Spring Mountain Campus Information
Thursday, May 12 – Friday, May 13
The 4th grade spring trip is full of adventure! The focus of the trip is personal challenge, environmental education, and building independence. During their trip, students will challenge themselves on the Giant Swing and work together in teambuilding activities. They will also engage in lessons about animals and adaptions that connect to their classroom work in science, and take part in Instincts for Survival, a favorite Sheridan game that combines tag and learning about the predator-prey relationship and population dynamics.
Students in Grades 4-8 go to Mountain Campus without a parent or guardian. Sheridan teachers attend the trips with the students to support them, engage in activities, and have fun together. Additional staff from Camp Horizons, our Mountain Campus provider, meet the students at Mountain Campus and lead the activities.
Ahead of the trip at school, we help students feel prepared by providing activity and schedule information, talking through sleeping arrangements and what to expect, and inviting questions for discussion. At home, you can help your child feel ready by talking about the upcoming trip and helping your child pack. If any questions or concerns come up, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher or advisor.
Students in 4th Grade travel to Mountain Campus on a Sheridan-provided bus. The students leave from Sheridan shortly after morning dropoff on the first day and return to Sheridan shortly before dismissal time on the second day. Students may be picked up immediately upon return or sign into Ex-Club, depending on your family’s needs.
Students stay in yurts overnight in groups of five to eight. Ahead of the trip, they will have the chance to tell us about their overnight preferences, including any routines or support they might need to help them feel comfortable, and the classmates they hope will be assigned to their yurt. Teachers use this information, along with their own information about social/emotional needs within the class, to make yurt assignments.
To participate in Mountain Campus trips, ALL students must have the following three forms on file with us. Please log in to your Magnus Health account through Sheridan Central and confirm that each have been completed.
- Camp Horizons form
- COVID-19 Waiver
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccine uploaded into Magnus or an email to School Nurse Caroline Gates advising of the student’s COVID-19 vaccination status.
The packing list below is a guide for what your child will need during their trip to Mountain Campus. In general, they’ll be participating in active, outdoor adventures that will require comfortable tennis shoes and layers for warm or cool weather. Nights can be chilly, even in May!
MEDICATION AT MOUNTAIN CAMPUS
Medication administration at Mountain Campus follows the school policy found in the Family Handbook. Under this policy, to administer prescription and/or over-the-counter medications to your child, we MUST have the following physician-signed forms on file:
- Authorization for Prescription Medication Administration
- Authorization for Over-the-Counter Medication Administration
These forms can be found in your Magnus Health account in Sheridan Central. Please check your Magnus account to ensure you have submitted these forms and confirm they are current (they must be renewed every 12 months). If your forms are still in effect, you do not need to resubmit them for your child to receive medication at Mountain Campus.
Sheridan sends the following over-the-counter medications to Mountain Campus. Please note these medications can only be given to your child if they have a physician-signed Authorization for Over-the-Counter Medication Administration on file in your Magnus account.
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Cough drops
Medications are due to School Nurse Caroline Gates one week prior to the trip. If the necessary medications, including Epi-Pens and inhalers are already at school, the available medication will automatically be sent to Mountain Campus with your child. You should, however, coordinate with the School Nurse Caroline Gates to ensure adequate supply.
If you are providing new or additional quantities of medication, prescription drugs must be brought to Caroline in their original pharmacy-leabeled packaging that includes the name of the student, dosage, and administration instructions. Inhalers and EpiPens also must come in their original packaging, and over-the-counter medications must be provided in their original packaging from the time of purchase. Please place all medications in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag clearly labeled with your child’s name before delivering them to school.
If you have any questions about medication administration at Mountain Campus, please contact School Nurse Caroline Gates at firstname.lastname@example.org.