The Outdoor School Program strives to ensure a physical and learning environment which protects the health, safety and welfare of students and staff. As part of this goal program staff may at any time search program facilities and equipment including cabins, desks and computers. Neither staff nor students have a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding program facilities or equipment.
Program staff may, subject to the requirements below, search a student leader's person and property, including property assigned by the program for the student leader‟s use. Searches may be conducted at any time.
All student searches for evidence of a violation will be conducted by the program staff subject to the following requirements:
Program staff may seize any item which is evidence of a violation of law, Board policy, administrative regulation or school or program rule, or otherwise is prohibited by law, policy, regulation or rule.
The 4th Grade Overnight Program is an overnight “field trip” program for fourth grade students, provided by the Multnomah Education Service District Outdoor Schools department. Any fourth grade class who can raise enough money to provide the tuition fee for the program may participate. The 4th Grade Overnight Program operates in the Spring of each school year. Schools are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
The 4th Grade Overnight Program uses some of the same sites as the Outdoor School programs. The primary site is Kuratli at Camp Trestle Glen in Boring, OR. Classes of fourth graders arrive on site Tuesday and Thursday of each week and leave Wednesday and Friday. Staff and Student Leaders arrive on Monday and leave on Friday.
The 4th Grade Overnight has a small staff, as follows:
1 Site Supervisor
1 - 2 Program Leaders
2 - 4 Field Instructors
8 - 20 High School Student Leaders
2 - 4 Fourth Grade Classes
2 - 4 Classroom Teachers
1 Head Cook
2 Kitchen Assistants
Following is a brief description of staff personnel:
Site Supervisor: Has total responsibility for operation of the site and makes the final decision in areas of conflict.
Program Leader: Organizes information to share for each class that attends the 4th Grade Overnight Program. Responsible for health and welfare of each student and staff member. Holds and dispenses prescription medication to students and Student Leaders. Responsible for checking site facilities and staff practices for high health standards. Responsible for inventories of equipment and supplies and general logistics of the 4th Grade Overnight site. Responsible for working with high school student leaders to ensure a successful experience for them in working as a “Trail Guide” with a cabin group. Responsible for field day activities. Assists in program activities (when available) such as hobo stove cookout, evening activities, general tasks (clearing tables, weekly clean up, etc.), and campfire programs.
Field Instructor: Cooperatively responsible with teachers for implementing the curriculum pertaining to their area of field study. Also designs a workshop training program and weekly training program for the high school student leaders. Responsible for training and supervising high school student leaders who assist in implementing the curriculum. A new group of high school student leaders arrives each week. Completes written evaluations of the performance of high school student leaders each week. Assists in program activities such as hobo stove cookout, evening activities, general tasks (clearing tables, weekly clean up, etc.), field day and campfire programs.
Classroom Teacher: Ultimately responsible for the conduct and discipline of the students in their class. Cooperate and participate in all phases of the program.
Head Cook and Cook’s Assistants: Responsible for supplying a balanced and adequate diet for all persons attending the 4th Grade Overnight Program.
Field Instructor directly and Site Supervisor ultimately.
Each Student Leader will:
At each high school a staff member(s) has been designated as the Outdoor School's primary contact person. Information from the Multnomah Outdoor School office is sent through this contact who may in turn pass it on to other faculty members. Initial selection of Student Leaders is the responsibility of the high school contact(s).
If you are interested in becoming a Student Leader it is important that you consider carefully the following criteria for yourself:
A positive answer to the above criteria should ensure a unique and highly gratifying experience for you, one which cannot be duplicated during your school career.
The final selection of Student Leaders is made by the staff at the the 4th Grade Overnight site which you attend during your two-day workshop. The staff will evaluate your performance using the list of Student Leader Expectations. If, in the judgment of the permanent staff, it would be in the best interest of the 4th Grade Overnight program that you not attend, you will be notified by a personal letter. At the conclusion of the two-day workshop all accepted Student Leaders‟ names will be sent to the appropriate high school where the high school counselor will have the final option on approval. In the event you are not approved by your high school you will be notified.
At the 4th Grade Overnight program, we use living history to create excitement and authenticity.
What is living history?
It is giving participants a first-hand view of history. Living history appeals to students’ imaginations to bring a period of time to life for them. First person interpretation is acting like a person from a certain time in history with no recognition of the modern day. The goal is to speak, think, and act like someone who traveled on or was associated with the Oregon history.
Why is it important to our program?
Bringing history to life makes it fun and allows students to feel more association with the past than they normally would through books or other educational materials. Using a living history approach on the 4th Grade Overnight program adds educational value to everything we do.
Who are we?
Each staff member and student leader at the 4th Grade Overnight program chooses to create a character that fits into Oregon history. There are many options available for choosing / creating a character. It is difficult to become an actual person from history and remain historically accurate. We, therefore work to create a fictional character from the period. Using personal experience as much as possible, and remaining oneself in terms of personality, attitudes, gender, race, etc. is important. We simply create “ourselves" living in the past.
Where are we studying Oregon History?
Since 1998, the Oregon Trail Overnight program curriculum focused almost exclusively on the pioneer experience. As we examined our curriculum, we reconsidered the sole perspective of the pioneer narrative we have told and have changed the name to the 4th grade overnight while we work to update our program curriculum.
Oregon recently enacted Senate Bill 13: Tribal History / Shared History which has given us a starting point to shift our program towards a place-based experience. We believe it is crucial that the curriculum allows students to see reflections of themselves and others. We want the outdoor, overnight program to be inclusive, engaging and relatable for all students.
In order to do this, we need to tell a broader array of stories and hope to emphasize the marginalized or hidden. We anticipate including more social studies topics, leading with Geography and Multicultural Studies.
WORKING WITH FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS
What is Appropriate?
WORKING WITH OTHER STUDENT LEADERS
What is Appropriate?
There are topics of conversation and ways of interacting that may be appropriate in the High School environment that are NOT appropriate at the 4th Grade Overnight program.
Please keep in mind that:
THE 4th GRADE OVERNIGHT PROGRAM IS A:
Discussing these topics at the 4th Grade Overnight program is not okay. If students are engaged in a discussion of these topics please redirect them towards more appropriate conversation.
Child Mover Ideas
There will be many times during the week when you will find it necessary to move your resource group from place to place. This can be most difficult if you have not planned how to line them up, or how to actually move them. So . . . to help you keep from tearing your hair out as your group of children race in six different directions . . . here are lots of different ways that you can line up your group of children when lines are called for.
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4th Grade Overnight Student Leader Handbook
This handbook is currently in the process of being updated to reflect changes in the 4th Grade Overnight Program.