JWPMS Students Travel to Boston

Posted on July 3, 2014, in Academics, Events


School may be out of session, but that doesn’t mean the learning stops. Just ask a group of James W. Parker Middle School students.

Forty-eight seventh and eighth grade students traveled to Boston, Massachusetts from June 26-30, 2014 to gain an understanding the historical city of Boston.

On their way to Boston, the students visited the Retrotech, Inc., a company that engineers warehouse management systems. Students were introduced to several different careers in engineering and computer programming, as well as the company’s focus on sustainability. Geoff Hitchings, Director of Strategy for Retrotech, Inc., is a General McLane graduate and set up the tour of the facilities.

Following Retrotech, Inc., the students visited the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to hear about their sustainability program. RIT seeks to be a world leader in sustainability education, research, and practice. For the fourth year in a row, RIT was named one of North America’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review.

Matt Laser, Mary Anne Cousins and Kate Bakka organized, planned and chaperoned the trip. According to Laser, one of the students’ favorite experiences was the whale watching tour. They saw four different species of whales — including a large humpback whale named Hancock — and several other marine animals.

Other visits included trips to the New England Aquarium, The Freedom Trail, JFK Presidential Library and the oldest baseball stadium in America, Fenway Park. The students also participated in a two-hour improv lesson. The improv company taught the students how to perform improv and how those skills can be useful in their daily lives.

For a video from the trip, please visit this link.

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