This trip will be a great learning opportunity for our students!